Cornelius Vanderbilt Quotes

Cornelius Vanderbilt Quotes

Cornelius Vanderbilt was one of the wealthiest and most successful business magnates in Amercian history. His is the quintessential "rags to riches" story in the USA. He made his fortune in the 1800s in the railroad and shipping industry that were changing the US and global economy. Although he was often vilified by the media, his role in building the country can't be denied. His legacy was later continued by his son William Henry Vanderbilt who expanded his empire and doubled his fortune. This entrepreneurial pioneer is an inspirational figure business owners around the world, and he provides plenty of motivational quotes

Here are some of my favorite inspirational business quotes from Cornelius Vanderbilt.

1.  "If a fellow’s got guts he can always win."

2.  "I’m tired of working for somebody else." (said by Cornelius Vanderbilt at only age 15)

3.  "Pay ready money for everything you buy, and never sell anything you don’t own."

4.  "You have undertaken to cheat me. I won't sue you, for the law is too slow. I'll ruin you."

5.  "If you don’t have competition, you don’t have competitors to skin."

6.  "That’s where the big money will be. Plenty of competition…"

7.  "If I had learned education I would not have had time to learn anything else."

8.  "Say nothing and jump quick."

9.  "Tricks ain’t good business."

10.  "I don't care half so much about making money as I do about making my point, and coming out ahead." 

11.  "Got to spend some money, if you want to make anything. Can’t run a ferry that won’t run." 

12.  "No. The business ain’t big enough."

13.  "I’m going to show ‘em Ma. You wait and see."

Thank you for the inspirational quotes Cornelius Vanderbilt!


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