J. P. Morgan
To love one person with a private love is poor and miserable: to love all is glorious.Thomas Traherne
- I owe the public nothing.
- A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.
- Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see farther.
- If you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it.
- No problem can be solved until it is reduced to some simple form. The changing of a vague difficulty into a specific, concrete form is a very essential element in thinking.
- The wise man bridges the gap by laying out the path by means of which he can get from where he is to where he wants to go.
- Well, I don't know as I want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do. I hire him to tell how to do what I want to do.
- When you expect things to happen - strangely enough - they do happen.
- Money equals business which equals power, all of which come from character and trust.
- Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of plutocracy.
- I made a fortune getting out too soon.
- When the house is on fire good girls have to get out as well as the bad ones.
- Anyone can be a millionaire, but to become a billionaire you need an astrologer.
- Remember, my son, that any man who is a bear on the future of this country will go broke.
- Asked [by the lawyer for a congressional investigating committee in 1912]: "Is not commercial credit based primarily upon money or property?"
- "No sir," replied Morgan. "The first thing is character."
- "Before money or property?"
- "Before money or anything else. Money cannot buy it...Because a man I do not trust could not get money from me on all the bonds in Christendom."
- Any man who does not carry with him the value of all of the men around him does not carry the value to spend my time.
- Any man who does not carry freedom in his wallet has no value to his life, or the flexibility to switch between cash or points.