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In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins:  cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later. ~Harold Geneen

CORPORATION, n.  An ingenious device for securing individual profit without individual responsibility. ~Ambrose Bierce

Hire character. Train skill. ~Peter Schutz

I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself, than this incessant business. ~Henry David Thoreau

[M]y mother was a shy, frightened soul like myself; she did not realize that a successful career consists in impressing oneself upon people. A much larger percentage of men would succeed in business if they realized this truth as boys. The preliminary training in personal contact ought to take precedence over algebraic equations. ~Edward Mott Woolley, "Adventures in Business: The Merchant Who Needed a Press Agent," in The Saturday Evening Post, 1912 September 21st  #networking

Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in man. ~Author unknown

There are so many men who can figure costs, and so few who can measure values. ~Author unknown

Industry is the parent of fortune. ~German proverb

Blessed are the Price-Makers, for they shall inherit the earth. ~Gideon Wurdz (Charles Wayland Towne), "Standard Oil Maxims," Foolish Finance, 1905

"What makes a Merchant, Man of Trade?"
"Not Selling Wares, but Getting Paid!"
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Merchants," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

In the fable the wolf called the ox a robber. In the modern version they get together and form a trust. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Our marketing strategy is driven by the customer experience, not by "growth hawking." We believe companies should be about fewer games, fewer hoops, and more value. We feel like open content speaks to that. ~Gregory Ciotti, "Why We're Opting Out of Opt-in Resources,"

No matter what your business may be, if you are an employer, you will find that no investment you can make will pay you so well as the effort to scatter heart sunshine through your establishment... Many business men are beginning to discover that it pays not only to make employees comfortable but happy... Men can produce more; they are more efficient, they do their best work when happiest. Our mental attitude has everything to do with our productiveness. ~Orison Swett Marden, The Joys of Living, 1913

The trouble with a lot of merchants lies in their wild yearning to steal somebody's copyright. ~Edward Mott Woolley, "Adventures in Business: The Merchant Who Needed a Press Agent," in The Saturday Evening Post, 1912 September 21st

If the ancient person who had too many irons in the fire lived to-day he would probably organize them into a steel trust. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

When persons, having business with you, offer to feast you, beware of them. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882  [Vendor lunches‽ lol —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

[A]nd now I saw, though too late, the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost, and before we judge rightly of our own strength to go through with it. ~Daniel Defoe, The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner, 1719

Don't say it, write it. You can't file a conversation. ~Business saying, quoted in Industrial Productivity, Industrial Relations Research Association, 1951

Christmas cards prove that if there is much sentiment in business, there is even more business in sentiment. ~20,000 Quips & Quotes by Evan Esar, 1968

Big business don't go broke any more. The minute it looks bad for them, they combine with something else and issue more stock. ~Will Rogers (1879–1935)

We are living in an age of "Mergers" and "Combines." When your business is not doing good you combine with something and sell more stock. ~Will Rogers, 1930

Customers overwhelmingly show appreciation for great service with their wallets., "75 Customer Service Facts, Quotes & Statistics: How Your Business Can Deliver With the Best of the Best"

I don't spend more than 20 minutes a day in my office. I'm out in the plant. The people need to know why they are doing the things they do. And I need to know if they've got a better way to do it. ~Karsten Solheim, 1991  [engineer, inventor, golf club designer, and founder of PING —tg]

A real merger is only for two souls with but a single thought. Corporations have no souls. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1904, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Every corporation has a complaint process that begins with someone telling you that you are the first person to ever complain about this. ~Robert Brault,

Work as if you own the company and soon you just might. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife, tweet

If Columbus had an advisory committee he'd probably still be at the dock. ~Arthur J. Goldberg (1908–1990)

It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods. ~H. L. Mencken

A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour. ~Elbert Hubbard, 1909

To take something from a person and keep it for oneself: that is robbery. To take something from one person and then turn it over to another in exchange for as much money as you can get: that is business. Robbery is so much more stupid, since it is satisfied with a single, frequently dangerous profit; whereas in business it can be doubled without danger. ~Octave Mirbeau, Torture Garden

Any business with customers is in the "people" business., "75 Customer Service Facts, Quotes & Statistics: How Your Business Can Deliver With the Best of the Best"

A consultant is a man sent in after the battle to bayonet the wounded. ~Author unknown

Pick out industries that don't have celebrities — then become the first one. Big ponds are overrated. Scott Ginsberg,

Advice to big business: Don't buy the patent; hire the guy who got it. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

The trouble with not being into social networking is that people think you're anti-social when you're only anti-networking. ~Robert Brault,

The results of quality work last longer than the shock of high prices. ~Author unknown

When developing and designing products that invite people to use them, just do it right from the start and put your heart into it. It's harder and it takes longer, but everyone wins in the end. ~Michael D. Harris

A verbal agreement is not worth the paper it's written on. ~Bryan O'Loghlen  [Nabbed this one from the great QI. Thanks, Mr O'Toole. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

COMMERCE, n..  A kind of transaction in which A plunders from B the goods of C, and for compensation B picks the pocket of D of money belonging to E. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's World Book, 1906

PIRACY, n.  Commerce without its folly-swaddles, just as God made it. ~Ambrose Bierce

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