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A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
- Henry Ford
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A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships.
- Stephen Covey
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A man should never neglect his family for business.
- Walt Disney
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A meeting moves at the speed of the slowest mind in the room. In other words, all but one participant will be bored, all but one mind underused.
- Dale Dauten
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A salesman minus enthusiasm is just a clerk.
- Harry F. Banks
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After all, the chief business of the American people is business.
- Calvin Coolidge
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All lasting business is built on friendship.
- Alfred A. Montapert
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Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
- Tom Peters
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As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth.
- John Greenleaf Whittier
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Big business never pays a nickel in taxes, according to Ralph Nader, who represents a big consumer organization that never pays a nickel in taxes.
- Dave Barry
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Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.
- Thomas Carlyle
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Business is a combination of war and sport.
- Andre Maurois
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Business, more than any other occupation, is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight.
- Henry R. Luce
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Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money.
- Peter F. Drucker
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Business? It's quite simple. It's other people's money.
- Alexandre Dumas
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By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.
- Robert Frost
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Cannibals prefer those who have no spines.
- Stanislaw Lem
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Carpe per diem - seize the check.
- Robin Williams
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Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.
- Karl Marx
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Chief executives, who themselves own few shares of their companies, have no more feeling for the average stockholder than they do for baboons in Africa.
- T. Boone Pickens
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Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.
- Ambrose Bierce
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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
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Don't gamble; take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. If it don't go up, don't buy it.
- Will Rogers
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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
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Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
- Stephen Covey
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Employees make the best dates. You don't have to pick them up and they're always tax-deductible.
- Andy Warhol
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Every few seconds it changes - up an eighth, down an eighth -it's like playing a slot machine. I lose $20 million, I gain $20 million.
- Ted Turner
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Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
- Henry Ward Beecher
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Few great men could pass personal.
- Paul Goodman
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For a lot of people, the weekly paycheck is "take-home pay" because home is the only place they can afford to go with it.
- Charles A. Jaffe
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Funny, but after trading for more than 15 years, I still am capable of forgetting a cardinal rule: The paper you own, in the end, will be intertwined with the fate of the 30-year bond.
- Jim Cramer
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Government in the U.S. today is a senior partner in every business in the country.
- Norman Cousins
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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
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He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass.
- Edgar R. Fiedler
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Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.
- Thomas A. Edison
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Here is the prime condition of success: Concentrate your energy, thought and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged. Having begun on one line, resolve to fight it out on that line, to lead in it, adopt every improvement, have the best machinery, and know the most about it.
- Andrew Carnegie
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How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden? (last words)
- P. T. Barnum
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I always said that mega-mergers were for megalomaniacs.
- David Ogilvy
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I buy when other people are selling.
- J. Paul Getty
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I cannot afford to waste my time making money.
- Louis Agassiz
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I don't think meals have any business being deductible. I'm for separation of calories and corporations.
- Ralph Nader
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I donít want yes-men around me. I want everyone to tell the truth, even if it costs them their jobs.
- Samuel Goldwyn
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I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.
- John Cleese
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I think any man in business would be foolish to fool around with his secretary. If it's somebody else's secretary, fine.
- Barry Goldwater
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I think it's wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.
- Steven Wright
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I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
- Henry David Thoreau
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I used to sell furniture for a living. The trouble was, it was my own.
- Les Dawson
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I want to put a ding in the universe.
- Steve Jobs
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I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.
- Lord Acton
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I've got to keep breathing. It'll be my worst business mistake if I don't.
- Steve Martin
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If I were in this business only for the business, I wouldnít be in this business.
- Samuel Goldwyn
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If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers.
- Irvin S. Cobb
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If you aren't playing well, the game isn't as much fun. When that happens I tell myself just to go out and play as I did when I was a kid.
- Thomas J. Watson
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If you break 100, watch your golf. If you break 80, watch your business.
- Joey Adams
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If you can build a business up big enough, it's respectable.
- Will Rogers
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If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business.
- B. C. Forbes
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If you have to forecast, forecast often.
- Edgar R. Fiedler
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If you make a living, if you earn your own money, you're free - however free one can be on this planet.
- Theodore White
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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
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In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.
- William Wordsworth
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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
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Informed decision-making comes from a long tradition of guessing and then blaming others for inadequate results.
- Scott Adams
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Inside every working anarchy, there's an Old Boy Network.
- Mitchell Kapor
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It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference.
- Tom Brokaw
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It's not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts.
- Will Rogers
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It's not your salary that makes you rich, it's your spending habits.
- Charles A. Jaffe
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Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
- Thomas A. Edison
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Learning is about more than simply acquiring new knowledge and insights; it is also crucial to unlearn old knowledge that has outlive its relevance. Thus, forgetting is probably at least as important as learning.
- Gary Ryan Blair
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Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.
- Robert Browning
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Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
- Lord Acton
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Look at growth, look at how much time people spend on the Net and look at the variety of things that they are doing. It's all really good, so I am actually encouraged by the fundamentals that underlie usage growth on the Net.
- Meg Whitman
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Marking dynamos for repair $10,000.00ó2 hours labor $10.00; knowing where to mark $9,990.00. (Invoice from Charles Steinmetz)
- Charles Steinmetz
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Method goes far to prevent trouble in business: for it makes the task easy, hinders confusion, saves abundance of time, and instructs those that have business depending, both what to do and what to hope.
- William Penn
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Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. Itís a good thing we have museums to document that
- Bill Gates
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My son is now an "entrepreneur." That's what you're called when you don't have a job.
- Ted Turner
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Never let an inventor run a company. You can never get him to stop tinkering and bring something to market.
- E. F. Schumacher
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No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.
- Niccolo Machiavelli
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No plan can prevent a stupid person from doing the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong timeóbut a good plan should keep a concentration from forming.
- Charles Erwin Wilson
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Not for nothing is their motto TGIF - 'Thank God It's Friday.' They live for the weekends, when they can go do what they really want to do.
- Richard Nelson Bolles
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Nothing interferes with my concentration. You could put on an orgy in my office and I wouldn't look up. Well, maybe once.
- Isaac Asimov
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Nothing is illegal if a hundred businessmen decide to do it, and that's true anywhere in the world.
- Andrew Young
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One's mind has a way of making itself up in the background, and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do.
- A. C. Benson
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Only a monopolist could study a business and ruin it by giving away products.
- Scott McNealy
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Our favourite holding period is forever.
- Warren Buffett
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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
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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
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Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates.
- Don Marquis
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Real riches are the riches possessed inside.
- B. C. Forbes
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Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
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Remind people that profit is the difference between revenue and expense. This makes you look smart.
- Scott Adams
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So little done, so much to do.
- Cecil Rhodes
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Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.
- Paul Tournier
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Stock prices have been quoted in fractions for two centuries, based on a system descended from Spanish pieces of eight. Each dollar was cut into eight bits worth 12.5 cents each.
- Charles A. Jaffe
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Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.
- Walter Scott
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Take care of those who work for you and you'll float to greatness on their achievements.
- H. S. M. Burns
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The buck stops with the guy who signs the checks.
- Rupert Murdoch
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The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
- Ambrose Bierce
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The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers.
- Edgar R. Fiedler
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The incestuous relationship between government and big business thrives in the dark.
- Jack Anderson
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The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.
- Henry Ford
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The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do.
- Roy L. Smith
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The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
- Confucius
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The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.
- Benjamin Jowett
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The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.
- Josh Billings
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The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.
- Thomas Carlyle
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The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves mankind ahead even more than teamwork.
- Igor Sikorsky
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The world does not owe men a living, but business, if it is to fulfill its ideal, owes men an opportunity to earn a living.
- Owen Young
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There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
- Colin Powell
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There are two kinds of companies, those that work to try to charge more and those that work to charge less. We will be the second.
- Jeff Bezos
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There is an enormous number of managers who have retired on the job.
- Peter F. Drucker
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There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time!
- Coco Chanel
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There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody.
- Adlai Stevenson
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There's no business like show business, but there are several businesses like accounting.
- David Letterman
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There's no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can't do any business from there.
- Colonel Sanders
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To succeed in business it is necessary to make others see things as you see them.
- Aristotle Onassis
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To think that the new economy is over is like somebody in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.
- Alvin Toffler
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Utility is our national shibboleth: the savior of the American businessman is fact and his uterine half-brother, statistics.
- Mason Cooley
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We don't have a monopoly. We have market share. There's a difference.
- Steve Ballmer
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We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.
- Alexis de Tocqueville
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Whales only get harpooned when they come to the surface, and turtles can only move forward when they stick their neck out, but investors face risk no matter what they do.
- Charles A. Jaffe
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What we actually learn, from any given set of circumstances, determines whether we become increasingly powerless or more powerful.
- Blaine Lee
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What we've gone through in the last several years has caused some people to question 'Can we trust Microsoft?'
- Steve Ballmer
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What's the subject of life - to get rich? All of those fellows out there getting rich could be dancing around the real subject of life.
- Paul A. Volcker
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When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder.
- James H. Boren
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Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.
- Thomas J. Watson
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Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority.
- William A. Ward
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You can't operate a company by fear, because the way to eliminate fear is to avoid criticism. And the way to avoid criticism is to do nothing.
- Steve Ross
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You don't want another Enron? Here's your law: If a company, can't explain, in ONE SENTENCE....what it does....it's illegal.
- Lewis Black
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