There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.

John F. Kennedy – American politician, 1961-63 35th president (1917-1963), Quotations book 2005


Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), Quotations book 2004


Vision without action is a daydream. – Action without a vision is a nightmare.

Japanese proverb

Act well

It is not enough to wish well, we must also act well.

Non enim satis est bene velle, sed etiam bene facere.

Ambrose of Milan – Roman politician and theologian, one of the four Latin doctors of the Church, 374-397 Bishop of Milan (c. 339-397), from “De officiis ministrorum” (On the Duties of the Clergy), Chapter 30, 143. (388/9), Quotations book 2018

Act justly

Fear God – act justly and dread no one

Slogan by Rickmer Clasen Rickmers – German shipyard owner and shipping-line founder (1806-1886)

Act intelligent

Our job is to find a few intelligent things to do, not to keep up with every damn thing in the world.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), Quotations book 2018

Act and think

Act like a man of thought and think like a man of action.

Henri Bergson – French philosopher, Nobel Prize in literature 1927 (1859-1941), from his speech at the Descartes Conference in Paris (1937)

Il faut agir en homme de pensée et penser en homme d’action.

Henri Bergson – philosophe français, prix Nobel de littérature 1927 (1859-1941), de son discours à la Conférence Descartes à Paris (1937)

Act and dream

To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.

Pour accomplir des grandes choses il ne suffit pas d’agir il faut rêver..

Anatole France – born Jacques Anatole François Thibault, French poet, Nobel Prize in literature 1921 (1844-1924), in his inaugural speech at the Académie Française on December 24th, 1896


To obtain better results than the others, you must do someting different than the others.

attributed to Sir John Marks Templeton – British value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008), Quotations book 2016


Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in his letter to Berkshire Shareholders (2001), Quotations book 2018

Achieving collaboratively

Firms come into being in order to enable human beings to achieve collaboratively what they could not achieve alone.

Prof. Morten T. Hansen/Prof. Nitin Nohria – Professor at University of California (b. 196?)/Deacan at Harvard Business School (b. 1962), from “How to Build Collaborative Advantage” (MIT Sloan Management Review, 2004)

Accept decisions

Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.

wisdom, often attributed to Abraham Lincoln – American politician, 1861-65 16th president (1809-1865), abolished slavery in 1863;
the Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield (Illinois) called his authorship unlikely, Quotations book 2019

About Happiness

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.

Chinese wisdom, said by Prem Watsa – Canadian investor, chairman and founder of Fairfax Financial Holdings (b. 1950), Quotations book 2013

Ability and attitude

For success, attitude is as important as ability.

Sir Walter Scott – Scottish historical novelist, playwright, poet and historian (1771-1832), Quotations book 2019


I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than for any other under the sun.

John D. Rockefeller – American oil magnate, sundays school teacher at at his time richest man of the world (1839-1937), Quotations book 2015


Ability is nothing without opportunity.

attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte – French general and 1804-14 emperor (1769-1821)


Nobody knows what’s in him until he tries to pull it out.

Ernest M. Hemingway – American writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1954 (1899-1961)

A question of attitude

You don’t want to be in business with people who need a contract to be motivated to perform.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), from “Warren Buffett’s Management Secrets” (2009), Quotations book 2012

“Simple” job

I was happier when I was doing a mechanic’s job.

attributed to Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947)