39 Invaluable N.R. Narayana Murthy Quotes

N.R. Narayana Murthy is an Indian industrialist and the co-founder of Infosys. Providing business consulting and outsourcing services, Murthy has a net worth of almost $2 billion dollars. Here is a look at some of the most invaluable N.R. Narayana Murthy quotes to know.

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

“A great leader also has the ability to make people an inch taller in his presence.”

“Effective use of technology is important to deliver healthcare. By leveraging technology, you can bring down lack of access and cost of healthcare.”

“Engineering or technology is all about using the power of science to make life better for people, to reduce cost, to improve comfort, to improve productivity, etc.”

“Entrepreneurship is all about an idea that creates differentiated business value to one’s customers. You must be able to convince your customers about the benefits that association with you or your products will give them. People are ready to pay if they are convinced about your services or products.”

“Entrepreneurship is all about deferred gratification.”


“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But, nothing is as painful as staying stuck where you do not belong.”

“Hinduism has an enormous capacity to absorb from outside influences and accept it in a peaceful and steady manner without perturbing the system.”

“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.”

“I think every country has to recognize its competitive advantage and liberate its strengths to be a partner in global trade, and that’s the only way you can survive and succeed.”

“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.”

“Investment in training is a huge necessity for knowledge-based corporations.”

“It is a well-known fact that bringing in technologies in retail sector is good for consumers.”

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

“It’s very important to learn quick lessons from your failures, very important to recognize symptoms of failure pretty early, and it is very, very important to not to be attached too much to the idea – you have to know when to give up an idea.”

“It’s well proved economics that if a country which is rich and a country that is poor come together in global trade, sooner or later the standard of living of the poor country will go up towards that of the rich country.”

“I’ve always enjoyed mathematics. It is the most precise and concise way of expressing any idea.”

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

“Leading by example is the most powerful advice you can give to anybody.”

“Love your Job, but never fall in love with your Company.”

“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 organisation.”

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

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

“The biggest impediment to growth is in our minds and not in the world outside, and only constant in the world is change.”

“The future of any corporation is as good as the value system of the leaders and followers in the organization.”

“The principle of democracy is all about delegation of power by the vast majority of citizens through a few chosen representatives chosen on merit and competence.”

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

“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.”

“To me, patriotism is about working ethically and wholeheartedly in our chosen field.”

“Today, the biggest bottleneck to the growth of a corporation is availability of good talent.”

“We all, as engineers, doctors, have a big responsibility to bring smiles on the faces of suffering humanity.”

“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.”

“When you run a part of the relay and pass on the baton, there is no sense of unfinished business in your mind. There is just the sense of having done your part to the best of your ability. That is it. The hope is to pass on the baton to somebody who will run faster and run a better marathon.”

“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 a brief video with Narayana Murthy as he discusses his seven rules of success.