The Best Business Quotations

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The Internet will help achieve "friction free capitalism" by putting buyer and seller in direct contact and providing more information to both about each other.
-Bill Gates

My son is now an "entrepreneur." That's what you're called when you don't have a job.
-Ted Turner

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.
-Andrew Carnegie

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I was a securities analyst 70 years ago in London, so I can say that no financial man will ever understand business because financial people think a company makes money. A company makes shoes, and no financial man understands that. They think money is real. Shoes are real. Money is an end result. What is a business? The only function of a business is to create customer [value] and to innovate.
-Peter Drucker

Risk takers by definition often fail, so too morons. In practice it is hard to tell the difference.
-Scott Adams

I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That's were the fun is.
-Donald Trump

It's called a pen. It's like a printer, hooked straight to my brain.
-Dale Dauten

Business, that's easily defined - it's other people's money.
-Peter F. Drucker

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.
-Steve Jobs

Twenty years and $40 billion. They seem like good round numbers.
-Michael Dell

A friend called me up the other day and talked about investing in a dot-com that sells lobsters. Internet lobsters. Where will this end? The next day he sent me a huge package of lobsters on ice. How low can you stoop?
-Donald Trump

In motivating people, you've got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope, by example - and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved.
-Rupert Murdoch

It's not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts.
-Will Rogers