68 J. Paul Getty Quotes on Success, Money and Inspiration

J. Paul Getty born in 1892 was a wealthy American oil businessman who was considered the richest man in the world at the time of his death in 1976.

He made his first million dollars by the age of 24 with the help of his father George F. Getty also a millionaire in the oil business.

Over the years Getty acquired many oil companies and built a large financial empire.

His most profitable deal was a 60-year oil concession in Saudi Arabia in 1949.

J. Paul Getty Quotes

Getty was known for his eccentric lifestyle and was married and divorced five times.

In 1953 he founded the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California where he displayed his art collection.

After his death his fortune was left to the museum which later became the Getty Trust a major philanthropic foundation.

Here are some of the powerful quotes by Paul Getty.

Best J. Paul Getty Quotes


My formula for success is rise early, work late, and strike oil. ~ J. Paul Getty.

There are at least 50 cities in the world that would have liked to obtain the Getty Collection. ~ J. Paul Getty.

I am – and have always been – a Methodist. ~ J. Paul Getty.

What I learned at Oxford has been used to great advantage throughout my business career. ~ J. Paul Getty.

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.

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

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. ~ J. Paul Getty.

You cannot bring about prosperity without discouraging thrift. ~ J. Paul Getty.

I’ve never been one to bet on the weather. ~ J. Paul Getty.

To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business. ~ J. Paul Getty.

Five wives can’t all be wrong. ~ J. Paul Getty.

The Roaring Twenties were the period of that Great American Prosperity which was built on shaky foundations. ~ 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.

My love of fine art increased – the more of it I saw, the more of it I wanted to see. ~ J. Paul Getty.

My wealth is not a subject I relish discussing. ~ J. Paul Getty.

I have never been given to envy – save for the envy I feel toward those people who have the ability to make a marriage work and endure happily. ~ J. Paul Getty.


I buy when other people are selling. ~ J. Paul Getty.

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.

Governments, of course, can – and do – soak the rich. ~ J. Paul Getty.

Oil is like a wild animal. Whoever captures it has it. ~ J. Paul Getty.

Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of the ages through which they have passed. ~ J. Paul Getty.

Top J. Paul Getty Quotes

I have always enjoyed the company of women and have formed deep and long-lasting friendships with many of them. ~ J. Paul Getty.

I have absolutely no intention of marrying Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. ~ J. Paul Getty.

If you can count your money, you don’t have a billion dollars. ~ J. Paul Getty.

Nationalized industries are notorious for their inability to operate at a profit. ~ J. Paul Getty.

Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil. ~ J. Paul Getty.

Control of a company does not carry with it the ability to control the price of its stock. ~ J. Paul Getty.

In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy. ~ Jean Paul Getty.

The employer generally gets the employees he deserves. ~ J. Paul Getty.

Whether we like it or not, men and women are not the same in nature, temperament, emotions and emotional responses. ~ J. Paul Getty.

Popular J. Paul Getty Quotes

The rich are not born skeptical or cynical. They are made that way by events, circumstances. ~ J. Paul Getty.

Rhetoric and dialectics can’t change what I have learned from observation and experience. ~ J. Paul Getty.

How does one measure the success of a museum? ~ 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.

A marriage contract to me is as binding as any in business, and I have always believed in sticking to an agreement. ~ Jean Paul Getty.

A hatred of failure has always been part of my nature. ~ J. Paul Getty.

I can afford to say what I wish. ~ J. Paul Getty.

I was brought up in an era when thrift was still considered a virtue. ~ J. Paul Getty.

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.

My yachts were, I suppose, outstanding status symbols. ~ J. Paul Getty.

Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells. ~ J. Paul Getty.

The overwhelming majority of my rated wealth consists of investments in companies that produce goods and services. ~ J. Paul Getty.

During the 1950s, Aristotle Onassis and I formed what grew to be a close friendship and association in several business ventures. ~ J. Paul Getty.

Famous J. Paul Getty Quotes

In Japan, I was immensely impressed by the politeness, industrious nature and conscientiousness of the Japanese people. ~ J. Paul Getty.

The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights. ~ J. Paul Getty.

I vehemently deny that I was born a cynic and a pessimist. ~ J. Paul Getty.

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. ~ Jean Paul Getty.

You cannot further the Brotherhood of Man by encouraging class hatred. ~ J. Paul Getty.

There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune. ~ J. Paul Getty.

Nostalgia often leads to idle speculation. ~ J. Paul Getty.

I am neither a homosexual nor a eunuch, nor have I ever taken any vows of chastity. ~ J. Paul Getty.

The beauty one can find in art is one of the pitifully few real and lasting products of human endeavor. ~ Jean Paul Getty.

If you can actually count your money, then you’re not a rich man. ~ J. Paul Getty.

No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or ‘get rich’ in business by being a conformist. ~ J. Paul Getty.

There are heads of royal families who control hereditary fortunes that defy comprehension. ~ J. Paul Getty.

The key to wealth is to learn how to make money while you sleep. ~ J. Paul Getty.

Wealth is only a benefit of the game of money. If you win, the money will be there. ~ J. Paul Getty.

I’d rather have 1% of the effort of 100 men than 100% of my own effort. ~ J. Paul Getty.

There is only one way to make a great deal of money; and that is in a business of your own. ~ J. Paul Getty.

Getting results through people is a skill that cannot be learned in the classroom. ~ J. Paul Getty.

Once in the game, I always try to hit the ball back, and do my best to beat the opponent! ~ J. Paul Getty.

Inspiring J. Paul Getty Quotes

Seek advice on risk from the wealthy, who still take risks, not friends who dare nothing more than a football bet. ~ J. Paul Getty.

You must take risks, both with your own money or with borrowed money. Risk taking is essential to business growth. ~ J. Paul Getty.

Age doesn’t matter unless you’re cheese. ~ J. Paul Getty.

If you look after the pennies, the dollars will look after themselves. ~ 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.

To become a billionaire, you have to have the mentality of a billionaire. This particular state of mind concentrates all knowledge and intelligence on a single and unique goal. ~ J. Paul Getty.

Money isn’t everything but it sure keeps you in touch with your children. ~ J. Paul Getty.

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