Quotes by Lee R. Raymond

A free economy is as essential to society as democratic political institutions. A strong market-based economy is the fertile ground for democratic freedoms that we think are important.
– Lee R. Raymond
Competition can be viewed in two ways. It can be viewed in a negative light and be seen as destructive, but one can also have the view that it is competition that drives people and institutions to higher and higher levels of excellence and, therefore, to more and more opportunity.
– Lee R. Raymond
Ethical conduct is something that becomes inherent in an organization over a long period of time.
– Lee R. Raymond
He or she must be successful in economic terms, but always within an ethical framework. Whether his or her constituency is a corporation and its shareholders or the customers in a small and privately held business, his or her first responsibility is to serve that constituency.
– Lee R. Raymond
I find it interesting that many of the people who want to restrict fossil fuels live in well-developed countries where abundant and affordable energy is readily available.
– Lee R. Raymond
I have a great deal of difficulty with those who live in a hugely prosperous country telling people in the developing world that they should be deprived of a critical source of energy.
– Lee R. Raymond
I view energy as the lifeblood of world economic activity. And as a result, the energy industry has a profile that is particularly acute.
– Lee R. Raymond
In every aspect of life, including the economic dimension, we are always challenged to do the right thing. In many cases in the market system, which allows a great deal of latitude for human choice, people can get carried away to excess.
– Lee R. Raymond
In order to gain the tools to fully address the broad impact of business on society, economic success is indispensable.
– Lee R. Raymond
In some of the countries where we operate, there is a tradition of corruption, in which the political elites work with business in the framework of unsavory relationships.
– Lee R. Raymond
It is important to remember that all business has an impact on the lives of real people.
– Lee R. Raymond
It is the potential for economic growth that provides the basis for the development of countries, for bringing to people essential goods and services, such as water to drink and facilities for healthcare.
– Lee R. Raymond
It is unfortunate that there are people who say that capitalism is inherently immoral. I do not view it that way at all. I think that capitalism, more than any other system, gives a person the capability, through economic growth and economic development, to provide more opportunity to people.
– Lee R. Raymond
It makes no sense to talk of the social obligations of the corporation without reference to its economic obligations. The two are intertwined.
– Lee R. Raymond
People who want to curb the use of fossil fuels need to understand that not everyone in the world has the luxury of inventing romanticized scenarios. Many people just need clean water and energy to fuel social and economic progress.
– Lee R. Raymond
The competitive instinct is what I think drives organizations and people to become better and better. It can promote change toward progress and development, which is good for everybody. It can be the motivating force behind improvement in our social well-being that is far beyond anything we might have imagined on our own.
– Lee R. Raymond
The freedoms that people have that flow from all civic institutions fundamentally come from the success of a market system.
– Lee R. Raymond
The main professional responsibility of a person in business is business.
– Lee R. Raymond
The market system requires that people be committed and willing to work hard. Inherent with that is what I call a merit system, which I think gives people the greatest opportunity.
– Lee R. Raymond
There is hardly an activity that a person can think about that does not intrinsically involve energy, most of which is currently provided by fossil fuels.
– Lee R. Raymond