120+ Influential Mike Bloomberg Quotes & Sayings

120+ Influential Mike Bloomberg Quotes & Sayings

Mike Bloomberg is an American politician, philanthropist, businessman, and author.

He is the co-founder and majority owner of Bloomberg L.P., a financial, software, data, and media company.

He also served as the Mayor of New York City (from 2002 to 2013) and was a candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president of the United States.

We've put together an incredible collection of Mike Bloomberg quotes to read.

Here they are:

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List of Inspiring Mike Bloomberg Quotes

“If you can't prove it's not true then a certain number of people will glom on and say it is true.” – Michael Bloomberg


“You know, if it’s a three-way race, the public has more choice than if it’s a two-way race, and has more choice in a two-way race than a one-way race.” – Michael Bloomberg


“We will go forward... we will never go back.” – Michael Bloomberg


“You don’t make spending decisions, investment decisions, hiring decisions, or whether-you’re-going-to-look-for-a-job decisions when you don’t know what’s going to happen.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I don’t know why you should be proud of something. It doesn’t make you any better or worse. You are what you are.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I’ve been a Democrat, I’ve been a Republican, and I eventually became an independent because I don’t believe either party has a monopoly on good ideas or strong leadership.” – Michael Bloomberg


“We have an energy policy - we're transferring our wealth to overseas to a bunch of countries that don't have the same values as us. In some cases, they're using our money to finance terrorism against us.” – Michael Bloomberg


“The World Trade Center site will forever hold a special place in our city, in our hearts. But we would be untrue to the best part of ourselves and who we are as New Yorkers and Americans if we said no to a mosque in lower Manhattan.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I mean, you know, we don’t live in a perfect world.” – Michael Bloomberg


“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry. But we live in a complex world where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.” – Michael Bloomberg


“You must first be willing to fail — and you must have the courage to go for it anyway.” – Michael Bloomberg


“These endless legal challenges that define elections in New York are a joke in this country, and they are the reason why it is so expensive, or one of the reasons, it’s so expensive to run here and why so many people decide not to run.” – Michael Bloomberg


“People use so much more health care when they live longer.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Government shouldn’t tell you whom to marry.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Every one of my positions cuts - out half the country. I'm pro-choice, I'm pro-gay rights, I'm pro-immigration, I'm against guns, I believe in Darwin.” – Michael Bloomberg “I have the best job I could possibly have.” – Michael Bloomberg


“We would betray our values and play into our enemies’ hands if we were to treat Muslims differently than anyone else. In fact, to cave to popular sentiment would be to hand a victory to the terrorists, and we should not stand for that.” – Michael Bloomberg


“And I think the more money you put in people’s hands, the more they will spend. And if they don’t spend it, they invest it. And investing it is another way of creating jobs. It puts money into mutual funds or other kinds of banks that can go out and make loans, and we need to do that.” – Michael Bloomberg


“We have an expression in New York City government - "In God we trust, but for everyone else, bring data." It's so easy to pick up a sound byte and say, "Oh, yeah, yeah, I believe that," without really thinking.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I have two daughters that are the loves of my life and I want to leave them a better world, a better country, a better state and a better city.” – Michael Bloomberg


“The politics of partisanship and the resulting inaction and excuses have paralyzed decision-making, primarily at the federal level, and the big issues of the day are not being addressed, leaving our future in jeopardy.” – Michael Bloomberg


“You are safer here tonight than you would be on the streets of any other city in the world.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Nobody is going to delegate a lot of power to a secretary that they can’t control.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I think one of the great dangers here is going and categorizing anybody from one religion as a terrorist. That’s not true… That would let the terrorists win. That’s what they want us to do.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I think if you look at people, whether in business or government, who haven’t had any moral compass, who’ve just changed to say whatever they thought the popular thing was, in the end they’re losers.” – Michael Bloomberg


“There is no accountability today… no willingness to focus on big ideas.” – Michael Bloomberg


“You can’t sit there and worry about everything.” – Michael Bloomberg


“We can only create good jobs if we make smarter investments in infrastructure and do more to support small businesses, not stiff them.” – Michael Bloomberg


“What we shouldn't do is let people who want to come here make the decision themselves. America should be in control of its own borders.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Progress really is possible.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Every one of my positions cuts – out half the country. I’m pro-choice, I’m pro-gay rights, I’m pro-immigration, I’m against guns, I believe in Darwin.” – Michael Bloomberg


“The public is mad, frustrated, but what the public wants is progress.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I’ve always thought if we don’t want to enforce laws on the books, we should remove them from the books. But when you have laws, you breed contempt if you don’t enforce them.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Today, as an independent, an entrepreneur, and a former mayor, I believe we need a president who is a problem solver, not a bomb-thrower. Someone who can bring members of Congress together to get things done. And I know Hillary Clinton can do that because I saw it firsthand.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Many of America’s and New York’s sons and daughters are around the world fighting for the freedoms that the Statue of Liberty stands for.” – Michael Bloomberg


“We may not always agree with every one of our neighbors. That’s life. And it’s part of living in such a diverse and dense city. But we also recognize that part of being a New Yorker is living with your neighbors in mutual respect and tolerance. It was exactly that spirit of openness and acceptance that was attacked on 9/11, 2001.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I never lie, so if somebody asked me a question, I told them.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I've always respected those who tried to change the world for the better, rather than just complain about it.” – Michael Bloomberg


“You have to take away some of tax breaks for the wealthy, and you have to cut back on some entitlements. Because, unless we do all of these things, it just doesn’t work. And what’s good theater and what’s good politics isn’t necessarily good economic policy.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I know something about how to build constituencies in an independent way.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Life is too short to spend your time avoiding failure.” – Michael Bloomberg


“China is investing in factories in Eastern Europe, not because their labor costs are lower, but because they want to be closer to their markets.” – Michael Bloomberg


“The public is upset. If they haven’t lost their job, they know somebody that has. If they haven’t lost their house, they know somebody that has. What do you do? When something’s wrong, it’s government’s job to fix it, it must be government that’s responsible for causing it.” – Michael Bloomberg


“In business, when you fail at something, when something doesn't work, you say okay, we've learned that that's not a path to go down.” – Michael Bloomberg


“You know, I start with the assumption that -or with, with the belief that this president has to succeed. We all have an enormous amount of capital invested in his success. His success is the country’s success.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Look at all of the great strengths of America: entrepreneurialship, work ethic, natural resources, a democracy, a transparency, a willingness to be critical. Around the world, they look at us, and they say, "Why are you criticizing yourself? Why are you people arguing during the political process to elect a president or somebody else?" That's the great strength of this country.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Being an entrepreneur isn’t really about starting a business. It’s a way of looking at the world: seeing opportunity where others see obstacles, taking risks when others take refuge.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Look, we live in a very dangerous world. We know there are people who want to take away our freedoms. New Yorkers probably know that as much if not more than anybody else after the terrible tragedy of 9/11.” – Michael Bloomberg


“If Warren Buffett made his money from ordinary income rather than capital gains, his tax rate would be a lot higher than his secretary’s. In fact a very small percentage of people in this country pay a big chunk of the taxes.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.” – Michael Bloomberg


“This is the city of dreamers and time and again it’s the place where the greatest dream of all, the American dream, has been tested and has triumphed.” – Michael Bloomberg “I’d be happy to provide advice if anybody asked me no matter who the President is.” – Michael Bloomberg


“The next day after I got fired, literally the next day, I started a new company.” – Michael Bloomberg


“By speeding the transition to cleaner energy, we can improve the lives of billions of people, while also reducing the risks we face from a changing climate.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Ironically, it is exactly because we are a city that embraces freedom, that welcomes everyone and encourages their dreams, that New York remains on the front lines in the war on terror.” – Michael Bloomberg


“This society cannot go forward, the way we have been going forward, where the gap between the rich and the poor keeps growing. It’s not politically viable; it’s not morally right; it’s just not going to happen.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom.” – Michael Bloomberg


“And because no matter who you are, if you believe in yourself and your dream, New York will always be the place for you.” – Michael Bloomberg


“In science, a path that turns out to be a dead end is very useful because you don't devote resources to focusing on that; you go elsewheres.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I think we are not serious about attacking the long-term debt problem, and that’s one of the things that he’s going to have to find a way to get on the agenda.” – Michael Bloomberg


“If you really believe that you’re making a difference and that you can leave a legacy of better schools and jobs and safer streets, why would you not spend the money? The objective is to improve the schools, bring down crime, build affordable housing, clean the streets – not to have a fair fight.” – Michael Bloomberg


“People have no confidence that Washington, both sides of aisle, are coming together to try and do what’s right for the economy.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Canada sets aside 36 percent of their visas for people with skills they think their country needs. We set aside six percent. We educate the doctors, and then don’t give ’em a green card.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Capitalism works.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Our goal here in New York is to ensure that every child who graduates high school is ready to start a career or start college and to dramatically increase the number of students that graduate from college.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I am what I am and, you know, I'm a very lucky guy.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Don't be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities and don't let the bastards get you down.” – Michael Bloomberg


“What has changed is that people have stopped working together.” – Michael Bloomberg


“We’ve shown the world that New York can never be defeated, because of its dynamic and diverse population and because it embodies the spirit of enterprise and the love of liberty. And because no matter who you are, if you believe in yourself and your dream, New York will always be the place for you.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Nobody wants a job where they don't have authority to go along with the responsibility. Quite the contrary. The more authority you give people, the better people you can attract, and the harder they're going to work, and the more loyal they are going to be.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I’ve got the greatest job in the world. There’s no other job in government where cause and effect is so tightly coupled where you can make a difference every day in so many different ways and in so many different people’s lives. It’s a great challenge.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I understand the appeal of a businessman president. But Trump’s business plan is a disaster in the making.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Well, we have to provide the world’s best schools. We certainly don’t have them, but that’s our objective.” – Michael Bloomberg


“And because no matter who you are, if you believe in yourself and your dream, New York will always be the place for you.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Government is dysfunctional.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Stubborn isn’t a word I would use to describe myself; pigheaded is more appropriate.” – Michael Bloomberg


“The cold harsh reality is that we have to balance the budget.” – Michael Bloomberg


“It is exactly because we are a city that embraces freedom, that welcomes everyone and encourages their dreams, that New York remains on the front lines in the war on terror.” – Michael Bloomberg


“You can’t define what’s middle class, what is wealthy, what is poor.” – Michael Bloomberg


“We are the safest large city in America, but any crime rate is too high.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I believe in Judaism, I was raised a Jew, I’m happy to be one – or proud to be one.” – Michael Bloomberg


“We can be certain that cities around the world will compete for the jobs that the next revival of the financial services industry will bring.” – Michael Bloomberg


“You bet I did and I enjoyed it.” – Michael Bloomberg


“What chance does a five-foot-seven billionaire Jew who’s divorced really have of becoming president?” – Michael Bloomberg


“What the Democrats have to understand is that while we do need to reform our regulation and we do need more restrictions, it is true that it is capitalism and free enterprise and companies that create jobs and wealth for every American.” – Michael Bloomberg


“There is no accountability today – no willingness to focus on big ideas.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Well, you have the public not wanting any new spending, you have the Republicans not wanting any new taxes, you have the Democrats not wanting any new spending cuts, you have the markets not wanting any new borrowing, and you have the economists wanting all of the above. And that leads to paralysis.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Progress is not inevitable. It’s up to us to create it.” – Michael Bloomberg


“It’s no fun to protest on an empty stomach.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Unemployment in America today is too high. And part of the reason, unfortunately, is that many companies cannot fill the high-skilled jobs increasingly at risk of going overseas.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I know how to make decisions and stand up to the criticism every day.” – Michael Bloomberg


“No place epitomizes the American experience and the American spirit more than New York City.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Life is too short to spend your time avoiding failure.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I am what I am and, you know, I’m a very lucky guy.” – Michael Bloomberg


“We will go forward, we will never go back.” – Michael Bloomberg


“After hard work, the biggest determinant is being in the right place at the right time.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Trees will improve property values, take pollutants out of the air, help with water runoff.” – Michael Bloomberg


“The CIA will only hire people with impeccable credentials to be a translator. ‘Impeccable credentials’ means you’ve never lived outside the United States.” – Michael Bloomberg “We will rebuild, renew and remain the capital of the free world.” – Michael Bloomberg


“The truth of the matter is: you can create a great legacy, and inspire others, by giving it to philanthropic organizations.” – Michael Bloomberg


“There is no business in America that would be prevented from taking results into account when making personnel decisions.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I’m trying to change the culture in New York City; that’s hard enough!” – Michael Bloomberg


“The level of analysis that is done when you see laws created, whether it’s the city or state or federal level – it’s much more horse-trading than analysis.” – Michael Bloomberg


“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry. But we live in a complex world where you're going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.” – Michael Bloomberg


“We have to get control of our borders. You can only do that if you make companies obey the law and not hire undocumented or illegals. They can only do that is if they have a Social Security Card that has biometrics so they know whether the person is legal or not.” – Michael Bloomberg


“I don’t believe that government is good at picking technology, particularly technology that is changing. By the time you get it done and go through democracy, it’s so outdated.” – Michael Bloomberg


“There are lots of threats to you in the world. There’s the threat of a heart attack for genetic reasons. You can’t sit there and worry about everything. Get a life.” – Michael Bloomberg “We will go forward… we will never go back.” – Michael Bloomberg


“You can’t depend on polls.” – Michael Bloomberg


“America is the greatest country on Earth – and when people vote with their feet, they come here.” – Michael Bloomberg


“If you don’t encounter setbacks in your career, if you don’t have doubts and disappointments, let me tell you, you’re not dreaming big enough.” – Michael Bloomberg


“America was built by immigrants. Almost nobody that I know is any more than three generations, maybe four generations, American.” – Michael Bloomberg


“America is built around this premise that you can do it, and there are an awful lot of people who are unlikely to have done it who did.” – Michael Bloomberg


“On Sept. 11, 2001, thousands of first responders heroically rushed to the scene and saved tens of thousands of lives. More than 400 of those first responders did not make it out alive. In rushing into those burning buildings, not one of them asked, ‘What God do you pray to?’ What beliefs do you hold?’” – Michael Bloomberg


“Being an entrepreneur isn't really about starting a business. It's a way of looking at the world: seeing opportunity where others see obstacles, taking risks when others take refuge.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Taxes are not good things, but if you want services, somebody’s got to pay for them so they’re a necessary evil.” – Michael Bloomberg


“Every one of my positions cuts – out half the country. I’m pro-choice, I’m pro-gay rights, I’m pro-immigration, I’m against guns, I believe in Darwin.” – Michael Bloomberg


“My father worked all the time.” – Michael Bloomberg


“We need people from all around the world. We need entrepreneurs, we need students that we're educating in our schools that we then throw out and we should make sure they can stay here. If we don't have the new flux of immigrants, nobody's going to create the jobs for the Americans who are currently out of work.” – Michael Bloomberg


“We're America, and we have to stop worrying about what happens overseas, and to be optimistic, even though nobody should think we're not going to have some difficult times.” – Michael Bloomberg


Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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