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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

It is not the employer who pays the wages. He only handles the money. It is the product that pays the wages. ~Henry Ford, 1922, also sometimes quoted as "It is the customer that pays the wages"

Hire character. Train skill. ~Peter Schutz

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

[M]y mother was a shy, frightened soul like myself; she did not realize that a successful career consists in impressing oneself upon people. A much larger percentage of men would succeed in business if they realized this truth as boys. The preliminary training in personal contact ought to take precedence over algebraic equations. ~Edward Mott Woolley, "Adventures in Business: The Merchant Who Needed a Press Agent," in The Saturday Evening Post, 1912 September 21st  #networking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make the workmanship surpass the materials. ~Ovid

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

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

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

Want is the mother of industry. ~Henry Timberlake

Industry is the parent of fortune. ~German proverb

Trade is the mother of money. ~Thomas Draxe

Blessed are the Price-Makers, for they shall inherit the earth. ~Gideon Wurdz (Charles Wayland Towne), "Standard Oil Maxims," Foolish Finance, 1905

For all of its faults, it gives most hardworking people a chance to improve themselves economically, even as the deck is stacked in favor of the privileged few. Here are the choices most of us face in such a system: Get bitter or get busy. ~Bill O'Reilly, about capitalism

"What makes a Merchant, Man of Trade?"
"Not Selling Wares, but Getting Paid!"
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Merchants," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

In the fable the wolf called the ox a robber. In the modern version they get together and form a trust. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. ~Bill Gates, Business @ the Speed of Thought

Our marketing strategy is driven by the customer experience, not by "growth hawking." We believe companies should be about fewer games, fewer hoops, and more value. We feel like open content speaks to that. ~Gregory Ciotti, "Why We're Opting Out of Opt-in Resources,"

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

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

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

No matter what your business may be, if you are an employer, you will find that no investment you can make will pay you so well as the effort to scatter heart sunshine through your establishment... Many business men are beginning to discover that it pays not only to make employees comfortable but happy... Men can produce more; they are more efficient, they do their best work when happiest. Our mental attitude has everything to do with our productiveness. ~Orison Swett Marden, The Joys of Living, 1913

The trouble with a lot of merchants lies in their wild yearning to steal somebody's copyright. ~Edward Mott Woolley, "Adventures in Business: The Merchant Who Needed a Press Agent," in The Saturday Evening Post, 1912 September 21st

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

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

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 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

If the ancient person who had too many irons in the fire lived to-day he would probably organize them into a steel trust. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

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

When persons, having business with you, offer to feast you, beware of them. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882  [Vendor lunches‽ lol —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

[A]nd now I saw, though too late, the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost, and before we judge rightly of our own strength to go through with it. ~Daniel Defoe, The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner, 1719

Don't say it, write it. You can't file a conversation. ~Business saying, quoted in Industrial Productivity, Industrial Relations Research Association, 1951

Christmas cards prove that if there is much sentiment in business, there is even more business in sentiment. ~20,000 Quips & Quotes by Evan Esar, 1968

Big business don't go broke any more. The minute it looks bad for them, they combine with something else and issue more stock. ~Will Rogers (1879–1935)

We are living in an age of "Mergers" and "Combines." When your business is not doing good you combine with something and sell more stock. ~Will Rogers, 1930

Customers overwhelmingly show appreciation for great service with their wallets., "75 Customer Service Facts, Quotes & Statistics: How Your Business Can Deliver With the Best of the Best"

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

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

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

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

I don't spend more than 20 minutes a day in my office. I'm out in the plant. The people need to know why they are doing the things they do. And I need to know if they've got a better way to do it. ~Karsten Solheim, 1991  [engineer, inventor, golf club designer, and founder of PING —tg]

A real merger is only for two souls with but a single thought. Corporations have no souls. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1904, George Horace Lorimer, editor

A man of business may talk of philosophy; a man who has none may practise it. ~Alexander Pope, Thoughts on Various Subjects, 1727

If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late. ~Reid Hoffman

Every corporation has a complaint process that begins with someone telling you that you are the first person to ever complain about this. ~Robert Brault,

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

Work as if you own the company and soon you just might. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife, tweet

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, Torture Garden

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

Any business with customers is in the "people" business., "75 Customer Service Facts, Quotes & Statistics: How Your Business Can Deliver With the Best of the Best"

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

Pick out industries that don't have celebrities — then become the first one. Big ponds are overrated. Scott Ginsberg,

Advice to big business: Don't buy the patent; hire the guy who got it. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

The trouble with not being into social networking is that people think you're anti-social when you're only anti-networking. ~Robert Brault,

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

It doesn't matter how many times you fail. It doesn't matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because... All that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are. ~Mark Cuban

When developing and designing products that invite people to use them, just do it right from the start and put your heart into it. It's harder and it takes longer, but everyone wins in the end. ~Michael D. Harris

A verbal agreement is not worth the paper it's written on. ~Bryan O'Loghlen  [Nabbed this one from the great QI. Thanks, Mr O'Toole. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

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, The Cynic's World Book, 1906

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

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