An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, "Make me feel important." Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


There are two things people want more than sex and money...recognition and praise.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


To praise is an investment in happiness.


George M. Adams (1878-1962, American author)


Advertising is the principal reason why the business person has come to inherit the earth.


James R. Adams (American business executive (Texas Instruments))


There is nothing more requisite in business than dispatch.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


Losing doesn't eat at me the way it used to. I just get ready for the next play, the next game, the next season.


Troy Aikman (1966-, American football player)


No one knows what to say in the loser's locker room.


Muhammad Ali (1942-, American boxer)


An advertising agency is 85 percent confusion and 15 percent commission.


Fred A. Allen (1894-1957, American radio comic)


Treat employees like partners, and they act like partners.


Fred A. Allen (1894-1957, American radio comic)


Knute Rockne liked a bad loser. He said good losers lose too often.


George E. Allen (1832-1907, British publisher, author)


Admiration; is our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


I don't want to do business with those who don't make a profit, because they can't give the best service.


Lee Bristol


It is pretty obvious that the debasement of the human mind caused by a constant flow of fraudulent advertising is no trivial thing. There is more than one way to conquer a country.


Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)


There's nothing so rewarding as to make people realize they are worthwhile in this world.


Bob Anderson (1947-, American dart game champion)


I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.


Archibishop of Canterbury (The Archbishop of Canterbury takes the lead in respect of Anglican relationships with other Christian churches in the United Kingdom and abroad.)


Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


Anybody can cut prices, but it takes brains to produce a better article.


Philip Danforth Armour (1832–1901, American meatpacker)


All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


Precisely because we do not communicate by singing, a song can be out of place but not out of character; it is just as credible that a stupid person should sing beautifully as that a clever person should do so.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


Above all, we wish to avoid having a dissatisfied customer. We consider our customers a part of our organization, and we want them to feel free to make any criticism they see fit in regard to our merchandise or service. Sell practical, tested merchandise at reasonable profit, treat your customers like human beings -- and they will always come back.


L.L. Bean (1872-1967, American businessman, founder of L.L Bean's)


No sale is really complete until the product is worn out, and the customer is satisfied.


L.L. Bean (1872-1967, American businessman, founder of L.L Bean's)


It is the best of all trades, to make songs, and the second best to sing them.


Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953, British author)


It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.


Joan Baez (1941-, American singer, songwriter)


A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive. Having been alive, it won't be so hard in the end to lie down and rest.


Pearl Bailey (1918-1990, American vocalist, movie and stage actress)


I thought it was a wonderfully conceptual act actually, to fire a replica pistol at a figurehead -- the guy could have been working for Andy Warhol!


J. G. Ballard (1930-, British author)


The act of divine worship is the inestimable privilege of man, the only created being who bows in humility and adoration.


Hosea Ballou (1771-1852, American theologian, founder of "Universalism")


Frankly, I don't want to see a rapid upturn.  I want it to hold until some of these idiotic competitors go bust.


Joe Bamford (American business executive)


The praise that comes from love does not make us vain, but more humble.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


Advertising is the very essence of democracy.


Bruce Barton (1886-1967, American author, advertising expert)


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


Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965, American financier)


Nobody ever lost money taking a profit.


Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965, American financier)


Forty for you, sixty for me And equal partners we will be.


Gerald Barzan


I work in a strange business, and trust is a word that's not even in the vocabulary.


Kim Basinger (1953-, American actress)


For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.


Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867, French poet)


True Civilization does not lie in gas, nor in steam, nor in turn-tables. It lies in the reduction of the traces of original sin.


Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867, French poet)


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 (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


Watteau is no less an artist for having painted a fascia board while Sainsbury's is no less effective a business for producing advertisements which entertain and educate instead of condescending and exploiting.


Stephen Bayley (1951-, British design critic)


Business is more exciting than any game.


Lord Beaverbrook (British minister)


Do not be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


The meanest, most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man, and then qualifies it with a "But".


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money.


Geoffrey Beene (1924-2004, American fashion designer)


Telling lies does not work in advertising.


Tim Bell (British publicity expert)


A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.


Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982, Swedish-born American screen, stage actress)


Who are you to condemn another's sin? He who condemns sin becomes part of it, espouses it.


Georges Bernanos (1888-1948, French novelist, political writer)


If your advertising goes unnoticed, everything else is academic!


William Bernbach (1911-1982, American advertising executive)


In advertising, not to be different is virtual suicide.


William Bernbach (1911-1982, American advertising executive)


Praise does wonders for the sense of hearing.


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


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


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


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


Eulogy. Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


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 (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


We are to give in sincerity, not to make a show of our good deeds. Sincerity of purpose, real kindness of heart, is the motive that heaven values.


Maxine Biome


The art of losing isn't hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster.


Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979, American poet)


I believe Mrs. Thatcher's emphasis on enterprise was right.


Tony Blair (1953-, British Prime Minister)


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 (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


As a manager the important thing is not what happens when you are there, but what happens when you are not there.


Ken Blanchard (American business lecturer, author)

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Feedback is the breakfast of champions.


Ken Blanchard (American business lecturer, author)

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Attach yourself to those who advise you rather than praise you.


Nicholas Boileau (1636-1711, French literary poet, critic)


Praising an honest person who doesn't deserve it, always wounds them.


Nicholas Boileau (1636-1711, French literary poet, critic)


Get me inside any boardroom and I'll get any decision I want.


Alan Bond (Australian entrepreneur)


We read advertisements to discover and enlarge our desires. We are always ready -- even eager -- to discover, from the announcement of a new product, what we have all along wanted without really knowing it.


Daniel J. Boorstin (1914-2004, American historian)


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!


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


It is the passion that is in a kiss that gives to it its sweetness; it is the affection in a kiss that sanctifies it.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


The taste of defeat has a richness of experience all its own.


Bill Bradley (1943-, American basketball player)


If you can run one business well, you can run any business well.


Richard Branson (American businessman, chairman of the Virgin Group)


What a miserable thing life is: you're living in clover, only the clover isn't good enough.


Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956, German dramatist, poet)


I wish my deadly foe, no worse than want of friends, and empty purse.


Nicholas Breton (1545-1626, British author, poet)


To say, "well done" to any bit of good work is to take hold of the powers which have made the effort and strengthen them beyond our knowledge.


Phillips Brooks (1835-1893, American minister, poet)


The business that considers itself immune to the necessity for advertising sooner or later finds itself immune to business.


Derby Brown


Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved.


Guy Browning (British humorist)


It is best to be yourself, imperial, plain and true.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


It is best to be yourself, imperial, plain and true.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, lest you should think he never could recapture the first fine careless rapture!


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


I'm not much of a golfer, I don't have any friends and, all I like to do is go home and be alone, and not worry about ways not to lose.


Bear Bryant (1913-1983, American football coach)


There's not much you cannot do if you'll give the credit to others.


Teeter M. Buchanan


Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


If a business does well, the stock eventually follows.


Warren Buffett (1930-, American investment entrepreneur)


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


Warren Buffett (1930-, American investment entrepreneur)


How little praise warms out of a man the good that is in him, as the sneer of contempt which he feels is unjust chill the ardor to excel.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


One leak will sink a ship: and one sin will destroy a sinner.


John Bunyan (1628-1688, British author)


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


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


If you are writing about baloney, don't try and make it Cornish hen, because that's the worst kind of baloney there is. Just make it darn good baloney.


Leo Burnett (1891-1971, American marketing expert)


I've learned any fool can write a bad ad, but it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one.


Leo Burnett (1891-1971, American marketing expert)


Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read.


Leo Burnett (1891-1971, American marketing expert)


What helps people, helps business.


Leo Burnett (1891-1971, American marketing expert)


Conducting your business in a socially responsible way is good business. It means that you can attract better employees and that customers will know what you stand for and like you for it.


Anthony M. Burns (American businessman, CEO of Ryder Systems)


One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


SIN: Self-Inflicted Nonsense


Eric Butterworth


Sincerity may be humble, but she cannot be servile.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


By recognizing a favorable opinion of yourself and taking pleasure in it, you in a measure give yourself and your peace of mind into the keeping of another, of whose attitude you can never be certain. You have a new source of doubt and apprehension.


Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929, American sociologist)


Assassination has never changed the history of the world.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.


Norman Douglas (1868-1952, British author)


If there is sin against life, it consists… in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Let every man mind his own business.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


One should use praise to recognize what one is not.


Elias Canetti (1905-1994, Austrian novelist, philosopher)


You don't want to get the same kind of advice from everyone on your board.


Ruben Cardenas (1934-, American lawyer, business executive)


Only as long as a company can produce a desired, worthwhile, and needed product or service, and can command the public, will it receive the public dollar and succeed


Curtis Carlson (American businessman, founder of Carlson Companies, Inc.)


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