|Giovanni Agnelli (1866-1945)
|William Maxwell Aitken (1879-1964)|
"Buy old masters. They fetch a better price than old mistresses."
|Karl Albrecht (1922-)
"Customer needs have an unsettling way of not staying satisfied for very long."
|Dhirubhai Ambani (1932-2002)
"Think big, think fast."
|Marc Andreessen (1971-)
"One of the problems big companies tend to have with innovation is not that they don't have ideas. It's just they're so big that the next innovative idea -- if it's not equally huge -- isn't going to move the needle on their financials."
|Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891)
"Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now."
|Jeffrey Bezos (1964-)
"I knew that if I failed I wouldn't regret that, but I knew one thing I might regret was not trying."
|William Boeing (1881-1956)
"I think we can build a better plane."
|Ahnentafel von Robert Bosch (1861-1942)
"I would rather lose money than trust."
|Emilio Botin (1934-)
|Richard Branson (1950-)
" A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts."
|Warren Buffett (1930-)
"It's only when the tide goes out that you learn who's been swimming naked."
"Warren Buffet Speaks", Janet Lowe, John Whiley & Sons, Inc.,
1977, page 108
|Leo Burnett (1891-1971)
"Advertising says to people, 'Here's what we've got. Here's what it will do for you. Here's how to get it."
|Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)
"Here is the prime condition of success: Concentrate your energy, thought and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged. Having begun on one line, resolve to fight it out on that line, to lead in it, adopt every improvement, have the best machinery, and know the most about it."
|Willis Haviland Carrier (1876-1950)
"We will not do less research and development work...We will not discharge the people we have trained...We will all work for nothing if we have to."
|Walter Percy Chrysler (1875-1940)
"The real secret to success is enthusiasm."
|Liz Claiborne (1929-)
|James H. Clark (1944-)
"[a CEO must be] A leader...good manager. Someone who is trusted by others...who is stable and organizationally minded...with experience...who is financially practical...who is comprehensive in scope because CEOs have to be able to understand how all the pieces fit together...who inspires the employees within the organization. But CEOs aren't the only thing that matters. You need a great CFO too. "
|Michael Dell (1965-)
"It's through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we've always mapped our path at Dell. There's always an opportunity to make a difference."
|Walter Elias Disney (1901-1966)
"Laughter is America's most important export."
|James Buchanan Duke (1856-1925)
|George Eastman (1854-1932)
"The letter K has been a favorite with me - it seems a strong, incisive sort of letter. It became a question of trying out a great number of combinations of letters that made words starting and ending with 'K'. The word 'Kodak' is the result."
|Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
|Michael D. Eisner (1942-)
"You can't succeed unless you've got failure, at least creatively."
|Lawrence J. Ellison (1944-)
"I do not give fashionable answers to questions."
|Enzo Ferrari (1898-1988)
"Aerodynamics is for people who don't know how to build engines."
|Henry Ford (1863-1947)
"When all you want is a good set of hands, unfortunately a person is attached."
|Bill Gates (1955-)
"Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning."
|Harold Geneen (1910-1997)
"I want no surprises. The highest art of professional management requires the literal ability to smell a real fact from all others."
"Movers & Shakers," Bloomberg Publishing, 2003 ,page 191
|Louis Gerstner (1942-)
"Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding."
|Jean Paul Getty (1892-1976)
"I would rather earn 1% off a 100 people's efforts than 100% of my own efforts."
|King Camp Gillette (1855-1932)
|Roberto Goizueta (1931-1997)
"The moment avoiding failure becomes your motivation, you're down the path of inactivity. You stumble only if you're moving."
|Katharine Graham (1917-2001)
"To love what you do and feel that it matters ó how could anything be more fun?"
|Andrew S. Grove (1936-)
"If the world operates as one big market, every employee will compete with every person anywhere in the world who is capable of doing the same job. There are lots of them and many of them are hungry."
|William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951)
"A politician will do anything to keep his job, even become a patriot."
|Milton Snavely Hershey (1857-1945)
"Give them quality. That's the best kind of advertising."
|Fritz Hoffman ()
|Soichiro Honda (1909-1992)
"If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don't particularly like."
|Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. (1905-1975)
"I'm not a paranoid derranged millionaire. Goddamit, I'm a billionaire."
|Lee Iacocca (1924-)
"People want economy and they will pay any price to get it."
|Steve Jobs (1955-)
"You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new."
|Chung Ju-Yung (1955-)
|Phil Knight (1938-)
"Perceptions are important, but they make a poor substitute for insight."
|Ray Kroc (1902-1984)
"If you work just for money, you'll never make it, but if you love what you're doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours."
|Edwin Land (1909-1991)
"Politeness is the poison of collaboration."
|Estee Lauder (1908-2004)
"Look for a sweet person. Forget rich."
|Ralph Lauren (1939-)
"I don't design clothes, I design dreams."
|Henry Robinson Luce (1898-1967)
"Show me a man who claims he is objective and I'll show you a man with illusions."
|J. Willard Marriott (1900-1985)
"Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees."
|Konosuke Matsushita (1894-1989)
"A person who can create ideas worthy of note is a person who has learned much from others."
|Louis B. Mayer (1885-1957)
"Be smart, but never show it."
|Cyrus Hall McCormick (1809-1884)
"I am proud," said McCormick's father, "to have a son who can do what I failed to do."
|Scott McNealy (1954-)
"Only a monopolist could study a business and ruin it by giving away products."
|Charles Merrill (1885-1956)
"Investigate, then invest."
|J. P. Morgan (1837-1913)
"When you expect things to happen - strangely enough - they do happen."
|Reinhard Mohn ()
"...degrees and academic merit are of secondary importance - the important thing is that their projects have made a discernible contribution to society."
|Akio Morita (1921-1999)
"Curiosity is the key to creativity"
|Rupert Murdock (1931-)
"I think a newspaper should be provocative, stir íem up, but you canít do that on television. Itís just not on."
|David Ogilvy (1911-1999)
"Never write an advertisement which you wouldn't want your family to read. You wouldn't tell lies to your own wife. Don't tell them to mine."
|Jorma Jaakko Ollila (1950-)
"As the market moves further into a new phase of advanced features and services, we see Nokia at the forefront in terms of brand, product offering and operational excellence."
|Pierre Omidyar (1967-)
"To truly prepare for the unexpected, you've got to position yourself to keep a couple of options open - so when the door of opportunity opens, you're close enough to squeeze through."
|Ernest Oppenheimer (1880-1957)
|David Packard (1912-1996)
"Hewlett-Packard's stated values...serve as criteria for daily decision-making and advancement...values based management lifts everyone above trivial concerns to focus on those that are truly important."
|John H. Patterson (1844-1922)
"An executive is a person who always decides; sometimes he decides correctly, but he always decides."
|Armand Peugeot (1849-1915)
|Franz Josef Popp ()
|Arthur Rock (1926-)
"I wrote the business plan. And it was a page and a half, and I had raised all the money before I even sent the plan out. People knew, knew me and knew Noyce and Moore and they were anxious to, to invest."
|John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937)
"A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship."
|Anita Roddick (1942-)
"Business is not financial science, it's about trading.. buying and selling. It's about creating a product or service so good that people will pay for it."
|Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932)
"Do not be fooled into believing that because a man is rich he is necessarily smart. There is ample proof to the contrary."
|Sir Robert Sainsbury (1907-2000)
"[the charge an art object can give off is] not unlike a sexual experience."
|David Sarnoff (1891-1970)
"Nobody can be successful unless he loves his work."
|Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. (1875-1966)
"If you do it right 51 percent of the time you will end up a hero."
|Martha Stewart (1941-)
"I'm always on the lookout for those good simple solutions to everyday problems."
|Levi Strauss (1829-1902)
|Eiji Toyoda (1913-)
"Toyota has always believed our purpose is to serve the world through manufacturing."
|Robert Edward Turner, III (1938-)
"If I only had a little humility, I'd be perfect."
|Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877)
"You have undertaken to cheat me. I won't sue you, for the law is too slow. I'll ruin you."
|Sam Walton (1918-1992)
"The key to success is to get out into the store and listen to what the associates have to say. Its terribly important to get everyone involved. Our best ideas come from clerks and stockboys."
|Paul Warburg (1868-1932)
"We will have a world government whether you like it or not. The only question is whether that government will be achieved by conquest or consent."
|Thomas J. Watson, Jr. (1974-1956)
"A manager is an assistant to his men."
|Jack Welch (1935-)
"Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act."
|Frederick Weyerhaeuser (1834-1914)
|Oprah Winfrey (1954-)
"It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to Triumph, begins with you. Always."
|Robert Winship Woodruff (1889-1985)
|Frank Winfield Woolworth (1852-1919)