OSCAR WILDE QUOTATIONS
CARL WILLIAM BROWN
“Believe that things
will work out… follow your intuition and curiosity… trust your heart
even when it leads you off the well-worn path… You have to trust
that the dots will somehow connect in your future… The only way to
do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet,
keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll
know when you find it… Have the courage to follow your heart and
intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.”
“What I know for sure is that if you want to have success, you can’t
make success your goal. The key is not to worry about being
successful, but to instead work toward being significant – and the
success will naturally follow… If you do work that you love, and
work that fulfills you, the rest will come. And, I truly believe,
that the reason I’ve been able to be so financially successful is
because my focus has never, ever for one minute been money. Would
you do your job and not be paid for it? I would do this job, and
take on a second job just to make ends meet if nobody paid me.
That’s how you know you are doing the right thing.”
“A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new
action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided… The most
important thing you can do to achieve your goals is to make sure
that as soon as you set them, you immediately begin to create
momentum. The most important rules that I ever adopted to help me in
achieving my goals were those I learned from a very successful man
who taught me to first write down the goal, and then to never leave
the site of setting a goal without first taking some form of
positive action toward its attainment.”
A budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from
A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you
cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes
until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal
A group or an artist shouldn't get his money until his boss gets his.
About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.
All lasting business is built on friendship.
Alfred A. Montapert
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design,
manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
An advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent
An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he
predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
Laurence J. Peter
An economist's guess is liable to be as good as anybody else's.
And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the
individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival
of the fittest in every department.
Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the
propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the
tendency to miss lunch.
As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the
John Greenleaf Whittier
Ask five economists and you'll get five different answers - six if
one went to Harvard.
Edgar R. Fiedler
Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other
Business is a combination of war and sport.
Business is in itself a power.
Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a
certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.
Business, more than any other occupation, is a continual dealing
with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive
exercise in foresight.
Henry R. Luce
Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money.
Cannibals prefer those who have no spines.
Carpe per diem - seize the check.
Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without
Definition of a Statistician: A man who believes figures don't lie,
but admits than under analysis some of them won't stand up either.
Definition of Statistics: The science of producing unreliable facts
from reliable figures.
Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with
the idea of making money.
Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who
achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives
and careers merely following? The extra mile.
Gary Ryan Blair
Do not trust people. They are capable of greatness.
Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your
position gets shot down, your ego doesn't go with it.
Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any
good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or
executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the
action of the cells of the economic body - the producers and
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
Employees make the best dates. You don't have to pick them up and
they're always tax-deductible.
Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest
people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work.
Every few seconds it changes - up an eighth, down an eighth -it's
like playing a slot machine. I lose $20 million, I gain $20 million.
If you take care of your character, your reputation will take care
Once you decide to work for yourself, you never go back to work for
Don’t try to blame the rest of the world. The blame only lies with
you. Recognize that immediately.
Love what you do and do what you love, otherwise you will become
unhappy and self-defeating.
If you enjoy what you do, don’t be afraid of expressing your
enthusiasm. Enjoyment is infectious and you will bring others along
Start small and with your own money.
One's mind has a way
of making itself up in the background, and it suddenly becomes clear
what one means to do.
A. C. Benson
Only a monopolist could study a business and ruin it by giving away
Our business is infested with idiots who try to impress by using
Our favorite holding period is forever.
Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
People will buy anything that is 'one to a customer.'
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
Profit in business comes from repeat customers, customers that boast
about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.
W. Edwards Deming
Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist
on it in your subordinates.
Real riches are the riches possessed inside.
B. C. Forbes
Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.
Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build
Frank Lloyd Wright
Remind people that profit is the difference between revenue and
expense. This makes you look smart.
So little done, so much to do.
Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit
them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.
Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.
Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude
even than by mental capacities.
The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return.
It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.
Arthur C. Clarke
The buck stops with the guy who signs the checks.
The consumer isn't a moron; she is your wife.
The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing by
somebody else's rules, while quietly playing by your own.
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men
the conviction and the will to carry on.
All my life people
have said that I wasn’t going to make it… You can never quit.
Winners never quit, and quitters never win.
Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave
me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re
different, you will stand out.
For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and
consistent. Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first
thing you must do is to raise your standards… If you don’t set a
baseline standard for what you’ll accept in life, you’ll find it’s
easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life
that’s far below what you deserve… Whatever happens, take
responsibility… The only thing that’s keeping you from getting what
you want is the story you keep telling yourself.
Find something that you love. Something that gets you so excited you
can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning. Forget about money. Be
I was relentless, even in the face of total lack of encouragement,
because much more often than you’d think, sheer persistence is the
difference between success and failure.
Whatever you do, don’t ever use a crutch, and don’t ever think of
having an excuse for not having said, ‘Yeah, I did my best.
One quality of entrepreneurship is just persistence, not giving up
because you have road blocks and also not giving in because other
people tell you that you’re nuts. You are nuts and you should be
proud of it. Stick with what you believe in.
I learned more from
the one restaurant that didn’t work than from all the ones that were
Only you can judge your life. You have to live up to your own
Failure doesn't mean
you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet.
Robert H. Schuller
Family farms and small businesses are the backbone of our
Government in the U.S. today is a senior partner in every business
in the country.
Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow
of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task
that demanded our best.
Theodore Isaac Rubin
Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something.
Thomas A. Edison
High achievement always takes place in the framework of high
I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if
anything, I am the prod.
I buy when other people are selling.
J. Paul Getty
I don't think meals have any business being deductible. I'm for
separation of calories and corporations.
I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather
cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.
I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for - getting
paid for doing what you love.
I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill.
I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to
poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant
Henry David Thoreau
I want to put a ding in the universe.
I was told to avoid the business all together because of the
rejection. People would say to me, 'Don't you want to have a normal
job and a normal family?' I guess that would be good advice for some
but I wanted to act.
I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think
about money. Beautiful things make money.
OSCAR WILDE QUOTATIONS
CARL WILLIAM BROWN