A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 13, 2014
“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it”

"If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it” is a said to be a famous quotation by American industrialist John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937). However, the quote seems to be first cited in print in 1983.


Wikiquote: John D. Rockefeller
John Davison Rockefeller (8 July 1839 – 23 May 1937) was an American business tycoon, industrialist, and book-keeper, most famous for his role in the early petroleum-industry and the founding of Standard Oil. Measured in today’s dollars, Rockefeller is the richest person in the history of mankind. He was also the first billionaire (in US dollars) in history. With his son John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and his advisor Frederick Taylor Gates, he established the Rockefeller Foundation, “to promote the well-being of mankind throughout the world.”

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If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.
. As quoted in Complete Speaker’s and Toastmaster’s Library (1992) edited by Jacob Morton Braude and Glenn Van Ekeren

Google Books
Five Steps to Success
By Leo Hauser
Wayzata, MN: Hauser Productions
1983
Pg. 36:
One of my favorite quotes is from John Rockefeller. “If your only goal is to become rich,” he said, “you will never achieve it.”

Google Books
The Quotable Billionaire:
Advice and Reflections from and for the Real, Former, Almost, and Wanna-Be Super-Rich and Others

Edited by Steven D. Price
New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing
2009
Pg. ?:
If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it. —John D. Rockefeller

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Reminiscences of a Stock Operator:
With New Commentary and Insights on the Life and Times of Jesse Livermore

By Edwin Lefèvre
Annotated edition by Jon D. Markman
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
2010
Pg. 11, col. 2:
Three of Rockefeller’s personal maxims were, “Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people,” “If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it;” and ”I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Saturday, December 13, 2014 • Permalink