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Quotes by Michael Bloomberg

A Collection of Quotes by Michael Bloomberg

“And because no matter who you are, if you believe in yourself and your dream, New York will always be the place for you.”

“If you look at people, whether in business or government, who haven’t had any moral compass, who’ve just changed to say whatever they thought the popular thing was, in the end they’re losers.”

“And I think the more money you put in people’s hands, the more they will spend. And if they don’t spend it, they invest it. And investing it is another way of creating jobs. It puts money into mutual funds or other kinds of banks that can go out and make loans, and we need to do that.”

“America is built around this premise that you can do it, and there are an awful lot of people who are unlikely to have done it who did.”

“Every one of my positions cuts – out half the country. I’m pro-choice, I’m pro-gay rights, I’m pro-immigration, I’m against guns, I believe in Darwin.”

“Being an entrepreneur isn’t really about starting a business. It’s a way of looking at the world: seeing opportunity where others see obstacles, taking risks when others take refuge.”

“This is the city of dreamers and time and again it’s the place where the greatest dream of all, the American dream, has been tested and has triumphed.”

“One of the great dangers here is going and categorizing anybody from one religion as a terrorist. That’s not true… That would let the terrorists win. That’s what they want us to do.”

“Many of America’s and New York’s sons and daughters are around the world fighting for the freedoms that the Statue of Liberty stands for.”

“Life is too short to spend your time avoiding failure.”

“Working collectively and collaboratively is the difference between mediocrity by yourself or success as a team. You have to share the pain and the responsibility and if you do then you will also share in the rewards.”

“If a hurricane strikes, we can blame the president for not being there; we can blame Congress and FEMA; we can blame the state governments; but in the end, it’s the mayors and the local city governments that have to be prepared for emergencies and be prepared to act.”

“If you don’t encounter setbacks in your career, if you don’t have doubts and disappointments , let me tell you, you’re not dreaming big enough.”

“People have no confidence that Washington, both sides of aisle, are coming together to try and do what’s right for the economy.”

“I am what I am and, you know, I’m a very lucky guy.”

“Taxes are not good things, but if you want services, somebody’s got to pay for them so they’re a necessary evil.”

“Progress is not inevitable. It’s up to us to create it.”

“I don’t believe that government is good at picking technology, particularly technology that is changing. By the time you get it done and go through democracy, it’s so outdated.”

“Nobody is going to delegate a lot of power to a secretary that they can’t control.”

“If you really believe that you’re making a difference and that you can leave a legacy of better schools and jobs and safer streets, why would you not spend the money? The objective is to improve the schools, bring down crime, build affordable housing, clean the streets – not to have a fair fight.”

“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry. But we live in a complex world where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.”

“You have to take away some of tax breaks for the wealthy, and you have to cut back on some entitlements. Because, unless we do all of these things, it just doesn’t work. And what’s good theater and what’s good politics isn’t necessarily good economic policy.”

“Ironically, it is exactly because we are a city that embraces freedom, that welcomes everyone and encourages their dreams, that New York remains on the front lines in the war on terror.”

“Well, we have to provide the world’s best schools. We certainly don’t have them, but that’s our objective.”

“I don’t know why you should be proud of something. It doesn’t make you any better or worse. You are what you are.”

“I’ve been a Democrat, I’ve been a Republican, and I eventually became an independent because I don’t believe either party has a monopoly on good ideas or strong leadership.”

“It’s no fun to protest on an empty stomach.”

“Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities and don’t let the bastards get you down.”

“If someone tells me they skied all day and never fell down, I tell them to find another mountain.”

“When I came into office, people said, ‘Billionaire? How do they live? What do they eat? How do they sleep?’ Today, they see me on the subway coming uptown. A couple of people say hi, some people smile and nod. Some people just sleep. It’s not an issue.”

“Whatever you may think of the proposed mosque and community center, lost in the heat of the debate has been a basic question: Should government attempt to deny private citizens the right to build a house of worship on private property based on their particular religion?”

“Entrepreneurship is having an idea to do something great and not entirely have a plan on how to do it but the drive and will power to make it work.”

“You’re entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts.”

“We will go forward… we will never go back.”

“We may not always agree with every one of our neighbors. That’s life. And it’s part of living in such a diverse and dense city. But we also recognize that part of being a New Yorker is living with your neighbors in mutual respect and tolerance. It was exactly that spirit of openness and acceptance that was attacked on 9/11, 2001.”

“If you want to know how to solve society’s problems, you start out with better public education.”

“Nobody wants a job where they don’t have authority to go along with the responsibility. Quite the contrary. The more authority you give people, the better people you can attract, and the harder they’re going to work, and the more loyal they are going to be.”

“What has changed is that people have stopped working together.”

“If we don’t want to enforce laws on the books, we should remove them from the books. But when you have laws, you breed contempt if you don’t enforce them.”

“You don’t make spending decisions, investment decisions, hiring decisions, or whether-you’re-going-to-look-for-a-job decisions when you don’t know what’s going to happen.”

“I never liked anyone who didn’t have a temper. If you don’t have a temper, you don’t have any passion.”

“Cities with clean air gain an economic advantage, because where people want to live and work, businesses want to invest.”

“No place epitomizes the American experience and the American spirit more than New York City.”

“We will rebuild, renew and remain the capital of the free world.”

“You have to take away some of tax breaks for the wealthy, and you have to cut back on some entitlements. Because, unless we do all of these things, it just doesn’t work. And what’s good theater and what’s good politics isn’t necessarily good economic policy.”

“You must first be willing to fail — and you must have the courage to go for it anyway.”

“I’ve always respected those who tried to change the world for the better, rather than just complain about it.”

“I’ve got the greatest job in the world. There’s no other job in government where cause and effect is so tightly coupled where you can make a difference every day in so many different ways and in so many different people’s lives. It’s a great challenge.”

“The public is upset. If they haven’t lost their job, they know somebody that has. If they haven’t lost their house, they know somebody that has. What do you do? When something’s wrong, it’s government’s job to fix it, it must be government that’s responsible for causing it.”

“We can only solve our biggest problems if we come together and embrace the freedoms that our Founding Fathers established right here in Philadelphia, which permitted our ancestors to create the great American exceptionalism that all of us now enjoy.”

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