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  • "Half the day he engages in the most ruthless financial exploitations, ruining the lives of hundreds of thousands, even millions. The other half he just gives part of it back."
    Slavoj Žižek (1949–), Slovenian sociologist and philosopher
    On George Soros’s philanthropic activities
    Source: The Reality of the Virtual (2007)
  • "If you show people the problems and you show people the solutions they will be moved to act."
    Bill Gates (1955–), US entrepreneur, cofounder and chairman of Microsoft
    Source: Speech, Live 8 concert, London (July 2, 2005)
  • "The big opportunity that I see now is shepherding this wealth that has been created into our philanthropic goals. Those goals have to do with rekindling a sense of the community, reminding people that it's important to be part of your community and there's a benefit that comes with being part of your community."
    Pierre M. Omidyar (1967–), French-born US founder and chairman of eBay
    Source: Interview, Academy of Achievement (October 2000)
  • "I've been learning how to give. It's something you have to keep working on, because people like money the way they do their homes and their dogs."
    Ted Turner (1938–), US founder of Turner Broadcasting Systems and CNN
    Source: New York Times (September 20, 1997)
  • "I believe it is my duty to make money and still more money and to use the money I make for the good of my fellow man according to the dictates of my conscience."
    John D. Rockefeller (18391937), US industrialist, philanthropist, and founder of Standard Oil
    Source: Interview (1905)
  • "The man who dies rich dies disgraced."
    Andrew Carnegie (18351919), US industrialist and philanthropist
    Source: “Wealth,” North American Review (June 1889)
  • "By this time two years I can so arrange all my business as to secure at least 50,000 per annum. Beyond this never earn—make no effort to increase fortune, but spend the surplus each year for benevolent purposes."
    Andrew Carnegie (18351919), US industrialist and philanthropist
    Carnegie’s spelling was not always very good—benovelent—and, indeed, he gave financial backing to the Simplified Spelling Board.
    Source: Private memo to himself (December 1868)
  • "Earn as much as you can. Save as much as you can. Invest as much as you can. Give as much as you can."
    Revd John Wellesly, US minister
    Source: Attributed

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