Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.George Soros
Business is the art of making money by selling things or services people want for more than their cost. - Patrick Dixon
- "Nobody talks more of free enterprise and competition and of the best man winning than the man who inherited his father's store or farm".
- C. Wright Mills, w:White Collar: The American Middle Classes (1951)
- "You cannot Adhere to the teachings of the church on Sunday and not apply to the marketplace on Monday"
- Archbishop LeRoy Bailey Jr senior pastor of The First Cathedral; From a sermon entitled: He Is Lord
- The chief business of the American people is business.
- Calvin Coolidge, Speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, 17 January 1925
- Business is other people's money.
- Mme De Girardin, Marguerites, Vol. ii.
- That which is everybody's business is nobody's business.
- There's only so much room at the top. For someone to succeed, someone must fail.
- John Calvin Byrd III, Speech at UC Santa Barbara on Film Production
- For a dream to become reality, make it real enough to believe in.
- Formerly when great fortunes were only made in war, war was a business; but now, when great fortunes are only made by business, business is war."
- Call on a business man at business times only, and on business, transact your business and go about your business, in order to give him time to finish his business.
- Men of great parts are often unfortunate in the management of public business, because they are apt to go out of the common road by the quickness of their imagination.
- Rare almost as great poets, rarer, perhaps, than veritable saints and martyrs, are consummate men of business. A man, to be excellent in this way, requires a great knowledge of character, with that exquisite tact which feels unerringly the right moment when to act. A discreet rapidity must pervade all the movements of his thought and action. He must be singularly free from vanity, and is generally found to be an enthusiast who has the art to conceal his enthusiasm.
- It is very sad for a man to make himself servant to a thing, his manhood all taken out of him by the hydraulic pressure of excessive business. I should not like to be merely a great doctor, a great lawyer, a great minister, a great politician—I should like to be also something of a man.
- Not because of any extraordinary talents did he succeed, but because he had a capacity on a level for business and not above it.
- The great secret both of health and successful industry is the absolute yielding up of one's consciousness to the business and diversion of the hour—never permitting the one to infringe in the least degree upon the other.
- Few people do business well who do nothing else.
- To men addicted to delights, business is an interruption; to such as are cold to delights, business is an entertainment. For which reason it was said to one who commended a dull man for his application, "No thanks to him; if he had no business, he would have nothing to do."
- The rule of my life is to make business a pleasure and pleasure my business.
- Aaron Burr, Letter to Pichon
- An entrepreneur is "the one who was right when practically everyone around them was wrong".
- Never ask a businessman how much percentage he puts on the price.
- Business has only two basic functions: marketing and innovation.
- Profitability is the sovereign criterion of the enterprise.
- Every great man of business has got somewhere a touch of the idealist in him.
- Business without profit is not business any more than a pickle is a candy.
- Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity, but cash is king.
- A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
- Most are engaged in business the greater part of their lives, because the soul abhors a vacume and they have not discovered any continuous employment for man's nobler faculties.