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I have absolutely no intention of marrying Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
– J. Paul Getty
Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even, the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine, and eminently unsatisfying.
Five wives can’t all be wrong.
Control of a company does not carry with it the ability to control the price of its stock.
In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.
I take pride in the creation of my wealth, in its existence and in the uses to which it has been and is being put.
I am neither a homosexual nor a eunuch, nor have I ever taken any vows of chastity.
If you owe the bank $100 that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.
The employer generally gets the employees he deserves.
I buy when other people are selling.
Before marriage, many couples are very much like people rushing to catch an airplane; once aboard, they turn into passengers. They just sit there.
If you can count your money, you don’t have a billion dollars.
Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed.
Nationalized industries are notorious for their inability to operate at a profit.
I vehemently deny that I was born a cynic and a pessimist.
The Roaring Twenties were the period of that Great American Prosperity which was built on shaky foundations.
I was brought up in an era when thrift was still considered a virtue.
The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor.
Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you’re just sitting still?
The overwhelming majority of my rated wealth consists of investments in companies that produce goods and services.
I have always enjoyed the company of women and have formed deep and long-lasting friendships with many of them.
Whether we like it or not, men and women are not the same in nature, temperament, emotions and emotional responses.
The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.
Oil is like a wild animal. Whoever captures it has it.
I have never been given to envy – save for the envy I feel toward those people who have the ability to make a marriage work and endure happily.
I hate to be a failure. I hate and regret the failure of my marriages. I would gladly give all my millions for just one lasting marital success.
There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune.
What I learned at Oxford has been used to great advantage throughout my business career.
If you can actually count your money, then you’re not a rich man.
My formula for success is rise early, work late, and strike oil.