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  Sacrifice (2)
To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
Bernadette Devlin

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

  Sad (7)
Life is very insistent; and it always seems to be so when friends sadly leave us.
Alec Guinness

The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced. Every other wound we seek to heal - every other affliction to forget; but this wound we consider it a duty to keep open - this affliction we cherish and brood over in solitude.
Washington Irving

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing. At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says. Or perhaps, hard to want to take it in.
C. S. Lewis

I will instruct my sorrows to be proud;
for grief is proud and makes his owner stoop.
To me and to the state of my great grief
let kings assemble; for my grief's so great
that no supporter but the huge firm earth
Can hold it up:

William Shakespeare

All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Leo Tolstoy

Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
Malcolm X

  Sales (9)
A manufacturer is not through with his customer when a sale is completed. He has then only started with his customer.
Henry Ford

Keeping dreams alive and trying to make them come true is crucial in the watch business. We're in the business of selling emotional products.
Nicolas G. Hayek

You can always buy something in English, you can't always sell something in English.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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

A salesman has got to dream, boy, it comes with the territory.
Arthur Miller

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

Stop competing on price; compete on value. Deliver total consumer solutions, rather than just your piece of the solution.
Faith Popcorn

I like to dress egos.
Gianni Versace

Real salesmen stick until the buyer has used up his last No.
William Wrigley

  Sarcasm (1)
I was delighted to see that you thought I was as good as I thought I was.
Noël Coward

  Satisfaction (4)
Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.
Arnold Bennett

The truly successful businessman is essentially a dissenter, a rebel who is seldom if ever satisfied with the status quo.
Jean Paul Getty

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

I wasn't satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement.
Donald Trump

  Scandal (2)
Managers who are skilled communicators may also be good at covering up real problems.
Chris Argyris

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

  Scolding (4)
No man can tell another his faults so as to benefit him, unless he loves him.
Henry Ward Beecher

Everything you reprove in another, you must carefully avoid in yourself.
Cicero

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

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

  Secrets (3)
The secret of life is not to do what you like but to like what you do.
Anonymous

At last the secret is out, as it always must come in the end,
The delicious story is ripe to tell to the intimate friend;
Over the tea-cups and in the square the tongue has its desire;
Still waters run deep, my dear, there's never smoke without fire.

W. H. Auden

Those who won our independence ... believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
Louis Brandeis

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

  Self-awareness (9)
I've learned the perimeter of my circle of confidence.
Warren Buffett

Everything you reprove in another, you must carefully avoid in yourself.
Cicero

When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.
Confucius

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
Edmund Hillary

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
Carl Jung

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart ... Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
Carl Jung

For every five well-adjusted and smoothly functioning Americans, there are two who never had the chance to discover themselves. It may well be because they have never been alone with themselves.
Marya Mannes

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
Patanjali

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe

  Self-esteem (5)
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.

Anonymous

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

Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself - and thus make yourself indispensable.
André Gide

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

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

  Self-improvement (2)
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
William Faulkner

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
Aldous Huxley

  Self-regard (5)
That favourite subject, Myself.
James Boswell

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

He that falls in love with himself, will have no rivals.
Benjamin Franklin

Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself - and thus make yourself indispensable.
André Gide

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

  Self-reliance (2)
The more is given the less the people will work for themselves, and the less they work the more their poverty will increase.
Leo Tolstoy

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Lao Tzu

  Self-sacrifice (3)
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
Winston Churchill

Teach us, good Lord, to serve Thee as Thou deservest;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labour and not to ask for any reward
Save that of knowing that we do Thy will.

Ignatius

Behold, I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.
Walt Whitman

  Selfish (4)
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

The more good I do, the more money has come in. You have to learn to give. You're not born to give. You're born selfish.
Ted Turner

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

If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish pig.
Woodrow Wilson

  Sell (2)
If it doesn't sell, it isn't creative.
David Ogilvy

Don't sell the steak; sell the sizzle. It is the sizzle that sells the steak and not the cow, although the cow is, of course, mighty important.
Elmer Wheeler

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

  Serious (2)
The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second disastrous.
Margot Fonteyn

Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don't take yourself so seriously.
Norman Vincent Peale

  Service (6)
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

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
Winston Churchill

That's what I say about restaurants - the back part is manufacturing, the front part is retailing, the theatre is what holds the whole thing together.
Terence Conran

Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.
W. Edwards Deming

The decision to do that extra bit must be embedded in the company's culture.
Tom Farmer

The best taxes are such as are levied upon consumptions, especially those of luxury ... They seem, in some measure, voluntary; since a man may chuse how far he will use the commodity which is taxed.
David Hume

  Signal (1)
Imprisoned in every fat man a thin one is wildly signalling to be let out.
Cyril Connolly

  Silence (13)
You ain't learnin' nothing when you're talking.
Anonymous

We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly.
Jean de La Bruyère

When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
Charles Colton

If you don't say anything you won't be called on to repeat it.
Calvin Coolidge

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
Robert Frost

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

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

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing;
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
James Russell Lowell

Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
Plutarch

And 'tis remarkable, that they talk most who have the least to say.
Mathew Prior

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

Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
Mark Twain

  Simplicity (5)
Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and the simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt.
Graham Greene

Simplicity of character is no hindrance to subtlety of intellect.
John Morley

Do not assume more variables than necessary.
William Ockham

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

Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplify, simplify.
Henry David Thoreau

  Sincerity (9)
Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have.
Elizabeth Bowen

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Sincerity is the highest compliment you can pay.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.
André Gide

I once said cynically of a politician, He'll double-cross that bridge when he comes to it.
Oscar Levant

Sincerity is impossible unless it pervades the whole being, and the pretense of it saps the very foundation of character.
James Russell Lowell

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

Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life.
Seneca

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

  Situation (2)
The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today.
Lewis Carroll

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

  Size (9)
Growth does not always lead a business to build on success. All too often it converts a highly successful business into a mediocre large business.
Richard Branson

We are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a greater distance, not by virtue of any sharpness of sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size.
Bernardus Carnotensis

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

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

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

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

In a small company, one person's hunch can be enough to launch a new product. In a big company, the same concept is likely to be buried in committee for months.
Al Ries

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair. In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.
Bertrand Russell

Think naught a trifle, though it small appear;
Small sands the mountain, moments make the year,
And trifles life.

Edward Young

  Slave (2)
Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions.
David Hume

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

  Sleep (7)
First person to fall asleep is a shit!
Tallulah Bankhead

I never sleep through a performance. I always make sure that I am awake for the intermission.
Robert Benchley

Last night I dreamt I ate a ten-pound marshmallow. When I woke up the pillow was gone.
Tommy Cooper

Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy: in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.
Baltasar Gracián

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

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
Mark Twain

  Smart (3)
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

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

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

  Smile (5)
It takes seventy-two muscles to frown, but only thirteen to smile.
Anonymous

Too often we under estimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Leo Buscaglia

A smile is the universal welcome.
Max Eastman

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
Dr. Seuss

Begin, baby boy: if you haven't had a smile for your parent, then neither will a god think you worth inviting to dinner, nor a goddess to bed.
Virgil

  Solitude (1)
Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
Octavio Paz

  Solution (1)
By blaming others, we fail to find the real solutions to our problems and we do not carry out our own responsibilities.
Jeb Bush

  Sorrow (3)
A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow real poverty.
David Hume

The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced. Every other wound we seek to heal - every other affliction to forget; but this wound we consider it a duty to keep open - this affliction we cherish and brood over in solitude.
Washington Irving

I will instruct my sorrows to be proud;
for grief is proud and makes his owner stoop.
To me and to the state of my great grief
let kings assemble; for my grief's so great
that no supporter but the huge firm earth
Can hold it up:

William Shakespeare

  Speech (43)
No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
Henry Adams

You ain't learnin' nothing when you're talking.
Anonymous

Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have.
Elizabeth Bowen

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
Joyce Brothers

Everybody favours free speech in the slack moments when no axes are being ground.
Heywood Broun

We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly.
Jean de La Bruyère

Whereas logic is the art of demonstrating truth, eloquence is the gift of winning over people's hearts and minds so that you may inspire them and persuade them in whatever way you choose.
Jean de La Bruyère

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!
Lewis Carroll

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

Wisdom comes with talking less frivolously and listening more seriously. The latter implies a learning attitude; the former assumes an air of omniscience that does not exist.
S. K. Chakraborty

Words are so futile, so feeble.
Charlie Chaplin

To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.*
*Attribution questionable.
Winston Churchill

When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
Charles Colton

If you don't say anything you won't be called on to repeat it.
Calvin Coolidge

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

Laughter is, after speech, the chief thing that holds society together.
Max Eastman

Think before you speak is criticism's motto; speak before you think is creation's.
E. M. Forster

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
Robert Frost

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

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Evelyn Beatrice Hall

If no thought your mind does visit, make your speech not too explicit.
Piet Hein

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
Audrey Hepburn

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

If you haven't struck oil in your first three minutes, stop boring!
George Jessel

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

Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
James Russell Lowell

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
W. Somerset Maugham

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

Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
Plutarch

And 'tis remarkable, that they talk most who have the least to say.
Mathew Prior

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.
Salman Rushdie

Let us say what we feel, and feel what we say; let speech harmonize with life.
Seneca

Then, must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well.

William Shakespeare

We often say a speaker needs no introduction: what most of them need is a conclusion. In my view, an after-dinner speech - and I've experienced 40,000 of them - needs a good beginning, a good ending, and not much space in between.
Ivor Spencer

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

The relationship of the toastmaster to the speaker should be the same as that of the fan to the fan dancer. It should call attention to the subject without making any particular effort to cover it.
Adlai Stevenson

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

Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so is he.
Publilius Syrus

Don't be afraid to be unique or speak your mind because that's what makes you different from everyone else.
Dave Thomas

Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
Mark Twain

The Khomeini cry for the execution of Rushdie is an infantile cry. From the beginning of time we have seen that. To murder the thinker does not murder the thought.
Arnold Wesker

I like hearing myself talk. It is one of my greatest pleasures. I often have long conversations with myself, and I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
Oscar Wilde

  Speed (1)
How you start is important, but it is how you finish that counts. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter.
Bertie Forbes

  Staff (9)
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

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

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

Companies that stay ahead of change are ones in which their people see change as something they themselves accomplish and not something that is imposed on them. They see lots of opportunities to take initiative.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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

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.

  Stamina (1)
How you start is important, but it is how you finish that counts. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter.
Bertie Forbes

  Standard (1)
Standards are always out of date. That is what makes them standards.
Alan Bennett

  Start (3)
How you start is important, but it is how you finish that counts. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter.
Bertie Forbes

I got my start by giving myself a start.
C. J. Walker

You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
Zig Ziglar

  Statistics (3)
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

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

  Sticker (1)
How you start is important, but it is how you finish that counts. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter.
Bertie Forbes

  Stimulate (1)
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

  Stock (5)
Accounting issues did not cause Enron's stock price to fall - its failed business model did.
Joseph Berardino

I don't pay attention to what the stock does. If the business does well, the stock eventually follows.
Warren Buffett

The true investor welcomes volatility ... a wildly fluctuating market means that irrationally low prices will periodically be attached to solid businesses.
Warren Buffett

Your goal as an investor ... to purchase, at a rational price, a part interest in an easily-understandable business whose earnings are virtually certain to be materially higher ... years from now. Over time, you will find only a few companies that meet these standards - so when you see one ... buy a meaningful amount of stock.
Warren Buffett

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

  Stock Market (8)
The true investor welcomes volatility ... a wildly fluctuating market means that irrationally low prices will periodically be attached to solid businesses.
Warren Buffett

The truly big investment idea can usually be explained in a short paragraph. We like a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people. When these attributes exist, and when we can make purchases at sensible prices, it is hard to go wrong.
Warren Buffett

Wall Street is the only place people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from people who take the subway.
Warren Buffett

The market has no morality.
Michael Heseltine

I do not really understand the stock market.
Narayana Murthy

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

Financial markets ... resent any kind of government interference but they hold a belief deep down that if conditions get really tough the authorities will step in.
George Soros

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

  Stone (1)
A rolling stone gathers no moss, but it gains a certain polish.
Oliver Herford

  Strategy (31)
This is not an age of castles, moats, and armor where people can sustain a competitive advantage for very long.
Richard D'Aveni

Grand business plans are all very well, but nothing beats dipping your toe in the water.
Karan Bilimoria

Business is all about putting out money today to get a whole lot back later.
Warren Buffett

The truly big investment idea can usually be explained in a short paragraph. We like a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people. When these attributes exist, and when we can make purchases at sensible prices, it is hard to go wrong.
Warren Buffett

There are two ways to compete - in stable conditions, you plan and you compete on scale. In unstable times, you live by your wits.
Dick Cavanagh

For many businesses, the Internet is still a technology in search of a strategy.
Mary J. Cronin

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

Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.
W. Edwards Deming

Long-range planning does not deal with future decisions. It deals with the future of present decisions.
Peter Drucker

First get in, then get rich, then get respectable.
Bernie Ecclestone

To win against opponents, companies need strategies for three related tasks: outwitting, outmaneuvering, and outperforming competitors.
Liam Fahey

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

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
Henry Ford

Columbus didn't have a business plan when he discovered America.
Andrew Grove

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

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

To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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

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

The time has now definitely come when every intelligent individual must learn to think globally, beyond the horizon of a narrow nationalist point of view.
Robert Maxwell

Never wrestle with a pig. You get dirty and only the pig enjoys himself.
Mark McCormack

I don't give a damn what the media critics say. It's what your readers say. If you haven't got any readers, you're only talking to yourself.
Rupert Murdoch

We're not going global because we want to or because of any megalomania, but because it's really necessary.
Rupert Murdoch

Organizations with decision-making speed and imagination will thrive as nobody can claim to have a monopoly over creativity.
Narayana Murthy

In business as on the battlefield, the object of strategy is to bring about the condition most favorable to one's own side.
Kenichi Ohmae

Stop competing on price; compete on value. Deliver total consumer solutions, rather than just your piece of the solution.
Faith Popcorn

Competitive strategy is about being different. It means deliberately choosing a different set of activities to deliver a unique mix of values.
Michael Porter

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

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

We need a can-do, vibrant, innovation-driven culture. Not wearing a tie is just a snippet of that.
Paul Walsh

  Strength (6)
I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too!
Elizabeth I

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.
Vincent van Gogh

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

Positive feedback makes the strong grow stronger and the weak grow weaker.
Carl Shapiro

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

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

  Stress (4)
Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea.
Doug Hall

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

The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
Lily Tomlin

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

  Strong (4)
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

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

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

Positive feedback makes the strong grow stronger and the weak grow weaker.
Carl Shapiro

  Study (1)
Don't study the idea to death with experts and committees. Get on with it and see if it works.
Kenneth Iverson

  Stupidity (3)
By definition, risk-takers often fail. So do morons. In practice it's difficult to sort them out.
Scott Adams

Oh, innocent victims of Cupid,
Remember this terse little verse;
To let a fool kiss you is stupid,
To let a kiss fool you is worse.

E. Y. Harburg

Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
Mark Twain

  Sublime (1)
There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Napoléon Bonaparte

  Success (41)
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

Publicity is easy to get. Just be so successful you don't need it, and then you'll get it.
Anonymous

Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.
Anonymous

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

Growth does not always lead a business to build on success. All too often it converts a highly successful business into a mediocre large business.
Richard Branson

Veni, vidi, vici.
I came, I saw, I conquered.
Julius Caesar

It takes twenty years to make an overnight success.
Eddie Cantor

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Dale Carnegie

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

Victory has a hundred fathers, but no one wants to recognise defeat as his own.
Galeazzo Ciano

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

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

How you start is important, but it is how you finish that counts. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter.
Bertie Forbes

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

Those who invest only to get rich will fail. Those who invest to help others will probably succeed.
Art Fry

The truly successful businessman is essentially a dissenter, a rebel who is seldom if ever satisfied with the status quo.
Jean Paul Getty

I believe in the value of paranoia. Business success contains the seeds of its own destruction. The more successful you are, the more people want a chunk of your business and then another chunk and then another until there is nothing left.
Andrew Grove

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Robert F. Kennedy

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
Stephen King

Observing your own and your competitor's successes and failures makes your inner business voice more sure and vivid.
Estée Lauder

The conduct of successful business merely consists in doing things in a very simple way, doing them regularly, and never neglecting to do them.
William Lever

Most people would succeed in small things, if they were not troubled by great ambitions.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

It is better to underpromise and overdeliver than vice versa. For this one need not break the law of the land. One has to only think global. Otherwise success will disappear like the dew in the morning sun.
Narayana Murthy

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

Where the character is not great, there is no great man ... Never mind success. It is a question of being great, not seeming it.
Romain Rolland

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

It is hard to fail; but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Theodore Roosevelt

The highest form of success ... comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.
Theodore Roosevelt

Men, I'll be honest. Winning isn't everything. Men, it's the only thing!
Version A.
Henry Russell Sanders

Sure, winning isn't every thing; it's the only thing.
Version B.
Henry Russell Sanders

People who are successful simply want it more than people who are not.
Ian Schrager

God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.
Mother Teresa

The primary cause of success in life is the ability to set and achieve goals. That's why the people who do not have goals are doomed forever to work for those who do. You either work to achieve your own goals or you work to achieve someone else's goals.
Brian Tracy

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.
Mark Twain

Failure is the foundation of success; success is the lurking place of failure.
Lao Tzu

Whoever wants to accomplish great things must devote to a lot of profound thought to details.
Paul Valery

Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius.
An Wang

Success is measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.
Booker T. Washington

You cannot be a success in any business without believing that it is the greatest business in the world ... You have to put your heart in the business and the business in your heart.
Thomas J. Watson Sr.

  Succession (2)
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

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

  Suffer (1)
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil, but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail.
Helen Keller

  Suggest (1)
Make a suggestion or assumption and let them tell you you're wrong. People also have a need to feel smarter than you are.
Mark McCormack

  Suicide (1)
Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.
Harry S. Truman

  Superiority (1)
The superior man is easy to serve, but difficult to please ... The inferior man is difficult to serve, but easy to please.
Confucius

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

  Survival (9)
There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed.
Frank Buchman

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

Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle; Old Age a regret.
Benjamin Disraeli

We're not going global because we want to or because of any megalomania, but because it's really necessary.
Rupert Murdoch

You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character.
Richard Nixon

While animals survive by adjusting themselves to their background, man survives by adjusting his background to himself.
Ayn Rand

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

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair. In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.
Bertrand Russell

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