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1901

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" The impression was gaining ground with me that it was a good thing to let the money be my slave and not make myself a slave to money."

As quoted in How They Succeeded (1901) by Orison Swett Marden


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1905


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

Attributed as a statement to his Bible class (1 April 1905) in "The Loneliness of John D. Rockefeller", Current Literature (November 1906) vol. 41 no. 5,


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1906

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"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 moneys sake."


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in 1915

" God gave me my money."

Women's Home Companion (1915), quoted in God's Gold (1932) by John T. Flynn


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1918


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

The Men Who Are Making America (1918) by Bertie Charles Forbes


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1925



" I was early taught to work as well as play, My life has been one long, happy holiday; Full of work and full of play — I dropped the worry on the way — And God was good to me every day."

Verses written on his eighty-sixth birthday


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1928


" I believe it is a religious duty to get all the money you can, fairly and honestly; to keep all you can, and to give away all you can."

TIME Magazine


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1932

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" I believe the power to make money is a gift of God … to be developed and used to the best of our ability for the good of mankind. Having been endowed with the gift I possess, I believe it is my duty to make money and still more money and to use the money I make for the good of my fellow man according to the dictates of my conscience."

Interview with William Hoster, quoted in God's Gold


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1937

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" 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."

Attributed in How to Win Friends and Influence People


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


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


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


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"I have ways of making money that you know nothing of."


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


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"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."


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"Dont be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."


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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."


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"Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? Its to see my dividends coming in."


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"Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life no matter what may be ones aim."


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


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


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"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."


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" The impression was gaining ground with me that it was a good thing to let the money be my slave and not make myself a slave to money."


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