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A budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it. ~William Feather

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. ~Henry Ford

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

A consultant is a man sent in after the battle to bayonet the wounded. ~Author Unknown

A criminal is a person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation. ~Howard Scott

A group or an artist shouldn't get his money until his boss gets his. ~Bobby Darin

A man of business may talk of philosophy; a man who has none may practise it. ~Alexander Pope

About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends. ~Herbert Hoover

All lasting business is built on friendship. ~Alfred A. Montapert

Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures. ~Tom Peters

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An advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission. ~Fred Allen

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today. ~Laurence J. Peter

An economist's guess is liable to be as good as anybody else's. ~Will Rogers

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

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

As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth. ~John Greenleaf Whittier

Ask five economists and you'll get five different answers - six if one went to Harvard. ~Edgar R. Fiedler

Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. ~Thomas Carlyle

Business is a combination of war and sport. ~Andre Maurois

Business is in itself a power. ~Garet Garrett

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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

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

Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money. ~Peter Drucker

Cannibals prefer those who have no spines. ~Stanislaw Lem

Carpe per diem - seize the check. ~Robin Williams

Commerce, n. A kind of transaction in which A plunders from B the goods of C, and for compensation B picks the pocket of D of money belonging to E. ~Ambrose Bierce

Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in man. ~Author Unknown

Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility. ~Ambrose Bierce

Dealing with people is probably the biggest problem you face, especially if you are in business. Yes, and that is also true if you are a housewife, architect or engineer. ~Dale Carnegie

Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money. ~Walt Disney

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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

Do not trust people. They are capable of greatness. ~Stanislaw Lem

Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn't go with it. ~Colin Powell

Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to. ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats. ~Howard Aiken

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

Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit. ~Napoleon Hill

Employees make the best dates. You don't have to pick them up and they're always tax-deductible. ~Andy Warhol

Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work. ~Robert Orben

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

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Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet. ~Robert H. Schuller

Family farms and small businesses are the backbone of our communities. ~Tom Allen

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish and he will eat steak. ~Jay Leno

Government in the U.S. today is a senior partner in every business in the country. ~Norman Cousins

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

Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something. ~Thomas A. Edison

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation. ~Charles Kettering

Hire character. Train skill. ~Peter Schutz

I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod. ~Winston Churchill

I buy when other people are selling. ~J. Paul Getty

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I don't pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages. ~Robert Bosch

I don't think meals have any business being deductible. I'm for separation of calories and corporations. ~Ralph Nader

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

I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for - getting paid for doing what you love. ~Tiger Woods

I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well. ~Alan Greenspan

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

I want to put a ding in the universe. ~Steve Jobs

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

If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion. ~George Bernard Shaw

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance. ~Abraham Lincoln

If you aren't playing well, the game isn't as much fun. When that happens I tell myself just to go out and play as I did when I was a kid. ~Thomas J. Watson

If you can build a business up big enough, it's respectable. ~Will Rogers

If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work. ~Khalil Gibran

If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business. ~B. C. Forbes

If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been. ~Robert H. Schuller

If you owe the bank $100 that's your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem. ~J. Paul Getty

I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money. ~Lord Acton

In college, Yuppies major in business administration. If to meet certain requirements they have to take a liberal arts course, they take Business Poetry. ~Dave Barry

In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing. ~William Wordsworth

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In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later. ~Harold Geneen

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. ~Benjamin Franklin

Informed decision-making comes from a long tradition of guessing and then blaming others for inadequate results. ~Scott Adams

It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality. ~Harold Geneen

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

It is not the employer who pays the wages. He only handles the money. It is the product that pays the wages. ~Henry Ford

It is unfortunate we can't buy many business executives for what they are worth and sell them for what they think they are worth. ~Malcolm Forbes

It takes more than capital to swing business. You've got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by - Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics. ~Isaac Asimov

It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. ~Mark Twain

It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference. ~Tom Brokaw

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It's not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts. ~Will Rogers

Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless. ~Thomas A. Edison

Let's be honest. There's not a business anywhere that is without problems. Business is complicated and imperfect. Every business everywhere is staffed with imperfect human beings and exists by providing a product or service to other imperfect human beings. ~Bob Parsons

Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top. ~Robert Browning

Look at growth, look at how much time people spend on the Net and look at the variety of things that they are doing. It's all really good, so I am actually encouraged by the fundamentals that underlie usage growth on the Net. ~Meg Whitman

Make the workmanship surpass the materials. ~Ovid

Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything. ~John Kenneth Galbraith

Men err when they think they can be inhuman exploiters in their business life, and loving husbands and fathers at home. ~Smiley Blanton

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

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Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their work done. ~Peter Drucker

My son is now an 'entrepreneur.' That's what you're called when you don't have a job. ~Ted Turner

No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution. ~Niccolo Machiavelli

Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself. ~Thomas J. Watson

Our business is infested with idiots who try to impress by using pretentious jargon. ~David Ogilvy

Our favorite holding period is forever. ~Warren Buffett

Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions. ~Edward R. Murrow

Our work is the presentation of our capabilities. ~Edward Gibbon

People that pay for things never complain. It's the guy you give something to that you can't please. ~Will Rogers

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. ~Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus puerisque, 1881

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Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. ~Colin Powell

Professionalism is a frame of mind, not a paycheck. ~Cecil Castle

Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them. ~W. Edwards Deming

Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates. ~Don Marquis

Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader. ~Tacitus

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Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral. ~Frank Lloyd Wright

Remind people that profit is the difference between revenue and expense. This makes you look smart. ~Scott Adams

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations. ~Steve Jobs

Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities. ~Walter Scott

Successful enterprises are usually led by a proven chief executive who is a competent benevolent dictator. ~Richard Pratt

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The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers. ~John Egan

The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale. ~Arthur C. Clarke

The buck stops with the guy who signs the checks. ~Rupert Murdoch

The consumer isn't a moron; she is your wife. ~David Ogilvy

The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. ~Peter Drucker

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The executive exists to make sensible exceptions to general rules. ~Elting E. Morison

The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing by somebody else's rules, while quietly playing by your own. ~Michael Korda

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on. ~Walter Lippmann

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 first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. ~Bill Gates

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The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling. ~Ambrose Bierce

The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully. ~Walter Lippmann

The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax. ~Albert Einstein

The invisible hand of the market always moves faster and better than the heavy hand of government. ~Mitt Romney

The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail. ~Napoleon Hill

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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

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

The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights. ~J. Paul Getty

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

The NBA is never just a business. It's always business. It's always personal. All good businesses are personal. The best businesses are very personal. ~Mark Cuban

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The results of quality work last longer than the shock of high prices. ~Author Unknown

The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows. ~Aristotle Onassis

The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. ~Confucius

The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them. ~Benjamin Jowett

The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green. ~Thomas Carlyle

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There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. ~Colin Powell

There are so many men who can figure costs, and so few who can measure values. ~Author Unknown

There are two kinds of companies, those that work to try to charge more and those that work to charge less. We will be the second. ~Jeff Bezos

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

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

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Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed. ~Peter Drucker

To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. ~Thomas Watson

To take something from a person and keep it for oneself: that is robbery. To take something from one person and then turn it over to another in exchange for as much money as you can get: that is business. Robbery is so much more stupid, since it is satisfied with a single, frequently dangerous profit; whereas in business it can be doubled without danger. ~Octave Mirbeau

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Too many people think only of their own profit. But business opportunity seldom knocks on the door of self-centered people. No customer ever goes to a store merely to please the storekeeper. ~Kazuo Inamori

Try, try, try, and keep on trying is the rule that must be followed to become an expert in anything. ~W. Clement Stone

We don't have a monopoly. We have market share. There's a difference. ~Steve Ballmer

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

Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design. ~Tim Berners-Lee

What we've gone through in the last several years has caused some people to question 'Can we trust Microsoft?' ~Steve Ballmer

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When did it become a problem to be a small businessman and become successful? The small businessman - like my father, or like me? ~Glenn Beck

When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder. ~James H. Boren

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. ~Mark

Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while. ~Jack Welch

Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority. ~William Arthur Ward

Work as if you own the company and soon you just might. ~Mike Dolan

You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough. ~Joseph E. Levine

You can't file a conversation. ~Author Unknown

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Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. ~Bill Gates