Business Quotes edited by Brad Mager

Quote Topics

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

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
Warren G. Bennis

The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.
Eric Hoffer
Philosopher, writer

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th U.S. president

Management is nothing more than motivating other people.
Lee Iacocca
Chairman, Chrysler Corporation

You can’t push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb himself.
Andrew Carnegie
Industrialist and philanthropist

Leaders make things possible. Exceptional leaders make them inevitable.
Lance Morrow

The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
Theodore Roosevelt
26th U.S. president

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
George S. Patton
U.S. Army general

The surest way for an executive to kill himself is to refuse to learn how, and when, and to whom to delegate work.
James Cash Penney
Founder, JC Penney

First-rate people hire first-rate people; second-rate people hire third-rate people.
Leo Rosten

It’s easy to get good players. Getting ’em to play together, that’s the hard part.
Casey Stengel
Baseball manager

The price of greatness is responsibility.
Winston Churchill
British statesman and prime minister

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
William James
Philosopher and psychologist

Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him and to let him know that you trust him.
Booker T. Washington
Educator and writer

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.
Andrew Carnegie
Industrialist and philanthropist

Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work.
John G. Pollard

“My door is always open — bring me your problems.” This is guaranteed to turn on every whiner, lackey and neurotic on the property.
Robert F. Six
Chairman, Continental Airlines

The quickest way to kill the human spirit is to ask someone to do mediocre work.
Ayn Rand

Under the magnetism of friendship the modest man becomes bold; the shy, confident; the lazy, active; or the impetuous, prudent and peaceful.
William Thackeray

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.
Arnold H. Glasgow

When you hire people that are smarter than you are, you prove you are smarter than they are.
R. H. Grant

The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow to their full potential. If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond the wildest dreams.
Sidney Madwed

Your enthusiasm will be infectious, stimulating and attractive to others. They will love you for it. They will go for you and with you.
Norman Vincent Peale
Clergyman and author

People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.
David H. Comins

A leader knows what’s best to do; a manager knows merely how best to do it.
Ken Adelman
American Journalist

The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive.
Joe Batten
Author, speaker

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
James Crook

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.
Theodore M. Hesburgh
American Clergyman, University President

The man who follows a crowd will never be followed by a crowd.
R. S. Donnell

Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
Vince Lombardi
Football coach

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