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20 Powerful Larry Ellison Quotes to Inspire Success and Innovation

Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison, the well-known American businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist, co-founder of Oracle, one of the richest men in the world and often called “the real-life Tony Stark”, is a great inspiration for many people around the world. To note the powerful impact that he has had on generations of entrepreneurs, here we’ve collected 20 of his most powerful quotes that will inspire all startup owners to be more confident in their business ventures.

“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

“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.” – Larry Ellison

“Great achievers are driven, not so much by the pursuit of success, but by the fear of failure.” – Larry Ellison

“When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for people telling you that you are nuts.” – 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

“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

“I love problem solving. How to make the closet bigger in the house I’m designing. I know, it sounds funny. SAP is twice as big. Now, there’s no growth–what do we do? It’s all problem solving. Designing, building, problem-solving.” – Larry Ellison

“I enjoy the competition and the process of learning as we compete. The whole thing is just fascinating. I don’t know what I’ll do when I retire. When I go sailing, I look around … anyone want to race? I just love competing as opposed to just going out and watching the sunset.” – Larry Ellison

“When I do something, it is all about self-discovery. I want to learn and discover my own limits.” – Larry Ellison

“You have to act and act now.” – 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

“I have run engineering since day one at Oracle, and I still run engineering. I hold meetings every week with the database team, the middle ware team, the applications team. I run engineering and I will do that until the board throws me out of there.” – Larry Ellison

“You can’t worry about it, you can’t panic when you look at the stock market’s decline or you get frozen like a deer in the headlights. All you can do is all you can do.” – 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

“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 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.” – 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

“I have had all the disadvantages required for success.” – Larry Ellison

“You have to believe in what you do in order to get what you want.” – Larry Ellison

“I believe people have to follow their dreams—I did.” – Larry Ellison

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