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Business quotes (87)

American business can out-think out-work out-perform any nation in the world. But we cant beat the competition if we don't get in the ball game.
George Herbert Walker Bush   Category: Business

As long as youre green youre growing; as soon as youre ripe you start to rot.
Ray Kroc   Category: Business

Goodwill is the one and only asset that competition cannot undersell or destroy.
Marshall Field   Category: Business

I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.
John Cleese   Category: Business

The difficulty with businessmen entering politics after theyve had a successful business career is that they want to start at the top.
Harry S. Truman   Category: Business

The incestuous relationship between government and big business thrives in the dark.
Jack Anderson   Category: Business

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   Category: Business

Many blunder in business through inability or an unwillingness to adopt new ideas. I have seen many a success turn to failure also because the thought which should be trained on big things is cluttered up with the burden- some detail of little things.
Philip S. Delaney   Category: Business

When he who hears doesnt know what he who speaks means and when he who speaks doesnt know what he himself means that is philosophy.
Francois Voltaire   Category: Business

The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.
Aristotle Onassis   Category: Business

Define your business goals clearly so that others can see them as you do.
George Burns   Category: Business

Honest businessmen should be protected from the unscrupulous consumer.
Lestor G. Maddox   Category: Business

If you don't drive your business you will be driven out of business.
B. C. Forbes   Category: Business

Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.
Sir Walter Scott   Category: Business

In war the stronger overcomes the weaker. In business the stronger imparts strength to the weaker.
Claude Frederic Bastiat   Category: Business

I always said that mega-mergers were for megalomaniacs.
David Ogilvy   Category: Business

To succeed in business it is necessary to make others see things as you see them.
John H. Patterson   Category: Business

Theres no place like home theres no place like home theres no place like home.
Frank L. Baum   Category: Business

As a small businessperson you have no greater leverage than the truth.
John Greenleaf Whittier   Category: Business

Cannibals prefer those who have no spines.
Stanislaw Lem   Category: Business

I was told to avoid the business all together because of the rejection. People would say to me: Don't you want to have a normal job and a normal family? I guess that would be good advice for some people, but I wanted to act.
Jennifer Aniston   Category: Business

Every great man of business has got somewhere a touch of the idealist in him.
Woodrow Wilson   Category: Business

We [Microsoft] don't have a monopoly. We have market share. Theres a difference.
Steve Ballmer   Category: Business

Only a monopolist could study a business and ruin it by giving away products.
Scott McNealy   Category: Business

There is no better ballast for keeping the mind steady on its keel and saving it from all risk of crankiness than business.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Business

You can make more friends in two months by becoming genuinely interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
Dale Carnegie   Category: Business

Business was his aversion; Pleasure was his business.
Maria Edgeworth   Category: Business

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.
Henry Ford   Category: Business

Harold B. Lee   Category: Business

My son is now an entrepreneur. Thats what youre called when you don't have a job.
Ted Turner   Category: Business

We demand that big business give people a square deal; in return we must insist that when anyone engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right he shall himself he given a square deal.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Business

No business which depends for its existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Business

Public relations in this country is the art of adapting big business to a democracy so that the people have confidence that they are being well served and at the same time the business has freedom to serve them well.
Arthur W. Page   Category: Business

The business of America is business.
John Calvin Coolidge   Category: Business

A dinner lubricates business.
Lord Stowell   Category: Business

The success and ultimately the survival of every business large or small depends in the last analysis on its ability to develop people. This ability is not measured by any of our conventional yardsticks of economic success; yet is the final measurement.
Peter F. Drucker   Category: Business

The world of antitrust is reminiscent of Alice's Wonderland: everything seemingly is yet apparently isn't simultaneously. It is a world in which competition is lauded as the basic axiom and guiding principle yet too much competition is condemned as cutthroat. It is a world in which actions designed to limit competition are branded as criminal when taken by businessmen yet praised as enlightened when initiated by the government. It is a world in which the law is so vague that businessmen have no way of knowing whether specific actions will be declared illegal until they hear the judge's verdict after the fact.
Alan Greenspan   Category: Business

I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
Henry David Thoreau   Category: Business

What synchronism means to a clock a convention means to our organization; it enables those of us who are behind to catch up and get in step with the others.
Thomas J. Watson   Category: Business

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   Category: Business

Business is really more agreeable than pleasure: it interests the whole mind ... but it does not look as if it did.
Walter Bagehot   Category: Business

If you bet on a horse thats gambling. If you bet you can make three spades thats entertainment. If you bet cotton will go up three points thats business. See the difference?
William F. (Blackie) Sherrod   Category: Business

Business is a combination of war and sport.
Andre Maurois   Category: Business

Markets as well as mobs respond to human emotions; markets as well as mobs can be inflamed to their own destruction.
Owen D. Young   Category: Business

Where wealth and freedom reign contentment fails And honour sinks where commerce long prevails.
Oliver Goldsmith   Category: Business

Anybody can cut prices but it takes brains to make a better article.
Alice Hubbard   Category: Business

Don't steal; thou'lt never thus compete successfully in business. Cheat.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce   Category: Business

In business as most of it is constituted today a man becomes valuable only as he recognizes the relation of his work to that of all his associates. One worker more or less makes little difference to most big organizations and any man may be replaced. It is the cumulative effort that counts.
W. Alton Jones   Category: Business

The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do.
Roy L. Smith   Category: Business

We rail at trade but the historian of the world will see that it was the principle of liberty; that it settled America and destroyed feudalism and made peace and keeps peace; that it will abolish slavery.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Business

The most successful businessman is the man who holds onto the old just as long as it is good and grabs the new just as soon as it is better.
Robert P. Vanderpoel   Category: Business

The first mistake in public business is the going into it.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Business

Talk of nothing but business and dispatch that business quickly.
Aldus Manutius   Category: Business

Business dispatched is business well done But business hurried is business ill done.
Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton   Category: Business

I do not believe you can do todays job with yesterdays methods and be in business tomorrow.
Nelson Jackson   Category: Business

The businessman only wants two things said about his companywhat he pays his public relations people to say and what he pays his advertising people to say. He doesnt like anybody ever to look above beyond or over that.
Don Hewitt   Category: Business

Those who believe that we have reached the limit of business progress and employment opportunity in this country are like the farmer who had two windmills and pulled one down because he was afraid there was not enough wind for both.
Morris S. Tremaine   Category: Business

It takes more than Capital to swing business. Youve got to have the A. I. D. degree to get byAdvertising Initiative and Dynamics.
Ren Mulford Jr.   Category: Business

If you can build a business up big enough its respectable.
Will Rogers   Category: Business

A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things as in a vision a dream of the whole thing.
Charles Michael Schwab   Category: Business

I like business because it is competitive because it rewards deeds rather than words. I like business because it compels earnestness and does not permit me to neglect todays task while thinking about tomorrow. I like business because it undertakes to please not reform; because it is honestly selfish thereby avoiding hypocrisy and sentimentality. I like business because it promptly penalizes mistakes shiftlessness and inefficiency while rewarding well those who give it the best they have in them. Lastly I like business because each day is a fresh adventure.
R. H. Cabell   Category: Business

The difference in companies is people. I would rather have a first-class manager running a second-rate business than a second-class manager running a first-rate business.
Jack E. Reichert   Category: Business

A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
John D. Rockefeller   Category: Business

Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art.
Andy Warhol   Category: Business

Utility is our national shibboleth: the savior of the American businessman is fact and his uterine half-brother statistics.
Mason Cooley   Category: Business

He who thinks his place below him will certainly be below his place.
Saville   Category: Business

He who will not apply himself to business eventually discovers that he means to get his bread by cheating stealing or begging or else is wholly void of reason.
Ischomachus   Category: Business

Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
Henry Ward Beecher   Category: Business

The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and influence their actions. A chip on the shoulder is too heavy a piece of baggage to carry through life.
John Hancock   Category: Business

Lets form multi-disciplinary task forces to reengineer our core processes until were a world class organization.
Ratbert   Category: Business

We have yet to find a significant case where the company did not move in the direction of the chief executives home.
Ken Patton   Category: Business

You cant operate a company by fear because the way to eliminate fear is to avoid criticism. And the way to avoid criticism is to do nothing.
Steve Ross   Category: Business

Keep thy shop and thy shop will keep thee. Light gains make heavy purses.
George Chapman   Category: Business

The art of winning in business is in working hard not taking things too seriously.
Elbert Hubbard   Category: Business

Business without profit is not business any more than a pickle is candy.
Charles F. Abbott   Category: Business

American business men must learn human nature to the point of accepting as necessary the Rabble Rouser of the Right.... To get fast action somebody must stir millions to genuine anger over conditions which are adversely affecting their lives.
Walter B. Pitkin   Category: Business

The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
Ambrose Bierce   Category: Business

In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most it is the honest man who doesnt know what he is doing.
William Wordsworth   Category: Business

Sometimes during the two-year curriculum every MBA student ought to hear it clearly stated that numbers techniques and analysis are all side matters. What is central to business is the joy of creating.
Peter Robinson   Category: Business

You generally hear that what a man doesnt know doesnt hurt him but in business what a man doesnt know does hurt.
E. St. Elmo Lewis   Category: Business

Of all the damnable waste of human life that ever was invented clerking is the worst.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Business

To prosper soundly in business you must satisfy not only your customers but you must lay yourself out to satisfy also the men who make your product and the men who sell it.
Harry Bassett   Category: Business

The man who attends strictly to his business usually has plenty of business to attend to.
Unknown   Category: Business

To business that we love we rise betime And go tot with delight.
William Shakespeare   Category: Business

If we are to have a stabilized market demand selling pressure should be maintained ... perhaps increased the first sign of a decline in business. I know of no single way business managers can do more to stabilize market demand than through greater stabilization of sales and advertising expenditures.
Paul G. Hoffman   Category: Business

Never shrink from doing anything which your business calls you to do. The man who is above his business may one day find his business above him.
Drew   Category: Business

Success or failure in business is caused more by mental attitude than by mental capacities.
Walter Dill Scott   Category: Business