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Felix Dennis
Born (1947-05-27)27 May 1947
Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, England
Died 22 June 2014(2014-06-22) (aged 67)
Dorsington, Warwickshire, England
Residence Dorsington and Mustique
Occupation Founder of Dennis Publishing
Years active 1973–2014
Net worth More than £750m[1]
Website www.felixdennis.com

I hear poets complaining: 'We face what our forebears did not face. We face TV. We face radio. We face this and that.'
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
The problem with rich lists is… it is impossible to know what someone is worth until they have died and you have sold it.
Felix Dennis
Everything I publish is for my readers.
Unless you are completely retired, earning money is the best form of wealth preservation.
Felix Dennis
The planet doesn't require saving, and actually hasn't asked Greenpeace to save it.
Felix Dennis
I only buy a computer when it's two years old, after the glitches have been worked out.
Felix Dennis
America is not the center of the universe.
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.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
I am absolutely convinced that my life was redeemed by poetry.
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.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
The age of celebrity editors and monstrous staffing are over.
The reason I don't carry a mobile phone is I don't want people to know where I am!
Felix Dennis
The vast majority of free verse is ghastly. Utterly ghastly. No one reads it. No one listens to it.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
I couldn't care less what anyone's 'perception' of me is. I'm too long in the tooth to care.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
What is negotiation but the accumulation of small lies leading to advantage?
Felix Dennis
It's a long, slow sunset for ink-on-paper magazines, but sunsets can produce vast sums of money.
Felix Dennis
I have one talent, and that's figuring out what people want about two minutes before they know it themselves.
Felix Dennis
You can collect all the plastic bottle caps you want as long as you give me the money so we can get off this death trap, find somewhere else and have tremendous fun screwing that up as well.
Felix Dennis
Money is power. Power is an aphrodisiac.
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.
Felix Dennis
Obviously, waste disposal is an enormous and fantastic industry.
You can actually be bored stiff while you're dying.
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.
Felix Dennis
Very, very few entrepreneurs who accept a 51 percent partner in a new venture will get rich if they are also expected to run it. Control is mandatory.
Felix Dennis
'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.
Felix Dennis
You'll never get rich by working for your boss.
With the greatest of respect, I have watched Apple from the day it started. I was publishing magazines about the Apple II before most people had ever heard what a personal computer was.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
No woman or girl is going to want to spend time looking at pretty dresses on the Internet. Vogue is going to be around for a long time to come.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
When I was young, I wanted to be the greatest blues singer of all time. I wrecked my education and left home for it.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
You don't have to live in a garage to write great poetry.
There is never a time in a company's history when cost control can be relegated to the back burner, but for a startup company, keeping costs low is a vital necessity.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
Native trees are so important to our ecosystem.
People really do not have time to read all the newspapers in the world and all the sites that we now commonly use on the web. There is no possibility of keeping up.
Felix Dennis
Overhead will eat you alive if not constantly viewed as a parasite to be exterminated. Never mind the bleating of those you employ. Hold out until mutiny is imminent before employing even a single additional member of staff. More startups are wrecked by overstaffing than by any other cause, bar failure to monitor cash flow.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
No poetry that I'm aware of, however bad or glorious, has ever left somebody a worse person than they were before they read it.
Felix Dennis
The beginnings of a forest is one of the ugliest things on the planet. It's bleak and your neighbours hate you.
Felix Dennis
There are as many forms of happiness as sorrow, though most prove fleeting.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
There are far too many people in university in Britain. If you want to make money, be a plumber.
Felix Dennis
The climate has been changing since there was a climate.
People who get trapped in the tunnel vision of making money think that is all there is to life.
Felix Dennis
When I see something that's wrong, I just speak and act first and I'll take the consequences later.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
You cannot be seeking yourself when you're making money.
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.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
'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.
Felix Dennis
False praise is worse than no praise.
I have an over-attachment to precision, which is why I've sold more magazines than any man alive.
Felix Dennis
I have been portrayed by actors in three television documentaries, two plays, one musical and a film. It's no fun watching yourself being traduced and imitated by an actor.
Felix Dennis
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?
Felix Dennis
America, ladies and gentlemen, has done more for me financially than Britain ever has, or ever could have done.
Felix Dennis
I loathe and detest movies and television and don't watch any. I do not have the time.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
I cannot abide being bored.
Human beings are definitely changing the planet, but how much impact they are having on climate, I don't know and I don't care.
Felix Dennis
With a poetry book I can send 100 copies out to reviewers and other people, and even do it in advance and get their response. It's difficult with iPad: how do you send it out for free, and how do you even disseminate it before it goes into their store?
Felix Dennis
It's kind of a crazy thing to decide that you're going to be worth tens and tens and tens of millions of dollars and set out to do that. It doesn't suit everybody.
Felix Dennis
I've been busy for years, buying land, often under pseudonyms, and planting trees on it. All the money is going into it when I die – and in the end I'd like to think that it will be 20 to 30,000 acres.
Felix Dennis
Poetry is one of the oldest of all art forms, and one of its powers for shamans and tribal leaders was the mnemonic.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
Publishing magazines for yourself is not good business, man.
Making money is certainly the one addiction I cannot shake.
I never sue journalists. I employ journalists. I employ too many of them. I don't sue journalists.
Felix Dennis
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.
Felix Dennis
Posthumous reputations have little to do with real lives.
I want to prove that if you write in strict meter and rhyme about subjects people care about, they will buy poetry.
Felix Dennis
For me, temptation is life and I have a gargantuan appetite for everything.
Felix Dennis
I love the business of business; I love the risk raking.