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AnonymousWhen I hear artists... making fun of businessmen I think of a regiment in which the band makes fun of the cooks.

—  Anonymous

Steve JobsYou can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.

—  Steve Jobs, 1955-2011, American businessman

Bill GatesYour most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.

—  Bill Gates, 1955-, American businessman

Steve JobsMy model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts.

—  Steve Jobs, 1955-2011, American businessman

Peter DruckerThere is only one valid definition of a business purpose: to create a customer.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Henry FordA business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

Henry FordThere is one rule for the industrialist and that is: make the best quality goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

Friedrich NietzscheMerchant and pirate were for a long period one and the same person. Even today mercantile morality is really nothing but a refinement of piratical morality.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Northcote ParkinsonExpansion means complexity and complexity decay.

—  Northcote Parkinson, 1909-1993, British historian

Andy WarholMaking money is art. And working is art. And good business is the best art.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

Ambrose BierceCorporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Aristotle OnassisMy law in business is to be the one buying not selling.

—  Aristotle Onassis, 1900-1975, Greek tycoon

Aristotle OnassisThe secret in business is knowing something nobody else knows.

—  Aristotle Onassis, 1900-1975, Greek tycoon

Lord ChesterfieldWithout some dissimulation no business can be carried on at all.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Sam GoldwynIf I were in this business only for the business, I wouldn't be in this business.

—  Sam Goldwyn, 1879-1974, American film producer

Peter DruckerBusiness has only two functions: marketing and innovation.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Peter Drucker1. What is our mission? 2. Who is our customer? 3. What does the customer value? 4. What are our results? 5. What is our plan?

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Peter DruckerEntrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Peter DruckerMarketing is not a function, it is the whole business seen from the customer's point of view.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Peter DruckerProfit is not the purpose of a business, but rather the test of its validity.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Peter DruckerThere is a point of complexity beyond which a business is no longer manageable.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Calvin CoolidgeThe business of America is business.

—  Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, American President [1923-1929]

Zig ZiglarI have always said that everyone is in sales. Maybe you don't hold the title of salesperson, but if the business you are in requires you to deal with people, you, my friend, are in sales.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Henry FordA business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

Walt DisneyI could never convince the financiers that Disneyland was feasible, because dreams offer too little collateral.

—  Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American businessman & cartoonist

Walt DisneyDisneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.

—  Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American businessman & cartoonist

Henry FordEmployers only handle the money; it is the customer who pays the wages.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

Winston ChurchillSome people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Funny Quotes

Sam GoldwynA verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.

—  Sam Goldwyn, 1879-1974, American film producer

Howard ScottA criminal is a person with predatory instincts without sufficient capital to form a corporation.

—  Howard Scott, 1890-1970, American engineer

Stupid Quotes

George W. BushThe problem with the French is that they don't have a word for “entrepreneur”.

—  George W. Bush, 1946-, American President



Chinese proverbDon't open a shop unless you like to smile.

—  Chinese proverb

Movie Quotes

Working Girl (1988)I have a head for business and a bod for sin. Is there anything wrong with that?

—  from the film Working Girl (1988)

The Godfather, Part II (1974)Michael, we're bigger than U.S. Steel.

—  from the film The Godfather, Part II (1974)


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