Who knew that old oil tycoons could have such thoughtful quotes? Hearing “Rockefeller,” or “J. Paul Getty,” in conversation might summon a slew of connotations. You might just think of them as uber-rich, and out-of-touch with the common man. On the other hand, you might look up to them for their business-savvy.

One thing we can all agree on is that these men had exceptional qualities, which gave them a unique perspective on success and life. Here are seven quotes from a few of history’s top oil tycoons.


“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.”

H.L. Hunt – Mathematical genius. Turned $100 into $100,000 playing poker in New Orleans and went on to buy the East Texas Oil Field, which earned him millions.

About The Author Thomas Kuegler

I am a full-time journalist, travel blogger, and digital nomad currently traveling the United States. I'm a regular contributor at The Huffington Post, and my work has also been featured on sites like The Inquisitr and The Odyssey Online. Some of my hobbies include cooking, reading, and having uncontrollable fits of excitement whenever I see dogs. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Messiah College, and in the future I want to backpack Europe by myself, meeting amazing and wonderful people around every corner.