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  Bad (1)
Heaven and hell suppose two distinct species of men, the good and the bad.
David Hume

  Balance (1)
What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter ... a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
Henri Matisse

  Bargain (11)
It's a well-known proposition that you know who's going to win a negotiation: it's he who pauses the longest.
Robert Court

Here's the rule for bargains: Do other men, for they would do you. That's the true business precept.
Charles Dickens

Some of them think they have me by the balls, but their hands aren't big enough.
Bernie Ecclestone

Never corner an opponent, and always assist him to save his face ... Avoid self-righteousness like the devil - there is nothing so self-blinding.
B. H. Liddell Hart

He never wants anything but what's right and fair; only when you come to settle what's right and fair, it's everything that he wants and nothing that you want. And that's his idea of a compromise.
Thomas Hughes

Make a suggestion or assumption and let them tell you you're wrong. People also have a need to feel smarter than you are.
Mark McCormack

Never apologize, mister. It's a sign of weakness.
Frank Nugent

Never make concessions.
Gertrude Stein

Be careful, be cautious, do not rush into negotiations ... be careful what you give away now, you may wish you had not done so should in future the balance of forces turn in your favour.
Oliver Tambo

My style of dealmaking is quite simple and straightforward. I just keep pushing and pushing to get what I'm after.
Donald Trump

The timid man yearns for full value and asks a tenth. The bold man strikes for double value and compromises on par.
Mark Twain

  Belief (26)
He had been kicked in the head by a mule when young, and believed everything he read in the Sunday papers.
George Ade

Every great scientific truth goes through three stages. First, people say it conflicts with the Bible. Next, they say it has been discovered before. Lastly, they say they have always believed it.
Louis Agassiz

There are three statements that you should never believe: (1) A cheque is in the post; (2) I am from the Government and I am here to help you; (3) Of course, darling, I will still respect you in the morning.
Anonymous

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
Bruce Barton

As a general rule, if you want to get at the truth - hear both sides and believe neither.
Josh Billings

When men stop believing in God they don't believe in nothing; they believe in anything.
G. K. Chesterton

Whether you believe you can, or whether you believe you can't, you're absolutely right.
Henry Ford

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Anatole France

A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.
David Hume

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
William James

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail.
Helen Keller

Faith is not a conclusion from premisses, but the result of an act of the will, following on the conviction that to believe is a duty.
John Henry Newman

We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.
John Henry Newman

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

To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.
Anita Roddick

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
Bertrand Russell

When one does nothing, one believes oneself responsible for everything.
Jean-Paul Sartre

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.

William Shakespeare

One's belief that one is sincere is not so dangerous as one's conviction that one is right. We all feel we are right; but we felt the same twenty years ago and today we know we weren't always right.
Igor Stravinsky

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.
Sam Walton

I can believe in anything, provided that it is quite incredible.
Oscar Wilde

The old believe everything: the middle-aged suspect everything: the young know everything.
Oscar Wilde

Where will it all end? Half the world does not believe in God, and the other half does not believe in me.
Oscar Wilde

I believe in my own possibilities, and I feel I can do it all.
Oprah Winfrey

  Benefit (1)
When you confer a benefit on those worthy of it, you confer a favour on all.
Publilius Syrus

  Best (1)
The stronger man's argument is always the best.
Jean de La Fontaine

  Bias (16)
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Albert Einstein

I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.
W. C. Fields

Business shouldn't be like sports, separating the men from the women.
Carly Fiorina

If one is rich and one's a woman, one can be quite misunderstood.
Katharine Graham

If you want to push something ... you're accused of being aggressive, and that's not supposed to be a good thing for a woman. If you get upset and show it, you're accused of being emotional.
Mary Harney

A new type of woman arises. She is called a career woman. A man is never a career man. That is his right and privilege. But the woman is called career woman because her career... demands that she ... even renounce normal life.
C. L. R. James

When women ask for equality, men take them to be demanding domination.
Elizabeth Janeway

The moment a person forms a theory his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favour that theory.
Thomas Jefferson

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Ordinary people may not understand the meaning of democracy but they've a passionate regard for fair play.
Robert Maxwell

We need every human gift and cannot afford to neglect any gift because of artificial barriers of sex or race or class or national origin.
Margaret Mead

If the parties will at my hands call for justice, then, all were it my father stood on the one side, and the devil on the other, his cause being good, the devil should have right.
Thomas More

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

All seems infected that the infected spy, as all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.
Alexander Pope

Freedom of the press in Britain means freedom to print such of the proprietor's prejudices as the advertisers don't object to.
Hannen Swaffer

It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give a really unbiased opinion, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiassed opinion is always absolutely valueless.
Oscar Wilde

  Blame (19)
Consultants eventually leave, which makes them excellent scapegoats for major management blunders.
Scott Adams

To accuse is so easy that it is infamous to do so where proof is impossible.
Zoë Akins

It was partially my fault that we got divorced ... I tended to place my wife under a pedestal.
Woody Allen

This is a story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done, and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it. Nobody realized Everybody wouldn't do it. In the end, Everybody blamed Somebody when actually Nobody asked Anybody.
Anonymous

By blaming others, we fail to find the real solutions to our problems and we do not carry out our own responsibilities.
Jeb Bush

I praise loudly, I blame softly.
Catherine

Everyone threw the blame on me ... they nearly always do. I suppose ... they think I shall be able to bear it best.
Winston Churchill

Things that are done, it is needless to speak about ... things that are past, it is needless to blame.
Confucius

Blameless people are always the most exasperating.
George Eliot

An expert is someone called in at the last minute to share the blame.
Sam Ewing

I find that pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.
Thomas Jefferson

He has great tranquility of heart who cares neither for the praises nor the faultfinding of men.
Thomas à Kempis

The devil is always blaming someone.
Bricks of blame pave the floor of hell.

Brendan Kennelly

They have a right to censure that have a heart to help.
William Penn

Some praise at morning what they blame at night; But always think the last opinion right.
Alexander Pope

If we had no faults, we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.
François de La Rochefoucauld

When one does nothing, one believes oneself responsible for everything.
Jean-Paul Sartre

Underneath runs the main current of preoccupation, which is keeping one's nose clean at all times. This means that when things go wrong you have to pass the blame along the line, like pass-the-parcel, till the music stops.
Tom Stoppard

It is easy to find fault, if one has that disposition. There was once a man who, not being able to find any other fault with his coal, complained that there were too many prehistoric toads in it.
Mark Twain

  Boldness (13)
Never sing in chorus, if you want to be heard.
J. F. Archibald

When you apply the word power to a man, it means strong and bold - very positive attributes. When you use it to describe a woman, it suggests bitchy, insensitive, hard.
Jill Barad

What is a rebel? A man who says no.
Albert Camus

Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
Dale Carnegie

If a lady says No, she means Perhaps; if she says Perhaps, she means Yes; if she says Yes, she is no Lady. If a diplomat says Yes, he means Perhaps; if he says Perhaps, he means No; if he says No, he is no Diplomat.
Bertrand Dawson

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.
Albert Einstein

One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
André Gide

It is better to be impetuous than circumspect. Experience shows that (fortune) is more often subdued by men who do this than by those who act coldly.
Niccolò Machiavelli

To be a leader in this new economy, you have to love risk - which means patterning your life on the heroic, not on the strategic. Acting boldly is better than acting knowingly.
Harriet Rubin

He was a bold man that first eat an oyster.
Jonathan Swift

But, the bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
Thucydides

If you're going to be thinking only one thing, you might as well be thinking big.
Donald Trump

The timid man yearns for full value and asks a tenth. The bold man strikes for double value and compromises on par.
Mark Twain

  Boredom (5)
History books which contain no lies are extremely dull.
Anatole France

It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.
H. L. Mencken

I'm not afraid of life and I'm not afraid of death: Dying's the bore.
Katherine Anne Porter

Why can we remember the tiniest detail that has happened to us, and not remember how many times we have told it to the same persons?
François de La Rochefoucauld

Work keeps us from three great evils: boredom, vice, and poverty.
Voltaire

  Boss (25)
Executives can get away with having a clean desk. For the rest of us, it looks like you're not working hard enough.
Scott Adams

The biggest change in the workplace of the future will be the widespread realization that having one idiot boss is a much higher risk than having many idiot clients.
Scott Adams

I believe in benevolent dictatorships, provided I am the dictator.
Richard Branson

Of one thing be certain: if a C.E.O. is enthused about a particularly foolish acquisition, both his internal staff and his outside advisors will come up with whatever projections are needed to justify his stance. Only in fairy tales are emperors told that they are naked.
Warren Buffett

A good manager is a man who isn't worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him. My advice: Don't worry about yourself. Take care of those who work for you and you'll float to greatness on their achievements.
H. S. M. Burns

The superior man is easy to serve, but difficult to please ... The inferior man is difficult to serve, but easy to please.
Confucius

To be dilatory about giving orders, but to expect absolute punctuality, that is called being a tormentor.
Confucius

The stronger man's argument is always the best.
Jean de La Fontaine

Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Two things to help keep one's job. First, let the boss think he's having his own way. Second, let him have it.
Sam Ewing

Sometimes it is the men higher up who most need revamping - and they themselves are the last to recognize it.
Henry Ford

Praise should always be given in public, criticism should always be given in private.
Jean Paul Getty

Even the frankest and bravest of subordinates do not talk with their boss the same way they talk with colleagues.
Robert Greenleaf

I see nothing wrong with power as long as I am the fellow who has it.
Cecil King

The difference between a leader and a boss is the difference between good and bad management.
Joe Klock Sr.

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
C. S. Lewis

I'm not the manager because I'm always right, but I'm always right because I'm the manager.
Gene Mauch

The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There's far less competition.
Dwight Morrow

The person who knows how will always have a job. The person who knows why will always be his boss.
Diane Ravitch

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. ... The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
Theodore Roosevelt

Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid, the second is pleasant and highly paid.
Bertrand Russell

It might be said that it is the ideal of the employer to have production without employees and the ideal of the employee is to have income without work.
E. F. Schumacher

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
Margaret Thatcher

I don't mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.
Margaret Thatcher

Insecure managers create complexity.
Jack Welch

  Brain (23)
Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.*
*Attribution questionable.
Scott Adams

Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart.
Henri Frédéric Amiel

BRAIN, n. An apparatus with which we think that we think.
Ambrose Bierce

If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
Erma Bombeck

Your brain is, indeed, a supreme example of, and is the ultimate, Internet.
Tony Buzan

Never trust men with short legs. Brains too near their bottoms.
Noël Coward

Minds are like parachutes: they only function when they are open.
James Dewar

The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get into the office.
Robert Frost

Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea.
Doug Hall

You can increase your brain power three to fivefold simply by laughing and having fun before working on a problem.
Doug Hall

Three things happen when you get to my age. First your memory starts to go ... and I have forgotten the other two.
Denis Healey

An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
Eric Hoffer

When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something ... That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things.
Steve Jobs

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama

There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, and the third is useless.
Niccolò Machiavelli

We seriously undervalue the passion ... a person brings to an enterprise. You can rent a brain, but you can't rent a heart.
Mark McCormack

The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.

John Milton

It has to be admitted that we English have sex on the brain, which is a very unsatisfactory place to have it.
Malcolm Muggeridge

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
Plutarch

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
Dr. Seuss

What if the child inherits my beauty and your brains?
George Bernard Shaw

Intelligence becomes an asset when some useful order is created out of free-floating brainpower.
Thomas A. Stewart

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
Alfred North Whitehead

  Branding (4)
The world is first a Coke world, then an orange world, then a lemon-lime world.
Roberto Goizueta

Truly great brands are far more than just labels for products; they are symbols that encapsulate the desires of consumers; they are standards that are held aloft under which the masses congregate.
Tony O'Reilly

For lots of big companies, their brand is worth so much to them that they can't endanger their reputation for being a quality company without really endangering their business performance.
Clare Short

From leaders, we need clear, consistent and honest attention to the identity of the organization. Identity shows up in our actions, our visions, our relationships inside and out of the organization. Identity gets deepened as we do the work.
Walter Wriston

  Bravery (2)
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela

But, the bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
Thucydides

  Bureaucracy (20)
A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
Dean Acheson

Poor fellow, he suffers from files.
Aneurin Bevan

Bureaucracy is the epoxy that greases the wheels of progress.
James Boren

Guidelines for bureaucrats: (1) When in charge, ponder. (2) When in trouble, delegate. (3) When in doubt, mumble.
James Boren

The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today.
Lewis Carroll

Administrative purpose usually outruns the facts. Indeed the administrative official's ardor for facts usually begins when he wants to change the facts!
Mary Parker Follett

The real problem for any government coming to power is to control the civil servants. They will all explain why it is quite impossible to do things other than the way they are currently done.
Milton Friedman

What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.
Richard Harkness

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind ... Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to.
Joseph Heller

A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour.
Elbert Hubbard

We have a very simple, clear organization. It's very easy to know who has authority for what, who has responsibility for what. There's no politics about it, they're virtually politics-free organizations.
Steve Jobs

Officials are highly educated but one-sided; in his own department an official can grasp whole trains of thought from a single word, but let him have something from another department explained to him ... he won't understand a word of it.
Franz Kafka

It is a characteristic of committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them and that every member's recollection differs violently from every other member's recollection.
Jonathan Lynn

An administrator in a bureaucratic world is a man who can feel big by merging his non-entity with an abstraction. A real person in touch with real things inspires terror in him.
Marshall McLuhan

Generally, large companies are so inwardly directed that staff memorandums about growing bureaucracy get more attention than the dwindling competitive advantage of being big in the first place. David, who has a life, needn't use a slingshot. Goliath, who doesn't, is too busy reading office memos.
Nicholas Negroponte

Bureaucratic time ... slower than geologic time but more expensive than time spent with Madame Claude's girls in Paris.
P. J. O'Rourke

Government proposes, bureaucracy disposes. And the bureaucracy must dispose of government proposals by dumping them on us.
P. J. O'Rourke

I come from an environment where, if you see a snake, you kill it. At General Motors, if you see a snake, the first thing you do is hire a consultant on snakes.
Ross Perot

In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence ... in time every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties ... Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.
Laurence J. Peter

However many people complain about the red tape, it would be sheer illusion to think for a moment that continuous administrative work can be carried out except by means of officials working in offices ... The choice is only that between bureaucracy and dilettantism in the field of administration.
Max Weber