We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.— Martin Luther King, Jr.
Helpful Profit Motive quotations
I felt devalued and disrespected. The energy behind it felt disingenuous and motivated by corporate profit.
I believe my business and non-profit investments are much more beneficial to societal well-being than sending more money to Washington.
Do you know someone you would like to change and regulate and improve? Good! That is fine. I am all in favor of it, But why not begin on yourself? From a purely selfish standpoint, that is a lot more profitable than trying to improve others - yes, and a lot less dangerous.
We do a lot of things for reasons besides profit motive.
We want to leave the world better than we found it.
Profits are better than wages. Wages make you a living; profits make you a fortune.
The real joy of life is in its play. Play is anything we do for the joy and love of doing it, apart from any profit, compulsion, or sense of duty. It is the real joy of living.
My passion has been to build an enduring company where people were motivated to make great products. Everything else was secondary. Sure, it was great to make a profit, because that was what allowed you to make great products. But the products, not the profits were the motivation.
The profit motive, when it is the sole basis of an economic system, encourages a cutthroat competition and selfish ambition that inspires men to be more concerned about making a living than making a life.
A lot of share-buying, not bargain-seeking, is designed to prop stock prices up.
Thirty to 40 years ago, it was very profitable to look at companies that were aggressively buying their own shares. They were motivated simply to buy below what it was worth.
The experience of the past lives little doubt that every economic system must sooner or later rely upon some form of the profit motive to stir individuals and groups to productivity. Substitutes like slavery, police supervision, or ideological enthusiasm prove too unproductive, too expensive, or too transient.
Profit in business comes from repeat customers
The creative instinct has always been a stronger motive than mere profit to do truly new and revolutionary things.
When shallow critics denounce the profit motive inherent in our system of private enterprise, they ignore the fact that it is an economic support of every human right we possess and without it, all rights would disappear.
Ultimately we must concern ourselves with pulling out by its roots the decadence that controls our culture, the profit motive that controls our culture.
Just as important, we need a new dedication to opening avenues for employee participation and motivation through profit-sharing and innovative programs of job enrichment.
It's for management to enthuse & motivate employees towards excellence in service; the profit incentive doesn't last
We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society.
Business is all about solving people's problems - at a profit.
The profit motive promotes economic growth by creating better products at cheaper prices.
There is plenty of room to make a profit in a zero-carbon economy;
but the profit motive is not going to be the midwife for that great transformation.
Turning corporations loose and letting the profit motive run amok is not a prescription for a more livable world.
He that hath a calling, hath an office of profit and honor.
That, to me, is a kind of brilliant environmental ju-jitsu - using the energy of the market and the profit-motive to get businesses to invest in preserving and improving natural systems.
However much we might deplore the profit motive, or consumerist values, if everyone just wants i-Pods we would probably be better off than if they wanted class revolution.
The private sector is motivated by profit and efficiency and the US government often is not.
Capitalism is not about the profit motive.
Capitalism is about free markets. What you do in the market, in your free will, is the essence of capitalism.
I don't see much of a future for this planet.
I think it's a cursed planet. The boundaries we've drawn between nations and the profit motive - those two factors have, in my opinion, brought us to the point where almost nothing can stop the utter destruction of the environment and all our earthly life-support systems.
People instinctively know the difference between something done with a profit motive and something done with a love motive.
The problem isn't that conservatives are wrong about the efficiency of markets or the creativity of enterprise. It's that they have made false idols of both, usually without acknowledging that markets work best when well regulated, that private enterprise cannot meet every human need, that government has always played a critical role in our economy, and that the profit motive can be socially and environmentally destructive as well as dynamic.
The profit motive is not only fundamental to our ability to reward shareholders and pay employees; it's fundamental to excellent journalism. Far from corrupting the craft, profits enhance it. Expansion drives diversity and diversity protects and strengthens our craft.
My head can get to murder and rape for profit because I can understand greed as a human motive, but I cannot understand the voyeuristic desire to watch such a film. I can comprehend one and I cannot comprehend the other.
It's clear to me that many weapons sales are very short-sighted.
The U.S. and other arms-producing countries sell weapons for a variety of reasons, but most sales involve strategic interest or profit motivation, or both.
I would argue that search has made the world a better place.
It has done so for reasons that arbitrarily could completely change that - not arbitrarily at all but to completely change how that plays out based upon the needs of profitability. So it's totally unreliable and it has many layers nested underneath that of many ulterior motives nested underneath it.
Who benefits from Wi-Fi? We all benefit from Wi-Fi.
Is there an industry here? Of course, there is an industry, as well. The point is public health needs protecting. I don't think you should have to prove that there is some profiteer who might have an ulterior motive in order to protect public health.