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Business Quotes and Wisdoms


For many years our business slogan, a saying of Henry Ford, has been prominent on our homepage:

"Quality means: doing it right when no one is looking"

It continues to be our guiding principle. But we want to share with you some other business wisdoms for reflexion and fun:

Quality: there is hardly anything in the world that some men cannot make a little worse, and sell a little cheaper; and the people who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey. It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much you lose a little money, that is all. When you pay too little you sometime lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing you bought it to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it’s as well to add something for the risk you take. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better.
- John Ruskin’s (1829-1900)

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
- Antoine de Saint Exupery

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream"
- Mark Twain

"A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all, he's walking on them."
- Leonard Louis Levinson

"Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were"
- David Rockefeller

"The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names"
- Chinese proverb

"If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing"
"Si 50 millions de personnes disent une bêtise, c'est quand même une bêtise"
- Anatole France

"Honesty is the best policy, when there is money in it"
- Mark Twain

" We have nothing to fear but fear itself"
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Don't confuse wealth and success with happiness"
- Anonimo

"It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed."
- Kin Hubbard

"Talk of nothing but business, and dispatch that business quickly"
- Aldus Manutius

"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

"Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read"
- Mark Twain

"Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own"
- Chinese proverb

" The secret to success in life is to make your vocation your vacation"
- Mark Twain

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something"
- Plato

"Golf is a good walk spoiled"
- Mark Twain

"Humor is mankind's greatest blessing"
- Mark Twain

"Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others"
- Groucho Marx

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