Business

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
- Colin Powell
If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
- Dale Carnegie
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
- Confucius
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
- Winston Churchill
There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.
- Sam Walton
Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.
- Steve Jobs
If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
- Khalil Gibran
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
- Benjamin Franklin
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
- Napoleon Hill
All lasting business is built on friendship.
- Alfred A. Montapert
No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.
- Niccolo Machiavelli
Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.
- Theodore Isaac Rubin
Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
- Andy Warhol
I want to put a ding in the universe.
- Steve Jobs
I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
- Henry David Thoreau
Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.
- Henry Ford
If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.
- Robert H. Schuller
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.
- Adam Smith
The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.
- Aristotle Onassis
Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done.
- Peter Drucker
Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
- Henry Ward Beecher
Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.
- Bill Gates
There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time!
- Coco Chanel
The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.
- Henry Ford
Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.
- Ambrose Bierce
In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
- Harold S. Geneen
Our favorite holding period is forever.
- Warren Buffett
A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships.
- Stephen Covey
Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.
- Thomas Carlyle
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
- Colin Powell
The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.
- Thomas Carlyle
Try, try, try, and keep on trying is the rule that must be followed to become an expert in anything.
- W. Clement Stone
When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge.
- Robert Kiyosaki
Our business is infested with idiots who try to impress by using pretentious jargon.
- David Ogilvy
And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.
- Andrew Carnegie
Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman - not the attitude of the prospect.
- W. Clement Stone
Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.
- W. Edwards Deming
Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.
- Tim Berners-Lee
Business, more than any other occupation, is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight.
- Henry R. Luce
About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.
- Herbert Hoover
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.
- Max de Pree
The invisible hand of the market always moves faster and better than the heavy hand of government.
- Mitt Romney
Business is a combination of war and sport.
- Andre Maurois
A consultant is someone who saves his client almost enough to pay his fee.
- Arnold H. Glasow
As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth.
- John Greenleaf Whittier
Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.
- Peter Drucker
Real riches are the riches possessed inside.
- B. C. Forbes
We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.
- Alexis de Tocqueville
The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
- Ambrose Bierce
Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.
- Gary Ryan Blair
One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.
- Arnold H. Glasow
Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body - the producers and consumers themselves.
- Herbert Hoover
Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while.
- Jack Welch
The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such. All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force.
- Andre Maurois
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