Business Quotes

More business is lost every year through neglect than through any other cause.
– Rose Kennedy
High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.
– Charles F. Kettering
In business, the competition will bite you if you keep running, if you stand still, they will swallow you.
– Victor Kiam
You can hype a questionable product for a little while, but you'll never build an enduring business.
– Victor Kiam
The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing by somebody else's rules, while quietly playing by your own.
– Michael Korda
Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation.
– Milan Kundera
Inside every working anarchy, there's an Old Boy Network.
– Mitchell Kapor
Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, 'Make me feel important.' Never forget this message when working with people.
– Mary Kay
I hate the actor and audience business. An author should be in among the crowd, kicking their shins or cheering them on to some mischief or merriment.
– David Herbert Lawrence
The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.
– David Herbert Lawrence
Contrary to popular opinion, the hustle is not a new dance step - it is an old business procedure.
– Fran Lebowitz
People will buy anything that is 'one to a customer.'
– Sinclair Lewis
If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business.
– Abraham Lincoln
A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.
– Michael Leboeuf
What we actually learn, from any given set of circumstances, determines whether we become increasingly powerless or more powerful.
– Blaine Lee
Go for a business that any idiot can run - because sooner or later, any idiot probably is going to run it.
– Peter Lynch
The golden rule for every business man is this: Put yourself in your customer's place.
– Orison Swett Marden
Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates.
– Don Marquis
If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his house, what books he may read or what films he may watch.
– Thurgood Marshall
Comedy may be big business but it isn't pretty.
– Steve Martin
I've got to keep breathing. It'll be my worst business mistake if I don't.
– Steve Martin
Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what is most truly is is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps.
– Willie Mays
The business of the advertiser is to see that we go about our business with some magic spell or tune or slogan throbbing quietly in the background of our minds.
– Marshall McLuhan
The whole business is built on ego, vanity, self-satisfaction, and it's total crap to pretend it's not.
– George Michael
The world can forgive practically anything except people who mind their own business.
– Margaret Mitchell
Major labels didn't start showing up really until they smelled money, and that's all they're ever going to be attracted to is money-that's the business they're in- making money.
– Ian MacKaye
Only a monopolist could study a business and ruin it by giving away products.
– Scott McNealy
I don't think meals have any business being deductible. I'm for separation of calories and corporations.
– Ralph Nader
When a book leaves your hands, it belongs to God. He may use it to save a few souls or to try a few others, but I think that for the writer to worry is to take over God's business.
– Flannery O'Connor
The consumer isn't a moron; she is your wife.
– David M. Ogilvy
Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.
– Blaise Pascal
I think there are a lot of technocrats in the business who would much rather work with just wheels and gears and machinery. Those things interest them more than humanity and I wish them the best of luck.
– Ron Perlman
Business is not just doing deals; business is having great products, doing great engineering, and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationships.
– Ross Perot
Spend a lot of time talking to customers face to face. You'd be amazed how many companies don't listen to their customers.
– Ross Perot
Museums are just a lot of lies, and the people who make art their business are mostly imposters. We have infected the pictures in museums with all our stupidities, all our mistakes, all our poverty of spirit. We have turned them into petty and ridiculous things.
– Pablo Picasso
A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.
– Alexander Pope
If a man's character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.
– Alexander Pope
Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn't go with it.
– Colin Powell
Let me tell you quite bluntly that this king business has given me personally nothing but headaches.
– Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
The word career is a divisive word. It's a word that divides the normal life from business or professional life.
– Grace Paley
If you can build a business up big enough, it's respectable.
– Will Rogers
It's not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts.
– Will Rogers
We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business?
– Will Rogers
I like Mr Gorbachev, we can do business together.
– Margaret Thatcher
Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.
– Henry David Thoreau
Desperation is the perfume of the young actor. It's so satisfying to have gotten rid of it. If you keep smelling it, it can drive you crazy. In this business a lot of people go nuts, go eccentric, even end up dead from it. Not my plan.
– Uma Thurman
To think that the new economy is over is like somebody in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.
– Alvin Toffler
The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.
– Pierre Trudeau
Every few seconds it changes - up an eighth, down an eighth -it's like playing a slot machine. I lose $20 million, I gain $20 million.
– Ted Turner
My son is now an entrepreneur. That's what you're called when you don't have a job.
– Ted Turner
Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.
– Paul Tournier
What's the subject of life - to get rich? All of those fellows out there getting rich could be dancing around the real subject of life.
– Paul A. Volcker
Business is the salt of life.
– Voltaire
Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority.
– William Arthur Ward
Employees make the best dates. You don't have to pick them up and they're always tax-deductible.
– Andy Warhol
If you aren't playing well, the game isn't as much fun. When that happens I tell myself just to go out and play as I did when I was a kid.
– Thomas J. Watson
Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.
– Thomas J. Watson
The Internet is the Viagra of big business.
– Jack Welch
It is not the business of generals to shoot one another.
– Arthur Wellesley
Carpe per diem - seize the check.
– Robin Williams
I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for - getting paid for doing what you love.
– Tiger Woods
In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.
– William Wordsworth
Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.
– Frank Lloyd Wright
Look at growth, look at how much time people spend on the Net and look at the variety of things that they are doing. It's all really good, so I am actually encouraged by the fundamentals that underlie usage growth on the Net.
– Meg Whitman
The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart.
– William Butler Yeats
As an actress, emotions are my business, my stock-in-trade. As such, I've dealt with them nearly all my life.
– Loretta Young
I learned you have to fight for yourself in the picture business.
– Loretta Young
Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business.
– Zig Ziglar
One's mind has a way of making itself up in the background, and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do.
– A. C. Benson
And while the law [of competition] may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.
– Andrew Carnegie
The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing by somebody else's rules, while quietly playing by your own.
– Michael Konda
There's no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can't do any business from there.
– Colonel Harland Sanders
If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.
– Warren Buffett
Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance but to do what lies clearly at hand.
– Thomas Carlyle
I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesn't dare to make an enemy should get out of the business.
– Bette Davis
In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. Management cannot be expected to recognize a good idea unless it is presented to them by a good salesman.
– David M. Ogilvy
I still have a lot to learn - about the business, about music, and about myself. Its exciting.
– Britney Spears
Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.
– Robert Louis Stevenson
Young people in the business have grown up and made the wrong decisions, or bad decisions, and haven't been good role models. To be someone that people look up to is important to me.
– Justin Bieber
You wouldn't want to be called a sell-out by selling a product. Selling out was frowned on, whereas now you can major in it at business school.
– Alan Alda
You shouldn't be in the music business if you're posing.
– Rod Stewart
You know, out-of-touch liberals like Barack Obama say they want a strong economy, but in everything they do, they show they don't like business very much. But the economy, of course, is simply the product of all the businesses of the nation added together. So it's a bit like saying you like an omelet, but you don't like eggs.
– Mitt Romney
You know, I think the film business is its own worst enemy because it sells movies on DVD footage and 'behind the scenes,' and now it's a real struggle trying to keep storylines and plotlines a secret.
– Daniel Craig
You know, I look like a woman but I think like a man. And in this world of business, that has helped me a lot. Because by the time they think that I don't know what's goin' on, I then got the money, and gone.
– Dolly Parton
You know, every family and every business in California knows what it means to go through tough times.
– Carly Fiorina
You know who a complicated tax code kills? The guy or gal trying to start a business out of the spare bedroom of their home. So we've got to simplify our tax code.
– Marco Rubio
You just can't get too focused on worrying about what's going to happen in the next quarter. You have to worry about where the business is headed long-term.
– James Sinegal
You hear entertainers all the time, saying, 'If I couldn't get paid for this, I'd do it for free.' When's the last time you ever heard a business person say, 'If I couldn't get paid for being chairman of British Petroleum, I'd do it for free'?
– Dick Gregory
You have to stick out the toughness of the business and form relationships with the people in it.
– Rocco DiSpirito
You have got to have discipline and focus - on the customer and how you run the business.
– Jim Cantalupo
You have a career, and you start as a business person. And you work your way, you reach this peak, and you know the time's going to come when you go back down.
– Miranda Lambert
You do have to do business with and to try to influence people you don't agree with, or find disagreeable, so it's important to stress that balance.
– William Hague
You cannot run a business, or anything else, on a theory.
– Harold S. Geneen
You can't be halfway in this business. If you don't meet the fans, you lose all you've got.
– Loretta Lynn
You can say what you want to about a rapper in a movie, but look at what Ice Cube has done. Ice Cube has created more opportunities for other actors to get jobs in this business than some actors have.
– Anthony Anderson
You can rule ignorance you can manipulate the illiterate you can do whatever you want when a people are uneducated, so that goes in line with corrupt business and corrupt politics.
You can never get to a place of comfort in this business. As soon as you hit that little cushy spot, somebody's gonna kick you out. So I have a constant need to do it better.
– Charlize Theron
You can be in this business 50 years and still not know anything about it.
– Sammy Davis, Jr.
You and I and everybody in show business and the entertainment industry fly by the seat of our pants. We don't know quite what is going to happen.
– William Shatner