Felix Dennis quotes

  • Anyone not busy learning is busy dying.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Dying #Busy

  • The belief that you have a great idea is not worth cuckoo spit. Ideas are ten a penny while the ability to execute counts for a great deal more.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Ideas #Cuckoos #Pennies

  • Sometimes, to ensure that a talented individual will work for you, or will stay working with you, you need to be flexible. Money is not always the great motivator here. Talented people want a good salary, of course, but surprisingly often they are more attracted to new opportunities and challenges.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Opportunity #People #Challenges

  • Ideas don't make you rich. The correct execution of ideas does.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Ideas #Doe #Execution

  • The bottom line is that if I did it, you can do it. I got rich without the benefit of a college education or a penny of capital but making many errors along the way. I went from being a pauper.. a hippie dropout on the dole, living in a crummy room without the proverbial pot to piss in, without even the money to pay the rent, without a clue as to what to do next.. to being rich..
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Hippie #College #Errors

  • I've been busy for years, buying land, often under pseudonyms, and planting trees on it. All the money is going into it when I die.. and in the end I'd like to think that it will be 20 to 30,000 acres.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Thinking #Years #Land

  • People who grow rich almost always improve their sex life. More people want to have sex with them. That's just the way human beings work. Money is power. Power is an aphrodisiac. Money did not make me happy. But it definitely improved my sex life.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Sex #Power #People

  • Rich people always have a certain degree of debt. Apparently it helps to reduce taxes. I'm not so hot on the bean-counting side.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #People #Degrees #Hot

  • When you come across real talent, it is sometimes worth allowing them to create the structure in which they choose to labor. In nine cases out of ten, by inviting them to take responsibility and control for a new venture, you will motivate them to do great things.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Real #Responsibility #Venture

  • As with the onset of sudden celebrity, for the newly rich, the world often becomes a darker, narrower, less generous place; a paradox that elicits scant sympathy, but is nonetheless true.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #World #Wealth #Rich

  • Whatever qualities the rich may have, they can be acquired by anyone with the tenacity to become rich.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Quality #May #Wealth

  • You shouldn't go around the world behaving ruthlessly when you don't have to. Sometimes you do have to. There is only so much pie to go around. If you're going to take more than your fair share of pie, as socialists would look at it, then someone else is not getting his. That means you've got to take it away from them.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Mean #Pie #Looks

  • Very, very few entrepreneurs who accept a 51 percent partner in a new venture will get rich if they are also expected to run it. Control is mandatory.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Running #Entrepreneur #Venture

  • 'The Week' is my favourite magazine. Everyone from presidents to CEOs of companies love it, politicians, people in the massive charity business in America, in the arts and even more especially in the media.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Art #Media #America

  • People really do not have time to read all the newspapers in the world and all the sites that we now commonly use on the web. There is no possibility of keeping up.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #People #Use #World

  • Overhead will eat you alive if not constantly viewed as a parasite to be exterminated. Never mind the bleating of those you employ. Hold out until mutiny is imminent before employing even a single additional member of staff. More startups are wrecked by overstaffing than by any other cause, bar failure to monitor cash flow.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Mind #Mutiny #Bars

  • Nobody could like Donald Trump, surely, except his mother. No one really likes The Donald. But how can you not have respect for a guy who's been down on the floor and just keeps coming back? Nothing will keep Donald Trump down until they drive a wooden stake in his heart and a silver bullet in his brain.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Mother #Heart #Guy

  • It's kind of a crazy thing to decide that you're going to be worth tens and tens and tens of millions of dollars and set out to do that. It doesn't suit everybody.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Crazy #Dollars #Suits

  • I've always noted with some awe the reading habits of the Australian public. Australians read more newspapers and magazines per head of population than almost any other country in the world.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Country #Reading #Population

  • Talent is indispensable, although it is 'always' replaceable. Just remember the simple rules concerning talent: Identify It, Hire It, Nurture It, Reward It, Protect It. And when the time comes, Fire It.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Simple #Fire #Rewards

  • Most of the worst errors I made in my life came from forgetting to act small.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Errors #Forget #Made

  • Whosoever plants a tree / Winks at immortality,
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Tree #Immortality #Plant

  • If the influence of luck is a delusion, then all I can say is that the delusion is virtually universal.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Luck #Influence #Delusion

  • Do not be shy to call customers who owe you money. It works.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Shy

  • Believing your own bullshit is always a perilous activity, but never more fatal than for the owner of a start-up venture.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Believe #Bullshit #Venture

  • No poetry that I'm aware of, however bad or glorious, has ever left somebody a worse person than they were before they read it.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Glorious #Persons

  • You don't have to live in a garage to write great poetry.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Writing #Great Poetry #Garage

  • There are as many forms of happiness as sorrow, though most prove fleeting.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Sorrow #Fleeting #Form

  • I should have liked to get married, but over many decades I have lived essentially alone. I go to sleep when I'm tired, get up when I wake up, have my food prepared when I'm hungry. I can't bear the thought that I'd have to coincide, make an effort.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Tired #Sleep #Effort

  • With the greatest of respect, I have watched Apple from the day it started. I was publishing magazines about the Apple II before most people had ever heard what a personal computer was.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Apples #People #Magazines

  • When I was young, I wanted to be the greatest blues singer of all time. I wrecked my education and left home for it.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Home #Singers #Young

  • This modern mania for interfering in other's lives, usually under the guise of health and safety concerns, is highly irritating and counterproductive. Down with the nanny state.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Safety #Nannies #Modern

  • You have to persuade yourself that you absolutely don't care what happens. If you don't care, you've won. I absolutely promise you, in every serious negotiation, the man or woman who doesn't care is going to win.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Winning #Men #Promise

  • Poetry forces a writer to condense and crystallise his thoughts and often represents a short cut to truths unsuspected by the author himself.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Cutting #Force

  • Without self belief nothing can be accomplished. With it, nothing is impossible.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Self #Belief #Impossible

  • Teamwork is the glue which binds losers together
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Teamwork #Together #Glue

  • The key to successful business is self belief and application.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Successful #Keys #Self

  • I have been portrayed by actors in three television documentaries, two plays, one musical and a film. It's no fun watching yourself being traduced and imitated by an actor.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Fun #Play #Two

  • I don't take investment advice from wealth managers. I have grown several businesses from scratch and amassed many millions from my publishing empire - why would I take advice from someone who has never experienced that?
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Advice #Scratches #Empires

  • America, ladies and gentlemen, has done more for me financially than Britain ever has, or ever could have done.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #America #Gentleman #Done

  • It's a long, slow sunset for ink-on-paper magazines, but sunsets can produce vast sums of money.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Sunset #Long #Ink

  • I'm an entrepreneur, a businessman. I've got a lot of money, and that doesn't go very well with the whole 'starving artist in a garret' routine.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Artist #Entrepreneur #Routine

  • I love the business of business; I love the risk raking.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Risk

  • I only buy a computer when it's two years old, after the glitches have been worked out.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Years #Two Year Olds #Glitches

  • I never sue journalists. I employ journalists. I employ too many of them. I don't sue journalists.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Journalist

  • I loathe and detest movies and television and don't watch any. I do not have the time.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Watches #Television

  • I hear poets complaining: 'We face what our forebears did not face. We face TV. We face radio. We face this and that.'
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Complaining #Radio #Faces

  • I have one talent, and that's figuring out what people want about two minutes before they know it themselves.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Two #People #Want

  • I have an over-attachment to precision, which is why I've sold more magazines than any man alive.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Men #Magazines #Alive

  • I couldn't care less what anyone's 'perception' of me is. I'm too long in the tooth to care.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Long #Perception #Teeth

  • With a poetry book I can send 100 copies out to reviewers and other people, and even do it in advance and get their response. It's difficult with iPad: how do you send it out for free, and how do you even disseminate it before it goes into their store?
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Book #Ipads #People

  • Making money is certainly the one addiction I cannot shake.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Addiction #Making Money #Shakes

  • False praise is worse than no praise.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Praise

  • Everything I publish is for my readers.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Reader #Publish

  • Native trees are so important to our ecosystem.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Ecosystems #Tree #Important

  • No woman or girl is going to want to spend time looking at pretty dresses on the Internet. Vogue is going to be around for a long time to come.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Girl #Long #Dresses

  • Publishing magazines for yourself is not good business, man.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Men #Magazines #Good Business

  • Poetry is one of the oldest of all art forms, and one of its powers for shamans and tribal leaders was the mnemonic.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Art #Leader #Form

  • Discourse has ended in America. It's all just shouting and ranting and demonization. Do you know how the rest of the world laughs at you guys? Have you got any idea? They're just rocking with laughter night and day.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Laughter #Night #Ideas

  • Good ideas are like Nike sports shoes. They may facilitate success for an athlete who possesses them, but on their own they are nothing but an overpriced pair of sneakers. Sports shoes don't win races. Athletes do.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Sports #Nike #Athlete

  • 'Great Expectations' has been described as 'Dickens's harshest indictment of society.' Which it is. After all, it's about money. About not having enough money; about the fever of the getting of money; about having too much money; about the taint of money.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Expectations #Fever #Too Much

  • It's very difficult to be continuously charitable in a capitalistic society. You've also got to make sure that you can pay everyone who works for you.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Pay #Philanthropy #Difficult

  • Obviously, waste disposal is an enormous and fantastic industry.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Waste #Fantastic #Enormous

  • I think having a great idea is vastly overrated. I know it sounds kind of crazy and counterintuitive. I don't think it matters what the idea is, almost. You need great execution.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Crazy #Thinking #Ideas

  • Computers are wasteful of paper and time. Once, we'd get documents with a few errors. Now, people make hundreds of copies until each sheet is flawless and memos are duplicated endlessly. Managers get swamped with emails.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Errors #People #Email

  • I am absolutely convinced that my life was redeemed by poetry.
    -- Felix Dennis

  • Human beings are definitely changing the planet, but how much impact they are having on climate, I don't know and I don't care.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Impact #Climate #Care

  • For me, temptation is life and I have a gargantuan appetite for everything.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Temptation #Appetite

  • People who get trapped in the tunnel vision of making money think that is all there is to life.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Thinking #Tunnels #People

  • America is an empire. I hope you know that now. All empires, by definition, are bumbling, shambolic, bullying, bureaucratic affairs, as certain of the rightness of their cause in infancy, as they are corrupted by power in their dotage.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Bullying #America #Definitions

  • America is not the center of the universe.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #America #Center Of The Universe #Universe

  • You can actually be bored stiff while you're dying.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Bored #Dying

  • You'll never get rich by working for your boss.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Boss #Rich #Get Rich

  • I want to prove that if you write in strict meter and rhyme about subjects people care about, they will buy poetry.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Writing #People #Care

  • I thoroughly object to getting old. If you could let me be 16 again, I'd give you everything I've got and everything I'll ever have.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Giving #Let Me #Getting Old

  • I cannot abide being bored.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Bored

  • The age of celebrity editors and monstrous staffing are over.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Editors #Age #Staffing

  • The beginnings of a forest is one of the ugliest things on the planet. It's bleak and your neighbours hate you.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Hate #Forests #Planets

  • Unless you are completely retired, earning money is the best form of wealth preservation.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Earning #Wealth #Form

  • If it flies, floats or fornicates, always rent it.. it's cheaper in the long run.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Running #Long #Cheaper

  • Few things in life are certain except death and being taxed.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Certain

  • Fear not. For fear itself is fed by fear, and all fears pass. Did no one tell you so? Come take my hand, my friend, and we will peer into this fear's abyss. And jump! And know.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Self Esteem #Hands #Peers

  • Having a great idea is simply not enough. The eventual goal is vastly more important than any idea. It is how ideas are implemented that counts in the long run
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Running #Ideas #Long

  • If you are unwilling to fail, sometimes publicly and even catastrophically, you will never be rich.
    -- Felix Dennis

    #Sometimes #Failing #Rich