CEO Quotes: Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Sam Walton



CEO Quotes from top Chief Executives. There are an assortment of CEO Quotes below and we are adding more all the time.  What are some of your favorite CEO Quotes?

Jeff Bezos (CEO Amazon) CEO Quotes

  • “If you never want to be criticized, for goodness’ sake don’t do anything new.” ~ Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon
  • “All businesses need to be young forever. If your customer base ages with you, you’re Woolworth’s.” ~ Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon
  • “If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.” ~ Jeff Bezos
  • “If your customer base is aging with you, then eventually you are going to become obsolete or irrelevant. You need to be constantly figuring out who are your new customers and what are you doing to stay forever young.” ~ Jeff Bezos
  • “The most important single thing is to focus obsessively on the customer. Our goal is to be earth’s most customer-centric company.” ~ Jeff Bezos
  • “We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.”  ~ Jeff Bezos
  • “If you make customers unhappy in the physical world, they might each tell 6 friends. If you make customers unhappy on the Internet, they can each tell 6,000 friends.”  ~ Jeff Bezos
  • “I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.” ~ Jeff Bezos

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Richard Branson (CEO Virgin) CEO Quotes

  • You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. ~ Richard Branson, CEO Virgin
  • Ridiculous yachts, private planes, and big limousines won’t make people enjoy life more, and it sends out terrible messages to the people who work for them. It would be so much better if that money was spent in Africa – and it’s about getting a balance. ~ Richard Branson, founder Virgin
  • Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming. ~ Richard Branson
  • Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.  ~ Richard Branson

Sergey Brin (Co-Founder Google) CEO Quotes

  • “You always hear the phrase, money doesn’t buy you happiness. But I always in the back of my mind figured a lot of money will buy you a little bit of happiness. But it’s not really true. I got a new car because the old one’s lease expired.” ~ Sergey Brin
  • “It’s not enough not to be evil. We also actively try to be good.” ~ Sergey Brin
  • “We just want to have great people working for us.” ~ Sergey Brin
  • “As we go forward, I hope we’re going to continue to use technology to make really big differences in how people live and work.” ~ Sergey Brin

Warren Buffett CEO Quotes

  • “Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving.”  ~ Warren Buffett
  • “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.’  ~ Warren Buffett

Tim Cook (CEO Apple) CEO Quotes

  • “We are the most focused company that I know of or have read of or have any knowledge of. We say no to good ideas every day. We say no to great ideas in order to keep the amount of things we focus on very small in number, so that we can put enormous energy behind the ones we do choose…..It’s not just saying yes to the right products, it’s saying no to many products that are good ideas, but just not nearly as good as other ones.”  ~ Tim Cook, CEO Apple
  • “I’d rather Apple cannibalize Apple than somebody else cannibalize Apple.” ~ Tim Cook
  • “I don’t really think anything Microsoft does puts pressure on Apple.” ~ Tim Cook
  • “Let your joy be in your journey – not in some distant goal.” ~ Tim Cook
  • “For the most important decisions in your life, trust your intuition, and then work with everything you have, to prove it right.”  ~ Tim Cook
  • “We’re very simple people at Apple. We focus on making the world’s best products and enriching people’s lives.” ~ Tim Cook
  • “You can only do so many things great, and you should cast aside everything else.” ~ Tim Cook

Michael Dell (Former CEO Dell Computers) CEO Quotes

  • “I started the business with a simple question: How can we make the process of buying a computer better? The answer was: Sell computers directly to the end customer. Eliminate the reseller’s markup and pass those savings on to the customer.” ~ Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computers
  • “Sometimes it’s better not to ask-or to listen-when tell you something can’t be done. I didn’t ask for permission or approval. I just went ahead and did it.” ~ Michael Dell
  • “Don’t be afraid to fail. Get out there and experiment and learn and fail and get a rate based on the experiences you have. Go for it and when you go for it you’ll learn what you’re capable of, what the potential is, where the opportunities are, but you can’t be afraid to fail because that’s when you learn.”  ~ Michael Dell
  • “Regrets are born of paths never taken.”  ~ Michael Dell

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Larry Ellison (CEO Oracle) Quotes

  • “When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts.” ~ Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO
  • “What is Oracle? It’s people. We rely on our HR department to build this organization, to help find those people, to help grow those people.” ~ Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO
  • “To model yourself after Steve Jobs is like, ‘I’d like to paint like Picasso, what should I do? Should I use more red?” ~ Larry Ellison
  • “If you do everything that everyone else does in business, you’re going to lose. The only way to really be ahead, is to ‘be different’.”  ~ Larry Ellison

Henry Ford (Former CEO Ford) Quotes

  • “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” ~ Henry Ford, founder of Ford
  • “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford,
  • “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”  ~ Henry Ford

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Bill Gates (Former CEO Microsoft) Quotes

  • “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” ~ Bill Gates
  • “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” ~ Bill Gates
  • “If you give people tools, and they use their natural abilities and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected.” ~ Bill Gates

Steve Jobs (Former CEO Apple) Quotes

  • “Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.” ~ Steve Jobs
  • “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”
  • “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” ~ Steve Jobs
  • “It takes a lot of hard work to make something simple.” ~ Steve Jobs
  • “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs
  • “Strategy is figuring out what not to do.” ~ Steve Jobs

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Elon Musk

  • “Everybody around here has slides in their lobbies. I’m actually wondering about putting in a roller coaster — like a functional roller coaster at the factory in Fremont. You’d get in, and it would take you around [the] factory but also up and down. Who else has a roller coaster? … It would probably be really expensive, but I like the idea of it.” ~ Elon Musk
  • “When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.” ~ Elon Musk
  • “I’ve thought about it quite a lot … We could definitely make a flying car – but that’s not the hard part … The hard part is, how do you make a flying car that’s super safe and quiet? Because if it’s a howler, you’re going to make people very unhappy.” ~ Elon Musk
  • “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” ~ Elon Musk

Larry Page (co-founder of Google) CEO Quotes

  • “My job as a leader is to make sure everybody in the company has great opportunities, and that they feel they’re having a meaningful impact and are contributing to the good of society. As a world, we’re doing a better job of that. My goal is for Google to lead, not follow that.” ~ Larry Page, co-founder Google
  • “Invention is not enough. Tesla invented the electric power we use, but he struggled to get it out to people. You have to combine both things: invention and innovation focus, plus the company that can commercialize things and get them to people.” ~ Larry Page
  • “We have a mantra: don’t be evil, which is to do the best things we know how for our users, for our customers, for everyone. So I think if we were known for that, it would be a wonderful thing.” ~ Larry Page

Frederick W. Smith (founder and CEO of FedEx) CEO Quotes

  • “Leaders get out in front and stay there by raising the standards by which they judge themselves – and by which they are willing to be judged.” ~ Frederick W. Smith (Fedx CEO)
    “A Yale University management professor in response to student Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service: The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C’, the idea must be feasible.” ~ Frederick W. Smith
    “My innovation involved taking an idea from the telecommunications and banking industries, and applying that idea to transportation business.” ~ Frederick W. Smith

Sam Walton (Former CEO Walmart) CEO Quotes

  • “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves it s amazing what they can accomplish.”  ~ Sam Walton
  • “I have always been driven to buck the system, to innovate, to take things beyond where they’ve been.”  ~ Sam Walton
  • “If you want a successful business, your people must feel that you are working for them—not that they are working for you.”  ~ Sam Walton
  • “There is only one boss – the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.”  ~ Sam Walton
  • “We’re all working together; that’s the secret.”  ~ Sam Walton
  • “Celebrate your successes. Find some humor in your failures. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Loosen up, and everybody around you will loosen up. Have fun. Show enthusiasm – always.”   ~ Sam Walton
  • “When all else fails, put on a costume and sing a silly song. Then make everybody else sing with you. Don’t do a hula on Wall Street. It’s been done. Think up your own stunt. All of this is more important, and more fun, than you think, and it really fools the competition. “Why should we take those cornballs at Wal-Mart seriously?”  ~ Sam Walton
  • “I probably have traveled and walked into more variety stores than anybody in America. I am just trying to get ideas, any kind of ideas that will help our company.:  ~ Sam Walton
  • “Information is power, and the gain you get from empowering your associates more than offsets the risk of informing your competitor.”  ~ Sam Walton
  • “The goal as a company is to have customer service that is not just the best but legendary.”  ~ Sam Walton
  • “Each Wal-Mart store should reflect the values of its customers and support the vision they hold for their community.”  ~ Sam Walton

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Jack Welch (Former CEO GE) CEO Quotes

  • An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage. ~ Jack Welch
  • If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it you almost don’t have to manage them.  ~ Jack Welch
  • When you become a leader success is all about growing others. ~ Jack Welch

Oprah Winfrey Quotes

  • “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”  ~ Oprah Winfrey
  • “Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.”  ~ Oprah Winfrey
  • “You cannot continue to succeed in the world or have a fulfilling life in the world unless you choose to use your life in the service somehow to others and give back what you have been given. That’s how you keep it. That’s how you get it. That’s how you grow it.”  ~ Oprah Winfrey

Mark Zuckerberg (CEO Facebook) CEO Quotes

  • The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. ~ Mark Zuckerberg
  • Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission – to make the world more open and connected. ~ Mark Zuckerberg
  • Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough. ~ Mark Zuckerberg
  • At Facebook, we build tools to help people connect with the people they want and share what they want, and by doing this we are extending people’s capacity to build and maintain relationships. ~ Mark Zuckerberg

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