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We can never learn too much of His will towards us, too much of His messages and His advice. The Bible is His word and its study gives at once the foundation for our faith and an inspiration to battle onward in the fight against the tempter.

- John D. Rockefeller

When a man has accumulated a sum of money, accumulated it within the law, the Government has no right to share in its earnings.

- John D. Rockefeller

The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets.

- John D. Rockefeller

There is nothing in this world that can compare with the Christian fellowship, nothing that can satisfy but Christ.

- John D. Rockefeller

There’s no mystery in business success. If you do each day’s task successfully and stay faithfully within these natural operations of commercial laws which I talk so much about and keep your head clear, you will come out all right.

- John D. Rockefeller

This Sunday School has been of help to me, greater perhaps than any other force in my Christian life, and I can ask no better things for you than that you, and all that shall come after you in this great band of workers for Christ, shall receive the same measure of blessedness which I have been permitted to have.

- John D. Rockefeller

Treat them (the employees) well, but see that they work.

- John D. Rockefeller

If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.

- John D. Rockefeller

It is wrong to assume that men of immense wealth are always happy.

- John D. Rockefeller

John, never lend money to your friends; it will spoil your friendships.

- John D. Rockefeller

Next to doing the right thing, the most important thing is to let people know you are doing the right thing.

- John D. Rockefeller

Often the best way to develop workers – when you are sure they have the character and think they have the ability – is to take them to a deep place, throw them in and make them sink or swim.

- John D. Rockefeller

Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim.

- John D. Rockefeller

Success comes from keeping the ears open and the mouth closed, A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden of weeds.

- John D. Rockefeller

I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.

- John D. Rockefeller

The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun.

- John D. Rockefeller

I have ways of making money that you know nothing about…(if you’re firm won’t sell) you will stand alone, Your firm can never make any more money in Cleveland. No use trying to do business in competition with Standard Oil Company. If you do (continue to fight) it will end in your being wiped out.

- John D. Rockefeller

The ability to lead is more valuable than sugar or any other commodity

- John D. Rockefeller

I hope you will take good care of your health, this is religious duty, and you can accomplish so much for the world if you keep well and strong.

- John D. Rockefeller

The most important thing for a young man is to establish a credit… a reputation, character.

- John D. Rockefeller

I know of nothing more despicable and pathetic than a man who devotes all the hours of the waking day to the making of money for money’s sake.

- John D. Rockefeller

The only question with wealth is, what do you do with it?

- John D. Rockefeller

I was not an easy student, and I had to apply myself diligently to prepare my lessons, said Rockefeller, who described himself accurately as reliable but not brilliant.

- John D. Rockefeller

I would rather earn 1% off a 100 people’s efforts than 100% of my own efforts.

- John D. Rockefeller

I would rather hire a man with enthusiasm than a man who knows everything.

- John D. Rockefeller

I’d rather have 1% of 100 people’s efforts than 100% of my own.

- John D. Rockefeller

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.

- John D. Rockefeller

Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.

- John D. Rockefeller

Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.

- John D. Rockefeller

I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.

- John D. Rockefeller

I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.

- John D. Rockefeller

A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.

- John D. Rockefeller

I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.

- John D. Rockefeller

A friendship founded on business is a good deal better than a business founded on friendship.

- John D. Rockefeller

I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living.

- John D. Rockefeller

A man has no right to occupy another man’s time unnecessarily.

- John D. Rockefeller

I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.

- John D. Rockefeller

After it is all over, the religion of man is his most important possession.

- John D. Rockefeller

And we are never too old to study the Bible. Each time the lessons are studied comes some new meaning, some new thought which will make us better.

- John D. Rockefeller

Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.

- John D. Rockefeller

Competition is a sin.

- John D. Rockefeller

Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It’s to see my dividends coming in.

- John D. Rockefeller

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.

- John D. Rockefeller

Don’t blame the marketing department. The buck stops with the chief executive.

- John D. Rockefeller

Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty.

- John D. Rockefeller

Giving should be entered into in just the same way as investing. Giving is investing.

- John D. Rockefeller

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