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The Best Quotes About Business

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A list of the best business quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous business quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic business quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about business?" and "What are inspirational business quotes?"

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    Treat employees like partners, and they act like partners. Fred Allen

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    Nobody ever lost money taking a profit. Bernard Baruch

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    Don't try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top. This can't be done, except by liars. Bernard Baruch

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    For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation. Charles Baudelaire

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    Blessed is he who talks in circles, for he shall become a big wheel. Frank Dane

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    The happiest time in a man's life is when he is in the red hot pursuit of a dollar with a reasonable prospect of overtaking it. Josh Billings

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    Commerce is so far from being beneficial to arts, or to empire, that it is destructive of both, as all their history shows, for the above reason of individual merit being its great hatred. Empires flourish till they become commercial, and then they are scattered abroad to the four winds. William Blake

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    There is nothing more requisite in business than dispatch. Joseph Addison

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    Such is the brutalization of commercial ethics in this country that no one can feel anything more delicate than the velvet touch of a soft buck. Raymond Chandler

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    Don't steal; thou it never thus compete successfully in business. Cheat. Ambrose Bierce

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    Corporation. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility. Ambrose Bierce

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    Formerly when great fortunes were only made in war, war was business; but now when great fortunes are only made by business: Business is war! Christian Nevell Bovee

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    Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity. Charles Dickens

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    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

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    The right merchant is one who has the just average of faculties we call common sense; a man of a strong affinity for facts, who makes up his decision on what he has seen. He is thoroughly persuaded of the truths of arithmetic. There is always a reason, in the man, for his good or bad fortune in making money. Men talk as if there were some magic about this. He knows that all goes on the old road, pound for pound, cent for cent -- for every effect a perfect cause -- and that good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets. Henry Ford

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    The most sensible people to be met with in society are men of business and of the world, who argue from what they see and know, instead of spinning cobweb distinctions of what things ought to be. William Hazlitt

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    You can close more business in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you. Dale Carnegie

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    It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere. Edmund Burke

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    It's far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price. Warren Buffett

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    If a business does well, the stock eventually follows. Warren Buffett

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    The purpose of a business is to create a customer. Peter Drucker

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    I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night. Henry Ford

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    It is not the employer who pays wages -- he only handles the money. It is the product who pays the wages. Henry Ford

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    A client is to me a mere unit, a factor in a problem. Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Utility is our national shibboleth: the savior of the American businessman is fact and his uterine half-brother, statistics. Edward Dahlberg

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    Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon. Winston Churchill

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    The business of the country is business. Calvin Coolidge

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    Business has only two functions -- marketing and innovation. Peter Drucker

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    People want economy and they'll pay almost any price to get it. Lee Iacocca

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    No man tastes pleasures truly, who does not earn them by previous business; and few people do business well, who do nothing else.

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    A generation which has passed through the shop has absorbed standards and ambitions which are not of those of spaciousness, and cannot get away from them. Everything with them is done as though for sale, and they naturally have in view the greatest possible benefit, profit and that end of the stuff that will make the best show. Alexander Herzen

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    In business, words are words; explanations are explanations, promises are promises, but only performance is reality. Harold Geneen

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

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    Don't forget until too late that the business of life is not business, but living. B. C. Forbes

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    If you don't drive your business you will be driven out of business. B. C. Forbes

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    Every man is a consumer and ought to be a producer. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    When two friends have a common bank account, one sings and the other weeps.

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    Cut your losses and let your profits run.

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    Don't open a shop unless you like to smile.

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    Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. Robert Louis Stevenson

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    People will go right on preferring to do business with friends.

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    If you can't pay for a thing, don't buy it. If you can't get paid for it, don't sell it. Do this, and you will have calm and drowsy nights, with all of the good business you have now and none of the bad. If you have time, don't wait for time. Benjamin Franklin

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    It doesn't matter to me if a man is from Harvard or Sing Sing. We hire the man, not his history. Henry Ford

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    Drive your business, let not you're business drive you. Benjamin Franklin

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    You can't run a business or anything else on a theory. Harold Geneen

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    The worst disease which can afflict executives in their work is not, as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it's egotism. Harold Geneen

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    So much for industry, my friends, and attention to one's own business; but to these we must add frugality if we would make our industry more certainly successful. A man may, if he knows not how to save as he gets, keep his nose all his life to the grindstone, and die not worth a grout at last. Benjamin Franklin

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    It's better to take over and build upon an existing business than to start a new one. Harold Geneen

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