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As you move through life, set aside good ideas and give them to others to encourage and inspire.
Anonymous

Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies.
Anonymous

Managers who are skilled communicators may also be good at covering up real problems.
Chris Argyris

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Copying other organizations' activities sounds like industrial espionage to some people, but the truth is that benchmarking is perfectly legal and ethical.
Warren Bennis

There comes a time when silence is betrayal.
Robert McAfee Brown

The attitude of disrespect that many executives have today for accurate reporting is a business disgrace. And auditors ... have done little on the positive side. Though auditors should regard the investing public as their client, they tend to kowtow instead to the managers who choose them and dole out their pay.
Warren Buffett

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Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
Lewis Carroll

There are two parties involved in every corrupt transaction, typically a government official and a business person. Yet those who pay bribes are often depicted as innocent victims ... The reality is that both parties conspire to defraud the public.
Lynda Chalker

Thieves respect property; they merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
G. K. Chesterton

In every era, society must strike the right balance between the freedom businesses need to compete for a market share and to make profits and the preservation of family and community values.
Hillary Clinton

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A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

We will ship them our garbage. We believe in full disclosure.
Larry Ellison

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If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business.
Bertie Forbes

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It is difficult but not impossible to conduct strictly honest business. What is true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a large fortune.
Mahatma Gandhi

Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.
Mahatma Gandhi

There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for.
Mahatma Gandhi

What is a man if he is not a thief who openly charges as much as he can for the goods he sells.
Mahatma Gandhi

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Accountants are the witch-doctors of the modern world and willing to turn their hands to any kind of magic.
Quoted in February, 1964.
Charles Harman

Moralizing and morals are two entirely different things and are always found in entirely different people.
Don Herold

There is more sophistication and less sense in New York than anywhere else on the globe.
Don Herold

The market has no morality.
Michael Heseltine

If we cannot be powerful and happy and prey on others, we invent conscience and prey on ourselves.
Elbert Hubbard

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Too seldom does the world pause to consider how much kinder and more humane business has become since women invaded the market-place.
Edith Johnson

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Act only on that maxim which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.
Immanuel Kant

In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.
Immanuel Kant

At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experiences of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses.
Ellen Key

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The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
Harper Lee

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I would have been a success in anything. But I have chosen an activity that was socially useful and that aspect gives me extra satisfaction.
Robert Maxwell

Too many schools process students as if they are slabs of cheese going to Velveeta High on the way to Cheddar U and Mozzarella Grad School.
Colman McCarthy

You can earn all A's in school and then go out and fail at life.
Colman McCarthy

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Advertising is only evil when it advertises evil things.
David Ogilvy

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There are only two kinds of men: those righteous who believe themselves sinners; the other sinners who believe themselves righteous.
Blaise Pascal

Given the natural differences between human beings, equality is an ethical aspiration that cannot be realized without recourse either to despotism or to an act of fraternity.
Octavio Paz

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To run this business ... you need ... optimism, humanism, enthusiasm, intuition, curiosity, love, humour, magic and fun, and that secret ingredient - euphoria.
Anita Roddick

Nowdays most women grow old gracefully; most men, disgracefully.
Helen Rowland

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One can't say that figures lie. But figures, as used in financial arguments, seem to have the bad habit of expressing a small part of the truth forcibly, and neglecting the other part, as do some people we know.
Fred Schwed

I have nothing to offer you but my strength for your defence, my honesty for your surety, my ability and industry for your livelihood, and my authority and position for your dignity. That is all it becomes a man to offer to a woman.
George Bernard Shaw

Whenever we have compromised on our principles, we and our customers have been the losers.
Marcus Sieff

You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power - he's free again.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

As an anonymous participant in financial markets, I never had to weigh the social consequences of my actions ... I felt justified in ignoring them on the grounds that I was playing by the rules.
George Soros

A gift in season is a double favour to the needy.
Publilius Syrus

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The depths and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
Leon Trotsky

Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.
Mark Twain

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that the cat has only nine lives.
Mark Twain

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Business doesn't have to choose between making profit and protecting the environment, between economic success and ethical responsibility, between satisfying the customer and meeting the demands of other stakeholders. In other words, we don't have to make a choice between profits and principles.
Jeroen van der Veer

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Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.
Alan Watts

Experience was of no ethical value. It was merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
Oscar Wilde

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.
Oscar Wilde

Nothing recedes like success.
Walter Winchell

All the things I really like to do are either illegal, immoral or fattening.
Alexander Woollcott

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Think where man's glory most begins and ends,
And say my glory was I had such friends.

William Butler Yeats

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