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  First weigh, then venture.  
 -  German proverb
  

  Business goes where it is invited and stays where it is well treated.  
 -  American proverb
  

  Boldness in business is the first, second, and third thing.  
 -  English proverb
  

  Don't open a shop unless you know how to smile.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  Business first, pleasure after.  
 -  English proverb
  

  Business neglected is business lost.  
 -  American proverb
  

  Friendship is one thing and business is another.  
 -  Russian proverb
  

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

  Watch the costs and the profits will take care of themselves.  
 -  Andrew Carnegie
  

  Economic power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men a reward, an incentive, a payment, a value; political power is exercised by means of a negative, by the threat of punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction. The businessman's tool is values; the bureaucrat's tool is fear.  
 -  Ayn Rand
  

  Drive thy business or it will drive thee.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  When good news about the market hits the front page of the New York Times, sell.  
 -  Bernard Mannes Baruch
  

  Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning.  
 -  Bill Gates
  

  Let's be honest. There's not a business anywhere that is without problems. Business is complicated and imperfect. Every business everywhere is staffed with imperfect human beings and exists by providing a product or service to other imperfect human beings.  
 -  Bob Parsons
  

  The essence of a successful business is really quite simple. It is your ability to offer a product or service that people will pay for at a price sufficiently above your costs, ideally three or four or five times your cost, thereby giving you a profit that enables you to buy and to offer more products and services.  
 -  Brian Tracy
  

  The chief business of the American people is business.  
 -  Calvin Coolidge
  

  The first rule of business is: Do other men for they would do you.  
 -  Charles Dickens
  

  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
  

  Success comes from working smart, making the right business decisions, making your customers 1, having the ability to work with a variety of people, and some luck.  
 -  Charlie Fere
  

  Communication is one of the most vital tools we can harness in terms of building better companies and better relationships. How you present yourself in person and now through social media platforms speaks volumes to your character, integrity and frankly, they are deciding factors for people to determine whether they want to do business with you.  
 -  Connie Podesta
  

  Having a total and seamless system of organization in place gives you tremendous power because it allows your mind to let go of lower-level thinking and graduate to intuitive focusing, undistracted by matters that haven't been dealt with appropriately. But your physical organization system must be better than your mental one in order for that to happen.  
 -  David Allen
  

  Don't spend years trying to find just the 'right business' for yourself; don't worry if you don't get it right the first time. You're not signing up for life and you're not giving up your day job (yet). Just pick something that gets you excited and get going.  
 -  David Bach
  

  The success combination in business is: Do what you do better... and: do more of what you do...  
 -  David J. Schwartz
  

  Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.  
 -  Demosthenes
  

  Business is full of complexities. That's what makes it so interesting. Anyone who thinks it's boring hasn't given it much thought.  
 -  Donald Trump
  

  In business, I've discovered that my purpose is to do my best to my utmost ability every day. That's my standard. I learned early in my life that I had high standards.  
 -  Donald Trump
  

  Every person is building a life and thus is really in business for themselves. Think of yourself as a business; which you must increase. You must not concern yourself with the past but with the present and future. You cannot go back and you cannot stand still. You must grow or go.  
 -  Earl Nightingale
  

  Remember: You will never earn the same rewards as others without employing the same methods and investment of time as they do. It is unreasonable to think we can earn rewards without being willing to pay their true price.  
 -  Epictetus
  

  You know, you don't have to have money to be a successful businessperson. You don't need a college degree. You just need a lot of common sense backed up by a willingness to work hard.  
 -  Farrah Gray
  

  The best organizations assign people to jobs in much the same way that sports coaches or music teachers choose exercises for their students - to push them beyond their current capabilities and build the skills that are most important.  
 -  Geoff Colvin
  

  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
  

  That's what the marketplace does: it basically disciplines anybody that refuses to discipline himself.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  In life you don't get what you are worth, you get what you negotiate. Learn how to close!  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  Average doesn't work in any area of life. Anything that you give only average amounts of attention to will start to subside and will eventually cease to exist. Companies, industries, artists, products, and individuals who continue into the future successfully are those who approach every activity with the outlook that average is just not good enough. You need to change your commitment and thinking to be far above any concepts of average.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  If you don't know how to close, you'll be depending on hope, luck and magic to make money.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  Perhaps the most revolting character that the United States ever produced was the Christian Businessman.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  Ninety percent of the people that I share my philosophies with about organizing and using the Rolodex file will never put them into practice. They lack the necessary ingredient: Discipline.  
 -  Harvey Mackay
  

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

  The best organizations assign people to jobs in much the same way that sports coaches or music teachers choose exercises for their students - to push them beyond their current capabilities and build the skills that are most important.  
 -  Geoff Colvin
  

  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
  

  That's what the marketplace does: it basically disciplines anybody that refuses to discipline himself.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  In life you don't get what you are worth, you get what you negotiate. Learn how to close!  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  Average doesn't work in any area of life. Anything that you give only average amounts of attention to will start to subside and will eventually cease to exist. Companies, industries, artists, products, and individuals who continue into the future successfully are those who approach every activity with the outlook that average is just not good enough. You need to change your commitment and thinking to be far above any concepts of average.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  If you don't know how to close, you'll be depending on hope, luck and magic to make money.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  Perhaps the most revolting character that the United States ever produced was the Christian Businessman.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  Ninety percent of the people that I share my philosophies with about organizing and using the Rolodex file will never put them into practice. They lack the necessary ingredient: Discipline.  
 -  Harvey Mackay
  

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

  To do business with a clear conscience is an attitude that pays. We have to find more time for ourselves and to regain respect for the environment in which we live.  
 -  Ingvar Kamprad
  

  Simplicity and common sense should characterize planning and strategic direction.  
 -  Ingvar Kamprad
  

  What is good for our customers is also in the long run good for us.  
 -  Ingvar Kamprad
  

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

  Always do what you say you are going to do. It is the glue and fiber that binds successful relationships.  
 -  Jeffrey A. Timmons
  

  Better understated than overstated. Let people be surprised that it was more than you promised and easier than you said.  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

  If you make a sale, you make a living. If you make an investment of time and good service in a customer, you can make a fortune.  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

  Good people are found, not changed. Recently, I read a headline that said, 'We don't teach our people to be nice. We simply hire nice people.' Wow! What a clever shortcut.  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

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

  Quality is simply giving people the product or service they really want and need.  
 -  Kenneth Blanchard
  

  Respect for risk is not just a matter of trading; it applies to any type of business decision.  
 -  Larry Hite
  

  The number one, most important, get-this-or-fail short lesson for both work and business: Do what you say you are going to do, when you said you where going to do it, in the way you said you were going to do it.  
 -  Larry Winget
  

  In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.  
 -  Laurence J. Peter
  

  Always remember, the art of good business is being a good middleman.  
 -  Layer Cake, 2004
  

  I've always felt that a manager has achieved a great deal when he's able to motivate one other person. When it comes to making the place run, motivation is everything. You might be able to do the work of two people, but you can't be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people.  
 -  Lee Iacocca
  

  With all the firings, we ended up stripping out several levels of management. We cut down the number of people who needed to be involved in important decisions. Initially we did it out of the sheer necessity to survive. But over time we found that running a large company with fewer people actually made things easier. With hindsight it's clear that Chrysler had been top-heavy, far beyond what was good for us. That's a lesson our competitors have yet to learn - and I hope they never do!  
 -  Lee Iacocca
  

  Business is more exciting than any game.  
 -  Lord Beaverbrook
  

  A dinner lubricates business.  
 -  Lord William Stowell
  

  There are more fakers in business than in jail.  
 -  Malcolm S. Forbes
  

  One of the principal reasons so many successful people have failed miserably at trading is that their success is partly attributable to their superior ability to manipulate and control the social environment, to respond to what they want. To some degree, all of us have learned or developed techniques to make the external environment conform to our mental (interior) environment. The problem is that none of these techniques work with the market.  
 -  Mark Douglas
  

  Serving more people, increasing your customer base and making them more deeply engaged is by itself good business.  
 -  Mark Zuckerberg
  

  Every company has room for the man who has a definite plan of action which is to the advantage of that company.  
 -  Napoleon Hill
  

  Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things. And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose and burning desire, can be translated into riches.  
 -  Napoleon Hill
  

  No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.  
 -  Niccolo Machiavelli
  

  Call it what you will, incentives are what get people to work harder.  
 -  Nikita Khrushchev
  

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

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

  Business is above all a vehicle for achieving personal and organization greatness. It is for accomplishing something worthy and noble. Business is an institution that can enable you to make significant contributions to society.  
 -  Peter Koestenbaum
  

  Anybody can cut prices, but it takes brains to make a better article.  
 -  Philip Armour
  

  Every great institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The worst disease which can afflict executives in their work is not, as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it's egotism.  
 -  Robert Frost
  

  Business is like a wheel barrow. Nothing happens until you start pushing.  
 -  Robert Kiyosaki
  

  The most important thing you can tell your friends is, 'Get off your butt and start your own business. Even if it's at home. Even if it's on your dining room table.' Kim and I, my wife, started Rich Dad Poor Dad on our kitchen table.  
 -  Robert Kiyosaki
  

  In my opinion, building a business and taking it public, which means selling shares on a stock exchange, is the ultimate goal of an entrepreneur.  
 -  Robert Kiyosaki
  

  Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.  
 -  Robert Schuller
  

  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
  

  You've probably heard the oft-told story of the two shoe salesmen who were sent to Africa in the early 1900s to assess opportunities. They wired separate telegrams back to their boss. One read: 'Situation hopeless. They don't were shoes.' The other read: 'Glorious opportunity! They don't have any shoes yet.'  
 -  Shawn Achor
  

  A business is simply an idea to make other people's lives better.  
 -  Sir Richard Branson
  

  There's no luck in business. There's only drive, determination, and more drive.  
 -  Sophie Kinsella
  

  You can buy a person's hands but you can't buy his heart. His heart is where his enthusiasm, his loyalty is.  
 -  Stephen R. Covey
  

  Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing but nobody else does.  
 -  Steuart Henderson Britt
  

  You have to have a lot of passion for what you are doing. And it's totally true, and the reason is, because it's so hard that if you don't, any rational person would give up. It's really and you have to do it over a sustained period of time. So if you don't love, if you're not having fun doing it, you don't really love it, you're gonna give up. And that's what happens to most people actually. If you really look at the ones that ended up, you know, being successful in the eyes of society and the ones that didn't, often times, it's the ones that are successful love what they did so they could persevere. You know, when it got really tough. And the ones that didn't love it quit.  
 -  Steve Jobs
  

  My 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. That's how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person, they're done by a team of people.  
 -  Steve Jobs
  

  Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves -- to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today.  
 -  Stewart B Johnson
  

  To make money, you have to deliver your energy in some form, to satisfy a demand that is out there. And if what you are selling is energy, charisma, and enthusiasm, there is no competition because most others are selling things that are lifeless, loveless, and dull.  
 -  Stuart Wilde
  

  The Law of Income: You will be paid in direct proportion to the value you deliver according to the marketplace.  
 -  T. Harv Eker
  

  The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  You have to have your heart in the business and the business in your heart.  
 -  Thomas J. Watson
  

  Formula for success: Underpromise and overdeliver.  
 -  Thomas Peters
  

  The customer is not always right - 'fire' high-maintenance customers. Not all customers are created equal. Apply the 80/20 principle to time consumption: What 20% of people are consuming 80% of your time?  
 -  Tim Ferriss
  

  Trust and reputation are not discretionary. They are as necessary in business as the people in whom they reside.  
 -  Tony Alessandra
  

  The best businesses are really the ones that combine profits, passion and a purpose.  
 -  Tony Hsieh
  

  When people call our call center, our reps don't have scripts, and they don't try to up-sell. They are just judged on whether they go above and beyond for the customer and really deliver a kind of personal service and emotional connection with our customers.  
 -  Tony Hsieh
  

  It's a great feeling knowing I have built thousands of business relationships and friendships without buying them.  
 -  Unknown
  

  The purpose of a business is to create a mutually beneficial relationship between itself and those that it serves. When it does that well, it will be around tomorrow to do it some more.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends.  
 -  Walt Disney
  

  Your premium brand had better be delivering something special, or it's not going to get the business.  
 -  Warren Buffett
  

  Time is the friend of the wonderful company, the enemy of the mediocre.  
 -  Warren Buffett
  

  Never invest in a business you can't understand.  
 -  Warren Buffett
  

  Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.  
 -  Will Rogers
  

  The most sensible people to be met with in society are men of business and of the world, who argue from what they see and know, instead of spinning cobweb distinctions of what things ought to be.  
 -  William Hazlitt