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Business today consists in persuading crowds.

A man's success in business today turns upon his power of getting people to believe he has something that they want.
In business for yourself, not by yourself.
In business, the competition will bite you if you keep running, if you stand still, they will swallow you.
You can hype a questionable product for a little while, but you'll never build an enduring business.
Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.
When you are skinning your customers you should leave some skin on to grow again so that you can skin them again.
The selfish spirit of commerce, which knows no country, and feels no passion or principle but that of gain.
Doing well is the result of doing good. That's what capitalism is all about.
If a fellow wants to be a nobody in the business world, let him neglect sending the mail man to somebody on his behalf.
People want economy and they'll pay almost any price to get it.
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.
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.
As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth.
It is surprising, in the welter of questions that one gets at (AGMs), how few actually relate to the performance of the company, or the decisions taken by the board in particular areas.
Show me the business man or institution not guided by sentiment and service; by the idea that he profits most who serves best and I will show you a man or an outfit that is dead or dying.
The morality of compromise' sounds contradictory. Compromise is usually a sign of weakness, or an admission of defeat. Strong men don't compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised. I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle.
Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.
The more business one has, the more you are able to accomplish, for you learn to economize your time.
Honor sinks where commerce long prevails.
Unequal combinations are always disadvantageous to the weaker side.
Few great men could pass personal.
I buy when other people are selling.
I think it is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises -- but only performance is reality.
It is much more difficult to measure non-performance than performance. Performance stands out like a ton of diamonds. Non-performance can almost always be explained away.
It's better to take over and build upon an existing business than to start a new one.
You can't run a business or anything else on a theory.
The worst disease which can afflict executives in their work is not, as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it's egotism.
Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.
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.
The question is, then, do we try to make things easy on ourselves or do we try to make things easy on our customers, whoever they may be?
Women do not win formula one races, because they simply are not strong enough to resist the G-forces. In the boardroom, it is different. I believe women are better able to marshal their thoughts than men and because they are less egotistical they make fewer assumptions.
It doesn't matter to me if a man is from Harvard or Sing Sing. We hire the man, not his history.
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.
It is not the employer who pays wages -- he only handles the money. It is the product who pays the wages.
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.
Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.
Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he's hired to do.
A man with a surplus can control circumstances, but a man without a surplus is controlled by them, and often has no opportunity to exercise judgment.
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.

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