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

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

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

Author Quotes

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.

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

If Jack Nicklaus thinks he has pressure puts, he should try eighteen holes after he?s lost $2 million in two days, wondering how much more he?s losing with every tick of the futures market.

It isn't possible for us to be.

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

It seems as if everything I do is geared to saving time. I used to get a lot of speeding tickets? Now we fly in a small airplane. It?s faster ? and it cuts out the tickets.

If the fundamentals haven?t changed, then I?m not going to panic. We?ll get it all back soon enough.

It was my Mother who had decided that I should be called by my middle name, Boone, instead of Tom, like my father. No child like to be different, and I was no exception. It was embarrassing to have to repeat my name two or three times before people would understand, and I was afraid that kids might make fun of me. I had been mistakenly called Booner, Ben, Bobby ? even Jermone! My mother saw things differently. ?Once people understand your name,? she said proudly, ?they won?t ever forget it.?

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.

I?ve always thought I was the luckiest man alive, and right from the start I proved it.

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