Business Quotes

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.-Colin Powell


It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.-Tom Brokaw



There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.-Sam Walton



If you owe the bank $100 that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.-J. Paul Getty



A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.-Jeff Bezos



Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.-Theodore Isaac Rubin



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



An organization, no matter how well designed, is only as good as the people who live and work in it.-Dee Hock



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



If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.-Lucius Annaeus Seneca



If you’re trying to create a company, it’s like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion.-Elon Musk



Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.-Mark Twain



Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.-Andy Warhol




Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.-Dale Carnegie



Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.-Paul Tournier



Details create the big picture.-Sanford I. Weill


Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats. – Howard Aiken



The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.-J. Paul Getty



Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body – the producers and consumers themselves.-Herbert Hoover



Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.-Ambrose Bierce



It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.-Elon Musk



An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.-Laurence J. Peter



When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder.-James H. Boren



An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.-Jack Welch



Great companies are built on great products.-Elon Musk



Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.-Don Marquis




If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business. – B. C. Forbes




Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing… layout, processes, and procedures.-Tom Peters



The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’-Jeff Bezos



If you don’t understand the details of your business you are going to fail.-Jeff Bezos



Ask five economists and you’ll get five different answers – six if one went to Harvard.-Edgar Fiedler



Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.-Bill Gates



All lasting business is built on friendship.-Alfred A. Montapert



I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.-Jeff Bezos



The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.-Peter Drucker



First-rate people hire first-rate people; second-rate people hire third-rate people.-Leo Rosten



Brand is just a perception, and perception will match reality over time. Sometimes it will be ahead, other times it will be behind. But brand is simply a collective impression some have about a product.-Elon Musk



The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows. – Aristotle Onassis



People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.-Peter Drucker



The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves mankind ahead even more than teamwork.-Igor Sikorsky



We’re all working together; that’s the secret.-Sam Walton



Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.-Robert H. Schuller



Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.-Edward Gibbon



Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.-Gary Ryan Blair



The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.-Blaine Lee


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



The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.-Walter Lippmann



Business is a combination of war and sport. – Andre Maurois



A bankruptcy judge can fix your balance sheet, but he cannot fix your company.-Gordon Bethune



The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.-Benjamin Jowett



I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill.-Edward Appleton



Everyone is your best friend when you are successful. Make sure that the people that you surround yourself with are also the people that you are not afraid of failing with.-Paula Abdul




To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.-Andre Malraux




When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars people said, ‘Nah, what’s wrong with a horse?’ That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.-Elon Musk



Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.-John Kenneth Galbraith



Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.-Thomas A. Edison



I want to put a ding in the universe.-Steve Jobs



If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it. – Charles Kettering



The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.-Max de Pree


Test fast, fail fast, adjust fast.-Tom Peters

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