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  Mad (1)
You don't have to be mad to work here - but it helps.
Anonymous

  Man (125)
A man that hath friends
must shew himself friendly:
and there is a friend that
sticketh closer than a brother.

Proverbs 18:24, King James Version
Holy Bible

And again I say unto you, It
is easier for a camel to go through
the eye of a needle, than for a
rich man to enter into the king-
dom of God.

Matthew 19:24, King James Version
Holy Bible

For what shall it profit a man,
if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?

Mark 8:36, King James Version
Holy Bible

Every man according as he
purposeth in his heart, so let him
give; not grudgingly, or of neces-
sity: for God loveth a cheerful
giver.

II Corinthians 9:7, King James Version
Holy Bible

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

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

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

There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go, if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.
Ronald Reagan's office.
Anonymous

Woe betide the man who dares to pay a woman a compliment today ... Forget the flowers, the chocolates, the soft word - rather woo her with a self-defence manual in one hand and a family planning leaflet in the other.
Alan Ayckbourn

Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
Francis Bacon

No man has ever yet discovered the way to give friendly advice to any woman, not even to his own wife.
Honoré de Balzac

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

For man's greatest crime is to have been born.
Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.
Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

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

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

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

Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
Thomas Carlyle

The man who dies rich dies disgraced.
Andrew Carnegie

Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness - its opposite - never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
Cervantes

Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.
Nicolas Chamfort

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

There is a great deal of difference between the eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
G. K. Chesterton

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

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

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

The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
Confucius

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

Imprisoned in every fat man a thin one is wildly signalling to be let out.
Cyril Connolly

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

Eliza Cook

I would be married, but I'd have no wife, I would be married to a single life.
Richard Crashaw

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

A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize the truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself as well as for others.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute - and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity.
Albert Einstein

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

The mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.
George Eliot

Man tell us our lives are free of danger. We stay at home. They go to war. Rubbish. I'd rather face three assaults. In line of battle, than bear one child.
Euripides

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

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

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

To measure the man, measure his heart.
Malcolm Forbes

Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes; men who like women never notice what they wear.
Anatole France

A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.
Benjamin Franklin

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

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

No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
Ernest Hemingway

A man is known by the silence he keeps.
Oliver Herford

A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame and money, but even... without any hope of doing it well.
Oliver Herford

A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's; she changes it more often.
Oliver Herford

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

Cheers hearten a man. But jeers are just as essential. They help maintain his sense of balance and proportion.
Jay House

A man has his clothes made to fit him; a woman makes herself fit her clothes.
E. W. Howe

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

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

Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.
Washington Irving

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

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

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

A speech is a solemn responsibility. The man who makes a bad thirty-minute speech to two hundred people wastes only a half-hour of his own time. But he wastes one hundred hours of the audience's time - more than four days - which should be a hanging offense.
Jenkin Lloyd Jones

Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak, and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
Ben Jonson

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

When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
John F. Kennedy

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln

The trouble with marriage is that, while every woman is at heart a mother, every man is at heart a bachelor.
E. V. Lucas

For a woman to attain a high level in a male-dominated profession, she has to work twice as hard and/or be twice as smart.
Elizabeth Mackay

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

Man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
John C. Maxwell

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

A man must not always tell all, for that were folly; but what a man says should be what he thinks.
Michel de Montaigne

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

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

No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be than this - devoted and obedient. This definition would do just as well for a porter. It might even do for a horse. It would not do for a policeman.
Florence Nightingale

Defeat doesn't finish a man - quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.
Richard Nixon

Man does not speak because he thinks; he thinks because he speaks. Or rather, speaking is no different than thinking: to speak is to think.
Octavio Paz

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
Octavio Paz

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

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

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

It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.
Plutarch

The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
Plutarch

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

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

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

There is no indispensable man.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

For one man is my world of all the men
This wide world holds; O love, my world is you.

Christina Rossetti

A bachelor gets tangled up with a lot of women in order to avoid getting tied up by one.
Helen Rowland

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

Never trust a husband too far or a bachelor too near.
Helen Rowland

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

Crying is almost a ritual that male politicians must do to prove they are compassionate, but women are supposed to wear iron britches.
Pat Schroeder

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
Albert Schweitzer

You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Seneca

Methinks sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian or an ordinary man has; but I am a great eater of beef, and I believe that does harm to my wit.
Twelfth Night
William Shakespeare

O powerful love, that in some respects makes a beast a man, in some other, a man a beast.
The Merry Wives of Windsor
William Shakespeare

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

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

What God hath joined together no man shall ever put asunder; God will take care of that.
George Bernard Shaw

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

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

One evil in old age is that as your time is come you think every little illness is the beginning of the end. When a man expects to be arrested every knock at the door is an alarm.
Sydney Smith

Trust that man in nothing who has not a conscience in everything.
Laurence Sterne

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
Adlai Stevenson

There are few wild beasts more to be dreaded than a talking man having nothing to say.
Jonathan Swift

In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
Margaret Thatcher

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Henry David Thoreau

Boys are perhaps beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of eighteen months and ninety years.
James Thurber

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

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.
Mark Twain

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

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
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

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

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
George Washington

A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind's eye.
Carolyn Wells

By persistently remaining single a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation.
Oscar Wilde

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

If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important.
E. O. Wilson

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

There is no such thing as a man being too proud to fight.
Woodrow Wilson

  Management (50)
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

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

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

The first steps to becoming a really great manager are simply common sense; but common sense is not very common.
Gerard M. Blair

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

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

I praise loudly, I blame softly.
Catherine

I believe that you have to understand the economics of a business before you have a strategy, and you have to understand your strategy before you have a structure. If you get these in the wrong order, you will probably fail.
Michael Dell

If you limit a company by its structure or by the people in the company, you will, by definition, limit the full potential of that business. It sounds basic, but a lot of companies don't follow the idea that the structure should be last and not first.
Michael Dell

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

I realised that if you want to change something, nine times out of ten you can change it more effectively from within.
Niall FitzGerald

At office-managerial level ... you do not read more than the first two sentences of any given report. You believe that anything which cannot be put into two sentences is not worth attending to.
Penelope Fitzgerald

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

Every company has two organizational structures: The formal one is written on the charts; the other is the everyday relationships of the men and women in the organization.
Harold Geneen

The grab for a quick killing is the mark of the worst kind of leadership, for it places immediate profit above the long-term interest of the organization and can lead ultimately only to disaster.
Crawford H. Greenewalt

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

Without an appropriate vision, a transformation effort can easily dissolve into a list of confusing, incompatible and time-consuming projects that go in the wrong direction or nowhere at all.
Bob Guccione

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

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

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

Quality is not a program that can be simply imposed on an operation; instead it is a way of operating that permeates a business and the thinking of its employees.
Theodore B. Kinni

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

Business today is about making decisions amid ambiguity.
Geraldine Laybourne

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

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

If new ideas are the lifeblood of any thriving organization ... managers must learn to revere, not merely tolerate, the people who come up with the ideas.
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

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

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

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

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

In Japan, organizations and people in the organization are synonymous.
Kenichi Ohmae

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

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

Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out.
Ronald Reagan

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

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

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

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

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

Top management is supposed to be a tree full of owls ... hooting when management heads into the wrong part of the forest. I'm still unpersuaded they even know where the forest is.
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.

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

Insecure managers create complexity.
Jack Welch

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

  Manuscript (1)
Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure.
Oliver Herford

  Marketing (10)
The codfish lays ten thousand eggs
The homely hen lays one.
The codfish never cackles
To tell you that she's done.
And so we scorn the codfish,
While the humble hen we prize,
Which only goes to show you
That it pays to advertise.

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Anonymous

The largest profits go to those businesses which most devotedly follow a policy of insisting on a competitive advantage, no matter how small, for every product or service they market.
R. H. Beeby

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

The essence of a company like Intel is execution and strategy. Intel, looked at in another way, is a three-legged stool. One leg is technology - design and silicon technology - another leg is manufacturing, and the third leg is marketing. Whenever Intel did well it was because the three legs were equal. Whenever one of those legs was shorter than the others, we wobbled.
Andrew Grove

The man who whispers down a well
About the goods he has to sell
Will not make as many dollars
As the man who climbs the tree and hollers!

William Lever

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

If it doesn't sell, it isn't creative.
David Ogilvy

Anyone can build market share and, if you set your prices low enough, you can get the whole damn market.
David Packard

But markets today are moving targets. The only way to hit them is to launch your business like a cruise missile.
Harry V. Quadracci

By creating conversation, we let our customers spread our message by word of mouth.
Anita Roddick

  Materialism (2)
There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed.
Frank Buchman

The Master has no possessions. The more he does for others, the happier he is. The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.
Lao Tzu

  Meaning (4)
No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
Henry Adams

Then you should say what you mean, the March Hare went on. I do, Alice hastily replied; at least - at least I mean what I say - that's the same thing, you know. Not the same thing a bit! said the Hatter. Why, you might just as well say that I see what I eat is the same thing as I eat what I see!
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll

I say what I mean, you hear what I say. That is the end of it.
Barbara Cassani

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

  Meetings (5)
A conference is a gathering of important people who, singly, can do nothing but together can decide that nothing can be done.
Fred Allen

I find that no matter how long a meeting goes on, the best ideas always come during the final five minutes, when people drop their guard and I ask them what they really think.
Michael Eisner

No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

In a good meeting there is a momentum that comes from the spontaneous exchange of fresh ideas and produces extraordinary results. That momentum depends on the freedom permitted the participants.
Harold Geneen

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

  Memorandum (2)
A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
Dean Acheson

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

  Memory (9)
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

Creditors have better memories than debtors.
Benjamin Franklin

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

I cannot but bless the memory of Julius Caesar, for the great esteem he expressed for fat men, and his aversion to lean ones.
David Hume

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

When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.
Maurice Maeterlinck

I remember, I remember
How my childhood fleeted by, -
The mirth of its December
And the warmth of its July.

Winthrop Praed

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

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana

  Men (54)
Marriage is the price men pay for sex; sex is the price women pay for marriage.
Anonymous

Women's faults are many
Men have only two:
Everything they say
And everything they do.

Cassell's Humorous Quotations
Anonymous

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

Some men are just as firmly convinced of what they think as others are of what they know.
Aristotle

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Attributed.
Edmund Burke

Men who continue hoarding great sums all their lives, the proper use of which for the public ends would work good to the community, should be made to feel that the community, in the form of the state, cannot thus be deprived of its proper share. By taxing estates heavily at death the state marks its condemnation of the selfish millionaire's unworthy life.
Andrew Carnegie

Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that carry them apart.
Confucius

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

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

Men are like plants; the goodness and flavour of the fruit proceeds from the peculiar soil and exposition in which they grow.
Jean de Crèvecoeur

I would rather a thousand times be a free soul in jail than to be a sycophant and coward in the streets ... If it had not been for the men and women who, in the past, have had the moral courage to go to jail, we would still be in the jungles.
Eugene V. Debs

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

Men are what their mothers made them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is difficulties that show what men are.
Epictetus

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

A handful of men have become very rich by paying attention to details that most others ignored.
Henry Ford

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

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

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

Only a dad but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing with courage stern and grim,
The deeds that his father did for him,
This is the line that for him I pen,
Only a dad, but the best of men.

Edgar Guest

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.
Kin Hubbard

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

I cannot but bless the memory of Julius Caesar, for the great esteem he expressed for fat men, and his aversion to lean ones.
David Hume

Few rich men own their own property. The property owns them.
Robert G. Ingersoll

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

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

If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
Florynce Kennedy

When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
John F. Kennedy

Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.
Martin Luther King Jr.

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

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

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln

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

It is a common fault of men not to reckon on storms in fair weather.
Niccolò Machiavelli

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

Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.
Nelson Mandela

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

Nearly all men die of their medicines, and not of their illnesses.
Molière

I do not care very much what men say of me, provided that God approves of me.
Thomas More

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

All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.
Plutarch

For one man is my world of all the men
This wide world holds; O love, my world is you.

Christina Rossetti

Men are still clinging to the hope that women are powerless, because they haven't got much else to cling to.
Harriet Rubin

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

As You Like It
William Shakespeare

Men are April when they woo, December when they wed: maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.
As You Like It
William Shakespeare

If men had to have babies they would only ever have one each.
Diana Spencer

Bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.
Oscar Wilde

In the old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.
Oscar Wilde

Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious: both are disappointed.
Oscar Wilde

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

When two men always agree, one of them is unnecessary.
William Wrigley

  Mirror (1)
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton

  Mischief (2)
All punishment is mischief: all punishment in itself is evil.
Jeremy Bentham

A little neglect may breed mischief ... for want of a nail the shoe was lost.
Benjamin Franklin

  Misfortune (5)
Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
Francis Bacon

Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open eyes into their misfortune.
Elias Canetti

Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.
W. Somerset Maugham

The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
Plutarch

To lose one parent...may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
Oscar Wilde

  Mistakes (18)
Consultants eventually leave, which makes them excellent scapegoats for major management blunders.
Scott Adams

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

The one thing computers have done is let us make bigger mistakes. We have to be careful not to depend on our machines.
Michael Bloomberg

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

Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it - immediately.
Stephen R. Covey

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

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

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

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

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

Man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
John C. Maxwell

The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.
John C. Maxwell

Trifles make the sum of human things,
And half our misery from our foibles spring.

Hannah More

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser to-day than he was yesterday.
Alexander Pope

The only people who never make mistakes are those who have never taken a decision.
Jack Straw

Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover, when it is too late, that the only thing one never regrets are one's mistakes.
Oscar Wilde

To lose one parent...may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
Oscar Wilde

The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
Frank Lloyd Wright

  Misunderstood (1)
If one is rich and one's a woman, one can be quite misunderstood.
Katharine Graham

  Modesty (4)
Modesty: the gentle art of enhancing your charm by pretending not to be aware of it.
Oliver Herford

Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
Philip Stanhope

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

Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn't changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I'm just wearing better shoes.
Oprah Winfrey

  Move (4)
Change means movement. Movement means friction.
Saul Alinsky

You can only stumble if you're moving.
Roberto Goizueta

Never confuse movement with action.
Ernest Hemingway

The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

  Murder (1)
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

  Mutual (1)
Love is an attempt at penetrating another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual.
Octavio Paz

  Mystery (2)
The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

The child's first year of life is unfortunately still an abyss of mysteries for the psychologist.
Jean Piaget