Better

When you see a good investment, look for a better investment.

Guy Spier – South African investor (b. 1966), from “The Education of a Value Investor” (2014)

Kindnes

One day you will figure out, that it is harder to be kind than to be clever.

Lawrence Preston Gise – American admin assistant (1915-1995), to his then ten-year-old grandson Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos (American company founder: Amazon, b. 1964), after the younger has calculated to his grandmother Mattie Strait Gise (1915-1977),
how much she shortens her life through smoking

Reaction

Between stimulus and response lies a space. In that space lie our freedom and power to choose a response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.

attributed to Viktor E. Frankl – Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist (1905-1997)

Investment in Christ

Christ with me, as I invest for the common good and God’s glory.
Christ before me, as I steward the wealth entrusted to me.
Christ behind me, as I evaluate opportunities near and afar.
Christ in me, as I invest time, treasure and talents in others.
Christ beneath me; He is the foundation.
Christ above me, He is the owner of it all.
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, He is the Lord of the marketplace.
Christ when I lie down, and rest from my work.
Christ when I sit down, in my office chair.
Christ when I arise, enthusiastic or weary.
Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of us, and our vision.
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of us, and our work.
Christ in every eye that sees us, young and old, rich and poor, countrymen and foreigners.
Christ in every ear that hears me speak about our products and services.

Mats Tunehag – Swedish speaker, writer and consultant, developer of “Business as Mission” (b. 1959)

Liberal

The liberal position is based on courage and confidence.

Friedrich August von Hayek – Austrian economist and social philosopher, Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences 1974 (1899-1992), from “The Constitution of Liberty” (“Die Verfassung der Freiheit”, 1960)

Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur isn’t someone who owns a business, it’s someone who makes things happen.

Timothy “Tim” Ferriss – American entrepreneur and author (b. 1977)

Estimate

Never underestimate the man who overestimates himself.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), at the Daily Journal annual meeting (February 12th, 2020)

Character

Ability takes you to the top. Character keeps you there.

wisdom

Win or learn

I never lose. I either win or learn.

motivation

Crisis as chance

Never waste the opportunity offered by a good crisis.

attributed to Niccolò Machiavelli – Italian politician, philosopher, historian and poet (1469-1527)

Seed

For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.

Cynthia Occelli, JD – American author and entrepreneur

Determined

Success means being very patient, but aggressive when it’s time.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), at Berkshire annual meeting (2004)

Self-education

Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

attributed to Jim Rohn – American entrepreneur, author and motivational trainer (1930-2009)

Ten maxims

1. Commit to your business. Believe in it more than anyone else.
2. Share your profits with all your associates, and treat them as partners.
3. Motivate your partners. Money and ownership alone aren’t enough. […] Set high goals, encourage competition, and then keep store.
4. Communicate everything you possibly can to your partners. […] Information is power, and the gain you get from empowering your associates more than offsets the risk of informing your competitors.
5. Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. […] We like to hear it often. […] Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free – and worth a fortune.
6. Celebrate your successes. Find some humor in your failures. Don`t take yourself so seriously.
7. Listen to everyone in your company. And figure out ways to get them talking.
8. Exceed your customer’s expectations. […] Give them what they want – and a little more. […] Make good on all your mistakes, and don’t make excuses – apologize. […] The two most important words I ever wrote were on that first Wal-Mart sign: SATISFACTION GUARANTEED.
9. Control your expenses better than your competition. This is where you can always find the competitive advantage.
10. Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore conventional wisdom. If everybody else is doing it one way, there’s a good chance you can find your niche by going in exactly the opposite direction.

Samuel M. “Sam” Walton – American entrepreneur, founder of Walmart (1918-1992), from “Sam Walton, Made in America: My story” (1992)

Truth

If there were only one truth, you couldn’t paint a hundred canvases on the same theme.

Pablo Picasso – born Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish artist (1881-1973), quoted by Daniel J. Robbins (American art historian, art critic, and curator,, 1932-1995) in “Picasso’s Vollard suite” (1979)

Aunque sólo existiera una verdad única, no se podrían pintar cien cuadros sobre el mismo tema.

Pablo Picasso – Artista español (1881-1973), citado por Daniel J. Robbins (historiador del arte estadounidense, crítico de arte y curador, 1932-1995) en “Picasso’s Vollard suite” (1979)

Vision

Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world.

wisdom

Calm

Content and peace of mind are valuable things.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – German poet (1749-1832), from “The Sorrows of Young Werther”, Second book (1774)

Elegance

Elegance is not to be noticed, it’s to be remembered.

attributed to Giorgio Armani – Italian fashion designer (b. 1934)

L’eleganza non è farsi notare, ma farsi ricordare.

attribuita a Giorgio Armani – stilista italiano (*1934)

Together

Everyone sees a piece of the world, together we see the whole.

wisdom

Oppurtunity

A great investment opportunity occurs when a marvelous business encounters a one-time huge, but solvable problem.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), from “Warren Buffett on Business: Principles from the Sage of Omaha” (2009)

Optimist

To be a successful investor, you’ve got to be an optimist.

Charles R. Schwab – American company founder (b. 1937)

Constant progress

Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Discharge your duties faithfully and well. Systematically you get ahead, but not necessarily in fast spurts. Nevertheless, you build discipline by preparing for fast spurts. Slug it out one inch at a time, day by day. At the end of the day – if you live long enough – most people get what they deserve.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Long-term invest

The big money is not in the buying and selling but in the waiting.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Design

It is like it is. But it will be what you make of it.

proverb

Patience

The big money is not in the buying and selling, but in the waiting.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Why not?

The common question that gets asked in business is, “why?” That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, “why not?”

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), in an interview with Steven Levy for wired.com (November 13th, 2011)

Laugh

We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.

solgan of the laughter yoga movement, attributed to William James – American philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910)

Przyszłośc

Przyszłości się nie poznaje, lecz się ją tworzy.

Stanisław Brzozowski – polski filozof i pisarz (1878 – 1911), z “Legenda Młodej Polski. Studia o strukturze duszy kulturalnej” (1910)

You don’t recognize the future, but you create it.

Stanisław Brzozowski – Polisch philosopher and writer (1878-1911), from “The Legend of Young Poland. Studies on the Structure of the Cultural Spirit” (“Legenda Młodej Polski. Studia o strukturze duszy kulturalnej”, 1910)

Get smarter

Learning from the success and failure of others is the fastest way to get smarter and wiser without a lot of pain.

Tren Griffin – American author and entrepreneur, Senior Director at Microsoft, from “Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor” (2015)

Better fast than perfect

Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.

wisdom, falsely attributed to Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), could not be verified by the Mark Twain Museum

Truth

Truth is stronger than fiction.

Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), from “Following the Equator” (“Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar”, chapter XV, 1897)

Act

Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.

James “Jimmy” Spithill – Australian yachtsman, 2010 and 2013 Americas Cup winner (b. 1979)

Gratitude

La reconnaissance est la mémoire du cœur.

Jean Massieu – pionnier français de l’éducation des sourds (1772-1846)

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.

Jean Massieu – French pioneer in deaf educating (1772-1846)

Faith

The connecting link between God’s promise and His fulfillment is our faith.

Andrew Murray – South African priest and writer (1828-1917), from “How to Raise Your Children for Christ” (1887)

New paths

Never walk on the traveled path because it only leads where others have been.

attributed to Alexander Graham Bell – Scottish-born American inventor, scientist and engineer (1847-1922)

Self-pity

Generally speaking, envy, resentment, revenge and self-pity are disastrous modes of thought. […] You do not want to drift into self-pity. … Self-pity will not improve the situation.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), from his USC School of Law Commencement speech (May 13th, 2007)

Recepy for Success

​1. Have a dream.
2. Think as a champion.
3. Be committed.
4. Do it right now!
5. Be prepared.
6. Keep your word.
7. Set goals.
8. Evaluate where you are.
9. Have integrity.
10. Don’t quit​.

wisdom

Winner

A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.

wisdom

Passion

Do it with passion, or not at all.

wisdom, attributed to Rosa Nouchette Carey – English children’s writer (1840-1909)

Brand sharpening

You’re lucky to get 5 minutes with your consumer a year, so make sure you know what you want to say.

marketing wisdom

The way to the stars

There is no easy way from the earth to the stars.

Non est ad astra mollis e terris via.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca – Roman philosopher (4 B.C.-65 A.C.), from his comedy “Hercules Furens”, line 437 “Megara” (c. 54)

Independence

Like Warren [Buffett], I had a considerable passion to get rich, not because I wanted Ferraris — I wanted the independence. I desperately wanted it.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Passion

If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about it, … you don’t have to have some master plan for how things are going to play out.

Mark Zuckerberg – American company founder: facebook (b. 1984), from an interview with Jessica Livingston for “Startup School” (October 16th, 2020)

You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs

Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

The Bible, Proverbs 14:4 (NLT)

Metric

I’ve concluded that the metric by which God will assess my life isn’t dollars but the individual people whose lives I’ve touched.

Prof. Clayton M. Christensen – American American academic and business consultant, bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1952-2020), from “How Will You Measure Your Life?” (“Harvard Business Review”, 07/08 2010)

Problems

Every problem you master helps you on in future – and gives you fresh strength.

Stefanie Graf – German former tennis player (b. 1969)

Unity

Unity increases power.

Joyce Meyer – American evangelist (b. 1943)

Vision

Chase the vision, not the money. The money will end up following you.

Tony Hsieh – American internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist, CEO Zappos (1973-2020)

Give away

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to pass it on.

proverb, often falsely attributed to William Shakespeare (English writer, 1564-1616) or Pablo Picasso (born Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, Spanisch artist, 1881-1973)

Working

No work is worse than overwork.

Samuel Smiles – Scottish author and government reformer (1812-1904), from “Character” (1871)

Success

Success is more about your imagination than anything else.

Paul Orfalea – American company founder (“Kinko’s”), author, speaker and philanthropist (b. 1947)

Great

If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.

Napoleon Hill – American writer: “Think And Grow Rich” (1883-1970)

Fokus

Charlie and I will limit ourselves to allocating capital, controlling enterprise risk, choosing managers and setting their compensation.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), from the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Report 2009

Right investment choice

1. Pick winners by a research process that reflects your values and beliefs.
2. Back them with conviction.
3. Avoid behavioral biases that lead to poor selling like lazy trades (not thought through).
4. Make sure your long-term positions are not past their sell date.

Rick di Mascio – British portfolio manager, CEO: Inalytics (b. 1957)

Measure

Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so.

Galileo Galilei – Italian astronomist und physicist (1564-1642)

Misura ciò che è misurabile e rendi misurabile ciò che non lo è.

Galileo Galilei – astronomo e fisico italiano (1564-1642)

On giants’ shoulders

If I have seen further it is by standing on ye shoulders of giants.

Sir Isaac Newton – English mathematician, physicist and astronomer (1643-1727), from a letter to Robert Hooke (5.2.1676)

Role-model

We must become what we wish to teach.

Nathaniel Branden – born Nathan Blumenthal, American psychotherapist and author (1930-2014), from “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem” (1994)

Arbitrarity

For the power of Man to make himself what he pleases means […] the power of some men to make other men what they please.

C. S. Lewis – British writer (1898-1963), from “The Abolition of Man” (1943)

Innovation

Innovation distinguishes a leader from a follower.

attributed to Steve Jobs – American company founder, Apple (1955-2011)

Strain

Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.

Jim Rohn – American entrepreneur, author and motivational trainer (1930-2009), from “The Art of Exceptional Living” (1993)

Start early

Plan the difficult when it is easy;
Handle the big where it is small.
The world’s hardest work begins when it is easy;
The world’s largest effort begins where it is small.

from the Tao Te Ching – most significant proverb collection of Daoism (chapter 63, 4th century BC), according to a legend written by Lao Tzu (Chinese philosopher, c. 3rd to 5th century BC)

Customer satisfaction

If there’s one reason we have done better than all of our peers in the Internet space over the last six years, it is because we have focused like a laser on customer experience.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964)

Prayer

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.

Phillips Brooks – American Episcopal clergyman, 1891-1893 Bishop of Massachusetts (1835-1893), from his sermon “Going up to Jerusalem”, in “Twenty Sermons” (1886)

Marriage

Marriage is the beginning and the pinnacle of culture.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – German poet (1749-1832), from “Elective Affinities”, part one, chapter nine (1809)

Learn from Mistakes

Your failures are your stepping-stones to success.

Hanford Lennox Gordon – American lawyer and poet (1836-1920), from “Laconics” (1910)

What you can do today…

Do not put off to tomorrow the good you can do today, because maybe tomorrow you will not have time.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), from “Memorie Biografiche”, book IV, chapter XXXVII, 439 (1904)

Non mandate al domani il bene che potete fare oggi, perché forse domani non avrete più tempo.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), de “Memorie Biografiche”, benda IV, capitolo XXXVII, 4439 (1904)

Work partition

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1963-1947), quoted in “Reader’s Digest” (March 1934)

Motivation

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.

Richard Bach – American writer (b. 1936), from “Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah” (1977)

Keep it simple

One of the greatest ways to avoid trouble is to keep it simple.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), at the “Wesco Financial” Annual meeting (2008)

Implement

I am Honest.
I am Dependable.
I am Diligent.
I am Responsible.
I am Disciplined.
I am Loving.
I am Faithful.
I am an Implementer.

Tom Ziglar – American entrepreneur, CEO Ziglar Inc. (b. 1965)

Optimist

For the optimist life is not the problem but already the solution.

attributed to Marcel Pagnol – French writer, playwrigt and director (1895-1974)

Pour l’optimiste, la vie n’est pas un problème, mais une solution.

attribué à Marcel Pagnol – écrivain, dramaturge et cinéaste français (895-1974)

Main

The work can wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.

Mary “Patricia”(Wise) Clafford – amerikanische Schriftstellerin (1900-1998)

Miracles

In the realist, faith is not born from miracles, but miracles from faith.

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsk – Russian writer (1821-1881), from “The Brothers Karamazov”, part I, book one, chapter 5 (1880)

В реалисте вера не от чуда рождается, а чудо от веры.

Федор Достоевский – русский писатель (1821-1881), из “Бра́тья Карама́зовы”,
часть I, книга первая, глава 5 (1880)

Emotional return

I want to see good financial returns, but also to me there’s the extra psychic return of having my creativity and technological vision bear fruit and change the world in a positive way.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964)

Бог

God is not in power, but in truth.

Alexander Yaroslavich Nevsky – Russian military leader and nobleman, between 1236 and 1259 Prince of Novgorod, 1249-63 Grand Prince of Kiev, 1252-1263 Grand Prince of Vladimir (1221-1263)

Не в силе Бог, а в правде.

Алекса́ндр Яросла́вич Не́вский – Русский армейский лидер и дворянин, между 1236 и 1259 князь новгородский, 1249-1263 великий князь киевский, 1252-1263 великий князь владимирский (1221-1263)

Try and error

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.

Sir Richard Branson – British company founder (Virgin) and adventurer (b. 1950), from “Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur” (2008)

Christ

Christ with me, as I do business for Him and people.
Christ before me, as I plan my business.
Christ behind me, as I review my business.
Christ in me; my guiding light in business.
Christ beneath me; He is the foundation.
Christ above me, He is the owner of my business.
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, He is the Lord of the marketplace.
Christ when I lie down, and rest from my work.
Christ when I sit down, in my office chair.
Christ when I arise, enthusiastic or weary.
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, and my business.
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, and my business.
Christ in every eye that sees me, my staff, customers, suppliers, and competitors.
Christ in every ear that hears me speak about my products and services.

Mats Tunehag – Swedish speaker, writer and consultant, developer of “Business as Mission” (b. 1959)

Daviate

Progress is not possible without deviation (from the norm).

Frank Zappa – American rock musician (1940-1993), from an interview with VPRO (February 11th, 1971)

Excellent

Excellence can be obtained if you:
care more than others think is wise;
risk more than others think is safe;
dream more than others think is practical;
expect more than others think is possible.

wisdom

Wise

The way of the sage is to act but not to compete.

from the Tao Te Ching – most significant proverb collection of Daoism (chapter 81, 4th century BC), according to a legend written by Lao Tzu (Chinese philosopher, c. 3rd to 5th century BC)

Challenge

Difficulties break some men but make others.

Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), from a letter to Winnie Mandela from Robben Island (February 1st, 1975)

Difference

The world is as it is – we make the difference.

Dr. Jagdish Parikh – Indian manager, author and speaker (b. 1940)

Enthusiasm

Look for the activity, that gives you the energy you put into it back to you in the form of enthusiasm.

William “Bill” Hybels – American Evangelical minister, founding and former senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church (b. 1951), in his notes to the “Global Leadership Summit 2017”

Ultimative aim

The ultimate aim of the quest must be neither release nor ecstasy for oneself, but the wisdom and the power to serve others.

Joseph J. Campbell – American writer, Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College (1904-1987), from “Myths to Live By” (1972)

Begin

Never is done tomorrow what is not done today.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – German poet (1749-18329, from “Faust: Part One”, “Prelude on the Stage” (1808)

Learn

Those who keep learning will keep rising in life.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), from his USC School of Law Commencement speech (May 13th, 2007)

Perfect

It is incredible how rich you can get by not being perfect.

Larry Hite – America investor (b. 1941)

Determination

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.

Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), from a letter to Makhaya Ntini on his 100th cricket test (17 December 2009)

New paths

It would be absurd and self-contradictory to expect to achieve things, which have never yet been done can be done, other than through means that have never yet been tried.

Insanum quiddam esset, et in se contrarium, existimare ea, quae adhuc nunquam facta sunt, fieri posse, nisi per modos adhuc nunquam tentatos.

Sir Francis Bacon – English philosopher, politician and writer (1561-1626), from “New organon, or true directions concerning the interpretation of nature”, aphorism VI. (“Novum Organum, sive indicia vera de Interpretatione Naturae”, 1620)

Everyone starts small!

Every artist was first an amateur.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – American writer (1803-1882), from “Letters and Social Aims”, chapter 7: “Progress of Culture” (1875)

Timing

The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell.

Sir John Marks Templeton – value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008)

Self-assessment

Knowing what you don’t know is more useful than being brilliant.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), from “A Fireside Chat With Charlie Munger” (“Wall Street Journal”, September 12th, 2014)

Give

The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God. What we try to keep for ourselves is just what we are sure to lose.

C. S. Lewis – British writer (1898-1963), from “Mere Christianity” (1952)

Strike

Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.

advice

Recipe for success

It’s not about money or connections. It’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone.

Mark Cuban – American multiple company founder, owner of Dallas Mavericks (b. 1958)

Using resources more fruitfully

The entrepreneur shifts economic resources out of an area of lower and into an area of higher productivity and greater yield.

based on Jean-Baptiste Say – French economist and businessman (1767-1832), quoted by Peter F. Drucker (Austrian-born American management thinker, 1909-2005) in “Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles” (1985)

Too tough to understand

We have three baskets for investing: yes, no and too tough to understand.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Civility code

1. We will greet and acknowledge each other.
2. We will say please and thank you.
3. We will treat each other equally and with respect.
4. We will be direct, sensitive and honest.
5. We will address incivility whenever it occurs.

William “Bill” Hybels – American Evangelical minister, founding and former senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church (b. 1951), in his notes to the “Global Leadership Summit 2017”

Labour

The labour we delight in physics pain.

William Shakespeare – English writer (1564-1616), in “Macbeth” 2nd act, scene 2 “Macbeth” (1623)

Questioning

You must force yourself to consider opposing arguments. Especially when they challenge your best loved ideas.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Help others

The more you do for others, the better shape you’re in.

Walter Breuning – American railroader and supercentenarian, 2009-2011 world’s oldest known man (1896-2011)

Optimist

An optimist always finds a way – A pessimist always finds a dead end.

Napoleon Hill – American writer: “Think And Grow Rich” (1883-1970)

Успеть

Успех – это успеть.

Мари́на Ива́новна Цвета́ева – Русский Люрикер (1892-1941)

Success is to be in time.

Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva – Russian poet (1892-1941)

Church

The church does not satisfy expectations; it celebrates mysteries.

Carlo Maria Cardinal Martini – Italian Catholic clergyman, Archbishop of Milan from 1979 to 2002 (1927-2012), from the dialogue with Umberto Eco “Belief Or Nonbelief – A Confrontation” (1996, engl. 2000)

La Chiesa non soddisfa attese, celebra misteri.

Carlo Maria Cardinale Martini – Sacerdote cattolico italiano, arcivescovo di Milano dal 1979 al 2002 (1927-2012), dal dialogo con Umberto Eco “In cosa crede chi non crede?” (1996, inglese 2000)

Big

Big results require big ideas.

Mike Clum American entrepreneur (b. 1993)

Crisis as chance

I have always believed that the only way to cope with a cash crisis is not to contract but to try to expand out of it.

Sir Richard Branson – British company founder (Virgin) and adventurer (b. 1950), from “Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way” (1998)

Test, test, test

If you double the number of experiments you do per year you’re going to double your inventiveness.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964)

Sue or die

What good is figuring out a better way to sell beach towels if you aren’t going to tell everybody in your company about it?

Samuel M. “Sam” Walton – American entrepreneur, founder of Walmart (1918-1992), from “Sam Walton, Made in America: My story” (1992)

Give

Having, first, gained all you can, and, secondly saved all you can, then give all you can.

John Wesley – English preacher (1703-1791), from his sermon “The Use of Money” (1760)

Three rules for a career

1) Don’t sell anything you wouldn’t buy yourself;
2) Don’t work for anyone you don’t respect and admire;
3) Work only with people you enjoy.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Life

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

Joseph J. Campbell – American writer, Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College (1904-1987), quoted by Diane K. Osbon in “Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion” (New York: Harper Perennial, 1991. pg. 18.)

Work together

If you want to make peace with an enemy, one must work with that enemy and that enemy becomes your partner.

Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), froms his autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” (1994)

Hero

It is much easier to be a hero than a gentleman. Heroes you can be once in a while; gentlemen, you must always be.

Luigi Pirandello – Italian writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1934 (1867-1936), from his comedy “The Pleasure of Honesty”, Act one, Scene three (1917)

È molto più facile […] essere un eroe che un galantuomo. Eroi si può essere una volta tanto; galantuomini, si dev’esser sempre.

Luigi Pirandello – scrittore italiano, Premio Nobel per la letteratura 1934 (1867-1936), dalla sua commedia “Il piacere dell’onestà”, Atto Primo, Scena Terza (1917)

Utomordentlig

Extraordinary people need extraordinary conditions.

Melker Schörling – Swedish businessman and investor (Securitas AB, Assa Abloy, b. 1947)

Utomordentliga personer behöver utomordentliga förutsättningar.

Melker Schörling – svensk affärsman och investerare (Securitas AB, Assa Abloy, f. 1947)

Treat people right

If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important, and you do that by being genuine and humble.

Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), from an interview with Oprah Winfrey for the “O magazine” (April 2001)

Bold

But at the heart of his personality was the boldness of his ideas.
Zalman didn’t do little things. Zalman was here to change the world.

Roger Hertog – American businessman, financier, and philanthropist, co-founder of Sanford C. Bernstein & Company (b. 1941), in his obituary on Zalman Chaim Bernstein (born Sanford Bernstein, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founder of Sanford C. Bernstein & Company, 1926-1999)

Love

Aimer un être, c’est accepter de vieillir avec lui.

Albert Camus – écrivain et philosophe français, prix Nobel de littérature en 1957 (1913-1960), de “Caligula”, Acte IV, Scène XIII (1945)

To love someone is to accept to grow old with them.

Albert Camus – Frech philosopher and writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1957 (1913-1960), from “Caligula”, Act IV, Scene XIII (1945)

Innovation

Innovation happens at the intersections.

Emilie Wapnick – Canadian career coach and author (b. 1984), in a post at “Puttylike.com” (October 6th, 2010)

Kæmpe

Den rette Bedende strider i Bønnen og seirer – derved, at Gud seirer.

One who prays aright struggles in prayer and is victorious – in that God is victorious.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard – Danish Protestant theologian an philosopher (1813-1855), known as one of the most important academics in Denmark, from a speech with the same title, in “Four Upbuilding Discourses” (1844)

Six principles

1. Think one Store at a time.
2. Communicate, communicate, communicate.
3. Keep your ear to the ground.
4. Push responsibility – and authority – down.
5. Force ideas to bubble up.
6. Stay lean, fight bureaucracy.

Samuel M. “Sam” Walton – American entrepreneur, founder of Walmart (1918-1992), from “Sam Walton, Made in America: My story” (1992)

Do good

No-one would remember the good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions. He had money as well.

Dame Margaret Thatcher – British politician, 1979-90 Prime Minister (1925-2013), from a tv interview with Brian Walden for “London Weekend Television” (“Weekend World”, January 6th, 1980)