25 Astonishing N. R. Narayana Murthy Quotes

N. R. Narayana Murthy is an Indian IT industrialist and co-founder of Infosys. With a net worth of almost two billion, Murthy has achieved several awards and listed among the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time by Fortune. Here is a look at some of the most notable N. R. Narayana Murthy quotes to know.

“A clear conscience is the softest pillow in the world.”

“A plausible impossibility is better than a convincing possibility.”

“Character + Chance = Success”

“Entrepreneurship is all about deferred gratification.”

“I am a believer in the adage – performance leads to recognition, recognition leads to respect and respect leads to power.”

“I have always looked at my competencies before accepting any responsibility.”


“In God we trust, everybody else bring data to the table.”

“In the fullness of time, when it is our turn to give, we must in turn plant gardens that we may never eat the fruit of, which will benefit the generations to come.”

“It is better to underpromise and overdeliver than vice versa. For this one need not break the law of the land.”

“Leadership is about doing the right thing, even if it going against a vast number of naysayers and mediocre people.”

“Love your job, but never fall in love with your company because you never know when the company stops loving you.”

“Nobody is bothered about an institution more than its alumni.”

“Organisations with decision-making speed and imagination will thrive as nobody can claim to have a monopoly over creativity.”

“Our assets walk out of the door each evening. We have to make sure that they come back the next morning.”

“Performance leads to recognition. Recognition brings respect. Respect enhances power. Humility and grace in one’s moments of power enhances dignity of an organization.”

“Progress is often equal to the difference between mind and mindset.”

“Respect, recognition, and reward flow out of performance.”

“The real power of money is the power to give it away.”

“The velocity of decision making in government was extraordinary slow. It took 18 to 24 months and 15 to 20 trips to Delhi to get a license to import computers.”

“There is only one ingredient for innovation and that is the power of the human mind. As long as a company is able to attract, enable, empower and retain the best of the brightest, it will have a play. ”

“Valuable advice can sometimes come from an unexpected source, and chance events can sometimes open new doors.”

“When in doubt, disclose.”

“When you are in business for a long time, you go through good times and bad times. When you go through bad times, you learn to control costs, satisfy customers better, satisfy employees better and become more transparent. Therefore, you build character in the company.”

“You become a star not because of your title; you become a star because you are adding star value to the company”

“You do not have to be the son of a rich man to be an entrepreneur. Today kids are far more willing to take risks because they’ve seen high rewards.”

Here is an interview with N. R. Narayana Murthy as he discusses the challenges and opportunities for firms operating in India. He also goes on to discuss the many factors required to be successful in a global market.