58 J Paul Getty Quotes On Success In Life

Jean-Paul Getty known widely as J. Paul Getty was an American-born British petrol-industrialist, and the patriarch of the Getty family. He founded the Getty Oil Company, and in 1957, Fortune magazine named him the richest living American, while the 1966 Guinness Book of Records named him as the world’s richest private citizen, worth an estimated $1.2 billion (approx. $7.4 billion in 2019).  These J Paul Getty quotes will motivate you in life.

Best J Paul Getty Quotes

  1. “I’d rather have 1% of the effort of 100 men than 100% of my own effort.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  2. “A man can fail, but he isn’t a failure until he blames someone else.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  3. “The #1 guideline to success is you must be in business for yourself. When you work for someone else, you sell your time at wholesale to your employer, who then re-sells it at retail to the customer.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  4. “In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  5. “The key to wealth is to learn how to make money while you sleep” ~ J. Paul Getty

  6. “There is only one way to make a great deal of money, and that is in a business of your own.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  7. “A lasting relationship with a woman is only possible if you are a business failure.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  8. “Money isn’t everything but it sure keeps you in touch with your children.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  9. “If you owe the bank $100 that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  10. “Buy when everyone else is selling and hold until everyone else is buying. That’s not just a catchy slogan. It’s the very essence of successful investing.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  11. “The individual who wants to reach the top in business must appreciate the might and force of habit. He must be quick to break those habits that can break him-and hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits that help him achieve the success he desires.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  12. “Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.” ~ J. Paul Getty

  13. “In my opinion, an individual without any love of the arts cannot be considered completely civilized.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  14. “My father said, ‘You must never try to make all the money that’s in a deal. Let the other fellow make some money too, because if you have a reputation for always making all the money, you won’t have many deals’.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  15. “Patience; this is the greatest business asset. Wait for the right time to make your moves.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  16. “People who don’t respect money don’t have any.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  17. “I would rather receive one percent of the income of 100 men, than 100% of the income of one man.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  18. Build wealth as a by product of your business success. If wealth is your only objective in business, you will probably fail.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  19. “Today’s dissenters mainly focus their attention and expend their energies on the most inconsequential of trivia. …Allegedly serious intellectuals quibble endlessly over such ridiculous trivialities…In the meantime, the public is lulled into a perilous somnolence, spoon-fed pap, and palpable untruths, many of which are turned out by special-interest and pressure groups and well organized propaganda machines.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  20. “The employer generally gets the employees he deserves.” ~ J. Paul Getty

  21. “Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  22. “You must not only learn to live with tension, you must seek it out. You must learn to thrive on stress.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  23. “If you get up early, work late, and pay your taxes, you will get ahead — if you strike oil.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  24. “A sense of thrift is essential to success in business. The businessman must discipline himself to practice economy whenever possible, in his personal life as well as his business affairs.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  25. “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?” ~ J. Paul Getty
  26. “You must take risks, both with your own money or with borrowed money. Risk-taking is essential to business growth.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  27. “To build wealth today, you must be in your own business.” ~ J. Paul Getty

  28. “If you can count your money, you don’t have a billion dollars.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  29. “The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  30. “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.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  31. “To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  32. “Some people find oil. Others don’t.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  33. “There are always opportunities through which businessmen can profit handsomely if they will only recognize and seize them.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  34. “Age doesn’t matter unless you are cheese.” ~ J. Paul Getty

  35. “Men of means look at making money as a game which they love to play.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  36. “Each [of my wives] was jealous and resentful of my preoccupation with business. Yet none showed any visible aversion to sharing in the proceeds.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  37. “…Americans…automatically equate dissension with disloyalty. They view any criticism of our existing social, economic, and political forms, as sedition and subversion. …(” The growing reluctance of Americans to criticize, and their increasing tendency to condemn those who, in ever-dwindling numbers, will still voice dissent”) is disturbing, deplorable, and truly dangerous.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  38. “There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  39. “In business, as in politics, it is never easy to go against the beliefs and attitudes held by the majority. The businessman who moves counter to the tide of prevailing opinion must expect to be obstructed, derided and damned.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  40. “I buy when other people are selling.” ~ J. Paul Getty

  41. “The man who comes up with a means for doing or producing almost anything better, faster or more economically has his future and his fortune at his fingertips.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  42. “If you look after the pennies, the dollars will look after themselves.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  43. “There are no safeguards that can protect the emotional investor from himself.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  44. “Getting results through people is a skill that cannot be learned in the classroom.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  45. “Wealth is only a benefit of the game of money. If you win, the money will be there.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  46. “Once you have made it, you will understand that any business is limited in the challenges it offers. You will want and need other games to play, so you will look for other ventures to hold your interest.” ~ J Paul Getty Quotes
  47. “No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or ‘get rich’ in business by being a conformist.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  48. “….remember, a billion dollars isn’t worth what it used to be.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  49. “Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  50. “If you can actually count your money, then you’re not a rich man.” ~ J. Paul Getty

  51. “I have no complex about wealth. I have worked very hard for my money; producing things people need.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  52. “Some of our newspapers and magazines are more concerned with the welfare of their advertisers than they are with the dissemination of news and the discussion of matters of lasting importance. …Radio, television, motion pictures, popular books – all contribute…to…the stifling of dissent on all but the most banal levels. …a renunciation of the most basic and precious of democratic principles.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  53. “The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavour. The beauty endures. A work of art lives…through the generations and centuries.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  54. “Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even, the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine, and eminently unsatisfying.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  55. “Money is like manure, you don’t have to spread it around, you can just sell it to Potash Corp as fertilizer.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  56. “I find all this money a considerable burden.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  57. “There may be some substitute for hard facts, but if there is, I have no idea what it can be.” ~ J. Paul Getty
  58. “Oil is like a wild animal. Whoever captures it has it.” ~ J. Paul Getty

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