37 Motivational Eli Broad Quotes You Need to Remember

Eli Broad is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist;

He is the only person in history to build two Fortune 500 companies in two different industries. Forbes has ranked Broad as the 65th wealthiest person in the world, with an incredible net worth of $7.4 billion.

This is a collection of some of the best Eli Broad quotes in history:


37 Motivational Eli Broad Quotes

1. “People who just accept the status quo and conventional wisdom don’t make a difference in the world.” – Eli Broad

2. “Civilizations are not remembered by their business people, their bankers or lawyers. They’re remembered by the arts.” – Eli Broad

3. “I can imagine no more important contribution to our country’s future than a long-term commitment to improving urban K-12 public schools.”Eli Broad

4. “I’d be bored to death if I spent all my time with other business-people, bankers and lawyers.” – Eli Broad

5. “If you have poor management that’s not doing the right job, you end up with unions filling the void and… page after page of work rules and thicker and thicker contracts.” – Eli Broad

6. “School district policies and practices have not kept pace with student and teacher needs.” – Eli Broad

7. “The first thing I started collecting was stamps. Until I started discovering girls. That was the end of stamps.” – Eli Broad

8. “Who you spend your life with, much more so than how you choose to spend it, is the most important decision you can make. Do it right. That’s the best advice I can give you.” – Eli Broad

9. “A lot of executives act like their time is worth more than anyone else’s. But I always respect an employee who guards his or her time, even from me.” – Eli Broad


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“Collectors become obsessive and then addicted. You become addicted to art and you can’t live without it.” – Eli Broad


11. “I don’t think it makes any sense for an individual to invest in common stocks unless they know the company, work at the company, and so on.” – Eli Broad

12. “I’m strong-willed. Architects are strong-willed. You get the best results with a strong client and a strong architect working together.” – Eli Broad

13. “No one ever made a million bucks by being cautious or timid or reasonable.” – Eli Broad

14. “Someone once told me I’m a sore winner, and they’re right. I rarely take more than a moment to enjoy a success before I’m moving on and looking for the next challenge.” – Eli Broad

15. “There is no substitute for knowledge. To this day, I read three newspapers a day. It is impossible to read a paper without being exposed to ideas. And ideas – more than money – are the real currency for success.” – Eli Broad

16. “You can have great teachers, but if you don’t have a good principal, you won’t have a good school.” – Eli Broad

17. “Anything I do, I spend a lot of time. I do it with passion and intensity. I want to be in charge.” – Eli Broad

18. “Contemporary art challenges us.. it broadens our horizons. It asks us to think beyond the limits of conventional wisdom.” – Eli Broad

19. “I don’t want to be in the film business. I’m not even sure it’s a business.” – Eli Broad


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“I’ve never been one who enjoys maintaining the status quo. I’m always pushing for new ideas, whether it’s in business or philanthropy.” – Eli Broad


21. “People always say congratulations. When you’re a successful bidder it means you’re willing to spend more money than anyone else. I’m not sure if that’s congratulations or condolences.” – Eli Broad

22. “The best move you can make in negotiation is to think of an incentive the other person hasn’t even thought of – and then meet it.” – Eli Broad

23. “There were periods when the art market got overheated, but there is no reason it should appreciate dramatically.” – Eli Broad

24. “Artists rarely do the same thing over and over again. Art is about the new, doing things in a new way.” – Eli Broad

25. “Every artist is unreasonable, because he or she is doing something that hasn’t been done before.” – Eli Broad

26. “I have always believed that every great city in history needs a vibrant center.” – Eli Broad

27. “Ideas, more than money, are really the currency for success.” – Eli Broad

28. “Public education is the key civil rights issue of the 21st century. Our nation’s knowledge-based economy demands that we provide young people from all backgrounds and circumstances with the education and skills necessary to become knowledge workers.” – Eli Broad

29. “The biggest barrier we’ve seen to student progress is this: School policies and practices often prevent good teachers from doing great work and even dissuade some talented Americans from entering the profession. This needs to change.” – Eli Broad


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30. “Time is the most valuable thing you have – and I’m not just talking about the minutes for which you’re paid.” – Eli Broad


31. “Charity is just writing checks and not being engaged. Philanthropy, to me, is being engaged, not only with your resources but getting people and yourself really involved and doing things that haven’t been done before.” – Eli Broad

32. “For businesses to be successful, they need to constantly ask the question: how can we provide value to our customers? At the end of the day, that is what matters.” – Eli Broad

33. “I never play golf because it takes too long, and the business connections it produces can be made just as easily over an early breakfast.” – Eli Broad

34. “If people want to criticize me because it sells papers, that’s fine. I just don’t like it when it’s inaccurate.” – Eli Broad

35. “Research – and using what you learn from it to analyze every situation – is what separates being unreasonable from being irrational.” – Eli Broad

36. “The first dream I had was just to get a college education. I got through college in three years, taking extra classes in summer school.” – Eli Broad

37. “While I am proud of a number of accomplishments, there are real costs to being unreasonable. Long hours. Too little time with family. A near incapacity for, as they say, stopping and smelling the roses.” – Eli Broad



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