If the government was as afraid of disturbing the consumer as it is of disturbing business, this would be some democracy.
— Kin Hubbard
All business sagacity reduces itself in the last analysis to a judicious use of sabotage.
— Thorstein Veblen
It’s not the bulls or the bears you need to avoid — it’s the bum steers.
— Chuck Hillis
Buy low, sell high, collect early, and pay late.
— Dick Levin
He who builds a better mousetrap these days runs into material shortages, patent-infringement suits, work stoppages, collusive bidding, discount discrimination — and taxes.
— H. E. Martz
Before you build a better mousetrap, it helps to know if there are any mice out there.
— Mortimer B. Zuckerman
Xerox: A trademark for a photocopying device that can make rapid reproductions of human error, perfectly.
— Merle L. Meachan
Money itself doesn’t interest me. But you must make money to go on building the business.
— Rupert Murdoch
Sometimes I get the feeling that the two biggest problems in America today are making ends meet — and makings meetings end.
— Robert Orben
I’ve got to keep breathing. It’ll be my worst business mistake if I don’t.
— Nathan Meyer Rothschild
The big print giveth and the fine print taketh away.
— Bishop Fulton Sheen
The salary of the chief executive of the large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself.
— John Kennth Galbraith
When you are skinning your customers, you should leave some skin on to grow so that you can skin them again.
— Nikita S. Khrushchev
Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.
— Ambrose Bierce
Monopoly is business at the end of its journey.
— Henry Demarest Lloyd
The human being who would not harm you on an individual, face-to-face basis, who is charitable, civic-minded, loving, and devout, will wound or kill you from behind the corporate veil.
— Morton Mintz, on the marketing of the Dalkon Shield
The feminist surge will crest when a lady named Arabella, frounces and ruffles and all, can rise to the top of a Fortune 500 corporation.
— Alma Denney
Corporate identity specialist . . . spend their time rechristening other companies, [conducting] a legal search [and] a linguistic search to ensue that the name is not an insult in another language.
— Lisa Belkin
Two-tier tender offers, Pac-Man and poison-pill defenses, crown-jewel options, greenmail, golden parachutes, self-tenders—all have become part of our everyday business.
— Felix G. Rohatyn
Television is business, and business is America.
— Bill Cosby
Business begs. Philanthropy begs.
— W. E. B. Du Bois
When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.
— Shirley Chisholm
I have no friends and no enemies—only competitors.
— Aristotle Onassis
Under the new industrial competition, there are no frozen niches in frozen markets for which established producers compete like so many successive dictators in a banana republic. Markets and industries are themselves in flux, and to the winners belong not so much the old-fashioned spoils of victory as the right to define the terms of competition in the future.
— William J. Abernathy, Kim B. Clark, and Alan M. Kantrow
Business is business.
— Franklin Pierce Adams