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Business Basics

Attitude and Belief

Taking Action and
Getting Things Done

Inspiration and Vision

Courage, Fear, and Confidence

The Art of Thinking and
The Power of Thoughts

Conformity, Originality,
and Going Against the Crowd

Innovation, Creativity,
and Imagination


Planning, Setting Goals,
and Making Decisions

The Value of Hard Work


Talent, Skills, and Character

Knowledge and Experience


Marketing, Advertising,
and Making Sales

Solving Problems and
Overcoming Obstacles


Handling Criticism

Risks and Rewards

Success and Failure

Happiness, Satisfaction,
and Enjoying Your Work

Money and Wealth

Quotes - Conformity

Knowledge is the food of the soul.

If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin
American statesman, writer, and inventor

Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.
Thomas Fuller
Clergyman and historian

I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.
Lou Holtz
Football coach

All truth, in the long run, is only common sense clarified.
Thomas Henry Huxley
Biologist, author

I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.
Woodrow Wilson
28th U.S. president

Who so neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.
Greek poet and dramatist

The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.
Aristotle Onassis
Shipping magnate

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.
Benjamin Disraeli
British prime minister and novelist

Three-fourths of the mistakes a man makes are made because he does not really know the things he thinks he knows.
James Bryce
Historian, statesman, and diplomat

Just when you think you’ve graduated from the school of experience, someone thinks up a new course.
Mary H. Waldrip


A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
Robert A. Heinlein


Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
Oscar Wilde
Playwright and novelist

You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.
Irish proverb

Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t.
Pete Seeger
Singer and composer

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosopher, essayist and poet

A failure is a man who has blundered but is not capable of cashing in on the experience.
Elbert Hubbard

If money is your only hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.
Henry Ford
Automobile Manufacturer

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Albert Einstein

He who builds to every man’s advice will have a crooked house.
Danish proverb

As time passes we all get better at blazing a trail through the thicket of advice.
Margot Bennett

Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
Steven Wright

Experience increases our wisdom but doesn’t reduce our follies.
Josh Billings
American humorist

Don’t learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world.
Samuel Butler
Satirical poet

A little experience often upsets a lot of theory.
Samuel Parkes Cadman
Preacher, author

In the business world, everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.
Harold S. Geneen
Chairman, ITT Corporation

It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.
Claude Bernard
French Physiologist 

Knowledge comes by eyes always open and working hands; and there is no knowledge that is not power.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosopher, essayist, poet

To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business.
J. Paul Getty
Oil magnate and philanthropist

Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
Thomas Henry Huxley
Biologist, author

It’s a dangerous thing to think we know everything.
Jack Kuehler

A knowledge of men is the prime secret of business success.
Darius Ogden Mills
Banker, philanthropist

We are drowning in information and starving for knowledge.
Rutherford D. Roger

Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience.
Denis Waitley
Author, speaker, trainer

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