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April 17, 1837 – March 31, 1913; American banker, financier and philantropist

The first thing (in credit) is character... before money or anything else. Money cannot buy it. 
A man I do not trust could not get money from me on all the bonds in Christendom. I think
that is the fundamental basis of business.
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A man always has two reasons for what he does - a good one, and the real one.
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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.
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If you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it.
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Anyone can be a millionaire, but to become a billionaire you need an astrologer.
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The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where
you are.
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When you expect things to happen - strangely enough - they do happen.
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It will fluctuate.
J. P. Morgan, when asked what the stock market will do

Well, I don't know as I want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do. I hire him to tell how to do
what I want to do.
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Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see farther.
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No price is too great for a work of unquestioned beauty and known authenticity.
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You can't pick cherries with your back to the tree.
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Nothing so undermines your financial judgement as the sight of your neighbor getting rich.
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My first guess is sometimes right. My second never is.
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