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Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. Bill Gates, businessman
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Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. Peter Drucker, consultant
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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain, author
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If you have learned how to disagree without being disagreeable, then you have discovered the secrete of getting along - whether it be business, family relations, or life itself. Bernard Meltzer, lawyer
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Feedback is the breakfast of champions. Ken Blanchard, author
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A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business. Henry Ford, industrialist
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A man should never neglect his family for business. Walt Disney, cartoonist
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Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can't miss. Lee Iacocca, businessman
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Don't open a shop unless you like to smile. Chinese Proverbs,
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Work is our business; it's success is God s. Proverbs,
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Treat employees like partners, and they act like partners. Fred A. Allen,
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What helps people, helps business. Leo Burnett, businessman
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Cut your losses and let your profits run. Proverbs,
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Corporation. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility. Ambrose Bierce, journalist
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It's far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price. Warren Buffett, businessman
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It is not the employer who pays wages -- he only handles the money. It is the product who pays the wages. Henry Ford, industrialist
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When the product is right, you don't have to be a great marketer. Lee Iacocca, businessman
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I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God's business. Michael J. Fox, actor
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I took some me time. I think that's a really important thing to do for yourself, especially in this business. And now I feel like I'm in a really good, positive place in my life. Ashlee Simpson, musician
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A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., businessman
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The purpose of a business is to create a customer. Peter Drucker, consultant
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We let folks know we're interested in them and that they're vital to us. cause they are. Sam Walton, businessman
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I have made the tough decisions, always with an eye toward the bottom line. Perhaps it's time America was run like a business. Donald Trump, president
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Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is. Know your business and industry better than anyone else in the world. Love what you do or don't do it. Mark Cuban, businessman
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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, statesman
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It is the artist's business to create sunshine when the sun fails. Romain Rolland, novelist
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Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them. W. Edwards Deming, scientist
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Buying is cheaper than asking. Proverbs,
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Forty for you, sixty for me And equal partners we will be Gerald Barzan,
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If you can run one business well, you can run any business well. Richard Branson, businessman
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Drive your business, let not your business drive you. Benjamin Franklin, politician
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Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business. Tom Robbins, author
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Writing a book is a very lonely business. You are totally cut off from the rest of the world, submerged in your obsessions and memories. Mario Vargas Llosa, writer
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Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. Robert Louis Stevenson, writer
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Make every decision as if you owned the whole company. Robert Townsend,
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More business is lost every year through neglect than through any other cause. Jim Cathcart,
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Blessed is he who talks in circles, for he shall become a big wheel. Frank Dane,
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Business has only two functions -- marketing and innovation. Peter Drucker, consultant
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I think it is really important to have a sense of business. As a designer you can get so wrapped up in the design and fashion side that you forget the business side. Tommy Hilfiger, designer
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Profit is not the legitimate purpose of business. The legitimate purpose of business is to provide a product or service that people need and do it so well that it's profitable. James Rouse, businessman
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Anybody can cut prices, but it takes brains to produce a better article. P. D. Armour,
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You can close more business in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you. Dale Carnegie, writer
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Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before. Jim Manzi,
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In this business, by the time you realize you're in trouble, it's too late to save yourself. Unless you're running scared all the time, you're gone. Bill Gates, businessman
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An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage. Jack Welch, businessman
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You're in a much better position to talk with people when they approach you than when you approach them. Peace Pilgrim, activist
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Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly, which is done in pride. John Ruskin, writer
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Issuing an insurance policy against abduction by aliens seems a pretty safe bet. Stephen Hawking, scientist
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A miser and a liar bargain quickly. Proverbs,
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When two friends have a common bank account, one sings and the other weeps. Proverbs,
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If your advertising goes unnoticed, everything else is academic! William Bernbach, businessman
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If you don't drive your business you will be driven out of business. B. C. Forbes, journalist
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When you are skinning your customers you should leave some skin on to grow again so that you can skin them again. Nikita Khrushchev, politician
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Well, I don't know as I want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do. I hire him to tell how to do what I want to do. John Pierpont Morgan,
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The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants them to do, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. Theodore Roosevelt, president
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Once you have a very, very large budget, you actually look for expensive things to spend it on. Rory Sutherland,
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White shall not neutralize the black, nor good compensate bad in man, absolve him so: life's business being just the terrible choice. Robert Browning, poet
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A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. Richard Branson, businessman
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No sale is really complete until the product is worn out, and the customer is satisfied. L.L. Bean,
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Don't steal; thou it never thus compete successfully in business. Cheat. Ambrose Bierce, journalist
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If a business does well, the stock eventually follows. Warren Buffett, businessman
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Don't forget until too late that the business of life is not business, but living. B. C. Forbes, journalist
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Great is the hand that holds dominion over man by a scribbled name. Dylan Thomas, poet
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A hard thing about business is minding your own Source Unknown,
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Countries with a higher proportion of trustworthy people are more prosperous. Paul Zak,
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In this business you have to develop a thick skin, but I'm always going to feel everything. It's my nature. Taylor Swift, musician
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A merchant who approaches business with the idea of serving the public well has nothing to fear from the competition. James Cash Penney, businessman
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In business partnerships and marriage partnerships, oh, the cheating that goes on. Proverbs,
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It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere. Edmund Burke, statesman
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You don't want to get the same kind of advice from everyone on your board. Ruben Cardenas,
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Grant graciously what you cannot refuse safely and conciliate those you cannot conquer. Charles Caleb Colton, writer
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Every man is a consumer and ought to be a producer. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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The five steps in teaching an employee new skills are preparation, explanation, showing, observation and supervision. Harold Hook,
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In business for yourself, not by yourself. Ray Kroc, businessman
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The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer. Theodore Leavitt,
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Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Nelson Mandela, statesman
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The poor man who enters into a partnership with one who is rich makes a risky venture. Plautus, playwright
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You can employ men and hire hands to work for you, but you must win their hearts to have them work with you. Riorio,
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Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. Robert Louis Stevenson, writer
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Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion. John Welch,
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Business? It's quite simple; it's other people's money. Alexandre Dumas, dramatist
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Research has been called good business, a necessity, a gamble, a game. It is none of these - it's a state of mind. Martin H. Fischer,
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There is one other business where the customer is always wrong and that's the media. Rush Limbaugh, entertainer
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Remind people that profit is the difference between revenue and expense. This makes you look smart. Scott Adams, cartoonist
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Advertising is the ability to sense, interpret... to put the very heart throbs of a business into type, paper and ink. Leo Burnett, businessman
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Business is the salt of life. Voltaire, writer
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I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill. Edward Appleton, scientist
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Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures. Tom Peters, businessman
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Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money. Walt Disney, cartoonist
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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, economist
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Good design is good business. Thomas J. Watson, scientist
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Capital isn't that important in business. Experience isn't that important. You can get both of these things. What is important is ideas. Harvey S. Firestone, businessman
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Follow sound business trends, not fashion trends. Janice Dickinson, model
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The one sure way to conciliate a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured. Konrad Adenauer, statesman
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I work in a strange business, and trust is a word that's not even in the vocabulary. Kim Basinger, actress
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The fellow who says he'll meet you halfway usually thinks he's standing on the dividing line. Orlando A. Battista, chemist
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For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation. Charles Baudelaire, poet
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Business is more exciting than any game. Lord Beaverbrook, businessman
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You read a book from beginning to end. You run a business the opposite way. You start with the end, and then you do everything you must to reach it. Harold Geneen Ceo,
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Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity. Charles Dickens, novelist
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Location, location, location. William Dillard,
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It is well-known what a middleman is: he is a man who bamboozles one party and plunders the other. Benjamin Disraeli, statesman
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Business, that's easily defined; it's other people's money. Alexander Dumas, novelist
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Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he's hired to do. Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, entrepreneur
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The great dialectic in our time is not, as anciently and by some still supposed, between capital and labor; it is between economic enterprise and the state. John Kenneth Galbraith, economist
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You can't run a business or anything else on a theory. Harold S. Geneen, businessman
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It's better to take over and build upon an existing business than to start a new one. Harold S. Geneen, businessman
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The employer generally gets the employees he deserves. Walter Gilbey,
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It is a trick among the dishonest to offer sacrifices that are not needed, or not possible, to avoid making those that are required. Ivan Goncharov, novelist
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As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth. Paul Hawken, environmentalist
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Concentrate your strengths against your competitor's relative weaknesses. Bruce Henderson, businessman
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There is no substitute for accurate knowledge. Know yourself, know your business, know your men. Randall Jacobs,
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The selfish spirit of commerce, which knows no country, and feels no passion or principle but that of gain. Thomas Jefferson, president
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A man's success in business today turns upon his power of getting people to believe he has something that they want. Gerald Stanley Lee,
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Business today consists in persuading crowds. Gerald Stanley Lee,
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Get the best people and train them well. Charles Merrill,
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Let love give way to business; give attention to business and you will be safe. Ovid, poet
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To succeed in business it is necessary to make others see things as you see them. John H. Patterson,
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Every business is built on friendship. J. C. (James Cash) Penney,
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Never say no when a client asks for something, even if it is the moon. You can always try, and anyhow there is plenty of time afterwards to explain that it was not possible. Cesar Ritz,
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Entrepreneurial profit is the expression of the value of what the entrepreneur contributes to production. Joseph Schumpeter,
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In a balanced organization, working towards a common objective, there is success. T. L. Scrutton,
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Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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We were not born to sue, but to command. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That's how I get my kicks. Donald Trump, president
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Business is like a wheelbarrow--it stands still until someone pushes it. Source Unknown,
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People will go right on preferring to do business with friends. Source Unknown,
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By the time a partnership dissolves, it has dissolved. John Updike, novelist
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There's a lot more business out there in small town America than I ever dreamed of. Sam Walton, businessman
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Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half. John Wanamaker, businessman
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Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art. Andy Warhol, artist
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You have to have your heart in the business and the business in your heart. Thomas J. Watson, scientist
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Planning is the kiss of death of entrepreneurship. Ernesto Sirolli,
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In business everyone is out to grab, to fight, to win. Either you are the under or the over dog. It is up to you to be on top. Alice Foote MacDougall,
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That which is everybody's business is nobody's business. Izaak Walton, writer
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The invisible hand of the market always moves faster and better than the heavy hand of government. Mitt Romney, politician
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But economic recovery must be earned. And it will be earned by entrepreneurs and it will be earned by small businesses. Jon Huntsman, Jr., politician
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Rock stars get room keys, I get business cards. Thomas Friedman, journalist
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I think a simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress. Mark Zuckerberg, businessman
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Informed decision-making comes from a long tradition of guessing and then blaming others for inadequate results. Scott Adams, cartoonist
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The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. Confucius, philosopher
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Carpe per diem - seize the check. Robin Williams, comedian
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Advertising is the principal reason why the business man has come to inherit the earth. James Randolph Adams,
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Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something. Thomas A. Edison, inventor
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I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can't help it. It's the truth. Charlie Chaplin, actor
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Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others. Helen Keller, author
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I've managed to keep a clear head and remain sane in this business because I remain a kid off-camera. Leonardo DiCaprio, actor
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When you're eight years old nothing is your business. Lenny Bruce, comedian
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I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create. William Blake, poet
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Love and business and family and religion and art and patriotism are nothing but shadows of words when a man's starving! O. Henry, writer
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