Inspiring quotes here by successful businessman who is a co-founder of Oracle Corporation and was CEO from its founding Larry Ellison.

Chief Technology Officer of Oracle Larry Ellison Quotes

  • You have to act and act now.
  • I believe people have to follow their dreams—I did.
  • When I do something, it is all about self-discovery. I want to learn and discover my own limits.
  • I saw that we needed to grow but our top line wasn’t growing, so we had to find other ways to grow the business. We had to reshape our business and acquire share in a non conventional way. But most tech leaders don’t come out of a business background. They really have a parochial point of view. All they know are the go-go years of Silicon Valley. That’s the environment in which they were raised.
  • Microsoft is already the most powerful company on earth but you ain’t seen nothing yet.
  • We will still be enormously profitable and by far the most profitable enterprise software company.
  • It’s Microsoft versus mankind, with Microsoft having only a slight lead.
  • If your cash is about to run out, you have to cut your cash flow. CEOs have to make those decisions and live with them however painful they may be. You have to act and act now; and act in the best interest of the company as a whole, even if it means that some people in the company who are your best friends have to work somewhere else.
  • Five years from now, I don’t know how I’ll think.
  • Bill Gates wants people to think he is 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.

Billionaire Larry Ellison

  • We have been doing things that are contrary; the things that people tell us won’t work from the beginning. In fact, the only way to get ahead is to find errors in conventional wisdom.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I think after a certain amount, I’m going to give almost everything I have to charity. What else can you do with it? You can’t spend it, even if you try. I’ve been trying.
  • 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.
  • To model yourself after Steve Jobs is like, ‘I’d like to paint like Picasso, what should I do? Should I use more red?’
  • 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.
  • If an innovative piece of software comes along, Microsoft copies it and makes it part of Windows. This is not innovation; this is the end of innovation.
  • Those that believe this is merely a downturn are mad. Our industry is going to mature and as something matures, the rate of innovation does slow.
  • 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.
  • I think about the business all the time. Well, I shouldn’t say all the time. I don’t think about it when I’m wakeboarding. But even when I’m on vacation, or on my boat, I’m on e-mail every day. I’m always prowling around the Internet looking at what our competitors are doing.

  • Bill Gates is the pope of the personal computer industry. He decides who is going to build.
  • 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. But even when I am on vacation, or on my boat; I am on email everyday. I am always prowling around the internet looking at what our competitors are doing.
  • It’s my job for Oracle, the number two software company in the world; to become the number one software company in the world. My job is to build better than the competition, sell those products in the marketplace and eventually supplant Microsoft and move from being number two to number one.
  • 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’.
  • Our goal is simply to become the desktop for e-businesses.
  • I think you might see us growing much deeper into banking. You might see us acquiring companies in the banking area. You might see us acquiring companies in the retail area. I think you might see us acquiring companies in the telecommunications. I think you will see us getting stronger in business intelligence.
  • I love sailing. I like it more when I’m winning.
  • I have had all the disadvantages required for success.
  • Great achievers are driven, not so much by the pursuit of success, but by the fear of failure.
  • I’m addicted to winning. The more you win, the more you want to win.
  • Everyone thought the acquisition strategy was extremely risky because no one had ever done it successfully. In other words, it was innovative.
  • 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.