Larry Ellison

Born: August 17, 1944

Occupation: Businessman

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Larry Ellison

Both my mother and I were determined that we weren't going to stay on welfare. We always worked toward doing better, toward having a better life. We never had any doubts that we would.

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See things in the present, even if they are in the future.

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The things that caused problems for me in school are the same things that help me succeed in the world.

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I have had all the disadvantages required for success.

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What can a sales person say to somebody to get them to buy a product that they already use every day if they don't like it? Nothing.

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You cannot innovate by copying.

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Once the business data have been centralized and integrated, the value of the database is greater than the sum of the preexisting parts.

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It's fascinating as we continue to innovate and lead the way in both the application space and the database space. In the very beginning, people said you couldn't make relational databases fast enough...

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When you're the first person whose beliefs are different from what everyone else believes, you're basically saying, "I'm right, and everyone else is wrong." That's a very unpleasant position to be in....

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The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we've redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I can't think of anything that isn't cloud computing with all of these announcements.

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A corporation's primary goal is to make money. Government's primary role is to take a big chunk of that money and give it to others.

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Bill Gates wants people to think he's 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.

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Oracle's got 100+ enterprise applications live in the #cloud; today, SAP's got nothin' but SuccessFactors until 2020.

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When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for everyone telling you you're nuts.

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Think of it as you want it, not as it is!

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Act confident, even when you're not.

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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?...

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Being first is more important to me [than earning money]. I have so much money. Whatever money is, it's just a method of keeping score now. I mean, I certainly don't need more money.

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Life's a journey. It's a journey about discovering limits.

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Great achievers are driven, not so much by the pursuit of success, but by the fear of failure.

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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...

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You have to believe in what you do in order to get what you want.

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You have to act and act now.

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To model yourself after Steve Jobs is like, 'I'd like to paint like Picasso, what should I do? Should I use more red?'

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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'.

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I'm addicted to winning. The more you win, the more you want to win.

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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...

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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,...

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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.

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You can't spend as much money as I have, even if you try. I've been trying.

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All you can do is every day, try to solve a problem and make your company better. You can't worry about it, you can't panic when you look at the stock market's decline. You get frozen like a deer in the...

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The only way to get ahead is to find errors in conventional wisdom.

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I believe people have to follow their dreams-I did.

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

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All you can do is every day, try to solve a problem and make your company better

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Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about.

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The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women's fashion.

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Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. Sure, there’s the talent, but there also has to be the will. Give me human will and the intense desire to win and it will trump talent every day of the...

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I have hobbies. I do all sorts of ridiculous things,

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Building Oracle is like doing math puzzles as a kid.

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Bill Gates is the pope of the personal computer industry. He decides who is going to build.

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Taking care of your employees is extremely important and very, very visible.

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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.

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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...

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Everyone thought the acquisition strategy was extremely risky because no one had ever done it successfully. In other words, it was innovative.

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I greatly admire GE, their utterly ruthlessly focused management, to get the cost out and get this integration done.’ Okay, we may make a few mistakes along the way but we are not going to waste any...

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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.

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I think I am very goal oriented. I'd like to win the America's cup. I'd like Oracle to be the No 1 software company in the world. I still think it is possible to beat Microsoft.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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I hate the PC, with a passion.

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Winning is not enough. All others must lose.

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The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women's fashion. Maybe I'm an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It's complete gibberish. It's...

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If I were 21 years old, I would go into biotechnology or genetic engineering.

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