20+ Best Jeff Bezos Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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Entrepreneur and e-commerce pioneer Jeff Bezos was born on January 12, 1964, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Bezos had an early love of computers and studied computer science and electrical engineering at Princeton University. After graduation he worked on Wall Street, and in 1990 he became the youngest senior vice president at the investment firm D.E. Shaw. 

Four years later, he quit his lucrative job to open Amazon.com, a virtual bookstore that became one of the internet’s biggest success stories. 

In 2013, Bezos purchased The Washington Post in a $250 million deal. Now the second richest man in the world. Recent estimates of his wealth put it at US$78.4 billion (March. 2017)

We have compiled a list of Jeff Bezos quotes for you to read.


Jeff Bezos Quotes

“I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do.


“One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.”


“We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient.”


“The one thing that offends me the most is when I walk by a bank and see ads trying to convince people to take out second mortgages on their home so they can go on vacation. That’s approaching evil.”


“A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.”


“We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.”


“If you’re competitor-focused, you have to wait until there is a competitor doing something. Being customer-focused allows you to be more pioneering.”


“The thing that motivates me is a very common form of motivation. And that is, with other folks counting on me, it’s so easy to be motivated.”


“The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’”


“The killer app that got the world ready for appliances was the light bulb. So the light bulb is what wired the world. And they weren’t thinking about appliances when they wired the world. They were really thinking about – they weren’t putting electricity into the home. They were putting lighting into the home.”


“It’s not an experiment if you know it’s going to work.”


“What’s dangerous is not to evolve.”


“My view is there’s no bad time to innovate.”


“The best customer service is if the customer doesn’t need to call you, doesn’t need to talk to you. It just works.”


“There are two kinds of companies, those that work to try to charge more and those that work to charge less. We will be the second.”


“There’ll always be serendipity involved in discovery.”



“Humans are unbelievably data efficient. You don’t have to drive 1 million miles to drive a car, but the way we teach a self-driving car is have it drive a million miles.”


“I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.”


“Life’s too short to hang out with people who aren’t resourceful.”


“I know Elon, we’re very like minded in many ways. We’re not conceptual twins. One thing I want us to do is go to Mars, but for me it’s one thing. He’s singularly focused on that. I think motivation wise, for me I don’t find that Plan B idea motivating. I don’t want a plan B for Earth, I want Plan B to make sure Plan A works.”


“Because, you know, resilience – if you think of it in terms of the Gold Rush, then you’d be pretty depressed right now because the last nugget of gold would be gone. But the good thing is, with innovation, there isn’t a last nugget. Every new thing creates two new questions and two new opportunities.”


“When it comes to space, I see it as my job, I’m building infrastructure the hard way.


I’m using my resources to put in place heavy lifting infrastructure so the next generation of people can have a dynamic, entrepreneurial explosion into space.”


“Millions of people were inspired by the Apollo Program. I was five years old when I watched Apollo 11 unfold on television, and without any doubt it was a big contributor to my passions for science, engineering, and exploration.”


“You know, we love stories and we love narrative; we love to get lost in an author’s world.”


“You don’t want to negotiate the price of simple things you buy every day.”


“I’m a big fan of all-you-can-eat plans, because they’re simpler for customers.”


“Beautiful speech doesn’t need protection, it’s ugly speech that needs protection.”


“We have these cultural norms that allow people to say really ugly things. You don’t have to invite them to your dinner party, but you should let them say it.”


“There are two ways to extend a business. Take inventory of what you’re good at and extend out from your skills. Or determine what your customers need and work backward, even if it requires learning new skills. Kindle is an example of working backward.”

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