Business quotes and sayings

It is difficult, but not impossible, to conduct strictly honest business.
Mahatma Gandhi (Great Indian Philosopher, internationally esteemed for his doctrine of nonviolent protest, 1869-1948)

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.
Henry Ford

The beginning is the most important part of the work.
Plato

Only when you can dream it, you can do it.
Dhirubhai H. Ambani (Founder Chairman Reliance Industries)

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You can’t do today’s job with yesterday’s methods and be in business tomorrow.
Anonymous

Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.
David Rockefeller

The better work men do is always done under stress and at great personal cost.
William Carlos

Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.
Jack Welch

Business is like sex. When it’s good, it’s very, very good; when it’s not so good, it’s still good.
George Katona

Honesty pays dividends both in dollars and in peace of mind.
B. C. Forbes

If we keep doing what we’re doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.
Stephen R. Covey

To open a shop is easy, to keep it open is an art.
Chinese Proverbs

Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.
Peter F. Drucker

Between my past, the present and the future, there is one common factor: Relationship and Trust. This is the foundation of our growth.
Dhirubhai H. Ambani (Founder Chairman Reliance Industries)

Talk of nothing but business, and dispatch that business quickly.
Aldus Manutius

The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
Ambrose Bierce

The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.
Dale Carnegie

The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket.
Andrew Carnegie

A dinner lubricates business.
William Scott

The sign on the door of opportunity reads PUSH.
Anonymous

Drive thy business or it will drive thee.
Benjamin Franklin

There’s no business like show business, but there are several businesses like accounting.
David Letterman

A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
John D. Rockefeller

I ran the wrong kind of business, but I did it with integrity.
Sydney Biddle Barrows

All business sagacity reduces itself in the last analysis to a judicious use of sabotage.
Thorstein Bunde Veblen

There’s no such thing as a free lunch.
Milton Friedman

The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Henry Ford

Every business is built on friendship.
J. C. Penney

Haste in every business brings failure.
Herodotus

Business is other people’s money.
Delphine de Girardin

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.
Samuel Johnson

I don’t want to do business with those who don’t make a profit, because they can’t give the best service.
Richard Bach

There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
Robert Half

A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things as in a vision, a dream of the whole thing.
Charles M. Schwab

Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.
Robert Half

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

Business is a combination of war and sport.
Andre Maurois

No nation was ever ruined by trade.
Benjamin Franklin

The only way to know how customers see your business is to look at it through their eyes.
Daniel R. Scroggin

Keep your business affairs in your own hands. It’s the only way to be happy.
Martha Washington

Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business.
Winston Churchill

The most successful businessman is the man who holds onto the old just as long as it is good, and grabs the new just as soon as it is better.
Lee Iacocca

Government “help” to business is just as disastrous as government persecution… the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.
Ayn Rand

Paying attention to simple little things that most men neglect makes a few men rich.
Henry Ford

A project is complete when it starts working for you, rather than you working for it.
Scott Allen

In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words: people, product and profits. Unless you’ve got a good team, you can’t do much with the other two.
Lee Iacocca

The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.
Henry David Thoreau

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.
George Bernard Shaw

The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success.
Irving Berlin

Business underlies everything in our national life, including our spiritual life. Witness the fact that in the Lord’s Prayer the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbour on an empty stomach.
Woodrow Wilson

An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.
Stephen R. Covey

People create their own success by learning what they need to learn and then by practicing it until they become proficient at it.People create their own success by learning what they need to learn and then by practicing it until they become proficient at it.
Brian Tracy

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
Ray Kroc

Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.
John Cleese

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Henry David Thoreau

In business, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate.
Chester L. Karrass

I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.
Pearl S. Buck

To succeed in business it is necessary to make others see things as you see them.
John H. Patterson

For many years I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors, and vice versa.
Charles Erwin Wilson