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Written by Claire Cornwall
If you need a friend, get a dog.
A dog is faithful, loyal, devoted and compassionate - in short, everything one looks for in a friend. With this admonishment, Gekko reminds Fox that their relationship has none of those qualities and is not a friendship, but a symbiotic relationship between two parties that enjoy each other's company but do not actually need it to feel happy or popular. Their intensifying working relationship, and Gekko's mentoring of Fox, means that they socialize and get to know each other more fully in a non-business environment, but unlike a friendship once their common goals are met, their socializing days are behind them.
The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
This is probably the most famous quote from this film, and sums up the mentality of Gordon Gekko. In actual fact it is not greed in the traditional sense if the word that propels him to success. The greed he is describing is the desire of very wealthy people to accumulate even more wealth in the pursuit of the deal. He wants to make money because the larger the amount the bigger and more spectacular the deal; with this declaration he is explaining to investors and stockholders that what might be perceived as greed is what will ultimately make the best and most profitable deal for everyone, and this is really more of a hunger to continue to succeed rather that a greed to accumulate riches.
I don't throw darts at a board. I bet on sure things. Read Sun-tzu, The Art Of War. Every battle is won before it is ever fought.
Gekko does not think of a deal in isolation but as part of a war he has prepared for in intricate detail. He is the general who has assessed his opponent's strengths and weaknesses so that he knows how best to strategize and outplay them. This is also a warning to the younger Fox who is impatient to achieve what Gordon has achieved without laying the groundwork; Gekko is explaining here that success does not come overnight but is the result of planning, deliberation and finding our what your rivals' weaknesses are.
The most valuable commodity I know of is information.
Gekko thrives on information; information about his rivals enables him to outplay them, and can yield knowledge about their transgressions that he can use as leverage. Information about companies can provide new opportunities to take over or destroy a business. A person who can bring him information is always going to be valuable, and Gekko is letting Fox know that he will always have value whilst he is bringing information, but it is the information, not the person bringing it, that has the greater value.
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