America’s Businessmen

Sunday, May 20, 2012 – America’s Businessmen

Businessmen were not born chief executives. They were often people first. ~ Richard Jefferson

Few businessmen are capable of being in politics, they don’t understand the democratic process, they have neither the tolerance nor the depth it takes. Democracy isn’t a business. ~ Malcolm Forbes

Honest businessmen should be protected from the unscrupulous consumer. ~ Lester Maddox

The consumer isn’t a moron; she is your wife. ~ David Ogilvy

Nothing is illegal if one hundred businessmen decide to do it. ~ Andrew Young

Business is a combination of war and sport. ~ Andre Maurois

Business, that’s easily defined – it’s other people’s money. ~ Peter Drucker

Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility. ~ Ambrose Bierce

A criminal is a person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation. ~ Howard Scott

To take something from a person and keep it for oneself: that is robbery. To take something from one person and then turn it over to another in exchange for as much money as you can get: that is business. Robbery is so much more stupid, since it is satisfied with a single, frequently dangerous profit; whereas in business it can be doubled without danger. ~ Octave Mirbeau

Criminals are never very amusing. It’s because they’re failures. Those who make real money aren’t counted as criminals. This is a class distinction, not an ethical problem. ~ Orson Welles

Do not trust people. They are capable of greatness. ~ Stanislaw Lem

Employees make the best dates. You don’t have to pick them up and they’re always tax-deductible. ~ Andy Warhol

I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me. ~ John Cleese

When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder. ~ James H. Boren

Informed decision-making comes from a long tradition of guessing and then blaming others for inadequate results. ~ Scott Adams

Inside every working anarchy, there’s an Old Boy Network. ~ Mitchell Kapor

No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights. ~ J. Paul Getty

The “west” – what curse has fallen upon it that at the term of its trajectory it produces only these businessmen, these shopkeepers, these racketeers with their blank stares and atrophied smiles.? Iis it with such vermin as this that a civilization so delicate and so complex must come to an end? ~ Emil Cioran

I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business. ~ Henry David Thoreau

In college, Yuppies major in business administration. If to meet certain requirements they have to take a liberal arts course, they take Business Poetry. ~ Dave Barry

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish and he will eat steak. ~ Jay Leno

It is unfortunate we can’t buy many business executives for what they are worth and sell them for what they think they are worth. ~ Malcolm Forbes

We may pretend that we are basically moral people who make mistakes, but the whole of history proves otherwise ~ Terry Hands

The market has no morality ~ Michael Heseltine 1933- British conservative politician

The truth is, hardly any of us have ethical energy enough for more than one really inflexible point of honor. ~ George Bernard Shaw

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