T. Boone Pickens, fully Thomas Boone Pickens, Jr.

T. Boone
Pickens, fully Thomas Boone Pickens, Jr.
1928

American Business Magnate, Financier. Corporate Raider and Takeover Operator, Chairs hedge fund BP Capital Management

Author Quotes

It?s necessary to stay physically and mentally fit to keep yourself in the game. We are the only ones who can put limits on ourselves. [On healthy aging]

If you don't have a refinery operating, it's hard to use oil that's available.

It?s no secret that some of the biggest mistakes I?ve made were the result of my impatience.

If you don't have a refinery operating, it's hard to use the oil that's available.

It's almost like, what Katrina didn't get, this one's going to.

If you?re on the right side of the issue, just keep driving until you hear glass breaking. Don?t quit.

It's important to understand that oil and renewables do different things. Wind and solar are for power generation, so they don't replace oil. About 70% of all oil produced is used for transportation fuel. Renewables are good projects, but they don't get us off of foreign oil.

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.

It's never worked. Price will kill demand.

I'm amused when Congress tries to place the blame on somebody but never themselves. I've never heard any of them ever say, 'I've made a mistake.' I do. I say I called it wrong. But they just try to find somebody to blame.

It's very hard to get an energy plan. It isn't a failure of the Democrats. It's not a failure of the Republicans. It's a bipartisan failure. Over the years neither party could provide the leadership to have an energy plan.

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've always believed that it's important to show a new look periodically. Predictability can lead to failure.

In a deal between friends, there's no place for a wolverine.

I've been married over 50 years of my life.

In the history of America, we've never had an energy plan. We don't even realize the resources we have available to us.

I've got an opinion on everything.

It amazes me that a trader would invest money based on what a computer tells him or her to do instead of relying on research to predict price movement. Those who trade on technical analysis frequently succumb to a pack mentality because their actions are computer-driven or chart-driven, instead of the result of knowledge and experience.

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?ve known many men who set a million dollars as their net-worth goal, and after they became millionaires they gave up making money and chose full-time hunting or golfing. I think that?s fine, but it isn?t what I want to do. Three days of golf in a row are about all I can stand.

I would gladly give it all to any one of you to be where you are sitting right now. There?s only one catch. If you make the trade, you have to be seventy-nine and I get to be eighteen again. [To a group of graduating seniors]

I?m a believer in informal communication within the company.

I?m convinced that you can be old at thirty or young at seventy ? it?s all up to you.

I?m eighty years old. I want results now?

I?m sick of people calling me a corporate gunslinger.

Author Picture
First Name
T. Boone
Last Name
Pickens, fully Thomas Boone Pickens, Jr.
Birth Date
1928
Bio

American Business Magnate, Financier. Corporate Raider and Takeover Operator, Chairs hedge fund BP Capital Management