Quotes about: business

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
– Thomas Paine

A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
– Amos Bronson Alcott
Time spent in the advertising business seems to create a permanent deformity like the Chinese habit of foot-binding.
– Dean Acheson
Christmas is over and Business is Business.
– Franklin P. Adams
If you break 100, watch your golf. If you break 80, watch your business.
– Joey Adams
There is nothing more requisite in business than despatch.
– Joseph Addison
Whatever I do, it's my business. It's not my job to parent America.
– Christina Aguilera
In some ways, with the security challenges this country has faced, we have had to put in rules and regulations for business to be able to sustain their growth and create jobs.
– Wayne Allard
I once loved this game. But after being traded four times, I realized that it's nothing but a business. I treat my horses better than the owners treat us. It's a shame they've destroyed my love for the game.
– Richie Allen
Sometimes the greatest gain in productive energy will come from cleaning the cobwebs, dealing with old business, and clearing the decks.
– David Allen
A man must be able to cut a knot, for everything cannot be untied; he must know how to disengage what is essential from the detail in which it is enwrapped, for everything cannot be equally considered; in a word, he must be able to simplify his duties, his business and his life.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
The incestuous relationship between government and big business thrives in the dark.
– Jack Anderson
And I'm not an actress. I don't think I am an actress. I think I've created a brand and a business.
– Pamela Anderson
Business, labor and civil society organizations have skills and resources that are vital in helping to build a more robust global community.
– Kofi Annan
Touring is really a pretty lonely business.
– Eddy Arnold
The nature of show business is people within the business feel that if someone else fails, they move up a notch.
– Tom Arnold
I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody's damned business.
– Chester A. Arthur
After being in the business for such a long time, I've done everything but rodeo and porno.
– Beatrice Arthur
It takes more than capital to swing business. You've got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by - Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics.
– Isaac Asimov
Business, you know, may bring you money, but friendship hardly ever does.
– Jane Austen
Just watching Jack Lemmon made me want to get into this business.
– Hank Azaria
Advertising is the principal reason why the business man has come to inherit the earth.
– James Randolph Adams
Business is the art of extracting money from another man's pocket without resorting to violence.
– Max Amsterdam
I wouldn't be in a legitimate business for all the money in the world.
– Gennaro Anguilo
In show business, you get chewed up and spit out.
– John Aniston
This is a business. Be smart. Choose wisely.
– John Aniston
I don't want to do business with those who don't make a profit, because they can't give the best service.
– Richard Bach
Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.
– Sir Francis Bacon
So long as war is the main business of nations, temporary despotism - despotism during the campaign - is indispensable.
– Walter Bagehot
I've been in show business for 50, no, 60 years. I was approached in school to join a variety act.
– Kenny Baker
I was well aware of the fact that once you appeared in Doctor Who as something else, you were ruled out for the part of the Doctor: that was a kind of well known thing in the business.
– Colin Baker
I went into show business because I love to work with people, and what I enjoy most about acting is rehearsing and getting to know people and their talents, forming relationships. Working in this business, barriers drop and you get into people real quickly.
– Scott Bakula
On the whole, show business is a hard business in which to be married.
– Scott Bakula
The biggest challenge for everybody to realize out there is that we're in a very complicated business world and that were all under one umbrella and it's very challenging for everybody to figure out where the priorities lie and where the loyalties lie.
– Scott Bakula
The great thing about show business is that there's no mandatory retirement age.
– Scott Bakula
I was a guy who grew up with no money and no special qualities. When you become successful in this business and you've got a lot of money, it's a very potent blend. You meet beautiful women, you've got a lot of time on your hands, people pay attention to you a lot more than you deserve - I acted out on that as much as most young guys do who come to that place.
– Alec Baldwin
To be in this business and have tremendous integrity and only make distinguished choices is very tough. Denzel Washington's career is an enormous luxury. Compare him to Wesley Snipes. Do you think that they set out for it to be that way? All actors set out for the same thing: to make both entertaining films and important films.
– Alec Baldwin
I like to tell people that all of our products and business will go through three phases. There's vision, patience, and execution.
– Steve Ballmer
The lifeblood of our business is that R&D spend. There's nothing that flows through a pipe or down a wire or anything else. We have to continuously create new innovation that lets people do something they didn't think they could do the day before.
– Steve Ballmer
No one has a greater asset for his business than a man's pride in his work.
– Hosea Ballou
Kids are great. That's one of the best things about our business, all the kids you get to meet. It's a shame they have to grow up to be regular people and come to the games and call you names.
– Charles Barkley
American business long ago gave up on demanding that prospective employees be honest and hardworking. It has even stopped hoping for employees who are educated enough that they can tell the difference between the men's room and the women's room without having little pictures on the doors.
– Dave Barry
Big business never pays a nickel in taxes, according to Ralph Nader, who represents a big consumer organization that never pays a nickel in taxes.
– Dave Barry
Camping is nature's way of promoting the motel business.
– Dave Barry
Christ would be a national advertiser today, I am sure, as He was a great advertiser in His own day. He thought of His life as business.
– Bruce Barton
Watteau is no less an artist for having painted a fascia board while Sainsbury's is no less effective a business for producing advertisements which entertain and educate instead of condescending and exploiting.
– Bruce Barton
In any assembly the simplest way to stop transacting business and split the ranks is to appeal to a principal.
– Jacques Barzun
All I wanted was to be big, to be in show business and to travel... and that's what I've been doing all my life.
– Count Basie
I decided that I would be one of the biggest new names; and I actually had some little fancy business cards printed up to announce it, 'Count Basie. Beware, the Count is Here.'
– Count Basie
Executives are like joggers. If you stop a jogger, he goes on running on the spot. If you drag an executive away from his business, he goes on running on the spot, pawing the ground, talking business. He never stops hurtling onwards, making decisions and executing them.
– Jean Baudrillard
It's wonderful to have the most important thing in the world there first thing in the morning. And especially in this business, where the opportunity to think everything is about you is there every day, now I really know that it isn't all about me.
– Kate Beckinsale
Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
– Henry Ward Beecher
In the publishing business you have to learn to greet failure with the same handshake as you would success.
– Eddie Bell
Happiness is like a cat, If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay not attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.
– William John Bennett
I know the history of the record business so well because I followed Billie Holiday into the record studios. It was so primitive compared to the sophisticated business today.
– Tony Bennett
I would like to see a vaudeville world of three-a-day. Five-a-day is too many. Managers who are trying to profit at that rate will gorge themselves right out of business. You can't put entertainment on a production line basis.
– Edgar Bergen
My friend Charlie McCarthy is, of course, much more of a celebrity than he was 13 years ago... They wanted to see McCarthy: striped pants, monocle, derby and Bergen's bald head. If that had happened in radio, the reaction would have been slow, diffused and debatable. I wouldn't learn anything from an audience sitting in a broadcasting studio in Hollywood, because those people all are in my business.
– Edgar Bergen
There's no business like show business.
– Irving Berlin
I walked out of the show business in 1968 because I thought that would be good for the family. It took me some time to decide but I wanted to spend more time with my wife and two daughters who were always beside me. I wanted to do everything I could for them.
– Pete Best
Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable.
– Aneurin Bevan
The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
– Ambrose Bierce
The opera always loses money. That's as it should be. Opera has no business making money.
– Rudolf Bing
A successful economic development strategy must focus on improving the skills of the area's workforce, reducing the cost of doing business and making available the resources business needs to compete and thrive in today's global economy.
– Rod Blagojevich
I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.
– William Blake
I think if you look at people, whether in business or government, who haven't had any moral compass, who've just changed to say whatever they thought the popular thing was, in the end they're losers.
– Michael Bloomberg
Thanks to my mother, not a single cardboard box has found its way back into society. We receive gifts in boxes from stores that went out of business twenty years ago.
– Erma Bombeck
War is the business of barbarians.
– Napoleon Bonaparte
Most executives, many scientists, and almost all business school graduates believe that if you analyze data, this will give you new ideas. Unfortunately, this belief is totally wrong. The mind can only see what it is prepared to see.
– Edward de Bono
If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
– Ray Bradbury
A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.
– Richard Branson
Business opportunities are like buses, there's always another one coming.
– Richard Branson
I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It's done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer.
– Richard Branson
You generally hear that what a man doesn't know doesn't hurt him, but in business what a man doesn't know does hurt.
– Gerald Brenan
The only reason this country is different from any place else is that once in a great while, this huge, snobbish, generally untalented news reporting business stops covering stories of interest only to itself and actually serves the public.
– Jimmy Breslin
One does not jump, and spring, and shout hurrah! at hearing one has got a fortune, one begins to consider responsibilities, and to ponder business; on a base of steady satisfaction rise certain grave cares, and we contain ourselves, and brood over our bliss with a solemn brow.
– Charlotte Bronte
I'd still like to see 'Survivor' minus the planned show-biz parts. That would be the purest form of show business - I want to see someone so hungry that they eat somebody else's foot.
– Albert Brooks
Some people have a tendency to get knocked down in this business and sulk and whine, and they just create a rod for their back, really. You have to have broad shoulders and get through it.
– Pierce Brosnan
In business or in life, don't follow the wagon tracks too closely.
– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
In day-to-day commerce, television is not so much interested in the business of communications as in the business of delivering audiences to advertisers. People are the merchandise, not the shows. The shows are merely the bait.
– Les Brown
We are in the business of gathering the news. We're not in the business of talking about the news.
– Aaron Brown
The world is still the world according to the New York Times business section. It's all about mergers, the Dow. But there's a movement coming. And capitalism is definitely shaky now. It's shaky because it's based on insatiable desires in a biologically limited world.
– Jerry Brown
White shall not neutralize the black, nor good compensate bad in man, absolve him so: life's business being just the terrible choice.
– Robert Browning
The reason I'm in this business, I assume all performers are - it's Look at me, Ma! It's acceptance, you know - Look at me, Ma, look at me, Ma, look at me, Ma. And if your mother watches, you'll show off till you're exhausted; but if your mother goes, Ptshew!
– Lenny Bruce
There's always a great deal of business to be transacted in one's office. There are always visitors it seems to me, an unending stream of them, who come with letters of recommendation, or come actually on substantive business.
– David Bruce
Yeah, computers are going to take over the programming business because they have become so fast recently that they can solve the Halting Problem in five seconds flat.
– Craig Bruce
If a business does well, the stock eventually follows.
– Warren Buffett
The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.
– Warren Buffett
When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.
– Warren Buffett
Your premium brand had better be delivering something special, or it's not going to get the business.
– Warren Buffett
It is indeed an odd business that it has taken this Court nearly two centuries to discover a constitutional mandate to have counsel at a preliminary hearing.
– Warren E. Burger
I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business.
– Edmund Burke
Taxing is an easy business. Any projector can contrive new compositions, any bungler can add to the old.
– Edmund Burke
Advertising is the ability to sense, interpret... to put the very heart throbs of a business into type, paper and ink.
– Leo Burnett
Creative ideas flourish best in a shop which preserves some spirit of fun. Nobody is in business for fun, but that does not mean there cannot be fun in business.
– Leo Burnett
If you can't turn yourself into your customer, you probably shouldn't be in the ad writing business at all.
– Leo Burnett
The sole purpose of business is service. The sole purpose of advertising is explaining the service which business renders.
– Leo Burnett
What helps people, helps business.
– Leo Burnett
Most of the trouble in this world has been caused by folks who can't mind their own business, because they have no business of their own to mind, any more than a smallpox virus has.
– William S. Burroughs
All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
– Samuel Butler
If we must have a tyrant, let him at least be a gentleman who has been bred to the business, and let us fall by the axe and not by the butcher's cleaver.
– Lord Byron