Some day, on the corporate balance sheet, there will be an entry which reads, "Information"; for in most cases, the information is more valuable than the hardware which processes it.— Grace Hopper
Most Powerful Balance Sheet quotations
All a company report and balance sheet can tell you is the past and the present.
They cannot tell future.
A good reputation for yourself and your company is an invaluable asset not reflected in the balance sheets.
The fact is that one of the earliest lessons I learned in business was that balance sheets and income statements are fiction, cash flow is reality.
Never invest in a company without understanding its finances.
The biggest losses in stocks come from companies with poor balance sheets.
The two most important things in any company do not appear in its balance sheet: its reputation and its people.
Derivatives serve practically no purpose except to enrich bankers through opaque pricing and to deceive investors through off-the-balance-sheet accounting.
In financing growing companies, we always looked for human value that didn't appear on the balance sheet.
Market values are fixed only in part by balance sheets and income statements;
much more by the hopes and fears of humanity; by greed, ambition, acts of God, invention, financial stress and strain, weather, discovery, fashion and numberless other causes impossible to be listed without omission.
In most cases the favorable price performance will be accompanied by a well-defined improvement in the average earnings, in the dividend, and in the balance-sheet position. Thus in the long run the market test and the ordinary business test of a successful equity commitment tend to be largely identical.
Bourgeois society is infected by monomania: the monomania of accounting.
For it, the only thing that has value is what can be counted in francs and centimes. It never hesitates to sacrifice human life to figures which look well on paper, such as national budgets or industrial balance sheets.
Though they control scores of industrial, commercial, mining and tourist corporations, not one bears the name Rothschild. Being private partnerships, the family houses never need to, and never do, publish a single public balance sheet, or any other report of their financial condition.
It's easier to teach a poet how to read a balance sheet than it is to teach an accountant how to write.
There are men who can write poetry, and there are men who can read balance sheets. The men who can read balance sheets cannot write.
I say that in jest a little bit, but Donald Trump is a blue collar guy with a balance sheet. That's the way he likes to have fun.
Balance Sheets are meaningless. Our accounting systems are still based on the assumption that 80% of costs are manual labor.
Though it is very easy to do valuations, eyeballs and brand prominence surveys, you should never allow any of them to influence the balance sheet.
Nobody knows everything that's hidden in the balance sheets of banks.
In fact, they are completely impenetrable.
Accounting does not make corporate earnings or balance sheets more volatile.
Accounting just increases the transparency of volatility in earnings.
...education is a sacred thing, and the pledge to build a school is a commitment that cannot be surrendered or broken, regardless of how long it may take, how many obstacles must be surmounted, or how much money it will cost. It is by such promises that the balance sheet of one's life is measured.
A company is an organic, living, breathing thing, not just an income sheet and balance sheet. You have to lead it with that in mind.
If you don't have a functioning financial system the world economy won't be revived. All the major economies have their responsibility to assist at a pace which is required to clean up the balance sheet of the banking system and to ensure that credit flows are resumed.
Unfortunately our stock is somehow not well understood by the markets.
The market compares us with generic companies. We need to look at Biocon as a bellwether stock. A stock that is differentiated, a stock that is focused on R&D, and a very-very strong balance sheet with huge value drivers at the end of it.
If we had intellectual vigour enough to ascend from effects to causes, we would explain political, economical and social phenomena less by credit sheets, balance of trade and reparations than by our attitude towards God.
Business is many things, the least of which is the balance sheet.
It is a fluid, ever changing, living thing, sometimes building to great peaks, sometimes falling to crumbled lumps.
You can have a healthy fossil-fuel balance sheet, or a relatively healthy planet
With weak balance sheets, banks tend to continue lending unprofitable businesses and leave them existing.
We will reject interesting opportunities rather than over-leverage our balance sheet.
I passionately disagreed with Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson's plan to bail out the banks by using a public fund called the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to help banks take toxic assets off their balance sheets. I argued that it would be much better to put the money where the hole was and replenish the equity of the banks themselves.
When I started Netscape I was brand new out of college and all the aspects of building a business, like balance sheets and hiring people, were new to me.
The problems of 2008 were never cured.
The Federal Reserve's solution to the crisis was to lend the economy enough money to borrow its way out of debt. It thought that if it could subsidize banks lending homeowners enough money to buy houses from people who are defaulting, then the bank balance sheets would end up okay.
A work of art expresses itself as a balance sheet pitting the spoken against the unspoken.
The problems of the global economy are not based in perception, but in the reality of prices, balance sheets and income statements, vast concentrations of wealth and power, precarious systemic imbalances, ruthless exploitation, and command economies mismanaged by Central State/Bank policy and manipulation.
A bankruptcy judge can fix your balance sheet, but he cannot fix your company.
If when a businessman speaks of minority employment, or air pollution, or poverty, he speaks in the language of a certified public accountant analyzing a corporate balance sheet, who is to know that he understands the human problems behind the statistical ones? If the businessman would stop talking like a computer printout or a page from the corporate annual report, other people would stop thinking he had a cash register for a heart. It is as simple as that -- but that isn't simple.