Words matter. These are the best Felix Dennis Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
You don’t have to live in a garage to write great poetry.
The planet doesn’t require saving, and actually hasn’t asked Greenpeace to save it.
When you’re writing, you’re in a totally different zone… I can start a difficult poem and look up at the clock and see to my astonishment that three hours have passed.
It’s a long, slow sunset for ink-on-paper magazines, but sunsets can produce vast sums of money.
Native trees are so important to our ecosystem.
As with the onset of sudden celebrity, for the newly rich, the world often becomes a darker, narrower, less generous place; a paradox that elicits scant sympathy, but is nonetheless true.
America is not the center of the universe.
The rich are not a contented tribe. The demands from others to share their wealth become so tiresome, so insistent, they often decide they must insulate themselves. Insulation eventually breeds a mild form of paranoia.
I couldn’t care less what anyone’s ‘perception’ of me is. I’m too long in the tooth to care.
I should have liked to get married, but over many decades I have lived essentially alone. I go to sleep when I’m tired, get up when I wake up, have my food prepared when I’m hungry. I can’t bear the thought that I’d have to coincide, make an effort.
You’ll never get rich by working for your boss.
There are far too many people in university in Britain. If you want to make money, be a plumber.
I loathe and detest movies and television and don’t watch any. I do not have the time.
I have one talent, and that’s figuring out what people want about two minutes before they know it themselves.
I don’t take investment advice from wealth managers. I have grown several businesses from scratch and amassed many millions from my publishing empire – why would I take advice from someone who has never experienced that?
America is an empire. I hope you know that now. All empires, by definition, are bumbling, shambolic, bullying, bureaucratic affairs, as certain of the rightness of their cause in infancy, as they are corrupted by power in their dotage.
The age of celebrity editors and monstrous staffing are over.
I’m very proud of the fact that I’m one of Britain’s biggest selling poets. That gives me a huge amount of pleasure.
I want to prove that if you write in strict meter and rhyme about subjects people care about, they will buy poetry.
In the end, the railroads made America and nanotech will make the 21st century, and that is the end of the story. The beginning of the story and the end of the story.
False praise is worse than no praise.
I never sue journalists. I employ journalists. I employ too many of them. I don’t sue journalists.
America, ladies and gentlemen, has done more for me financially than Britain ever has, or ever could have done.
The climate has been changing since there was a climate.
Nobody could like Donald Trump, surely, except his mother. No one really likes The Donald. But how can you not have respect for a guy who’s been down on the floor and just keeps coming back? Nothing will keep Donald Trump down until they drive a wooden stake in his heart and a silver bullet in his brain.
I think having a great idea is vastly overrated. I know it sounds kind of crazy and counterintuitive. I don’t think it matters what the idea is, almost. You need great execution.
What is negotiation but the accumulation of small lies leading to advantage?
I write about whatever turns up. Every single day, I’m sitting down for three to five hours in the evenings wrestling away and producing far too much verse.
The best thing about being immensely wealthy is not having to be in any particular place at any particular time doing a particular task you don’t want to do.
People think I’m just an old Luddite, but that’s untrue. I buy every new gizmo as it comes out, play with it until I understand how it works, and then give it away.
I hear poets complaining: ‘We face what our forebears did not face. We face TV. We face radio. We face this and that.’
I am a born-again atheist, so there isn’t going to be a funeral. I will be buried in a linen wrap in a cardboard coffin in my forest with an oak tree planted on my head.
You cannot be seeking yourself when you’re making money.
There are jobs, particularly database-oriented ones, for which computers are necessary, but for everyday office life, I question whether they have brought the productivity that their enormous cost, up to £10,000 per person, demands.
The richer you are and the more financial advisers you employ, the less likelihood there is that you can ever discover what you are really worth.
‘The Week’ is my favourite magazine. Everyone from presidents to CEOs of companies love it, politicians, people in the massive charity business in America, in the arts and even more especially in the media.
You cannot properly bring up children when you are 69 or 70 and they are 12 and at the height of their madness. You can physically do it, but I don’t think it’s morally justified.
I’ve always noted with some awe the reading habits of the Australian public. Australians read more newspapers and magazines per head of population than almost any other country in the world.
You have to persuade yourself that you absolutely don’t care what happens. If you don’t care, you’ve won. I absolutely promise you, in every serious negotiation, the man or woman who doesn’t care is going to win.
I’m an entrepreneur, a businessman. I’ve got a lot of money, and that doesn’t go very well with the whole ‘starving artist in a garret’ routine.
You can actually be bored stiff while you’re dying.
This modern mania for interfering in other’s lives, usually under the guise of health and safety concerns, is highly irritating and counterproductive. Down with the nanny state.
Computers are wasteful of paper and time. Once, we’d get documents with a few errors. Now, people make hundreds of copies until each sheet is flawless and memos are duplicated endlessly. Managers get swamped with emails.
Poetry is one of the oldest of all art forms, and one of its powers for shamans and tribal leaders was the mnemonic.
Good ideas are like Nike sports shoes. They may facilitate success for an athlete who possesses them, but on their own they are nothing but an overpriced pair of sneakers. Sports shoes don’t win races. Athletes do.
The problem with rich lists is… it is impossible to know what someone is worth until they have died and you have sold it.
Making money is certainly the one addiction I cannot shake.
I’m so suspicious of our own understanding of the past. I just think that your mind plays absolute tricks on you and fools you every minute of every day. And so when you’re talking about the past, you’re talking about something that never happened. At least it didn’t happen the way you think it happened.
Obviously, waste disposal is an enormous and fantastic industry.
‘Great Expectations’ has been described as ‘Dickens’s harshest indictment of society.’ Which it is. After all, it’s about money. About not having enough money; about the fever of the getting of money; about having too much money; about the taint of money.
Discourse has ended in America. It’s all just shouting and ranting and demonization. Do you know how the rest of the world laughs at you guys? Have you got any idea? They’re just rocking with laughter night and day.
Publishing magazines for yourself is not good business, man.
I thoroughly object to getting old. If you could let me be 16 again, I’d give you everything I’ve got and everything I’ll ever have.
People who get trapped in the tunnel vision of making money think that is all there is to life.
You shouldn’t go around the world behaving ruthlessly when you don’t have to. Sometimes you do have to. There is only so much pie to go around. If you’re going to take more than your fair share of pie, as socialists would look at it, then someone else is not getting his. That means you’ve got to take it away from them.