Larry Ellison is an American businessman and investor.
He is the co-founder, executive chairman, chief technology officer, and former chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation.
He is also the owner of the 41st largest island in the United States, Lanai in the Hawaiian Islands with a population of just over 3000.
We've put together an incredible collection of Larry Ellison quotes to read.
Here they are:
List of Inspiring Larry Ellison Quotes
“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.”– Larry 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.”– Larry 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.”– Larry Ellison
“In order to grow at this pace, there will have to be a couple of acquisitions along the way. The tricky thing is to grow at this rate and maintain a 40 percent operating margin.”– Larry Ellison
“In some ways, getting away from the headquarters and having a little time to reflect allows you to find errors in your strategy. You get to rethink things. Often, that helps me correct a mistake that I made or someone else is about to make.”– Larry Ellison
“We think we’re going to be especially strong in platform where we have our two platform brands: our database brand is the Oracle Database 12c, and our programming language brand is this thing called Java.”– Larry Ellison
“Lanai at one time grew 98% of the world’s pineapples. But the world’s pineapples are now grown in two places, Costa Rica and Panama, because no one wants to spend $45 for a pineapple from the United States.”– Larry Ellison
“I started NetSuite. NetSuite was my idea. I called up Evan Goldberg and said, ‘We’re going to do ERP on the Internet, software-as-a-service.’ Six months later Marc Benioff, finding out what NetSuite was doing, and kind of copied it.”– Larry Ellison
“My favorite museums are things like the Frick Museum in New York and the Huntington Hartford in Pasadena where it’s someone’s home that you walk through.”– Larry Ellison
“We saw – we conducted the experiment. I mean, it’s been done. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. We saw Apple without Steve Jobs. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. Now, we’re gonna see Apple without Steve Jobs.”– Larry Ellison
“I’m addicted to winning. The more you win, the more you want to win.”– Larry Ellison
“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
“All you can do is every day, try to solve a problem and make your company better. You can’t worry about it, you can’t panic when you look at the stock market’s decline. You get frozen like a deer in the headlights. All you can do is all you can do.”– Larry Ellison
“When you live your life in different ways, it makes people around you become uncomfortable. So deal with it. They don’t know what you are going to do.”– Larry Ellison
“When I started Oracle, what I wanted to do was to create an environment where I would enjoy working. That was my primary goal. Sure, I wanted to make a living. I certainly never expected to become rich, certainly not this rich. I mean, rich does not even describe this. This is surreal. And it has nothing to do with money. I mean, you buy clothes with money, and cars. But I really wanted to work with people I enjoyed working with, who I admired and liked.”– Larry Ellison
“Bill Gates wants people to think he’s Edison, when he’s really Rockefeller. Referring to Gates as the smartest man in America isn’t right… wealth isn’t the same thing as intelligence.”– Larry Ellison
”I think I am very goal orientated. I’d like to win the America’s cup. I’d like Oracle to be the number 1 software company in the world. I still think it is possible to beat Microsoft.”– Larry Ellison
“Because software is all about scale. The larger you are, the more profitable you are. If we sell twice as much as software, it doesn’t cost us twice as much to build that software. So the more customers you have, the more scale you have. The larger you are, the more profitable you are.”– Larry Ellison
“When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts.”– Larry Ellison
“The things that caused problems for me in school are the same things that help me succeed in the world.”– Larry Ellison
“Both my mother and I were determined that we weren’t going to stay on welfare. We always worked toward doing better, toward having a better life. We never had any doubts that we would”– Larry Ellison
“So 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.”– Larry Ellison
“When I do something, it is all about self-discovery. I want to learn and discover my own limits.”– Larry Ellison
“See things in the present, even if they are in the future.”– Larry Ellison
“When you write a program for Android, you use the Oracle Java tools for everything and at the very end, you push a button and say convert this.”– Larry Ellison
“When you’re the first whose beliefs are different you’re saying, I’m right and everyone else is wrong.”– Larry Ellison
“People really criticize professional athletes going into the Olympics. People don’t like change. A bunch of people don’t like the Olympics now because we’ve added skateboarding… We’re modernizing the sport.”– Larry Ellison
“I wish HP nothing but the best. I think HP is an icon. Those of us who had their careers in the Valley think of Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett as role models. We would love to be half as good as they were.”– Larry Ellison
“We have an ideal location for a couple of organic wineries on the island. But the reintroduction of commercial agriculture to Lanai is 100% dependent upon increasing the available water on the island. So we’re going to use solar energy to convert seawater to fresh water.”– Larry Ellison
“There’s a wonderful saying that’s dead wrong. ‘Why did you climb the mountain?’ ‘I climbed the mountain because it was there.’ That’s utter nonsense…You climbed the mountain because you were there, and you were curious if you could do it. You wondered what it would be like.”– Larry Ellison
“You realize that life is short and fragile; and when you are facing walls of water, you understand your own mortality can change and how quickly things could change.”– Larry Ellison
“Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. Sure, there’s the talent, but they’re also has to be the will. Give me the human will and the intense desire to win and it will trump talent every day of the week.”– Larry Ellison
“When people start telling you that you’re crazy, you just might be on to the most important innovation in your life.”– 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
“Taking care of your employees is extremely important and very, very visible.”– Larry Ellison
“The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?”– Larry Ellison
“All you can do is every day, try to solve a problem and make your company better.”– Larry Ellison
“A corporation’s primary goal is to make money. Government’s primary role is to take a big chunk of that money and give to others.”– Larry Ellison
“I have had all the disadvantages required for success.”– Larry Ellison
“It’s Microsoft versus mankind, with Microsoft having only a slight lead.”– Larry Ellison
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