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  Earth (14)
Count that day won when, turning on its axis, this earth imposes no additional taxes.
Franklin P. Adams

Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
Robert Browning

Our wrangling lawyers ... are so litigious and busy here on earth, that I think they will plead their clients' causes hereafter, some of them in hell.
Robert Burton

It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.
Jimmy Carter

When the meek inherit the earth, lawyers will be there to work out the deal.
Sam Ewing

Today, I consider myself, the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939.
Lou Gehrig

When two souls, which have sought each other for however long in the throng, have finally found each other...there is then established for ever between them a union, fiery and pure as they themselves are, a union which begins on earth and continues for ever in heaven...This is the love which you inspire in me.
Victor Hugo

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
John Keats

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.
In the Harbor
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future.
Marya Mannes

Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Don Marquis

For the whole Earth is the Sepulchre of famous men; and their story is not graven only on Stone over their native earth, but lives on far away, without visible symbol, woven into the stuff of other men's lives.
Pericles

Pennies don't fall from heaven. They have to be earned on earth.
Margaret Thatcher

  Economics (9)
Money, it has been said, has two properties. It is flat so that it can be piled up. But it is also round so that it can circulate.
Geoffrey Crowther

Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.
Martin Luther King Jr.

We sometimes take for granted the freedom and power of independent thought and action. And only after it's been compromised, do we fully realize how fundamental it is to the pursuit of economic opportunity.
Arthur Levitt

A friend of mine was asked to a costume ball a short time ago. He slapped some egg on his face and went as a liberal economist.
Ronald Reagan

Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber, and as deadly as a hit man.
Ronald Reagan

Wages should be left to the fair and free competition of the market, and should never be controlled by the interference of the legislature.
David Ricardo

The man who accepts the laissez-faire doctrine would allow his garden to grow wild so that roses might fight it out with the weeds and the fittest might survive.
John Ruskin

Profits are the lifeblood of the economic system, the magic elixir upon which progress and all good things depend ultimately. But one man's lifeblood is another man's cancer.
Paul Samuelson

It's a recession when your neighbour loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.
Harry S. Truman

  Economy (6)
Lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Leonard Courtney

Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions.
Evan Esar

Inflation is one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation.
Milton Friedman

Whosoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.... And when you realize the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.
James Garfield

There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.
Rex Stout

One man's wage increase is another man's price increase.
Harold Wilson

  Education (48)
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.
Aristotle

Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers.
Richard David Bach

What poor education I have received has been gained in the University of Life.
Horatio Bottomley

The market will pay better to entertain than educate.
Warren Buffett

That's the reason they're called lessons, the Gryphon remarked: because they lessen from day to day.
Lewis Carroll

Who reads much and walks much sees much and knows much.
Cervantes

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
G. K. Chesterton

I would like to have been examined in history, poetry and writing essays. The examiners, on the other hand, were partial to Latin and mathematics. And their will prevailed ... I should have liked to be asked to say what I knew. They always tried to ask what I did not know.
Winston Churchill

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations ... The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
Winston Churchill

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
Cicero

Better build schoolrooms for the boy,
Than cells and gibbets for the man.

Eliza Cook

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, Press on, has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Calvin Coolidge

There is no education like adversity.
Benjamin Disraeli

Sometimes it seems the only accomplishment my education ever bestowed on me, the ability to think in quotations.
Margaret Drabble

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Only the educated are free.
Epictetus

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcolm Forbes

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
Anatole France

I'm not an educator ... I'm a learner.
Bill Gates

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
Khalil Gibran

Bromidic though it may sound, some questions don't have answers, which is a terribly difficult lesson to learn.
Katharine Graham

The chess board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, just, and patient. But we also know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.
Thomas Huxley

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
Thomas Jefferson

He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.
Joseph Joubert

What did it for me? It wasn't my education or experience. It was my passion.
Andrea Jung

Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.
Immanuel Kant

The purpose of a university is to make students safe for ideas - not ideas safe for students.
Clark Kerr

Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of conditions of men - the balance wheel of the social machinery ... It does better than to disarm the poor of their hostility toward the rich; it prevents being poor.
Horace Mann

We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
Margaret Mead

Show me the man who has enjoyed his schooldays and I will show you a bully and a bore.
Robert Morley

Everywhere I go I am asked if university stifles writers. My opinion is that it doesn't stifle enough of them.
Flannery O'Connor

The most important thing I would learn in school was that almost everything I would learn in school would be utterly useless.
Joseph O'Connor

Misquotation is ... the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely-read man never quotes accurately for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely.
Hesketh Pearson

One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education... The second way of enslaving a people is to suppress the sources of information, not only by burning books but by controlling all the other ways in which ideas are transmitted.
Eleanor Roosevelt

A Bachelor of Arts is one who makes love to a lot of women, and yet has the art to remain a bachelor.
Helen Rowland

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
Angela Schwindt

Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.
Pete Seeger

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.
George Bernard Shaw

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
B. F. Skinner

Gentlemen, you are now about to embark on a course of studies which will occupy you for two years. Together, they form a noble adventure. But I would like to remind you of an important point. Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life, save only this, that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education.
John Alexander Smith

Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life - save only this - that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education.
John Alexander Smith

The illiterate of the year 2000 will not be the individual who cannot read and write, but the one who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Alvin Toffler

I never let my schooling interfere with my education.
Mark Twain

Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.
Mark Twain

Any one who has been to an English public school will always feel comparatively at home in prison. It is the people brought up in the gay intimacy of the slums, Paul learned, who find prison so soul-destroying.
Evelyn Waugh

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Oscar Wilde

There is much to be said in favour of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
Oscar Wilde

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
Malcolm X

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
William Butler Yeats

  Efficiency (3)
I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it. But you have to be efficient if you're going to be lazy.
Shirley Conran

It is possible for a business venture to be an island of efficiency in a sea of sloth.
Indira Gandhi

The real impediment to producing a higher-quality product more efficiently isn't the workers, union or nonunion, it's management.
Kenneth Iverson

  Ego (16)
Some time when you're feeling important
Some time when your ego's in bloom
Some time when you feel you are
The best qualified man in the room,
Some time when you feel that your going
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow this simple instruction
And see how it humbles the soul.
Take a bucket and fill it with water
Place your hands in it up to your wrists
Take them out and the hole that remains
Is a measure of how you'll be missed.
You may splash all you like as they enter
You may stir up the water galore
But take them out and in just a moment
It will look just the same as before.
The moral of this is quite simple
Just do the best that you can.
Be proud of yourself but remember
There is no indispensable man.

Cassell's Humorous Quotations
Anonymous

Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
Isaac Asimov

Anything you can do, I can do better, I can do anything better than you.
Irving Berlin

That favourite subject, Myself.
James Boswell

History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
Winston Churchill

I was delighted to see that you thought I was as good as I thought I was.
Noël Coward

Never be haughty to the humble; never be humble to the haughty.
Jefferson Davis

Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.
Benjamin Disraeli

Bury your ego. Don't be the star. Be the star maker!
Bud Hadfield

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind. Failure makes people bitter and cruel.
W. Somerset Maugham

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position fails, your ego goes with it.
Colin Powell

What really flatters a man is that you think him worth flattering.
George Bernard Shaw

I have been complimented myself a great many times, and they always embarrass me - I always feel that they have not said enough.
Mark Twain

I was born modest, but it didn't last.
Mark Twain

I like to dress egos.
Gianni Versace

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
Oscar Wilde

  Elderly (1)
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
H. P. Lovecraft

  Emotion (2)
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

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
H. P. Lovecraft

  Employees (42)
Had the employers of past generations all of them dealt fairly with their employees there would have been no unions.
Stanley Baldwin

The only way many companies can attract and keep the best people is by offering them more than merely money or prestige - they offer them the chance to make history.
Warren Bennis

Too many companies believe people are interchangeable. Truly gifted people never are. They have unique talents. Such people cannot be forced into roles they are not suited for, not should they be.
Warren Bennis

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

If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.
John Cleese

Too many companies, especially large ones, are driven more and more narrowly by the need to ensure that investors get good quarterly returns and to justify executives' high salaries. Too often, this means that they view most employees as costs.
Hillary Clinton

Not a penny off the pay; not a minute on the day.
A. J. Cook

Of all the things I've done, the most vital is coordinating the talents of those who work for us and pointing them towards a certain goal.
Walt Disney

If you look after the customers and look after the people who look after the customers, you should be successful.
Charles Dunstone

People are the lifeblood of any airline, and it is the people of BA who will deliver its future success.
Rod Eddington

No organizational action has more power for motivating employee behavior change than feedback from credible work associates.
Mark R. Edwards

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

A company needs smart young men with the imagination and the guts to turn everything upside down if they can. It also needs old figures to keep them from turning upside down those things that ought to be rightside up.
Henry Ford II

Take our 20 best people away, and I will tell you that Microsoft would become an unimportant company.
Bill Gates

We rely on skilled foreign workers for their math, science, and creative abilities as well as their cultural knowledge, which helps when localizing products for world markets.
Bill Gates

You can't treat your people like an expense item.
Andrew Grove

I can charge a man's battery and then recharge it again. But it is only when he has his own generator that we can talk about motivation. He then needs no outside stimulation. He wants to do it.
Frederick Herzberg

I found that there were these incredibly great people at doing certain things, and you couldn't replace one of these people with 50 average people. They could just do stuff that no number of average people could do.
Steve Jobs

I think leadership is valuing the time you spend with your people more than anything else you do.
Herb Kelleher

The more time I spend with our people, the more I find out about our business.
Herb Kelleher

Each in his place, by right, not grace,
Shall rule his heritage -
The men who simply do the work
For which they draw the wage.

Rudyard Kipling

I keep six honest serving men
(They taught me all I know)
Their names
are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

Rudyard Kipling

Be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet 'em on your way down.
Wilson Mizner

When I find an employee who turns out to be wrong for a job, I feel it is my fault because I made the decision to hire him.
Akio Morita

Human resources are the greatest assets of any company. You can raise tariffs or prevent MNCs from entering, but one can't stop the employees from leaving if they are dissatisfied.
Narayana Murthy

You don't need to interpret the tea leaves stuck in a cup to understand that people who work sitting down get paid more than those people who work standing up.
Ogden Nash

The best way to guarantee a steady stream of new ideas is to make sure that each person in your organization is as different as possible from the others. Under these conditions, and only these conditions, will people maintain varied perspectives and demonstrate their knowledge in different ways.
Nicholas Negroponte

A chairman who never wanders about his agency becomes a hermit, out of touch with his staff.
David Ogilvy

If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.
David Ogilvy

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

The common wisdom is that ... managers have to learn to motivate people. Nonsense. Employees bring their own motivation.
Tom Peters

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

Instead of giving contracts to strangers, we decided we could just as well give contracts to our own employees. We would encourage them to leave ... and start their own satellite enterprises.
Ricardo Semler

Get to know your people. What they do well, what they enjoy doing, what their weaknesses and strengths are, and what they want and need to get from their job.
Robert Townsend

Our philosophy is that management's role is simply to get the right people in the right places to do a job, and to encourage them to use their own inventiveness to accomplish the task at hand.
Sam Walton

I want to begin with what I think is the most important factor: our respect for the individual. This is a simple concept, but in IBM it occupies a major portion of management time.
Thomas J. Watson Jr.

Look, you can take anything away from IBM ... but leave our people and this business will re-create itself overnight.
Thomas J. Watson Jr.

I don't like the word empowerment. I think the word we're really talking about is involvement ... We want everyone to have a say.
Jack Welch

The point of work-out is to give people better jobs. When people see that their ideas count, their dignity is raised. Instead of feeling numb, like robots, they feel important.
Jack Welch

Not everyone is capable of being a C.E.O. It means you don't get to pal around with all your employees and that you leave the sorority/fraternity approach to life behind, and you take on a role that is, in some respects, lonely.
Ann Winblad

You have to surround yourself with people you trust, and people that are good. But they also have to be people who will tell the emperor you have no clothes.
Oprah Winfrey

A few yes men may be born, but mostly they are made. Fear is a great breeder of them.
William Wrigley

  Employment (33)
Work was like cats were supposed to be: if you disliked and feared it ... it knew at once and sought you out and jumped on your lap and climbed all over you to show how much it loved you.
Kingsley Amis

For workaholics, all the eggs of self-esteem are in the basket of work.
Judith M. Bardwick

Retirement is an illusion. Not a reward but a mantrap. The bankrupt underside of success. A shortcut to death. Golf courses are too much like cemetries.
Saul Bellow

The kinds of people we employ are not afraid of taking risks. If someone mucks up, they don't get a bollocking from me. They know they've mucked up and they redouble their efforts.
Richard Branson

We spend most of our lives working. So why do so few people have a good time doing it?
Richard Branson

IBM is like the Stepford Wives. It takes the best people from the best universities and colleges and then snips out some part of the brain so that they become mindless clones.
Bill Campbell

Without work, all life goes rotten, but when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.
Albert Camus

Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind.
Thomas Carlyle

Absence of occupation is not rest,
A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.

William Cowper

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

One of the saddest things is that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work. You can't eat ... nor make love for eight hours.
William Faulkner

The world is full of willing people: some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
Robert Frost

Four spectres haunt the Poor - Old Age, Accident, Sickness and Unemployment. We are going to exorcise them. We are going to drive hunger from the hearth. We mean to banish the workhouse from the horizon of every workman in the land.
David Lloyd George

When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is duty, life is slavery.
Maxim Gorky

People in the company are almost never fired ... they are encouraged to retire early or are eased aside into hollow, insignificant positions with fake functions and no authority where they are sheepish and unhappy for as long as they remain.
Joseph Heller

I don't think that work ever really destroyed anybody. I think that lack of work destroys them a hell of a lot more.
Katherine Hepburn

Tomorrow's typical career will be neither linear nor continuous, nor will it always be upwards. Instead, one's life work will take more of a zig-zag course.
Tom Horton

In the not too distant future the notion of the annual pay increase must become as exceptional as it was novel a generation ago.
Geoffrey Howe

I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me: the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.
Jerome K. Jerome

Term, holidays, term, holidays, till we leave school, and then work, work, work till we die.
C. S. Lewis

You're fired! No other words can so easily and succinctly reduce a confident, self-assured executive to an insecure, groveling shred of his former self.
Frank P. Louchheim

I don't know any executive who ever thought about stress, although a lot of other people do. No one ever dies of hard work. But a lot of people die once they retire from an active job.
Ian MacGregor

I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs.
H. L. Mencken

When I find an employee who turns out to be wrong for a job, I feel it is my fault because I made the decision to hire him.
Akio Morita

Show me a man who enjoys firing people and I'll show you a charlatan or sadist.
Tony O'Reilly

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
C. Northcote Parkinson

People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.
John Dos Passos

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

It's true hard work never killed anyone but I figure why take the chance?
Ronald Reagan

We should never be allowed to forget that it is the customer who, in the end, determines how many people are employed and what sort of wages companies can afford to pay.
Alfred Robens

I became a newspaperman. I hated to do it, but I couldn't find honest employment.
Mark Twain

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

Never burn bridges. Today's junior prick, tomorrow's senior partner.
Sigourney Weaver

  Empowerment (3)
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
Walter Lippmann

A leader has to be one of two things: he either has to be a brilliant visionary himself, a truly creative strategist, in which case he can do what he likes and get away with it; or else he has to be a true empowerer who can bring out the best in others.
Henry Mintzberg

I don't like the word empowerment. I think the word we're really talking about is involvement ... We want everyone to have a say.
Jack Welch

  End (1)
If we are intended for great ends, we are called to great hazards.
John Henry Newman

  Endurance (5)
Start with your own money and value your intuition. It's all about endurance in the beginning. Your dream and passion to succeed must be stronger than your fear of failure.
Terri Bowersock

Heroes are not judged for their prowess in hunting and shooting tigers, but rather for their strength and ability to endure the humiliation of being pigs.
Chin-Ning Chu

A gentleman can withstand hardships; it is only the small man who, when submitted to them, is swept off his feet.
Confucius

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

J. R. R. Tolkien

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Harry S. Truman

  Enemies (23)
I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
James Baldwin

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

William Blake

Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.
Elizabeth Bowen

Give me the avowed, the erect, the manly foe,
Bold I can meet - perhaps may turn his blow!
But of all plagues, Good Heaven, thy wrath can send,
Save, save, Oh, save me from the candid friend!

George Canning

Men weren't really the enemy - they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill.
Betty Friedan

Many owe their greatness to their enemies. Flattery is fiercer than hatred, for hatred corrects the faults flattery had disguised.
Baltasar Gracián

Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and the simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt.
Graham Greene

Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
Elbert Hubbard

Nobody ever fergits where he buried a hatchet.
Kin Hubbard

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
John F. Kennedy

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
John F. Kennedy

Money can't buy friends, but you can get a better class of enemy.
Spike Milligan

The press is the enemy.
Richard Nixon

Do not delegate an assignment and then attempt to manage it yourself - you will make an enemy of the overruled subordinate.
Wess Roberts

I don't mind what the opposition say of me, so long as they don't tell the truth about me; but when they descend to telling the truth about me, I consider that is taking an unfair advantage.
Mark Twain

It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart; the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.
Mark Twain

That is just the way of the world; an enemy can partly ruin a man, but it takes a good-natured injudicious friend to complete the thing and make it perfect.
Mark Twain

Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.
Sun Tzu

My prayer to God is a very short one: O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. God has granted it.
Voltaire

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
Oscar Wilde

Be careful to choose your enemies well. Friends don't much matter. But the choice of enemies is very important.
Oscar Wilde

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. I have not one who is a fool. They are all men of some intellectual power, and consequently they all appreciate me.
Oscar Wilde

Next to having a staunch friend is the pleasure of having a brilliant enemy.
Oscar Wilde

  Enthusiasm (14)
A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.
Mary Kay Ash

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
Dale Carnegie

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Passionate leadership won't succeed if contradictory signals are sent out.
Bill Gates

I've found that when it came to doing something I loved and fighting for it, things worked out. If you're going to kill yourself to develop something, you've got to enjoy it.
Jeanine Lobell

If you follow your passion, the money will follow. But if you chase the almighty dollar, you can easily lose that and end up with nothing.
Elizabeth Mackay

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

Winners are people who have fun - and produce results as a result of their zest.
Tom Peters

If I had to name a driving force in my life, I'd name passion every time.
Anita Roddick

The kind of brain-dead, gum chewing assistant you find in so many shops drives me wild. I want everyone who works for me to feel the same excitement that I feel.
Anita Roddick

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

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

Whether it's choosing a career or deciding what charity to get involved with, the choice should come from your heart. Ultimately, you are the one who has to get up every morning and enjoy what you are doing, so make sure it matters to you.
Dave Thomas

If you don't have passion ... you might as well give up ... you have no chance of making it. Passion is the essence of life, and certainly the essence of success.
Donald Trump

  Entrepreneur (12)
First get in, then get rich, then get respectable.
Bernie Ecclestone

Everything is always impossible before it works. That is what entrepreneurs are all about - doing what people have told them is impossible.
R. Hunt Greene

I'm not an entrepreneur. I like rules too much and entrepreneurs break rules.
Guy Hands

Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.
Victor Kiam

You do not have to be the son of a rich man to be an entrepreneur. Today kids are far more willing to take risks because they've seen high rewards.
Narayana Murthy

Risk is what an entrepreneur eats for breakfast. It's what she slips into bed with at night. If you have no appetite for this stuff, or no ability to digest it, then get out of the game right now.
Heather Robertson

Three components make an entrepreneur: the person, the idea and the resources to make it happen.
Anita Roddick

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

You can never be an entrepreneur if you're afraid to lose money. It's like being a pilot who is afraid of bad weather.
Peter de Savary

It's better to be the head of a chicken than the tail of a cow.
Stan Shih

Money isn't what motivates entrepreneurs; it is acknowledgement - a craving for your ideas to be acknowledged.
Reuben Singh

If you want to understand entrepreneurs, you have to study the psychology of the juvenile delinquent. They don't have the same anxiety triggers that we have.
Abraham Zaleznik

  Environment (8)
For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals from the moment of conception until death.
Rachel Carson

Over increasingly large areas of the United States, spring now comes unheralded by the return of the birds, and the early mornings are strangely silent where once they were filled with the beauty of bird song.
Rachel Carson

Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now, he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined, and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.
Anton Chekhov

The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment. We shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships, computers and thermonuclear weapons.
Arthur C. Clarke

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments - there are consequences.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Don Marquis

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

  Envy (11)
Thou shalt not covet thy
neighbour's house, thou shalt not
covet thy neighbour's wife, nor
his manservant, nor his maid-
servant, nor his ox, nor his ass,
nor any thing that is thy neigh-
bour's.

Exodus 20:17, King James Version
Holy Bible

Set me as a seal upon thine
heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for
love is strong as death; jealousy
is cruel as the grave: the coals
thereof are coals of fire, which
hath a most vehement flame.

Song of Solomon 8:6, King James Version
Holy Bible

Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.
Elizabeth Bowen

If something pleasant happens to you, don't forget to tell it to your friends, to make them feel bad.
Casimir

Though shalt not covet; but tradition
Approves all forms of competition.

Arthur Hugh Clough

Holding hands at midnight
'Neath a starry sky,
Nice work if you can get it,
And you can get it if you try.

Ira Gershwin

To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.
Françoise Sagan

Malice is of a low stature, but it hath very long arms.
George Savile

O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.

Othello
William Shakespeare

Oh! how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
As You Like It
William Shakespeare

Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.
Gore Vidal

  Equality (17)
The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.
Bella Abzug

Men their rights and nothing more; women their rights and nothing less.
Susan B. Anthony

Tax laws also benefit those who have the best lobbying efforts ... and the larger the corporations are, the smaller proportion they pay in taxes.
Jimmy Carter

Odd things animals. All dogs look up at you. All cats look down at you. Only a pig looks at you as an equal.
Winston Churchill

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

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
Anatole France

The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that operates with perfect equality.
Andrew Jackson

There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing.
Andrew Jackson

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

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
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.

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
Timothy Leary

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

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
George Orwell

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

Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at becoming incompetent.
Laurence J. Peter

Where there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same income.
Plato

Idiots are always in favour of inequality of income (their only chance of eminence), and the truly great in favour of equality.
George Bernard Shaw

  Errors (3)
The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe that experience is a substitute for intelligence.
Lyman Bryson

An expert is a man who knows some of the worst errors that can be made in the subject in question and who therefore understands how to avoid them.
Werner Heisenberg

The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind. Failure makes people bitter and cruel.
W. Somerset Maugham

  Eternity (5)
You can be a murderous tyrant and the world will remember you fondly but fuck one horse and you will be a horse fucker for all of eternity.
Catherine

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
Henry van Dyke

I believe people who think love prevents one from thinking clearly are wrong; for then one thinks very clearly and is more active than before. And love is something eternal - the aspect may change, but not the essence. There is the same difference in a person before and after he is in love as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning.
Vincent van Gogh

Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never Is, but always To be blest.
Alexander Pope

Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed.
George Bernard Shaw

  Everything (1)
When one does nothing, one believes oneself responsible for everything.
Jean-Paul Sartre

  Evidence (1)
A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.
David Hume

  Examinations (6)
I would like to have been examined in history, poetry and writing essays. The examiners, on the other hand, were partial to Latin and mathematics. And their will prevailed ... I should have liked to be asked to say what I knew. They always tried to ask what I did not know.
Winston Churchill

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
Charles Colton

In an examination those who do not wish to know ask questions of those who cannot tell.
Walter Raleigh

There should be some professional exam for these analysts. Most of the time they talk through their backsides.
Alan Sugar

Examinations are of no value whatsoever. If a man is a gentleman, he knows quite enough, and if he is not a gentleman, whatever he knows is bad for him.
Oscar Wilde

In examinations the foolish ask questions that the wise cannot answer.
Oscar Wilde

  Excellence (5)
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Pearl S. Buck

Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do best.
Marva Collins

No one has a greater asset for his business than a man's pride in his work.
Mary Parker Follett

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
Helen Keller

If you don't do it excellently, don't do it at all. Because if it's not excellent, it won't be profitable or fun, and if you're not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there?
Robert Townsend

  Excitement (1)
[Accountancy is] a profession whose idea of excitement is sharpening a bundle of No. 2 pencils.
Time Magazine
Anonymous

  Excuses (12)
Once the what is decided the how always follows. We must not make the how an excuse for not facing and accepting the what.
Pearl S. Buck

Neglecting small things under the pretext of wanting to accomplish large ones is the excuse of a coward.
Alexandra David-Néel

Blameless people are always the most exasperating.
George Eliot

If eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are many excuses for the persons who made the mistake of confounding money and wealth. Like many others they mistook the sign for the thing signified.
Millicent Fawcett

No plagiarist can excuse the wrong by showing how much of his work he did not pirate.
Learned Hand

Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
Elbert Hubbard

Research! A mere excuse for idleness; it has never achieved, and will never achieve any results of the slightest value.
Benjamin Jowett

Under the hypnosis of war hysteria, with a pusillanimous Congress rubber-stamping every whim of the White House, we passed the withholding tax.
Vivien Kellems

I don't believe in principles. Principles are only excuses for what we want to think or what we want to do.
Compton Mackenzie

Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whisky makes it go round twice as fast.
Compton Mackenzie

God is the brave man's hope, and not the coward's excuse.
Plutarch

One of the most important tasks of a manager is to eliminate his people's excuses for failure.
Robert Townsend

  Executives (53)
Consultants eventually leave, which makes them excellent scapegoats for major management blunders.
Scott Adams

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 have never compared myself to my managers ... although I have made some big financial decisions on my own and decided on new investments, I have never involved myself in managerial decisions.
Gianni Agnelli

A molehill man is a pseudo-busy executive who comes to work at 9 a.m. and finds a molehill on his desk. He has until 5 p.m. to make this molehill into a mountain. An accomplished molehill man will often have his mountain finished before lunch.
Fred Allen

One lesson a man learns from Harvard Business School is that an executive is only as good as his health.
Jeffrey Archer

Executives are like joggers. If you stop a jogger, he goes on running on the spot. If you drag an executive away from his business, he goes on running on the spot, pawing the ground, talking business.
Jean Baudrillard

Managers are people who do things right and leaders are people who do the right things.
Warren Bennis

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

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

If you are having as much fun running a big corporation as you did running a piece of it, then you are probably interfering too much with the people who really make it happen.
James E. Burke

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

Decisions of the kind the executive has to make are not made well by acclamation. They are made well only if based on the clash of conflicting views ... The first rule in decision-making is that one does not make a decision unless there is disagreement.
Peter Drucker

The most common cause of executive failure is inability or unwillingness to change with the demands of a new position. The executive who keeps on doing what he has done successfully before is almost bound to fail.
Peter Drucker

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

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

The salary of the chief executive of the large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself.
John Galbraith

Passionate leadership won't succeed if contradictory signals are sent out.
Bill Gates

The CEO's role in raising a company's corporate IQ is to establish an atmosphere that promotes knowledge sharing and collaboration.
Bill Gates

It is practically impossible for a top management man, or even middle management, to be doing the degree and level of work that he should be doing and, at the same time, have a clean desk.
Harold Geneen

You can know a person by the kind of desk he keeps ... If the president of a company has a clean desk ... then it must be the executive vice president who is doing all the work.
Harold Geneen

If businessmen always made the right decisions, business wouldn't be business.
Jean Paul Getty

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

When it's time to make a decision about a person or problem ... trust your intuition ... act.
Bud Hadfield

I'm not an entrepreneur. I like rules too much and entrepreneurs break rules.
Guy Hands

I think leadership is valuing the time you spend with your people more than anything else you do.
Herb Kelleher

You're fired! No other words can so easily and succinctly reduce a confident, self-assured executive to an insecure, groveling shred of his former self.
Frank P. Louchheim

I don't know any executive who ever thought about stress, although a lot of other people do. No one ever dies of hard work. But a lot of people die once they retire from an active job.
Ian MacGregor

Big things and little things are my job. Middle level management can be delegated.
Konosuke Matsushita

The tail tracks the head. If the head moves fast the tail will keep up the same pace. If the head is sluggish, the tail will drop.
Konosuke Matsushita

I can tell more about how someone is likely to react in a business situation from one round of golf than I can from a hundred hours of meetings.
Mark McCormack

I try to keep in touch with the details - you can't keep in touch with them all, but you've got to have a feel for what's going on.
Rupert Murdoch

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

We have a technique at Hewlett-Packard for helping managers and supervisors know their people and understand the work their people are doing ... Management by Walking About.
David Packard

You have a responsibility to shape the vision of a company, and you know whatever process you choose will determine ultimately the well-being of the organization.
Eckhard Pfeiffer

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

The leader must know, must know that he knows, and must be able to make it abundantly clear to those about him that he knows.
Clarence B. Randall

Do not delegate an assignment and then attempt to manage it yourself - you will make an enemy of the overruled subordinate.
Wess Roberts

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

Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration - of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine.
Lance Secretan

It's better to be the head of a chicken than the tail of a cow.
Stan Shih

Leadership is the process of achieving a dream together, especially when that dream seems impossible to achieve.
Stan Shih

Money isn't what motivates entrepreneurs; it is acknowledgement - a craving for your ideas to be acknowledged.
Reuben Singh

Of all business activities, 99% are routine ... The entire 100% can be handled by managing the 1% of exceptions.
Alfred P. Sloan

Administrators are cheap and easy to find and cheap to keep. Leaders - risk takers: they are in very short supply. And ones with vision are pure gold.
Raymond W. Smith

The priority in life is to keep an eye on the business and not to get lured into the high social life with groupie-type poseurs who wish to be seen with the new blue-eyed boy.
Alan Sugar

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
Publilius Syrus

Get to know your people. What they do well, what they enjoy doing, what their weaknesses and strengths are, and what they want and need to get from their job.
Robert Townsend

If you don't do it excellently, don't do it at all. Because if it's not excellent, it won't be profitable or fun, and if you're not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there?
Robert Townsend

Nobody should be chief executive officer of anything for more than five or six years. By then he's stale, bored, and utterly dependent upon his own cliches.
Robert Townsend

One of the most important tasks of a manager is to eliminate his people's excuses for failure.
Robert Townsend

All the president is is a glorified PR man who spends his life flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.
Harry S. Truman

Not everyone is capable of being a C.E.O. It means you don't get to pal around with all your employees and that you leave the sorority/fraternity approach to life behind, and you take on a role that is, in some respects, lonely.
Ann Winblad

When you retire ... you go from who's who to who's that, like stepping off the pier (or) achieving statutory senility.
Walter Wriston

  Expectation (4)
Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.
Edward de Bono

If you follow your passion, the money will follow. But if you chase the almighty dollar, you can easily lose that and end up with nothing.
Elizabeth Mackay

Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
Alexander Pope

One of the things that my parents have taught me is never listen to other people's expectations. You should live your own life and live up to your own expectations, and those are the only things I really care about.
Tiger Woods

  Experience (41)
Experience is the comb that nature gives us when we are bald.
Anonymous

Experience is a great teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.
Minna Antrim

Whenever you fall, pick up something.
Oswald Avery

Experience isn't interesting until it begins to repeat itself - in fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.
Elizabeth Bowen

Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.
Rita Brown

The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe that experience is a substitute for intelligence.
Lyman Bryson

You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
Albert Camus

Experience is a dim lamp, which only lights the one who bears it.
Louis-Ferdinand Céline

To most men, experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
Harold Geneen

All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Failure is a learning experience. It can be a gravestone or a stepping stone.
Bud Hadfield

An expert is a man who knows some of the worst errors that can be made in the subject in question and who therefore understands how to avoid them.
Werner Heisenberg

Being in jail is by far the hardest thing I have ever done. During the past several days, I have had a lot of time to think and I believe that I am learning and growing from this experience ... I would hope going forward that the public and the media will focus on more important things like the men and women serving our country in Iraq and other places around the world.
Paris Hilton

A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.
Elbert Hubbard

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
Aldous Huxley

Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web ... suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.
Henry James

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

What did it for me? It wasn't my education or experience. It was my passion.
Andrea Jung

Mistakes are, after all, the foundation of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.
Carl Jung

Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.
Immanuel Kant

Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced ... even a proverb is no proverb till your life has illustrated it.
John Keats

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

Age is other things too. It is wisdom, if one has lived one's life properly. It is experience and knowledge. And it is getting to know all the ways the world turns, so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won't get run over.
Miriam Makeba

The only thing experience teaches us is that experience teaches us nothing.
André Maurois

I treat everything as a learning experience; then you become detached from the result and more interested in the experience itself.
Lorraine Moller

Experience! Wise men do not need it.
Experience! Idiots do not heed it.

Ogden Nash

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
Charlie Parker

Physicians acquire their knowledge from our dangers, making experiments at the cost of our lives.
Pliny

We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.
Marcel Proust

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.
Pete Seeger

Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
George Bernard Shaw

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
Mark Twain

We learned from everybody else's book and added a few pages of our own.
Sam Walton

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
Oscar Wilde

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

Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.
Billy Wilder

Hindsight gives everyone perfect vision.
Chris Wright

Jugment comes from experience - and experience comes from bad judgment.
Walter Wriston

They have this wonderful process of learning from direct experience called After Action Review, in which everyone who was involved sits down and the three questions are: What happened? Why do you think it happened? And what can we learn from it? If you were ... able to get those three questions as part of your process, you could become a learning organization.
Walter Wriston

  Explanation (2)
Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
Elbert Hubbard

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