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John Davison Rockefeller

Geburtstag: 8. Juli 1839
Todesdatum: 23. Mai 1937
Andere Namen:Джон Дэвисон Рокфеллер

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John Davison Rockefeller Sr. war ein US-amerikanischer Unternehmer und gilt als einer der reichsten Menschen der Neuzeit.

Rockefeller war Mitbegründer einer Erdölraffinerie, aus der 1870 die Standard Oil Company hervorging. Einer seiner Geschäftspartner war Henry Morrison Flagler.

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„I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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

I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master.

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.

I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living and that economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether in government, business or personal affairs.

I believe that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order.

I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man's word should be as good as his bond, that character—not wealth or power or position—is of supreme worth.

I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.

I believe in an all-wise and all-loving God, named by whatever name, and that the individual's highest fulfillment, greatest happiness and widest usefulness are to be found in living in harmony with His will.

I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might.“

— John D. Rockefeller

„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.“

— John D. Rockefeller
Context: 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 (1932) by John T. Flynn

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„Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great“

— John D. Rockefeller
Earliest citation found in Google Books is from [https://books.google.com/books?id=bdTko5oHTd4C&pg=PA25&dq=%22give+up+the+good+to+go+for+the+great%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiH2e_QivXLAhUps4MKHdf0A9wQ6AEIHTAA#v=onepage&q=%22give%20up%20the%20good%20to%20go%20for%20the%20great%22&f=false 1993], where it is attributed to country-music singer Kenny Rogers. Not found attributed to Rockefeller until [https://books.google.com/books?id=F7OGT9WTiPQC&pg=PA24&dq=%22give+up+the+good%22+%22go+for+the+great%22+rockefeller&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjw_rb9ivXLAhXrmoMKHbgHBqkQ6wEIHjAA#v=onepage&q=%22give%20up%20the%20good%22%20%22go%20for%20the%20great%22%20rockefeller&f=false 2006].

„I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance.“

— John D. Rockefeller
Context: 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. As quoted in How They Succeeded (1901) by Orison Swett Marden

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

— John D. Rockefeller
As quoted in Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life (2010) by Bryan Curtis, p. 75

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„I have ways of making money that you know nothing of.“

— John D. Rockefeller
As quoted by Isaac Hewitt (1879) in testimony to the New York Assembly. Rockefeller doubted that he said this, according to John D. : The Founding Father of the Rockefellers (1980) by David Freeman Hawke; this is reminiscent of the remark attributed to Jesus in John 4:32: "I have meat to eat that ye know not of." (KJV)/"I have food to eat that you know nothing about." (NIV)

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„The day of combination is here to stay. Individualism has gone, never to return.“

— John D. Rockefeller
John D. Rockefeller, age 41, in 1880 — Allan Nevins, John D. Rockefeller (New York: Scribner, 1959), I:622.

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