35 Quotes by J. P. Morgan

J. P. Morgan, a titan of American finance during the Gilded Age, exemplified the intricate dance between wealth, power, and influence. With a shrewd acumen for investment and an uncanny ability to navigate the intricate web of late 19th-century economic landscapes, Morgan played a pivotal role in shaping the modern financial system. His creation of a conglomerate that brought together major industries under one umbrella revolutionized the business world, but also stirred debates about monopolistic power. Morgan's persona extended beyond his financial prowess, as he wielded significant influence in political and cultural spheres, often acting as a financial backer for important projects and endeavors. His legacy continues to evoke discussions about the balance between private wealth and the public good, casting a shadow that touches contemporary debates on corporate responsibility and economic concentration.

J. P. Morgan Quotes

Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther.

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A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.

Money equals business which equals power, all of which come from character and trust.

People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders. This is well known among our principle men now engaged in forming an imperialism of capitalism to govern the world. By dividing the people we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us except as teachers of the common herd.

Anyone can be a millionaire, but to become a billionaire you need an astrologer.

When you expect things to happen - strangely enough - they do happen.

The key to living a moral life is this: Do nothing in private that you would be ashamed to discuss openly with your mother.

Anyone who has to ask about the annual upkeep of a yacht can't afford one.

Gold is money. Everything else is credit.

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.

I made a fortune getting out too soon.

Giving debt relief to people that really need it, that's what foreclosure is.

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.

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I want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do. I hire him to tell how to do what I want to do.

Any man who is a bear on the future of this country will go broke.

Decide that you are not going to stay where you are.

I'll do business with anyone, but I'll only go sailing with gentlemen.

If you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it.

You can't unscramble eggs.

When asked what the stock market will do: It will fluctuate.

I do not remember in my whole life I ever willfully misrepresented anything to anybody at any time. I have never knowingly had connection with a fraudulent scheme.

You can't pick cherries with your back to the tree.

You are affluent when you buy what you want, do what you wish and don't give a thought to what it costs.

A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason. Let us be like the man of the frontier and always reveal with utmost honesty our real reasons for all that we do.

No sir. The first thing is character.

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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.

Anybody has a right to evade taxes if he can get away with it. No citizen has a moral obligation to assist in maintaining his government

Money is gold, and nothing else

Millionaires don't have astrologers, billionaires do.

A man generally has two reasons for doing a thing. One that sounds good, and a real one.

Let every lion do his duty.

Congress should know how to levy taxes, and if it doesn't know how to collect them, then a man is a fool to pay the taxes.

If that's all he can get, and he takes it, I should say it's enough.

I'm not in Wall Street for my health.

You have no right to own a yacht if you ask that question.

Gold is money and nothing else.

― J. P. Morgan Quotes

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