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My hobby to collect clever quotations turned into a nice collection of phrases related to business and life.

Cooperation, not competition, is the life of business.

Good business is business with profits for both sides.

A proper way to think of business is in terms of service.

To be really successful, company must have branches as well as roots.

Control of enterprisers is a job for the steering wheel, not for the brake.

Business that always runs smooth is running downhill.

If at first you don’t succeed, ask yourself why.

Playing fair is worth more to a customer then a price cut.

Take your work seriously but don’t take the office home with you.

He who has four and spends five, needs neither purse nor pocket.

A man is judged by what he spends, not by what he earns.

When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.

It is easy to be liberal when spending another`s money.

Concentrate, it saves time and money.

In business saving the pennies often means losing the pounds.

The better the service given to customers, the less it costs to serve them.



Special thanks to authors of “Market Leader” course book

“Choose a job you love and will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius(551-479 bc), Chinese philosopher

“Bad ideas don’t get better online.” IBM advertisement

“Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid of standing still.” Chinese proverb

“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.” Dr Linus Pauling (1901-1994), American chemist

“It is not work that kills men, it is worry.” Henry Ward  Beecher (1813-1887), American preacher and abolitionist

“There is no such thing as a free lunch.” Anonymous

“Communication is the most important form of marketing.” Akio Morita (1921-1999), Japanese co-founder of  Sony

“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.”  Dwight D Eisenhower (1890-1969) 34th President of the United States

“Management problems always turn out to be people problems.” John Peet, British Management Consultant

“Why is there no conflict at this meeting?” Michael Eisner, American Chairman and CEO of Walt Disney Company

“There is always plenty of  business, if  you are smart enough to get it.” E.W. Howe (1853-1937) American writer

“It is not the employer who pays wages; he only handles the money. It is the product that pays wages.” Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist

“Nothing will work unless you do.” Maya Angelou, US author

“Be everywhere, do everything, and never fail to astonish the customer.” Anonymous

“The trouble with the rat race is that even you win, you are still a rat.” Lily Tomlin, US actress

“Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation.” Peter F. Druker (1909-2005), Austrian management expert

“Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.” Denis Waitley, US productivity consultant

“Management is nothing more than motivating other people.” Lee Lacocca, US industrialist

“Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors.” (African proverb)

“You have to have heart in the business and the business in your heart.” Thomas J. Watson (1874-1956) founder of IBM

“If you don’t sell, it’s not the product that’s wrong, it’s you.” Estee Lauder (1906-2004), US founder of cosmetics company

“Everything that can be said can be said clearly.” Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) Austrian philosopher

“The last stage of fitting the product to the market is fitting the market to the product.” Clive James, Australian writer and broadcaster

“A relationship is like a shark, you know. It has to constantly move forward or it dies.” Woody Allen, American film-maker and actor

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” Vidal Sassoon, hairstylist

“It is not real work unless you would rather be doing something else.” Sir James Barrie (1860-1937), Scottish dramatist and novelist

“The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.” Jarwaharlal Nehru (1899-1964), India’s first Prime Minister

“For many businesses, the Internet is still a technology in search of strategy.” Mary J US author

“None of us is a smart as all of us.” Japanese proverb

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be…” Lord Polonius, in Hamlet, by William Shakespeare

“They usually have two tellers in my local bank. Except when it’s very busy, when they have one.” Rita Rudner, American actress

“When written in Chinese, the word crisis compounded of two characters – one represents danger, and other represents opportunity.” John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) 35th US President

“Management is tasks. Management is discipline. But management is also people.” Peter Druker, Austrian-American management guru

“You cannot buy a company merely by buying its shares.” Sir James Goldsmith (1933-1997) Anglo-French financier

“What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens.” Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81), British Prime Minister

“Without knowing the force of the words, it is impossible to know men.” Confucius(551-479 bc), Chinese philosopher

“A friendship founded on business is a good deal better than a business than a business founded on friendship    .” John Rockefeller, American oil magnate (1839-1937)

“There is no wave without wind.” Chinese proverb

“A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M. D., or Ph. D. Unfortunately, they don’t have a J.O.B.” Fast Domino, US musician, singer and songwriter

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.” Henry Ford, US industrialist (1863-1947)

“Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.” Woody Allen, film director and actor

“Sometimes it takes an expert to point out the obvious.” Scott Allen, US technology entrepreneur and consultant

“No more prizes for predicting rain. Prizes only for building arks.” Anonymous

“To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.” Paul R. Erlich, US biologist 

“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” Peter F. Drucker, writer and management consultant

“Nothing is ever built on time or within budget.” Cheops, pharaoh responsible for the Great Pyramid at Giza (c. 2550 BC))