T. Boone Pickens Quotes

A plan without action is not a plan. It’s a speech.

When you are hunting elephants, don’t get distracted chasing rabbits.

A Fool with a Plan is better off than a Genius without a Plan!

Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader. Don’t fall victim to what I call the ‘ready-aim-aim-aim-aim syndrome’. You must be willing to fire.

Work eight hours and sleep eight hours, and make sure that they are not the same eight hours.

To me, emails are a little bit frustrating. I think that the telephone is much preferred because you get the sound of the voice and the interest and everything else you can’t see in an email.

A fool with a plan can outsmart a genius with no plan.

Work hard. Come early, stay late. That’s the way leadership has to approach it.

The older I get, the more I see a straight path where I want to go. If you’re going to hunt elephants, don’t get off the trail for a rabbit.

I was very fortunate in my gene mix. The gambling instincts I inherited from my father were matched by my mother’s gift for analysis.

A dollar is not worth as much as you think it is. Your honesty is worth much more.

Money is to be respected one of the worst things you can do is handle another person’s money without respect for how hard it was to earn.

If somebody I don’t like gets in the crosshairs, I pull the trigger. But I don’t hunt for them.

Keep things informal. Talking is the natural way to do business. Writing is great for keeping records and putting down details, but talk generates ideas. Great things come from out luncheon meetings which consist of a sandwich, a cup of soup, and a good idea or two. No martinis.

I’m a Republican. I don’t want to go to heaven and have to face my family up there and tell them I voted for a Democrat.

You want to compete, and you want to compete at the highest level.

On a scale from 1-10, my ambition is probably 11 or 12.

I don’t go cheap on anything, but I’m not a shopper. If I want something, I look at it, decide what it is, but it will usually be the best product. I’ve got a pair of loafers that I still wear that I got in 1957.

Chief executives, who themselves own few shares of their companies, have no more feeling for the average stockholder than they do for baboons in Africa.

It has become cheaper to look for oil on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange than in the ground.

When you blow away the foam, you get down to the real stuff.

The first billion is a helluva lot harder.

Fundamentals make the market.

I’m focused on energy only. And I know what I’m talking about. And I don’t want to be distracted on other things.

I think I have more patience now than I did in the past.