Larry Ellison quotes
Quotes by and about Larry Ellison
(Continued from his main entry on the site.)
Ellison: "Being first is more important to me [than earning money]. I have so much money. Whatever money is, it's just a method of keeping score now. I mean, I certainly don't need more money."
Ellison: "The great thing about programming is [that] you don't have to defer gratification for more than a few hours [before] you get ... feedback [and you see if it works]."
Ellison: "The most important aspect of my personality as far as determining my success goes; has been my questioning conventional wisdom, doubting experts and questioning authority. While that can be painful in your relationships with your parents and teachers, it's enormously useful in life."
Ellison: "When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for people telling you that you are nuts."
Ellison: "You have to act and act now."
Ellison: "When you are the first person whose beliefs are different from what everyone else believes, you are basically saying, 'I'm right and everyone else is wrong.' That's a very unpleasant position to be in. It's at once exhilaration and the same time an invitation to be attacked."
Ellison: "You can't spend [as much money as I have], even if you try. I've been trying."
Ellison: "I think about the business all the time. Well, I shouldn't say all the time. I don't think about it when I am wakeboarding."
Ellison: "What makes me happy? I was really happy to build this house. That's it; building things. The trouble with software is that it's very hard to show your aunt in Florida what you've done."
Ellison: "[I like reading] about Churchill and how he wasn't overwhelmed by Nazi Germany. Amazing; that the morale of a country rested on one person's shoulders. Amazing. ... Truly inspirational. I suppose that's my theme. ... Doing great things."
Ellison: "Five years from now, I don't know how I'll think."