J. Paul Getty Quotes

Who is J. Paul Getty?

Jean Paul Getty was a British-American industrialist who founded the Getty Oil Company. Getty was the richest American in his days.

Getty had five children with four of his five ex-wives. His artcollection formed the basis of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Born December 15, 1892
Died June 06, 1976

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“A hatred of failure has always been part of my nature.”

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“A lasting relationship with a woman is only possible if you are a business failure.”

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“A man can fail, but he isn't a failure until he blames someone else.”

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“A marriage contract to me is as binding as any in business, and I have always believed in sticking to an agreement.”

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“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.”

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“Age doesn't matter, unless you are cheese.”

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“Before marriage, many couples are very much like people rushing to catch an airplane; once aboard, they turn into passengers. They just sit there.”

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“Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed.”

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“Build wealth as a by-product of your business success. If wealth is your only objective in business, you will probably fail.”

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“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.”

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“Control of a company does not carry with it the ability to control the price of its stock.”

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“During the 1950s, Aristotle Onassis and I formed what grew to be a close friendship and association in several business ventures.”

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“Each of my wives was jealous and resentful of my preoccupation with business. Yet none showed any visible aversion to sharing in the proceeds.”

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“Five wives can't all be wrong.”

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“Formula for Success: Rise early, work hard, strike oil.”

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“Getting results through people is a skill that cannot be learned in the classroom.”

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“Money cannot buy peace of mind. It cannot heal ruptured relationships, or build meaning into a life that has none.”


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“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?”

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“Governments, of course, can – and do – soak the rich.”

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“How does one measure the success of a museum?”

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“I am neither a homosexual nor a eunuch, nor have I ever taken any vows of chastity.”

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“I buy when other people are selling.”

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“I can afford to say what I wish.”

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“I find all this money a considerable burden.”

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“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.”

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“I have absolutely no intention of marrying Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.”

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“I have always enjoyed the company of women and have formed deep and long-lasting friendships with many of them.”

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“I have no complex about wealth. I have worked very hard for my money; producing things people need.”

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“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.”

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“I vehemently deny that I was born a cynic and a pessimist.”

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“I was 37 when my father died – and I no longer had any freedom of choice over what I would do with the rest of my life.”

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“It is far more common for people to allow ego to stand in the way of learning.”

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