J. Paul Getty Quotes

Who is J. Paul Getty?

Jean Paul Getty was a British-American industrialist who founded the Getty Oil Company.

Born December 15, 1892
Died June 06, 1976

Books by J. Paul Getty


Best 16 Quotes by J. Paul Getty

“If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars.”

J. Paul Getty

“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

“In some respects, a society in which the members reach a universal level in which they are anonymous drones by choice is even more frightening than one in which they are forced to be so against their will. When human beings relinquish their individuality and identity of their own volition, they are also relinquishing their claim to being human.”

J. Paul Getty

“In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.”

J. Paul Getty

“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

“The conformist is not born. He is made. I believe the brainwashing process begins in the schools and colleges.”

J. Paul Getty

“The majority is by no means omniscient just because it is the majority. In fact, I've found that the line which divides majority opinion from mass hysteria is often so fine as to be virtually invisible.”

J. Paul Getty

“The man who comes up with a means for doing or producing anything better, faster or more economically has his future and his fortune at his fingertips.”

J. Paul Getty

“The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.”

J. Paul Getty

“There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune.”

J. Paul Getty

“There is obviously something wrong with our educational system. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that there might even be something wrong with at least some of our schoolteachers. But heaven help anyone daring to express such heretical views.”

J. Paul Getty

“Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even, the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine, and eminently unsatisfying.”

J. Paul Getty

“I’d rather have 1 percent of the efforts of 100 people than 100 percent of my own efforts.”

J. Paul Getty

"How to Be Rich" Quotes

“In my own opinion, the average American's cultural shortcomings can be likened to those of the educated barbarians of ancient Rome. These were barbarians who learned to speak--and often to read and write--Latin. They acquired Roman habits of dress and deportment. Many of them handily mastered Roman commercial, engineering and military techniques--but they remained barbarians nonetheless. They failed to develop any understanding, appreciation or love for the art and culture of the great civilization around them.”

J. Paul Getty
How to Be Rich

“It shouldn't be very difficult for anyone to resist the temptation to force himself into the pattern of the structured man. One needs only to remember that a groove may be safe--but that, as one wears away at it, the groove becomes first a rut and finally a grave.”

J. Paul Getty
How to Be Rich

“There is, however, hope for any person who wants to remain an individual. He can assert himself and refuse to conform. He'll be on his own, that's true, but while he will not have the security enjoyed by those who do conform, there will be no limits to what he may achieve.”

J. Paul Getty
How to Be Rich