"I want to be remembered for only one thing: my contribution to aviation."
Howard Hughes
Howard Hughes
American business magnate

Howard Hughes Quotes on Goals & Virtues:

Passion will make you crazy, but is there any other way to live?

I intend to be the greatest golfer in the world, the finest film producer in Hollywood, the greatest pilot in the world, and the richest man in the world.

It is hard enough for anyone to map out a course of action and stick to it, particularly in the face of the desires of one’s friends; but it is doubly hard for an aviator to stay on the ground waiting for just the right moment to go into the air.

If I have made a mistake in the design, then I’m the one who should pay for it. I certainly would not ask somebody else to fly a plane if I were afraid to do it myself.

If we worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true really is true, then there would be little hope for advance.

If you have a workforce that enjoys each other, they trust each other, they trust management, they’re proud of where they work – then they’re going to deliver a good product.

I have my own religion. My conception of religion is being to the other fellow what you would like for him to be to you and do what you think is necessary to be the type of man that God could appreciate.

I am my own man, and I’ll go where I please and do what I please.

Living in dreams of yesterday, we find ourselves still dreaming of impossible future conquests.

The only meaningful measure for a leader is whether the team succeeds or fails. For all the definitions, descriptions, and characterizations of leaders, there are only two that matter: effective and ineffective. Effective leaders lead successful teams that accomplish their mission and win. Ineffective leaders do not.

Passion will make you crazy, but is there any other way to live?

One of our anxieties is de-focusing the relatively small number of engineers we have. Within our own core development, I am reluctant to fund projects that are way afield of where we are.

I am determined to elect a president of our choosing this year and one who will be deeply indebted, and who will recognize his indebtedness. Since I am willing to go beyond all limitations on this, I think we should be able to select a candidate and a party who knows the facts of political life….If we select Nixon, then he, I know for sure knows the facts of life.

"I’m not a paranoid deranged millionaire. Goddamit, I’m a billionaire.”

Howard Hughes Quotes on Work, Business & Fame:

Every man has his price, or a guy like me couldn’t exist.
The Hercules was a monumental undertaking. It is the largest aircraft ever built… I put the sweat of my life into this thing. If it’s a failure, I’ll leave the country and never come back.
I want to be remembered for only one thing: my contribution to aviation.
I am by nature a perfectionist, and I seem to have trouble allowing anything to go through in a half-perfect condition. So if I made any mistake it was in working too hard and in doing too much of it with my own hands.
I am willing to go beyond all limitations.
I have learned you cannot fulfill a great purpose like the building of Nevada and make ice-cream on the front porch every night too.
Self-discipline is the root quality that will improve every aspect of your life.
This is a business. The purpose of a business is to make money. If it happens to make art, too, that would be secondary and accidental.
Discipline is about doing things you don’t necessarily want to do but that you know will help you or your team.
It’s so important to experience what your customers are experiencing and listen to their suggestions.
About all else, I want to be the most famous man in the world. And I don’t care by what means I become famous, as long as fame comes.
Never make a decision. Let someone else make it and then if it turns out to be the wrong one, you can disclaim it, and if it is the right one you can abide by it.



Howard Hughes was an American film director, businessman, investor, pilot, engineer and philanthropist. In his lifetime, he was one of the most financially successful individuals in the world.

Hughes rose to fame in Hollywood in the late 1920s, when he produced big-budget films such as The Racket (1928), Hell’s Angels (1930), and Scarface (1932). From 1948 to 1954, he controlled the RKO film studio.

In 1932, Hughes formed the Hughes Aircraft Company. He hired numerous engineers and designers and spent the rest of the 1930s and much of the 1940s setting multiple world air-speed records. During this period, he built the Hughes H-1 Racer and H-4 Hercules (the Spruce Goose). He acquired and expanded Trans World Airlines. Later, he acquired Air West and renamed it Hughes Airwest.

Flying Magazine ranked him at No. 25 in its list of the 51 Heroes of Aviation. In 1973, he was inducted into National Aviation Hall of Fame.