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Ross Perot Best Quotes on Life and Business

Caroline Hallemann
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From Town & Country

Following a short battle with leukemia, self-made billionaire, philanthropist, and two-time third-party presidential candidate Ross Perot has died. He was 89 years old.

When asked how he'd like to remembered, Perot once said, "Aw, I don't worry about that."

But today, we're remembering him by his words. Here, his most insightful quotes about life, business, and politics:

On activism:

"The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river."

On achieving success:

"Most people give up just when they are about to achieve success. They quit on one yard line. They give up the at last minute of the game one foot from a winning touch down."

On leadership:

"Inventories can be managed but people must be led."

On failure:

"Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial."

On business:

"Business is not just doing deals; business is having great products, doing great engineering and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationship."

On customer service:

"Spend a lot of time talking to customers face to face. You will be amazed at how many companies don’t listen to their customers."

On hiring:

"When building a team, I always search first for people who love to win. If I can't find any of those, I look for people who hate to lose."

On the dirty business of politics:

"War has rules, mud wrestling has rules. Politics has no rules."

On being a Texan forever:

"Texas born. Texas bred. When I die, I'll be Texas dead. Ha!"

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