Here are some of the most controversial quotes from Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York and a Democratic presidential candidate
- “I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom.” This quote was made in 2013, when Bloomberg was interviewed on NBC’s Meet the Press. He was defending his public health policies, such as banning large sodas and promoting gun control. He argued that the government had a responsibility to protect people from themselves and from others.
- “I could teach anybody, even people in this room, no offense intended, to be a farmer.” This quote was made in 2016, when Bloomberg was speaking at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. He was discussing the challenges of the information economy and the skills required for it. He implied that farming and manufacturing were simple and low-skill jobs, while thinking and analyzing were complex and high-skill jobs.
- “You’re entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts.” This quote was made in 2012, when Bloomberg was speaking at a press conference about his budget proposal. He was criticizing the critics of his plan, who he said were spreading misinformation and ignoring reality. He also said that he was not going to compromise on his vision for the city.
- “Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities and don’t let the bastards get you down.” This quote was made in 2008, when Bloomberg was speaking at a graduation ceremony at Harvard Business School. He was giving advice to the students on how to succeed in life and business. He also said that they should be willing to take risks and learn from their failures.
- “I like the theater, dining and chasing women. Let me put it this way: I am a single, straight billionaire in Manhattan. It’s like a wet dream.” This quote was made in 2001, when Bloomberg was interviewed by New York magazine. He was describing his lifestyle as a wealthy bachelor and a media mogul. He also said that he had no plans to run for mayor at that time.
- “Google’s not a real company. It’s a house of cards.” This quote was made in 2005, when Bloomberg was speaking at a technology conference in California. He was expressing his doubt about Google’s long-term prospects and its dependence on online advertising. He also said that Microsoft had more innovation and diversity than Google.
- “We’re not going to take away your handgun if you’re a legitimate owner.” This quote was made in 2006, when Bloomberg was speaking at a gun control rally in Washington DC. He was advocating for stricter background checks and enforcement of existing laws to prevent illegal gun trafficking. He also said that he supported the right of law-abiding citizens to own guns.
- “My father, a bookkeeper who never earned more than $11,000 a year in his life, sat there, writing out a $25 check to the NAACP. When I asked him why, he said discrimination against anyone is discrimination against us all.” This quote was made in 2006, when Bloomberg was speaking at a dinner honoring his philanthropy. He was sharing a personal story about his father’s generosity and values. He also said that his father’s example inspired him to give back to society.
- “Being an entrepreneur isn’t really about starting a business. It’s a way of looking at the world: seeing opportunity where others see obstacles, taking risks when others take refuge.” This quote was made in 2013, when Bloomberg was speaking at an entrepreneurship summit in Dubai. He was defining what it means to be an entrepreneur and encouraging others to pursue their dreams. He also said that entrepreneurship was essential for innovation and growth.
- “If someone tells me they skied all day and never fell down, I tell them to find another mountain.”1 This quote was made in 2010, when Bloomberg was speaking at an event celebrating winter sports in New York City. He was using a metaphor to illustrate his philosophy of challenging oneself and learning from mistakes. He also said that New York City was a place where people could find their own mountains to conquer, whether in sports, business, arts or education. He praised the diversity and resilience of the city and its people.