Sure, he's taking a lot of flak right now for his controversial political statements (Rare Media even compiled a video of third-grade kids reading off Trump quotes). That's the way of The Donald, though; he's always been masterful at PR and getting his views in the news.

Here are some of the most brilliant things ever to pass the lips of controversial billionaire businessman-turned-politician Donald Trump:

  1. "Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something that's more productive."
  2. "As an entrepreneur, I choose my teachers carefully, very carefully. I am extremely cautious of the people with whom I spend my time and to whom I listen."
  3. "Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you're generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make."
  4. "Show me someone without an ego, and I'll show you a loser."
  5. "If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
  6. "I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And do you know what? When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me."
  7. "I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That's where the fun is."
  8. "In a lot of ways it is easier to do things on a large scale. It is easier to build a skyscraper in Manhattan than it is to buy a bungalow in the Bronx. For one thing, it takes just as much time to close a big deal as it does to close a small deal. You will endure as much stress and aggravation; you will have all the same headaches and problems."
  9. "Don't get sidetracked. If you do get sidetracked, get back on track as soon as possible. Ultimately sidetracking kills you."
  10. "I could never have imagined that firing 67 people on national television would actually make me more popular, especially with the younger generation."
  11. "I don't hire a lot of number-crunchers, and I don't trust fancy marketing surveys. I do my own surveys and draw my own conclusions."
  12. "The point is that if you are a little different, or a little outrageous, or if you do things that are bold or controversial, the press is going to write about you."
  13. "Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don't just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won't happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you'll love it up here."
  14. "Watch, listen, and learn. You can't know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity."
  15. "Criticism is easier to take when you realize that the only people who aren't criticized are those who don't take risks."
  16. "Entrepreneurs are always taking feedback, especially from their customers, bankers, workers, and sales force. Without straightforward feedback, entrepreneurs cannot make sound decisions."
  17. "Do not spend too much time planning or trying to anticipate and solve problems before they happen. That is just another kind of excuse for procrastination. Until you start, you won't know where the problems will occur. You won't have the experience to solve them. Instead, get into action, and solve the problems as they arise."
Published on: Aug 24, 2015
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