Entries by Christoph Niemann

Act of God

It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way, except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us. Prof. Stephen Hawking – American physicist (1942-2018), from “A Brief History of Time” (1988)


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)


I have lerned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers. Khalil Gibran – Lebanese poet, philosopher and artist, aka Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), from “Sand and Foam” (1926)

Kiss many frogs to find a prince

I’d rather interview 50 people and not hire anyone than hire the wrong person. Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), Quotations book 2018

Great love

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. slogan of nursing – Quotations book 2020

Time management

The people who acknowledge that they have a limited amount of time and live with a sense of urgency have the best chances of living to their full potential. Dr. W. Stanley Beecham – American psychologist, author and business consultant (b. 1961), from “Elite Minds: How Winners Think Differently to Create a Competitive Edge and […]

Limits of the possible

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. Arthur C. Clarke – American writer and inverntor (1917-2008), from his essay “Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination” in “Profiles of the Future” (1962), Quotations book 2018


There’s nothing in the Ten Commandments forbidding old ladies to climb trees, is there? Astrid Lindgren – Swedish writer (1907-2002), happily to a film crew during the production of the television film “Tuffa gumman” (“The Tough Old Lady”, 1979), Quotations book 2020 Det står väl inte i Mose lag att gamla kärringar inte får klättra […]

Keep in move

Beware of balance. Michael Charles “Mike” Yaconelli – American writer, theologian and satirist, co-founder and owner of Youth Specialties (1942-2003), in “Messy Spirituality” (2002)


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)

Tread by God

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a […]


You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?” George Bernard Shaw – Irish writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1925 (1856-1950), from “Back to Methuselah” (1922), Quotations book 2021


Успех – это успеть. Мари́на Ива́новна Цвета́ева – Русский Люрикер (1892-1941) Success is to be in time. Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva – Russian poet (1892-1941)

Wall Street

Wall Street hasn’t really changed all that much. It still operates on the principle of taking care of itself first, really big and important customers second, everyone else last. Allan Sloan – American journalist (b. 1944), in “Lessons of the crash of ’08”, Fortune Magazine, September 28th 2009


I would rather be certain of a good result than hopeful of a great one. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in his letter to Berkshire Shareholders (1996)

Allow mistakes

I can be wrong more offen than I am right, so long as the leverage on my correct judgments compensates for my mistakes. attributed to Leon Levy – American fund manager: Oppenheimer Fund (1926-2003)


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)


Grace is loving people for who they are, where they are. It’s loving people before they change, not just after they change. Mark Batterson – American pastor and author (b. 1969), from “All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life” (2013), Quotations book 2020


Buy a stock if you wish the company to be yours – not if you wish the stock to go up. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)


We love owning common stocks – if they can be purchased at attractive prices. Unless, however, we see a very high probability of at least 10% pre-tax returns, we will sit on the sidelines. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Estimating correct

I have made my money by observing that people in general exaggerated the importance of events. David Ricardo – British investor and economist (1772-1823), Quotations book 2015

Never quit

Winners never quit, and quitters never win Vince Lombardi – legendary American football coach (1913-1970), Quotations book 2020


You can’t do right in investments unless you think independently. And the truth is, you’re neither right nor wrong because people agree with you. You’re right because your facts and your reasoning are right.. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930),Quotations book 2004

Good leadership

Good leadership is characterized by two things: honesty and modesty, both are difficult, so there are so few good leaders. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Heathaway (b. 1930)

Gauge risks

The probability of being struck by lightning is tiny, but many people are excessively terrified when they hear thunder. Peter L. Bernstein – American financial historian, economist and educator (1919-2009), from “Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk” (1996), inspired by “Logic, Or, the Art of Thinking: Being the Port-Royal Logic” (“La logique, ou […]


An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field. Niels Bohr – Danish physician, Nobel Prize in physics 1922 (1885-1962), in a conversation with the German physicists and Nobel Prize laureates of 1932 and 1945, Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) and Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958), at the […]


Never acquire a business, however good it may appear to be, unless you are either guaranteed continuity of management or you are in a position to replace the management immediately with people in whose capacity you are confident and whom you can trust. Charles Carmine Forte, Baron Forte – British caterer and hotelier (1908-2007), from […]


The dumb run, the clever wait, the wise go into the garden. attributed to Rabindranath Tagore – born Robindronath Thakur, Bengali poet, Nobel Prize in literature 1913 (1861-1941)


Example would avail ten times more than precept. Charles James Fox – British politician (1749-1806), from his speech on expenditure of public money in barracks (April 8th, 1796), Quotations book 2021


Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. Raymond Albert “Ray” Kroc – American company founder, who was brave enough to switch from a milk shake-machine-agent to a fast food-entreprenaur at the age of 52: McDonald’s Corp. (1902-1984), quoted by Penny Moser in “The McDonald’s Mystique” (Fortune, 4.7.1988), Quotations […]

Perfect Church

If you wait for a perfect church, you must wait until you get to heaven; and even if you could find a perfect assenbly on earth, I am sure they would not admit you to their fellowship, for you are not perfect yourself. Charles Haddon Spurgeon – English baptist pastor (1834-1892), from “Additions to the Church”, […]


Isreael’s lack of natural resources, such as oil, is actually a benefit, because it has required us to be innovative and to engage in hard work. Stef Wertheimer – Israeli entrepreneur, founder of ISCAR (b. 1926), Quotations book 2009


Каждый думает изменить мир, но никто не думает изменить себя. Everyone thinks of changing humanity, but no one thinks of changing himself. Leo N. Tolstoy – Russian writer (1828-1910), from “Three Methods of Reform” in his collection “Pamphlets” (1900)

Focus and simplicity

That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. Steve Jobs – amerikanischer Gründungsunternehmer, Apple (1955-2011), in the interview “There’s Sanity Returning” with Andy Reinhardt from “BusinessWeek” (May 25, 1998)


Bad companies are destroyed by crisis, good companies survive them, great companies are improved by them. Andrew Stephen “Andy” Grove – born András István Gróf, Hungarian-born American businessman, co-founder of Intel (1936-2016), in December 1994, quoted in “Creating the Digital Future: The Secrets of Consistent Innovation at Intel” (1998)

Wind of change

When the wind of change blows, some build walls, while others build windmills. Chinese proverb – Quotations book 2015


Instead of ceaselessly lamenting the loss of the old industries, we must simply face up the adventure to develop new ones. John Naisbitt – American scientist in the area of futures studies, who popularized the term “globalization” (b. 1929)


If you’re competitor-focused, you have to wait until there is a competitor doing something. Being customer-focused allows you to be more pioneering. Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), from an U.S.-News-interview with David LaGesse (2008), Quotations book 2018


To obtain better results than the others, you must do someting different than the others. attributed to Sir John Marks Templeton – value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008), Quotations book 2016

Making mistakes

A businessman once gave me some good advice. “You will always make mistakes, but it is possible to go through life making mistakes and they will do your business little or no harm. This is because the trick is to spot the mistake early and deal with it.” Michael Anthony Ashcroft, Baron Ashcroft – British […]


I make progress by having people around me who are smarter than I am and listening to them. attributed to Henry J. Kaiser – American entrepreneur, founder of several companies – now Kaiser Group International (1882-1967), Quotations book 2016


Give people freedom and they’ll amaze you. Frank Kohl-Boas – German lawyer, Human Resources Manager at Google (b. 1969), about his company’s philosophy on human resources, Quotations book 2015

Meaning of Life

A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. attributed to D. Elton Trueblood – American author, philosopher and theologian (1900-1994)

What God tells us

The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love. Huius mundi ratio ad successum nos dominatumque propellit; Dei tamen mens ad humilitatem, ministerium atque amorem incitat. Pope Francis – born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, since 2013 Holy Father (b. 1936), in a message on Twitter (2nd […]

Success makes jealous

The number of those who envy us confirms our capabilities. paraphrase of Oscar Wilde – Irsih writer (1854-1900)


Scientiam non ut possessio habeatur, sed sicut aliquid ab eo mutuatum. Wisdom is not held by men as a possession, but as something on loan. Thomas Aquinas – Italian philosopher and theologian (1224/25-1274), from his comment on Aristotle’s Metaphysics “Sententia libri Metaphysicae” (lib. 1 l. 3 n. 13)


I strongly believe that missionaries make better products. They care more. For a missionary, it’s not just about the business. There has to be a business, and the business has to make sense, but that’s not why you do it. You do it because you have something meaningful that motivates you. Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos […]


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)

Voyage heureux

He who would travel happily must travel light. attributed to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – French aviator and writer (1900-1994), Quotations book 2017 Pour voyager heureux, voyagez léger. attribué à Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – écrivain, et aviateur français (1900-1944), Brochure de citation 2017


If you always hire people who are smaller than you are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. If, on the other hand, you always hire people who are bigger than you are, we shall become a company of giants. David Ogilvy – legendary British advertising executive and entrepreneur (1911-1999), Quotations books 2002 + 2018

Le sourire

Il est un bon moyen de se créer une âme amicale : le sourire. … Le sourire large, net. … Savoir sourire : quelle force ! Force d’apaisement, force de douceur, de calme, force de rayonnement. Guy de Larigaudie – scout et écrivain français (1908-1940), de Étoile au grand large” (postum 1943)

Small and Big

The business of business is a lot of little decisions every day mixed up with a few big decisions. Thomas S. “Tom” Murphy Sr. – American broadcast executive, former chair and CEO of Capital Cities Broadcasting/ABC Inc. (b. 1925)


It’s almost impossible to overpay the truly extraordinary CEO… but the species is rare. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Make it possible

Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. Robert A. Heinlein – American engineer and science-fiction author (1907-1988), from “Between Planets”, chapter 2, “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin” (1951)


Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard. Guy Kawasaki – American company founder, venture capitalist, author and marketing evangelist (b. 1954), in “The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything” (2004)

Knowledge worker

The most important, and indeed the truly unique, contribution of management in the 20th century was the fifty-fold increase in the productivity of the manual worker in manufacturing. The most important contribution management needs to make in the 21st century is similarly to increase the productivity of knowledge work and the knowledge worker.. Peter F. […]


Today progress happens so fast that when someone declares a problem to be completely impracticable and unsolvable in the next moment he is interrupted by someone else who has already solved and realized the Problem. attributed to Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel prize in Physics 1921 (1879-1955)


What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead. Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), from his speech on the […]

Build people

You don’t build a business – you build people – and then people build your business. Zig Ziglar – American author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur (1926-2012), Quotations book 2018


Fix it, sell it or close it. Jack Welch – born John Francis Welch jr., legendary American manager: General Electric (1935-2020), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century, Quotations book 2021


Find bargains and maintain discipline; if you can not find bargains stay in cash. Francis Chou — Canadian fund manager, Fund Manager of the Decade 2004 (b. 1956)


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)


Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. Epicurus- Greek philosopher (341-270 BC), Quotations book 2007


Resolve and thou art free. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – American poet (1807-1882), from “The Masque of Pandora”, part VI “In the Garden” (1875)


Chances are, things have changed enough so that whatever made you a success thirty years ago doesn’t work anymore. Ralph Wanger – American fund manager (b. 1934)


The modern clergy believe they can bring man closer to Christ by insisting on Christ’s humanity. Thus forgetting that we do not trust in Christ because He is man, but because He is God. Nicolás Gómez Dávila – Colombian philosopher (1913-1994), from “Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección”, p. 472 (1977), Quotations book 2017 El […]


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)


There’s a lot of big egos in this industry. Most chief executives got into this business because they want to travel for a living. Not me, I want to work. Michael O’Leary – Irish businessman, who made Ryanair one of the largest European airlines (b. 1961), Quotations book 2017


There is no good applying to Heaven for earthly comfort. Heaven can give heavenly comfort; no other kind. C. S. Lewis – British writer (1898-1963), from “The Four Loves” (1960)

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, […]


When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. attributed to Jimi Hendrix – born James Marshall Hendrix, American guitarrist, composer and singer (1942-1970), Quotations book 2018


Where charity reigns, happiness governs. Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), from “Memorie biografiche di San Giovanni Bosco” (book 6, 1907) Dove regna la carità regna la felicità. Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), de “Memorie biografiche di San Giovanni Bosco” (Benda 6, 1907)

Vivre l’Évangile

(Christ) tu me répétais: Vis le très peu de choses que tu as compris de l’Évangile! Frère Roger – né comme Roger-Louis Schutz-Marsauche, fondateur de la “Communauté de Taizé” œcuménique (1915-2005), de la lettre “Vivre l’inespéré”, à l’ouverture du “Conseil de la Jeunesse” (30.8.1974), Brochure de citation 2019


There are more people who surrender, than those who fail. attributed to Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), Quotations book 2015


Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well. Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield – British statesman (1694-1773), in a letter to his son from October 9th, 1746

Do good

We must never miss an opportunity that God gives us to do good. Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), from “Memorie Biografiche”, book VI, chapter XXXV, 493 (1907), Libretto delle citazioni 2021 Non dobbiamo mai lasciarci sfuggire un’occasione che il Signore ci presenta per fare del bene. Don Giovanni Melchiore […]


La parole est moitié à celui qui parle, moitié à celui qui l’écoute. Speaking is half his who speaks, and half his who hears. Michel de Montaigne – French writer and philosopher (1533-1592), from “De l’expèrience”, published in the third volume of his essays (1595), Quotations book 2015

Economic Growth

Economic growth not only increases material living standards; it shapes the moral character of people and society. Benjamin M. Friedman – American economist (b. 1944)

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)


Our prototype for occupational fervor is the Catholic tailor who used his small savings of many years to finance a pilgrimage to the Vatican. When he returned, his parish held a special meeting to get his firsthand account of the Pope. “Tell us,” said the eager faithful, “just what sort of fellow is he?” Our […]


It’s a good idea to review past mistakes before committing new ones. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), from “Warren Buffett on Business: Principles from the Sage of Omaha” (2009), Quotations book 2020


Imagine […] that every morning when you wake up, a bank would open an account in your name containing 86,400 dollar. There were only two rules: The first rule is that everything you fail to spend is taken from you that night. You can’t cheat, you can’t switch the unspent money to another account: you […]

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

What the world needs

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive. John Eldredge – American christian counsellor and author (b. 1960)


Man does not want liberty in order to maximize his utility, or that of the society of which he is a part. He wants liberty to become the man he wants to become. James M. Buchanan – American economist, Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences 1986 (1919-2013), Quotations book 2008


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 […]

Bear risks

It’s the investor’s job to intelligently bear risk for profit. Doing it well is what separates the best from the rest. Howard S. Marks – American investor, Co-Chairman Oaktree Capital Management (b. 1946), from “The Most Important Thing Illuminated: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor” (2012), Quotations book 2018


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)


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)

Scilled investment

The social object of skilled investment should be to defeat the dark forces of time and ignorance which envelope our future. John Maynard Keynes – British economist and investor (1883-1946)


Ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. The Bible, Jeremiah 6,16 (NIV) – Quotations book 2010


A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live. The Bible, Proverbs 15:27 (NIV) – Quotations book

Success by acting

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. Thomas Alva Edison – American inventor (1847-1931), from “Thomas Alva Edison : Sixty Years of an Inventor’s Life” (1908), Quotations book 2014

Everyone is edifying

I have rarely if ever found anyone out of whom I could not extract amusement or edification. Sir Walter Scott – Scottish historical novelist, playwright, poet and historian (1771-1832), from his diary, published as “The Journal of Sir Walter Scott”, volume 1 (1890)

Sitting in the shade

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2002

Against the math

When we lower prices, we go against the math that we can do, which always says that the smart move is to raise prices. Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), in his letter to the shareholders (2005)

Big ideas

We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient. Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), from an interview with the “Washington Post” (September 3rd, 2013), Quotations book 2021

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)

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 […]

Live simply

We should travel light and live simply. Our enemy is not possessions but excess. Dr. John W. Stott – British pastor and author (1921-2011), Quotations book 2010


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)


If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember your lies. Warren Buffett – American value investor, chairman of Berkshire Heathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2007

Thinking instead of judging

Thinking is difficult, therefore let the herd pronounce judgment. Dr. Carl Gustav Jung – Swiss psychologist (1875-1961), from “Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky” (1959), Quotations book 2017

Best executive

The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. Thaddeaus Hammond – American banker and former farmer, president of the Farmers’ National Bank and the Rotary Club Overton, from J. R. Sprague’s […]


Minds are like parachutes – they function only when they are open. wisdom, often attributed to Thomas Dewar, 1st Baron Dewar – Scottish entrepreneur and Whisky destiller (1864-1930), Quotations book 2018


Quality in a product or service is not what the supplier puts in. It is what the customer gets out and is willing to pay for. A product is not quality because it is hard to make and costs a lot of money, as manufacturers typically believe. This is incompetence. Customers pay only for what […]


Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana – born Jorge Augustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana, Spanish philosopher (1863-1952), from “Reason in Common Sense” (1906), the first book of “The Life of Reason”, Quotations book 2010


Success is 99% attitude and 1% aptitude. Gary Player – South African retired professional golfer (b. 1935)

New ideas

I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones. John Cage – American composer, musical theorist and writer (1912-1992), from an interview with Richard Kostelanetz, published in “Conversing with Cage” (1988), Quotations book 2017


Synergy: A term widely used in business to explain an acquisition that otherwise makes no sense. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in his letter to Berkshire Shareholders (1985)

Key to success

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. attributed to Bill Cosby – born William Henry Cosby, American actor, singer and author (b. 1937)


Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment because they’ll never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we’ve lived. […]


Ὧν ἡ σοφία παρασκευάζεται εἰς τὴν τοῦ ὅλου βίου μακαριότητα, πολὺ μέγιστόν ἐστιν ἡ τῆς φιλίας κτῆσις. Epicurus from Samos – Greek philosopher (341-270 B. C.); from “Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers” (Book ten, Epicurus) by Diogenes Laërtius (Greek historian and doxographer, 3rd century CE)

Take a position

Cowardice asks the question: “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question: “Is it politic?” Vanity asks the question: “Is it popular?” But conscience asks the question: “Is it right?” And there comes a time, when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but he must take it because conscience […]


Remember when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received, only what you have given. attributed to Francis of Assisi – Italian friar and orders founder (1181/82-1226)


Keep things simple and take them seriously – simplicity is the end result of long hard work, not the starting point. realization – Quotations book 2010


I just wait until there is money lying over in the corner, and all I have to do is go over there and pick it up. James B. “Jim” Rogers – American star investor, business columnist and author (b. 1942)


I would as soon leave to my son a curse as the almighty Dollar. Andrew Carnegie – Scottish-born American steel industrialist (1835-1919), from “The Gospel of Wealth” (1889)


Reconnaissance … est une vigilance de l’âme … contre les forces de dispersion intérieure. Gabriel Marcel – philosophe français, représentant de l’existentialisme chrétien (1889-1973), de “Le déclin de la sagesse” (1954) Gratitude … is a vigilance of the soul … against the inward forces of dispersal. Gabriel Marcel – French philosopher, representative of Christian existentialism […]


The Lord bless you and be close to you. May he satisfy the hidden longings of your heart. The Lord grant you wisdom and grace and give you deep understanding. May the Lord bless you and deliver you from temptation, and empower you with the spirit of prayer, that you might pray without ceasing and […]

Successfull investing

Think about long-term business prospects rather than short-term stock market prospects. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in his letter to Berkshire Shareholders (1991)


Il mondo è un bel libro, ma poco serve a chi non lo sa leggere. Carlo Goldoni – drammaturgo e librettista italiano (1707-1793), da “La Pamela”, Act 1, Scena 14 (1750) The world is a beautiful book, but of little use to him who cannot read it. Carlo Goldoni – Italian playwright and librettist (1707-1793), […]

Go where the action is

A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world. John le Carré – born David John Moore Cornwell, British author (1931-2020), Quotations book 2018


If I wanted you to understand it, I would have explained it better. Johan Cruyff – Dutch football player and coach (1947-2016)

Facilitate rather than arbiter

Frequently, we act as arbiters of grace rather than its facilitators. But the Church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems. Pope Francis – born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, since 2013 Holy Father (b. 1936), from the Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium”, N° […]


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


People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them. attributed to Anthony Robbins – American author and motivational speaker (*1960)


Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind the stronger the trees. Douglas Malloch – American writer, known as “Lumberman’s poet” (1877-1938), from his poem “Good Timber” (1926), Quotations book 2015


An idiot with a plan can beat a genius without a plan. Warren Buffett – American Value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)


I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied, “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than a light safer than a known […]

Unbelievable near

The same God who is orchestrating plans too marvelous for my mind to grasp is within my reach right now. Alicia Bruxvoort – American writer and motivational speaker (b. 1972), from the newspaper article “Respect His wisdom” (“Thomasville Times”, 30. December 2020)


The future depends on what you do today. attributed to Mahatma Gandhi – Indian politician (1869-1948)


I do not seek to understand in order that I may believe, but rather, I believe in order that I may understand. Neque enim quaero intelligere ut credam, sed credo ut intelligam. Anselm of Canterbury – medieval Christian theologian, founder of scholastik (c. 1033-1109), from “Proslogion”, chapter I (1077/78)

Learn from Mistakes

Your failures are your stepping-stones to success. Hanford Lennox Gordon – American lawyer and poet (1836-1920), from “Laconics” (1910)


You do things when the opportunities get along. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve had a bundle of Ideas come along, and I’ve had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I’ll do something. If not, I won’t do a damn thing. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of […]

Go to the customer

If I don’t go to the customer, my competitor was already there. maxime for successful entrepreneurs

Longing as motivation

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to gather wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. popular version of an excerpt of chapter 75 from “Citadelle” (1948) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – French writer and aviator (1900-1944), […]

Giving back

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel prize in Physics […]


Jesus comes into our night so that we can come into his light. Peter Hahne – German television host and 1992-2009 member of the German Evangelical Church Council (b. 1952), Quotations book 2012

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)


We need leaders not in love with money but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with humanity. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – American civil rights activist and pastor, Nobel Peace Prize 1964 (1929-1968), from his speech “The Birth of a New Age” at the fiftieth-anniversary convention banquet of […]

Study and action

Action without study is fatal. Study without action is futile. Axiom of the League of Women Voters’ of the United States, quoted in “The National Voter” (Supplement to the October 1967 issue), Quotations book 2019


All there is to investing is picking good stocks at good times and staying with them as long as they remain good companies. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), from “Warren Buffett Triples Profits”, “New York Post” (May 14, 1994), Quotations book 2020


You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending. James R. Sherman, Ph. D. – American writer (1928-2005), from “Rejection” (1982), often falsely attributed to C.S. Lewis (British writer, 1898-1963), Quotations book 2021


There is a place that you are to fill and no one else can fill, something you are to do, which no one else can do. attributed to Plato – Greek philosopher (c. 428-348 B.C.), Quotations book 2015

Courage for the unpopular

Take advantage of the high rate of analyst forecast error by simply investing in out-of-favour stocks. David N. Dreman – Canadian investor, founder and Chairman Dreman Value management (b. 1936), in “Contrarian Investment Strategies: The Next Generation”, rule 10 (1998), Quotations book 2017


Faith is a kind of winged intellect. The great workmen of history have been men who believed like giants. attributed to Charles Henry Parkhurst – American clergyman (1842-1933), Quotations book 2010


Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve. attributed to George Bernard Shaw – Irish writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1925 (1856-1950)


Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity. attributed to Charles Mingus – American jazz musician and composer (1922-1979), Quotations book 2010

Courage and success

Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. Peter F. Drucker – Austrian-born management expert (1909-2005), Quotations book 2016

Persuasion indstead of punishment

The great art lies to discern in what the law is to bid restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work. John Milton – English poet and political theorist (1608-1674), from “Areopagitica” (1644), Quotations book 2015


You can observe a lot just by watching. Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra – American baseball player and -manager (1925-2015)


Do what you can and leave the rest to God. Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), from “Memorie Biografiche”, book XIII, chapter XXVI, 832 (1932), Libretto delle citazioni 2021 Fa’ quello che puoi, e Dio farà il resto. Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), de […]


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 […]


What I possess, God owns. Howard Dayton -co-founded Crown Financial Ministries (b. 1943), Quotations book 2008

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)


If economists wished to study the horse, they wouldn´t go and look at horses. They´d sit in their studies and say to themselves, “what would I do if I were a horse?” attributed to Ely Devon – british economist (1913-1967)

Watchword 2018

God says: To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. The bible, Revelation 21:6 (NIV) – Quotations book 2018 The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s […]

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)


Attitude is the “little” thing that makes the big difference. Zig Ziglar – American author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur (1926-2012), from “See You At The Top” (1975), Quotations book 2020

Child in the manger

Once you have taken in the sight of the beautiful child in the manger – take your time, do not hurry away. First make his eyes your eyes, his ears your ears and his mouth your mouth. Make his hands your hands, his smile your smile and his greeting your greeting. Then you will recognize […]


By wisdom a house is built; by understanding it is established. By knowledge rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant wealth. The Bible, Proverbs 24:3-4 (CEB) – Quotations book 2014

Truth makes free

Jesus Christ says: The truth will set you free. The Bible, John 8:32 (NIV) – Quotations book 2020


The church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints. attributed to Abigail van Buren – born Pauline Esther Friedman, American advice columnist (1918-2013), Quotations book 2010

Profit instead of volume

Volume is vanity, profit is sanity. Wilhelm Zeller – German manager, 1996-2009 CEO at Hannover Rück (b. 1944)

Intelligent investors

Intelligent Investors try to separate their emotions of hope, fear, and greed from their trust in reason, and then expect that wisdom will prevail over the long term. Hope, fear, and greed go along with the volatile market of short-term expectations, while trust in reason goes with the real market of long-term intrinsic value. In […]

Bad press

Lemmings may have a rotten image, but no individual Lemming has ever received bad press. Warren Buffett – American value investor, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930) in his letter to Berkshire Shareholders (1984), Quotations book 2008

Sympathy with suffering

It is much more easy to have sympathy with suffering, than it is to have sympathy with thought. Accordingly, with admirable though misdirected intentions, they very seriously and very sentimentally set themselves to the task of remedying the evils that they see. But their remedies do not cure the disease, they merely prolong it. Indeed, […]


In sé il potere non è né buono né cattivo, ma riceve il proprio senso solo dalla decisione di colui che lo esercita. Romano Guardini – filosofo religioso cattolico e teologo (1885-1968), da “Il potere” (1951)

Attraction of money

Money has an attraction for some people, but nobody can wear two pairs of shoes at one time. Charles Feeney – Irish-American businessman, co-founded the DFS Duty Free Shops chain and General Atlantic Partners (b. 1931), Quotations book 2010

Bend history

Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of the events, and then the total — all of these acts — will be written in the history of this generation. Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy – American jurist and senator (1925-1968), from the “Day of Affirmation speech” at the […]

Wall Street

Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2007

Charitable giving

Charitable giving should be a spiritual, rather than economic, decision. Economically, charitable giving never pays. Ron Blue – Christian financial advisor (b.1942)

You always meet twice

Be kind to everyone on the way up; you’ll meet the same people on the way down. Wilson Mizner – American playwright, raconteur, and entrepreneur (1876-1933), from “San Francisco Chronicle” (5.7.1932)


God’s native language is silence, the church fathers say. Silence is God’s voice, and that voice says, “I love you, I love you, I love you.” For silence is the space that God has made within his Being for us to be. This is love: to let the other be, to open a space within […]


To get what you want, you have to deserve what you want. The world is not yet a crazy enough place to reward a whole bunch of undeserving people. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), Quotations book 2016

Creating value

Many managers wonder why we create value where they don’t succeed. That is due to the factors we talked about: The 100-day plan, the measuring systems, entrepreneurial mentality that we encourage and our way of control. Henry Kravis – American private equity manager (KKR) (b. 1944)


What is thought is not said. What is said is not heard. What is heard is not understood. What is understood is not believed. What is believed is not yet advocated. What is advocated is not yet acted on. What is acted on is not yet completed. scheme from communication research, falsely attributed to Konrad […]


Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear. Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), from “Pudd’nhead Wilson” (Chapter XII, 1894)

Without Love

Duty without Love creates annoyance. Truth without Love creates addiction to criticism. Education without Love creates contradiction. Cleverness without Love turns cagey. Responsibility without Love turns inconsiderate. Justice without Love creates hardness. Politeness without Love creates hypocrisy. Order without Love creates pettiness. Knowledge without Love turns obstinate. Power without Love turns violent. Honour without Love […]


Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. Alfred Lord Tennyson – Pritish poet (1809-1892), from his poem “Locksley Hall” (1835, published in “Poems”, 1842)


Self-trust is the first secret of success. Ralph Waldo Emerson – American writer (1803-1882), from the essay “Success”, in “Society and Solitude and other Essays” (1870)

Walk on mountains

The Lord and King gives me strength. … He helps me walk on the highest places. The bible, Habakkuk 3:19 (NIRV)


Common sense tells you that you will find more and sometimes better investment opportunities if you search everywhere in the world. Sir John Marks Templeton – value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008), Quotations book 2010

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

Investment Success

The unfortunate reality is that investment success cannot be captured in a mathematical equation or a computer program. Seth A. Klarman – American investor, president and CEO: The Baupost Group, LLC (b. 1957), from “Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor” (2000)

Needle or haystack

People always look for the needle in the haystack. Why not buy the haystack? Fayez Sarofim – Egyptian-born American investor (b. 1929), from the interview “A Lion in Winter” by Andrew Bary (“Barron’s”, December 28th, 2013)

Limits of wishful thinking

Wishful thinking can dominate much of the work of a profession for a decade, but not indefinitely. Prof. Robert J. Shiller – American economist, Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences 2013 (b. 1946), in “From Efficient Market Theory to Behavioral Finance” (2002)


The philosophy behind much advertising is based on the old observation that every man is really two men – the man he is and the man he wants to be. attributed to William Feather – American author and publisher (1889-1981), Quotations book 2008

Overnight success

Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success. Christopher Isaac “Biz” Stone – American entrepreneur, co-founder of “Twitter” (b.1974), Quotations book 2021


He who waits gets a tailwind, and he who rows, a harbour. Hann fær byr, ið bíðar, og havn, ið rør. Faroese proverb – Quotations book 2018

Sell eqipment instead of digging for gold

Since the Industrial Revolution began, going downstream – investing in businesses that will benefit from new technology rather than investing in the technology companies themselves – has often been the smarter strategy. Ralph Wanger – American fund manager (b. 1934), Quotations book 2019


Education is important, especially when it comes to dismantling prejudices. You can’t help being a prisoner within your own mind, but the least you can do is ensure that the cell is decently furnished. Sir Peter Ustinov – English actor and writer (1921-2004), Quotations book 2017

See the reward

Everyone can tell you the risk. An entrepreneur can see the reward. Robert T. Kiyosaki – American businessman and author (b. 1947), in a facebook message (January 15th, 2013), Quotations book 2021


I love people that burn, that burn from the inside. Christian A. W. Berner- German graduate economist and entrepreneur, CEO Berner Group (b. 1984), Quotations book 2020

Crisis as chance

Never waste the opportunity offered by a good crisis. attributed to Niccolò Machiavelli – Italian politician, philosopher, historian and poet (1469-1527)


Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first. Simon O. Sinek – American author, speaker and optimist (b. 1973), from “Leaders Eat Last Deluxe: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t” (2014), Quotations book 2019 see Startwithwhy.com

The right moment

Being prepared means much, being able to wait means more, but to make use of the right moment means everything. Arthur Schnitzler – Austrian writer (1862-1931), from “Buch der Sprüche und Bedenken” (1927), Quotations book 2009


Five Frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left? The answer is five – because there is a difference between deciding and doing. Mark L. Feldman and Michael F. Spratt – American entrepreneurs: Mark L. Feldmann: Start-up Farms International and Destiny Bay Vineyards (b. 1947), Michael F. Spratt: […]


Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter F. Drucker – Austrian-born American management expert (1909-2005), Quotations book 2007


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)

Constante e sublime

Camminate con i piedi per terra e con il cuore abitate in cielo. Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), Libretto delle citazioni 2021 Walk with your feet on the ground and your heart in the sky. Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), Quotations book 2021


We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us. Sir Winston L. Churchill – British politician, 1940-45 and 1951-55 Prime Minister, Nobel Prize in literature 1953 (1874-1965), in his speech to the reconstruction of the House of Commons, Quotations book 2009


Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky. They are attached to people. If you’re looking for an opportunity, you’re really looking for a person. Reid G. Hoffman – American entrepreneur, co-founder LinkedIn (b. 1967), Quotations book 2019


I think that by concentrating on smaller companies, you improve your chances of catching the next wave. Ralph Wanger – American fund manager (b. 1934)

Acto con amor

The Lord does not look so much to the grandeur of our works as to the love with which they are done. Teresa of Àvila – spanish mystic and Catholic nun (1515-1582), from “Interior Castle” (1588), Quotations book 2017 El Señor no mira tanto la grandeza de las obras como el amor con que se […]


A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people. William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers – American humorist (1879-1935)

All to the best

I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry About? Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1963-1947), in an interview with Dale Carnegie (born Dale Carnagey, […]

False estimation

Most people ignore probabilities and exaggerate risk. Ralf Wanger – American fund manager (b. 1934), from “A Zebra in Lion Country” (1999)


He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well. Baltasar Gracián y Morales – Spanish philosopher and author (1601-1658)

Progress starts in Little steps

All mankind’s progress has been achieved as a result of the initiative of a small minority that began to deviate from the ideas and customs of the majority until their example finally moved the others to accept the innovation themselves. Ludwig von Mises – Austrian economist (1881-1973), from “Liberalism: In the Classical Tradition” (1927), Quotations […]

Good societies

Good societies can survive people doing immoral things. But a good society cannot survive if it calls immoral things moral. Dennis M. Prager – American radio talk show host and writer, founder and president of “PragerU” (b. 1948)


The world asks, what does a man own? Christ, how does he use it? Andrew Murray – South African priest and writer (1828-1917), from “Money” (1900)

Value of joy

To get full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with. Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), from “Following the Equator” (“Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar”, chapter XLVIII, 1897), Quotations book 2021

Profit and cash

Net profit is an opinion. Cash is a fact. Whitney R. Tilson – American hedge fonds manager (b. 1966), Quotations book 2010

Donors motivation

It gives me a good feeling. Walter Annenberg – American philanthropist, who donated paintings worth 1 Billion $ to the New York Metropolitan Museum on his motivation (1908-2002), Quotations book 2004

The life

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a beauty, admire it. Life is bliss, taste it. Life is a dream, realize it. life is a challenge, meet it. life is a duty, complete it. life is a game, play it. life is costly, care for it. life is wealth, keep it. life is […]


Brilliance is the ability to simplify a mass amount of information into a simple yes/no decision. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2017

Short words

Broadly speaking, short words are best, and the old words, when short, are best of all. Sir Winston L. Churchill – British politician, 1940-45 and 1951-55 Prime Minister, Nobel Prize in literature 1953 (1874-1965), from his speech on receiving the “London Times Literary Award” (November 2, 1949)

Good speech

The key to a good speech is to have a brillant beginning, a brillant ending and keep them as close as possible. Sir Peter Ustinov – English actor and writer (1921-2004), Quotations book 2016

Commandments of nonviolence

1. Meditate daily on the teachings and life of Jesus. 2. Remember always that the nonviolent movement … seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory. 3. Walk and talk in the manner of love, for God is love. 4. Pray daily to be used by God in order that all men might be free. 5. […]

Watchword 2022

Jesus Christ said: I will never send away anyone who comes to me. The Bible, John 6:37 (NIRV) The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with […]

All is possible for GOD

No one can stop you. The bible, Job 42:2 (NLT) – Quotations book 2019

Role models

It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2020


This is a nightmare, which will pass away with the morning. For the resources of nature and men’s devices are just as fertile and productive as they were. The rate of our progress towards solving the material problems of life is not less rapid. We are as capable as before of affording for everyone a […]


I will put out the fire of anger with the water of patience. ཁོང་ཁྲོའི་མེ་ལ་བཟོད་པའི་ཆུས་བྲན་པ Tibetan proverb


I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. Steve Jobs – American company founder, Apple (1955-2011), from an interview with Daniel Morrow for the “Smithsonian Institute” (April 20th, 1995), Quotations book 2021

Philosopher’s stone

If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher’s stone. Benjamin Franklin – American politician, writer and scientist (1706-1790), from “Poor Richard’s Almanac” (1736)


Nous réussissons aux entreprises qui exigent les qualités positives que nous possédons, mais nous excellons dans celles qui peuvent également se servir de nos défauts. We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects. attribuée à Alexis de Tocqueville zugeschrieben – […]


The world is as it is – we make the difference. Dr. Jagdish Parikh – Indian manager, author and speaker (b. 1940)

Coming together

Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), Quotations book 2008

Look forward

My partner Charlie and I never look back; we have so much to look forward to that it does not make sense to look back. Warren Buffet – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), found on youtube: “Warren Buffett MBA Talk”


Nous ne connaissons Dieu que par J.-C. Sans ce médiateur est ôtée toute communication avec Dieu. Blaise Pascal – Mathématicien et philosophe français (1623-1662), a “Pensée Non. 221”

Constructive debate

Dispute supports insight and that is worth a lot. Daniel Libeskind – American architect, artist and designer (b. 1946), from the interview “Der gebaute Horror” with Susanne von Beyer (“Der Spiegel”, 18. January 1999), Quotations book 2021


A goal is a dream with a deadline. Napoleon Hill – American writer: “Think And Grow Rich” (1883-1970), Quotations book 2020


A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. Yōko Ono – American artist and musicien (b. 1933), quoted by husband John Lennon (British musician and composer, 1940-1980) in an interview in December 1980, published in “All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and […]


Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement. attributed to Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), Quotations book 2015


The Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans had about the same level of wellbeing as the Maasai of East Africa, a traditional herding people who live in huts with no electricity or running water. Ed Diener – American professor in psychology (b. 1946), from “Barclays Wealth Insights, Volume 4: The True Value of Wealth” (2007)


Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong about his facts. attributed to Bernard M. Baruch – American financier, adviser to several American presidents (1870-1965)


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)


It’s never too early to teach your children about the tool of money. Teach them how to work for it and they learn pride and self-respect. Teach them how to save it and they learn security and self-worth. Teach them how to be generous with it and they learn love. attributed to Judith Jamison – American […]


I check every offer. It could be the offer of my life. attributed to Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), Quotations book 2018


If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try. Seth W. Godin – American author and former dot com business executive and company founder (b. 1960)

Moral and economy

If moral represents an ideal world, economy shows the real world. Steven D. Levitt – American economist and author (b. 1967)


It ain’t those parts of the bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand. attributed to Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910)


If you make your calling your profession you don’t work, you live. Michael Flatley – Irish-born American dancer and choreographer (b. 1958), Quotations book 2009

God’s thoughts

To understand God’s thoughts we must study statistics, for these are the measure of His purpose. Florence Nightingale- English nurse, founder of modern nursing (1820-1910), quoted by Karl Pearson in “The Life, Letters and Labours of Francis Galton”, Volume II (1924), Quotations book 2021


I’ve just been a machine for making money. I seem to have spent my life in a golden tunnel looking for the outlet which would lead to happiness. But the tunnel kept going on. After my death there will be nothing left. attributed to Aristoteles Onassis – Greek reeder (1906-1975), known as one of the richest […]

True or new

Men are willing to forego the old for the sake of the new. But commonly it is found in theology that that which is true is not new, and that which is new is not true. Robert Shindler – American Baptist priest, close friend to preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon (c. 1824-1903), from his article “The […]


Excellence and competitiveness are totally compatible with honesty and integrity. The A student, the four minute miler, the high jump record holder – all strong winners – can achieve those results without resorting to cheating. People who cheat are simply weak. Jack Welch – born John Francis Welch jr., legendary American manager: General Electric (1935-2020), […]

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. […]


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)

What do you do for others?

When you dream of success, are you ready for endurance? You are ambitious to lead, but are you ready to serve? We all want to get, do we know how to give? We all want to be heard, but are we prepared to listen? We all want to be happy, but do we feel for […]

Key to success

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. often attributed to Albert Schweitzer – German-born French missionary and doctor, Nobel Peace Prize 1952 (1875-1965), could not be verified by the Albert Schweitzer Centre, Quotations book 2018

Who looks for wind, has to stand for storms

Is there any ocean upon which a ship can sail in which it shall be quite sure that no storms will arise? Charles Haddon Spurgeon – English Baptist pastor (1834-1892), from his sermon #2098 “Where Are You Going?” (August 4th, 1889), Quotations book 2020


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 […]

Från det gamla till det som kommer

To move from the old to what is about to come is the only tradition worth keeping. Marcus “Dodde” Wallenberg – Swedish banker: SEB-Bank (1899-1982), in a letter to his brother Jacob (1946), Quotations book 2018 Att skifta från det gamla till det som kommer är den enda tradition värd att vårda. Marcus “Dodde” Wallenberg […]


The leader is the servant who removes the obstacles that prevent people from doing their jobs. Business wisdom


Keep focused on the substantive issues. To make a decision means having to go through one door and closing all others. Abraham Zaleznik – American professor (Harvard Business School) and social psychologist (1924-2011)


A politician thinks of the next election, a statesman of the next generation. attributed to James Freeman Clarke – American preacher and author (1810-1888), Quotations book 2009


Any damn fool can put on a deal, but it takes genius, faith and perseverance to create a brand. David Ogilvy – legendary British advertising executive and entrepreneur (1911-1999), from “The Unpublished David Ogilvy” (1988), Quotations book 2018

Do it

Drucker purified my mind. He would tell me after each session – don’t tell me you had a wonderful meeting with me. Tell me what you are going to do on Monday that’s different. Donald R. Keough – former CEO for Coca Cola (1926-2015) on Peter F. Drucker, Austrian-born management expert (1909-2005), from the interview “Seeing Things […]


Let us, then, be what we are, and speak what we think, and in all things keep ourselves loyal to the truth. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – American poet (1807-1882), from “The Courtship of Miles Standish” (1858)


There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate. Proverb, seen at Linda Grayson – American entrepreneur (Printwick Papers), often falsely attributed to Charles Dickens

Watchword 2017

God says: I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. The bible, Ezekiel 36:26 (NIV) – Zitateheft 2017 The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth […]


The time to reflect on your investing methods is when you are most successful, not when you are making the most mistakes. Sir John Marks Templeton – value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008)

Capital allocation

Capital allocation is the CEO’s most important job. William N. Thorndike, Jr. – American writer (*1963), from “The Outsiders – Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success” (2012), Quotations book 2021

Elections in times of a rebellion

The present rebellion brought our republic to a severe test; and a presidential election occurring in regular course during the rebellion added not a little to the strain. If the loyal people, united, were put to the utmost of their strength by the rebellion, must they not fail when divided, and partially paralyzed, by a […]


He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose. Philip James “Jim” Elliot – American evangelical Christian missionary in Ecuador, killed by the Huaorani people (1927-2956), in “To Carry the Light Farther: A Story of Faith, Sacrifice and Cultural Conflict in the Jungles of Ecuador” (1946)


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

Think first

The wise man ought not to think afterwards but rather to think beforehand. Oὐ μετανοεῖν ἀλλὰ προνοεῖν χρὴ τὸν ἄνδρα τὸν σοφόν. Axiopistos – Greek forger (ca. 4th century BC), who published two books under the name of the Sicilian comedy poet Epicharmus (ca. 540-460 BC), noted as “Fragmenta Pseudepicharmea 280”

Better decisions

The most important investment judgements at most big institutions and for most large portfolios are made by committees, but few realize the negative dynamics of group interaction. I think that, in most instances, groups of intelligent people have so many inherent liabilities that a lone individual has a far better chance of making good decisions. […]


Culture eats strategy for lunch. business wisdom, often attributed to Peter F. Drucker – Austrian-born American management expert (1909-2005), Quotations book 2019

Margin of Safety

We are not paid by our customers to hold stocks without a margin of safety. Amit Wadhwaney – American fund manager (b. 1953)


It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment. The Bible, Philippians 1:9 (ESV) – Quotations book 2021

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” […]


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, […]

Committee decisions

Committees can criticize, but they cannot create. Search all the parks in all your cities. You’ll find no statues of committees. David Ogilvy – legendary British advertising executive and entrepreneur (1911-1999)

Venture Capital

I must say that a small investment company is one of the toughest things I ever attempted to do. There’s no business in this world that’s more difficult than backing bright young engineers and guys who think they’ve got a new product but aren’t good businessmen. Royal Little – American entrepreneur, founded Textron in 1923, father […]


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 […]

Evolution of a crisis

The crisis takes a much longer time coming than you think, and then it happens much faster than you would have thought. Prof. Dr. Rüdiger “Rudi” Dornbusch – German-born American economist (1942-2002), in an interview for “Frontline” (PBS, 1995), Quotations book 2018


Multitasking makes you stupid. Doing more than one thing at a time makes you slower and worse at both tasks. Don’t do it. If you think this doesn’t apply to you, you’re wrong – it does. Dr. Jeff Sutherland – American software engineer and entrepreneur, inventor of the Scrum software development process (b. 1941), in […]

Courage to act

Courage is the beginning of an action, but chance is the master of the end. τόλμα πρήξιος ἀρχή, τύχη δὲ τέλεος κυρίη. Democritus from Abdera – Greek philosopher (c. 460 -371 B.C.), fragment 269

Business cycles

Every business cycle has three phases. In the first, innovators get rich. In the second, imitators get rich. In the third, idiots get rich – and then lose it. attributed to Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)


A friendship founded on business is a good deal better than a business founded on friendship. John D. Rockefeller – American oil magnate, sundays school teacher at at his time richest man of the world (1839-1937)

Create new

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. R. Buckminster Fuller – Americanr architect, visionary, designer and philosopher (1895-1983)

Constraints in conglomerates

There ain’t no nice guys in big business. attributed to Carl Cecilian Icahn – american millionaire and investor (b. 1936)


A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on it’s own wings. Always believe in yourself. motivazion


You hear a lot of strange things about tithing. Some say it is a church tax, and they expect me to pay it and that is the end of it. Others say that when I give God one-tenth of my income, He blesses the nine-tenths that is left to the extent that the nine-tenths now […]

Do it!

If something is important enough, even if the odds are stacked against you, you should still do it. Elon Musk – South African-born American engineer, designer and founding entrepreneur: Tesla (b. 1971)


It is far better to light the candle than to curse the darkness. William L. Watkinson – English Methodist preacher and writer (1838-1925), from his sermon “The Invincible Strategy” (1907), Quotations book 2019


Hope is the virtue of a heart that does not close itself in darkness or remain locked in the past, but looks towards the future. Pope Francis – born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, since 2013 Holy Father (b. 1936), in a message on Twitter (20th September 2017)


Only three things happen naturally in organizations: friction, confusion and underperformance. Everything else requires leadership. attributed to Peter F. Drucker – Austrian-born American management expert (1909-2005), could not be verified absolutely certain by the Drucker Institute’s Archive


Haec enim est una virtus non solum maxima sed etiam mater virtutum. [Gratitude] is not only the greatest, but is also the parent of all the other virtues. Marcus Tullius Cicero – Roman politician (106-43 B.C.), from his oratio “Pro Cn. Plancio” (54 B. C.), Quotations book 2020


Hard work, honesty, if you keep at it, will get you almost anything. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)


To be able to enjoy one’s past life is to live twice. Hoc est vivere bis vita posse priore frui. Marcus Valerius Martialis – Roman poet (c. 40-103), from “Epigrammaton libri duodecim”, book X, epigramme 23 (c. 85-103)

Removing costs

Removing unnecessary costs is a service to civilization. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), Quotations book 2016


Some people just watch a horse galloping by. Others see an opportunity to jump on. Jan-David Golze – German business development expert, booking.com

True treasure

It was not till we were as poor as a church mouse and up to our neck in water, that we began to think again of the true treasure of the church – the Gospel – and to distribute this treasure to all. John T. Finney – English Anglican theologian, 1993-98 Bishop of Pontefract (b. […]


The key to the heart of people will never be our cleverness, but always our love. attributed to Hermann von Bezzel – German Protestant theologian, 1891-1909 director of the deaconess institution Neuendettelsau (1861-1917), Quotations book 2016

Interview question

Tell me something that’s true, that almost nobody agrees with you on. Peter A. Thiel – German-born American investor and company founder: PayPal (b. 1967), in a discussion with entrepreneur and LinkedIn’s co-founder Reid Hoffman (2012), Quotations book 2019

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)

Swords to ploughshares

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him David Brinkley – American journalist, news anchor and author (1920-2003), Quotations book 2017


There are more truths in a good book than its author meant to put in it. Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach – Austrian writer (1830-1916), from her “Aphorisms”, published in “Collected Works”, book 1 (1893)

Give the best

Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you. Madeline Bridges – born Mary Ainge de Vere, American poet (1844-1920)

Attitude toward money

If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life. attributed to Billy Graham – born William Franklin Graham jr., American evangelist (1918-2018), Quotations book 2010

Power is dispensable

You need power only when you want to do something harmful. Otherwise, love is enough to get everything done. attributed to Sir Charles S. “Charlie” Chaplin – british actor (1889-1977), could not be verified by the Chaplin Association

Dullness and riches

One of the many stereotypes of the Swiss is that they are perceived – by the global non-Swiss community – as dull. One of the reasons the Swiss are dull – according to an article we came across some years ago – is that the Swiss never had victories on battlefields to speak of, never […]


Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain. Vivian Greene – British writer, expert for doll’s houses (1904-2003), Quotations book 2021


Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen. attributed to H. Wayne Huizenga Sr. – American businessman and entrepreneur, founder of several companies e.g. Blockbuster Video (1937-2018)


Success is more about your imagination than anything else. Paul Orfalea – American company founder (“Kinko’s”), author, speaker and philanthropist (b. 1947)


Menneskets Storhed afhænger ene og alene af Guds-Forholdets Energie i ham. The greatness of a man depends simply and solely on the energy of the God-relation in him. Søren Aabye Kierkegaard – Danish Protestant theologian an philosopher (1813-1855), known as one of the most important academics in Denmark, from “The Concept of Anxiety” (“Begrebet Angest”, […]


All geniusses are leeches, so to speak. They feed from the same source – the blood of life … We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to […]


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)


Teach us to realize how short our lives are. Then our hearts will become wise. The Bible, Psalms 90:12 (NIRV) – Quotations book 2009


People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it. Simon O. Sinek – American author, speaker and optimist (b. 1973), from “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” (2009), Quotations book 2018 see Startwithwhy.com


Property … is the only solution men have yet discovered to the problem of reconciling individual freedom with the absence of conflict. Law, liberty, and property are an inseparable trinity. Friedrich August von Hayek – Austrian economist and social philosopher, Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences 1974 (1899-1992), from “Law, Legislation And Liberty”, Volume 1 (1973), Quotations […]


The eight Levels of Tzedakah: 1.Highest Level: Supporting a man who has fallen into poverty by giving him a present or a loan, entering into partnership with him, or finding him work so that his hand will be fortified so that he will not have to ask others. 2. Giving to the poor without knowing […]

Customer focus

Our culture emphasizes rapid innovation and prioritizes user engagement over short-term financial results. from the prospectus of facebook, Inc. (2012)


What is imaginable is also possible. Ludwig Wittgenstein – Austro-British philosopher (1889-1951), from “Tractatus logico-philosophicus” (1912)


Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma Gandhi – Indian politician (1869-1948), in “Young India” from August 11th, 1920, Quotations book 2013 and 2015

Know your strength

Figure out what you’re good at and play that game. You don’t have to be good at everything. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Taking away

The trick isn’t adding stuff, it’s taking away. attributed to Mark Zuckerberg – American company founder: facebook (b. 1984)

I don’t give a shit

The opposite of beauty is not ugly. It’s ‘I don’t give a shit’. Stefan Sagmeister – Austrian graphic desinger and typographer (b. 1962), at the “SCHØN” conference in the Augsburg house of prayer (June 2018)


Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute. attributed to George Bernard Shaw – Irish writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1925 (1856-1950)


Worldly wisdom teaches us that it is better for reputation to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally. John Maynard Keynes – British economist and Investor (1883-1946), Quotations book 2007


The best doctors in the world are Dr. Diet, Dr. Quiet and Dr. Merryman. Jonathan Swift – Irsh-born English writer (1667-1745), from “Polite Conversation” (1738)


When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. slogan by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer – American psychologist, speaker and author on self-development (1940-2015), often attributed to Max Planck (German physicist, Nobel Prize in physics 1918, 1858-1947), but could not be verified by the Archives of the Max Planck […]


Though my heart may be left of centre, I have always known that the only economic system that works is a market economy, in which everything belongs to someone – which means that someone is responsible for everything. It is a system in which complete independence and plurality of economic entities exist within a legal […]

It can get dark

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer. attributed to Cornelia Arnolda Johanna “Corrie” ten Boom – Dutch writer, member of the resistance (1892-1983)


Investing is easier than you think, but harder than it looks. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Watchword 2009

What is possible with man is possible with God. The Bible, Lucas 18:27 (NIV) – Zitateheft 2009 The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible […]

Small people

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. attributed to Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer, (1835-1910), Quotations book 2008

Découvrez ce qui est à l’intérieur de vous!

Plus est en vous. devise de Louis de Bruges, seigneur de Gruuthuse – noble, négociant, diplomate et mécène des arts flamand, à partir de 1461 chevaliers de l’ordre de la toison d’or (1422-1492), acquit le monopole de la taxe sur la bière à Bruges en tant qu’homme du duc de Bourgogne le duc Philippe le […]


The directors of companies, however, being the managers rather of other people’s money than of their own, it cannot well be expected that they should watch over it with the same anxious vigilance (…) . Negligence and profusion, therefore, must always prevail, more or less, in the management of the affairs of such a company. Adam […]


Счастье не в том, чтобы делать всегда, что хочешь, а в том, чтобы всегда хотеть того, что делаешь. Лев Николаевич Толстой – русский писатель (1828-1910), котировки выпуска 2018

Learn from mistakes

Our failures are often more successful than our successes. attributed to Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947)


The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does. Napoleon Hill – American writer: “Think And Grow Rich” (1883-1970), Quotations book 2019


A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment. John Wooden – American basketball player and coach (1910-2010), Quotations book 2019 see more at CoachWooden.com

Egna vägar

Man kommer aldrig först om man går i andras fotspår. Swedish proverb – published in a collection by Gunnel (b. 1941) and Kjell Swärd (b. 1937), Quotations book 2015


The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else. Frédéric Bastiat – French Economist and Journalist (1801-1850), Quotations book 2008

Making wonders from weaknesses

Morning by morning, day by day, Ghele went to the river, to fill his two pots and walked to the town to distribute the water to his clients. Ghele was a waterseller. “It could not take long, until Ghele discards me”, said the one pot sad. Because he was cracked and leaking water permanently. The […]


I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been. Wayne Gretzky – Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1961), Quotations book 2016

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)


Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom. Jim Rohn – American entrepreneur, author and motivational trainer (1930-2009), from “The Art of Exceptional Living” (1993)

Watchword 2020

I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief! The Bible, Marcus 9:24 (NIV) – Quotations book 2020 The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a […]

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)


It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. Anthony “Tony” Jay Robbins – born Anthony J. Mahavoric, American author, coach, motivational speaker, and philanthropist (b. 1960)


Be fearful when the world is greedy and be greedy when the world is fearful.. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2004

John Wooden’s “Seven Point Creed”

1. Be true to yourself. 2. Make each day your masterpiece. 3. Help others. 4. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible. 5. Make friendship a fine art. 6. Build a shelter against a rainy day. 7. Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day. John Hugh Wooden – American farmer […]

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)

Enjoy uncertainty

You have a choice. You can worry until you drop dead. Or you can prefer to enjoy the little bit of uncertainty. Norman Mailer – American writer and director (1923-2007)


Under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training. Navy seal wisdom – Quotations book 2019


Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence. Sheryl Sandberg – American manager and philanthropist, COO of Facebook (b. 1969), about “Harvard Business School” in “Lean In for Graduates” (2014)


Research your existing portfolio with the same energy and passion as new ideas Rick di Mascio – British portfolio manager, CEO: Inalytics (b. 1957), Quotations book 2021


Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Helen Keller – American deaf-blind writer (1880-1968), from “The Open Door” (1957), Quotations […]


Generosity is taking care of the others. Jean-Pascal Bobst – Swiss mechanical engineer and manager (b. 1965), Quotations book 2019

Easy things

I have seen no trend towards value investing in the 35 years that I’ve practiced it. There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Sense of Christmas

The most precious gift that we can give to someone is the time we take to spend with them. If we appreciate this, we have understood the meaning of Christmas. Roswitha Bloch – German lyricist, aphorist and lecturer (b. 1957), Quotations book 2017


Love means that life has no meaning except in terms of responsibility; responsibility toward our family, toward our nation, toward our civilization, and now, by the pressures of history, toward the universe of mankind, which includes our enemies. attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr – German-Born American theologian (1892-1971)


The soul obtains from Him as much as it hopes for from Him. John of the Cross – aka Juan de la Cruz, born Juan de Yepes y Álvarez, Spanish Carmelite friar and Doctor of Church (1542-1591), from “The Dark Night”, Book 2, chapter 21.8 (“La noche oscura”, posthumously 1618) L’âme obtient autant de Lui […]


Simplicity has a way of improving performance. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), Quotations book 2020


Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking. Bernard M. Baruch – American financier, adviser to several American presidents (1870-1965), Quotations book 2010


Markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent. John Maynard Keynes – British economist and investor (1883-1946), Quotations book 2006

Façonner l’avenir

Pour ce qui est de l’avenir, il ne s’agit pas de le prévoir, mais de le rendre possible. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – écrivain et aviateur français (1900-1944), de “La Citadelle” (1948)


Our intellect extends to the infinite in understanding. Intellectus noster ad infinitum in intelligendo extenditur. Thomas Aquinas – Italian philosopher and theologian (1224/25-1274), from “Summa contra Gentiles” I, cap. 43, n. 10 (circa 1260)

Pleasure for praise

Lovers of praise will with pleasure undergo every labour and every danger for this. τοὺς δ᾽ ἐπαίνου ἐραστὰς ἀνάγκη διὰ τοῦτο πάντα μὲν πόνον, πάντα δὲ κίνδυνον ἡδέως ὑποδύεσθαι. Xenophon – Greek soldier, politician and historian (430-354 B.C.), student of Socrates, from a speech Held by Cyrus the Great in “Cyropaedia”, book 1, chapter V, […]


Nothing shapes our lives so much as the questions we ask, refuse to ask, or never dream of asking. Sam Keen – American philosopher (b. 1931), Quotations book 2015

Each individual counts

Individual commitment to a group effort is what makes – a team work – a society work – civilisation work. Vince Lombardi – legendary American football coach (1913-1970)

Insight in leisure

It’s the leisure hours, happily used, that have opened up a new world to many a person. attributed to George M. Adams – American newspaper columnist (1878-1067)


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


Money is a great treasure that only increases as you give it away. attributed to Sir Francis Bacon – English philosopher, politician and writer (1561-1626), Quotations book 2018


Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.. Max Frisch – Swiss writer (1911-1991), Quotations book 2008


What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. Bob Dylan – born Robert Allen Zimmerman, American singer-songwriter, author and musician, Nobel Prize in literature 2016 (b. 1941), Quotations book 2021

Economic moat

Look for the durability of the franchise. The most important thing for me is figuring out how big a moat there is around a business. What I love, of course, is a big castle and a big moat with piranhas and crocodiles. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)


The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men. E. M. Bounds – American writer and member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South (1835-1913), from “Power Through Prayer” (1910)


Philanthropy is harder than business. You are tackling important problems that people with intellect and money have tackled in the past and had a tough time solving. Warren Buffett – American investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), from ” The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life” by Alice Schroeder (2008), Quotations book 2017

Savoir et voir

Il faut savoir et voir, et il faut voir et savoir. Claude Lanzmann – réalisateur et documentaire français (1925-2018), d’après une interview dans “Cahiers du cinéma”, n ° 374, (juillet / août 1985)


The capacities which are within a man are greater than he knows and the capacities with which God can endow a man are greater than he dreams. Charles Haddon Spurgeon – English Baptist pastor (1834-1892), from his sermon N° 1690 “Chariots Of Iron” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington (September 28, 1882), Quotations book 2019


You know your life is boring when you only wear work clothes and pyjamas. Jan-David Golze – German business development expert, booking.com

Unpredictable stock market

If you believe you or anyone else has a system that can predict the future of the stock market, the joke is on you. Ralph Wanger – American fund manager (b. 1934), from “A Zebra in Lion Country” (1999)


A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. John C. Maxwell – American leadership expert, author and speaker (b. 1947), from “The Right to Lead: Learning Leadership Through Character and Courage” (2010)


It’s not what you take but what you leave behind that defines greatness. Edward G. Gardner – Amercian company founder: Soft Sheen Products Inc. (b. 1925), Quotations book 2015


The world consists of those who make things happen, those who watch something happening, and those who ask what happened. Norman R. Augustine – American manager, former CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation (b. 1935), Quoations book 2009


Develop your eccentricities while you are young. That way, when you get old, people won’t think you’re going gaga. David Ogilvy – legendary British advertising executive and entrepreneur (1911-1999)


You can’t have a great place to shop without first making it a great place to work. Stew Leonard, Sr. – American entrepreneur, founded Stew Leonard’s super markets (b. 1929)

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 […]


Don’t just aspire to make a living. Aspire to make a difference. Denzel Washington – American actor, director, producer and keynote speaker (b. 1954), in his commencement address at Dillard University (May 9th, 2015), Quotations book 2019


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)


If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is in sight. Jack Welch – born John Francis Welch jr., legendary American manager: General Electric (1935-2020), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century

Strong beliefs

Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger. Walter Bagehot – English economist and author, editor in chief of “The Economist” (1826-1877), from “Physics and Politics Or Thoughts on the Application of the Principles of Natural Selection and Inheritance to Political Society” (1872), Quotations book 2020

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 […]

Make decisions

It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. Roy E. Disney – American film producer, nephew of Walt Disney (1930-2009), Quotations book 2005

God’s Thoughts

I want to know His (God’s) thoughts, the rest are details. Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel prize in physics 1921 (1879-1955), from the interview “A Talk with Einstein” with Esther Salaman, 1955

Hvem du er

Det er det du gjør og ikke det du sier som viser hvem du egentlig er. Norsk ordtak – Sitater bok 2017 It’s what you do, not what you say, that shows who you really are. Norwegian proverb – Quotations book 2017

Six Rules on How to Be Successful

1. Trust yourself. 2. Break some rules. 3. Don’t be afraid to fail. 4. Ignore the naysayers. 5. Work like hell. 6. Give something back. Arnold A. Schwarzenegger – Austrian-born American actor, bodybuilder and politician, 2003-11 Governor of California (b. 1947), in his commencement speech at the University of California (May 15th, 2009), Quotations book […]

Five basic operations of a manager

A manager sets objectives. A manager organises. A manager motivates and communicates. A manager establishes measuring yardsticks. A manager develops people. Peter F. Drucker – Austrian-born American management expert (1909-2005), from “The Practice of Management” (1954), Quotations book 2020

Prosperity and adversity

Prosperity does best discover vice, but adversity does best discover virtue. Sir Francis Bacon – English philosopher, politician and writer (1561-1626), from his Essay “Of Adversity” (1625)

Instrument de paix

Seigneur, faites de moi un instrument de votre paix. Là où il y a de la haine, que je mette l’amour. Là où il y a l’offense, que je mette le pardon. Là où il y a la discorde, que je mette l’union. Là où il y a l’erreur, que je mette la vérité. Là […]

Make changes

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol – American Artist (1928-1987), from “The Philosophy of Andy Warhol” (1975), Quotations book 2015


It is impossible to produce superior performance unless you do something different from the majority. Sir John Marks Templeton – value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008), Quotations book 2006


I work on the principle that you should never do something that others can do for you. attrubited to John D. Rockefeller – American oil magnate, sunday’s School teacher and world’s richest man at his time (1839-1937)


Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. attributed to Malcolm X zugeschrieben – born Malcolm Little; American Muslim preacher and civil rights activist (1925-1965)


Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden – American basketball player and coach (1910-2010), Quotations book 2019

Practice makes perfect

The harder you practice, the luckier you get. Gary Player – South African retired professional golfer (b. 1935)


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 […]

Stock market

In the long run, the stock market is 100% economics and 0% emotions. John C. Bogle – American author and founder of The Vanguard Group and the world’s first index mutual fund (1929-2019)

Succès et objectifs

On ne fait jamais attention à ce qui a été fait; on ne voit que ce qui reste à faire. Marie Curie – aussi Marie Skłodowska-Curie, physicienne et chimiste française d’origine polonaise, prix Nobel de physique en 1903 et prix Nobel de chimie en 1911 (1867-1934), d’une lettre à son frère Józef Skłodowski (18/03/1894), Brochure […]

Business leaders

Business leaders are called to engage the contemporary economic and financial world in light of the principles of human dignity and the common good. Among these principles, we recall the principle of meeting the needs of the world with goods which are truly good and which truly serve.. Peter K. A. Cardinal Turkson – Catholic […]

Employ money

If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known, how he employs it. attributed to Socrates – Greek philosopher (469-399 v. Chr.)


In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists. Eric Hoffer – American writer and philosopher (1898 or 1902-1983), from “Reflections on the Human Condition” (1973), Quotations book 2020


What would life be if we didn’t dare to take things in hand? Vincent van Gogh – Dutch painter (1853-1890), in a letter to his brother Theo (December 29th, 1881), Quotations book 2021 Wat zou het leven zijn als we niet wat durfden aanpakken? Vincent van Gogh – Nederlands kunstschilder (1853-1890), in een brief aan […]

Ville eet

Fader i Himlene! Hvad er dog et Menneske uden Dig! Hvor er Alt hvad han veed, var det end det Mangfoldiges Mængde, kun et afbrudt Stykke, hvis han ikke kjender Dig; er al hans Stræben, var den end omfattende en Verden, kun et halvgjort Arbeide, hvis han ikke kjender Dig, Du den Ene, som er […]

Do it

People saying: “It can’t be done,” are always being interrupted by somebody doing it. proverb from the “Puck” – first successful American humor magazine (volume 52, no. 1347, December 24, 1902) often falsely attributed to George Bernard Shaw (Irish writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1925, 1856-1950)


The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. For to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves and the better the teacher, the better the student body. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2010

In steps

He who endeavours to ascend to the highest place, rises by degrees or steps, and not by leaps. Qui summum locum ascendere nititur, gradibus vel passibus non autem saltibus elevatur. Pope Gregory I – aka Gregory the Great, Roman theologian, , 590-604 Holy Father, one of the four Latin doctors of the Church(etwa 540-604), from […]

Decide alone

The best way to think about investments is to be in a room with no one else and to just think. If that doesn’t work, nothing else is going to work. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), from a Colloquium at the University of Florida (October 15, 1998)


If you cut down advertisement to save money, you might as well stop your watch to save time. attributed to Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), Quotations book 2009

Be prepared

If you have trouble imagining a 20% loss in the stock market, you shouldn’t be in stocks. John C. Bogle – American author and founder of The Vanguard Group and the world’s first index mutual fund (1929-2019)


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)


If history books were the key to riches, the Forbes 400 would consist of librarians. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2002

Qualities of managers

Three qualities of managers – integrity, intelligence and energy. If you don’t have the first one the last two will kill you. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2003

Why God loves

God loves us not because we are lovable, but because He ist love. C. S. Lewis – Britisch writer (1898-1963), from Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis: Volume III, Letter to Mary Van Deusen, May 25, 1951


When we find a purpose that is bigger than ourselves, we become more powerful in our ability to create. Jack Delosa – Australian author and investor, founder and CEO of The Entourage (b. 1987), Quotations book 2018

Hard work

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. sports-wisdom, attributed to Tim Notke – American High School basketball coach, quoted by Kevin Durant (American basket ball player: “Brooklyn Nets”, born 1988) and Timothy “Tim” Tebow (American baseball and football player, born 1987)

Comprehensible accounting

If I can’t understand the accounting, they don’t want me to. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)


A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want. Madonna – born Madonna Louise Ciccone, American singer, actress, songwriter, dancer, author and director (b. 1958)


Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours. Swedish proverb – Quotations book 2014

Understand, not just tolerate

I am not asking you to merely tolerate each other. Tolerance is for cowards. Being tolerant requires nothing of you, but to be quiet and not make waves, holding tightly to your views and judgments without being challenged. Do not merely tolerate each other. Work hard! Move into uncomfortable territory and seek to understand each […]


Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them. William Arthur Ward – American writer (1921-1994), Quotations book 2010


Uncertainty actually is the friend of the buyer of long-term values. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), from a newspaper article (“Forbes”, August 6, 1979)

Late surprise

As in the case with marriage, business acquisitions often deliver surprise after the “I do’s”. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in his letter to Berkshire Shareholders (2016)

Intelligent investor

The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists. Jason Zweig – American journalist (b. 1959), in his “Note about Benjamin Graham” in the revised edition of “The Intelligent Investor” (2003), Quotations book 2021

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. […] […]


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)

Measuring public opinions

The most reliable indication of public purpose in this country is derived through our popular elections. Abraham Lincoln – American politician, 1861-65 16th president (1809-1865), abolished slavery in 1863, from his annual Message to Congress, 6 December 1864

Stock market success

To make money in stocks you must have the vision to see them. The courage to buy them and the patience to hold them. George Fisher Baker – American financier and philanthropist (1840-1931), quoted by Thomas Phelps (American stocks analyst, 1902-1992) in “100 to 1 in the Stock Market” (1972), Quotations book 2015

Free market economy

The great virtue of a free market system is that it does not care what color people are; it does not care what their religion is; it only cares whether they can produce something you want to buy. It is the most effective system we have discovered to enable people who hate one another to […]


The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.. attributed to Miguel de Cervantes Y Saavedra – Spanish writer (1547-1616)

Standard of knowledge

If we become increasingly humble about how little we know, we may be more eager to search. Sir John Marks Templeton – value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008)


The difference between a successful person and a failure often lies in the fact that the successful man will profit by his mistakes and try again in a different way. Dale Carnegie – born Dale Carnagey, American author and personality coach (1888-1955), Quotations book 2020


Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. Vince Lombardi – legendary American football coach (1913-1970), Quotations book 2016

Give God the credit

A lot of people are willing to give God the credit, but not too many are willing to give him the cash. Wisdom


Every problem you master helps you on in future – and gives you fresh strength. Stefanie Graf – German former tennis player (b. 1969)

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

Professional Investment

The game of professional investment is intolerably boring and over-exacting to anyone who is entirely exempt from the gambling instinct; whilst he who has it must pay to this propensity the appropriate toll. attributed to John Maynard Keynes – British economist and ivestor (1883-1946)


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 […]

Learning from the world

What the pupil must learn, if he learns anything at all, is that the world will do most of the work for you, provided you cooperate with it by identifying how it really works and aligning with those realities. If we do not let the world teach us, it teaches us a lesson. attributed to […]

Fear of God

The fear of God is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death. The Bible, Proverbs 14:27 (NIV) – Quotations book 2010


A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought. Warren Buffett – American value investor, chairman of Berkshire Heathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2007


The main problem with functionalism is that it does not function. Stefan Sagmeister – Austrian graphic desinger and typographer (b. 1962), at the “SCHØN” conference in the Augsburg house of prayer (June 2018)

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 […]


If you’re looking for a home run – a great investment for five years or ten years or more – then the only way to beat this enormous fog that covers the future is to identify a long-term trend that will give a particular business some sort of edge. Ralph Wanger – American fund manager […]

Only those who let go have two hands free

We cannot plant seeds with closed fists. Adolfo Pérez Esquivel – Argentine activist, writer and sculptor, Nobel Peace Prize 1980 (b. 1931), from his acceptance speech on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo (10.12.1980) Nadie puede sembrar con los puños cerrados. Adolfo Pérez Esquivel – activista, escritor y escultor […]

Minimum turnover

The produce of a field stands related to the amount of that mineral ingredient which its soil contains in smallest quantity. Mineral Theory by Prof. Dr. Justus Freiherr von Liebig – German chemist and agricultural scientist (1803-1873), from “Principles of Agricultural Chemistry: With Special Reference to the Late Researches Made in England” (1855)

Working for money

Taking a job for money is like marrying for money, which is especially dumb if you are already rich. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2006


Your capacity to say “No” determines your capacity to say “Yeas”. You have to say “No” to lesser things in order to say “Yeas” to greater things. E. Stanley Jones – American Methodist Christian missionary and seminarist (1894-1973), in “Abundant Living” (1942), Quotations book 2021


It isn’t the number of people employed in a business that makes it successful it is the number working. Wisdom from business life – Quotations book 2015


We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – American poet (1807-1882), from “Kavanagh” (1849), Quotations book 2019

God’s promises

Do not treat God’s promises as if they were curiosities for a museum, but use them as everyday sources of comfort. Trust the Lord whenever your time of need comes on. Charles Haddon Spurgeon – English Baptist pastor (1834-1892), from his sermon “The Child of Light Walking in Darkness” (September 25, 1887)


The problem of leadership is that it requires inner development; you can’t just be a leader because you read a lot of books. Fred Kofman – Argentine adviser, coach and writer (b. 1960), from an interview with the Knowledge@Wharton show on “Wharton Business Radio”, SiriusXM channel 111 (18th July 2018), Quotations book 2020

Well prepared

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my ax. wisdom, often falsely 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 most unlikely


It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer. attributed to Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel prize in physics 1921 (1879-1955)


If you own something you cannot give away, then you don’t own it, it owns you. attributed to Albert Schweitzer – German-born French missionary and doctor, Nobel Peace Prize 1952 (1875-1965), Quotations book 2009


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)


Most leading brokers cannot spare the time and money to research smaller stocks. You are therefore more likely to find a bargain in this relatively under-exploited area of the stock market. James D. “Jim” Slater – British entrepreneur and investor (1929-2015), from “The Zulu Principle: Making Extraordinary Profits from Ordinary Shares” (1992)