Entries by Christoph Niemann

Wise

The way of the sage is to act but not to compete. from the Tao Te Ching – most significant proverb collection of Daoism (chapter 81, 4th century BC), according to a legend written by Lao Tzu (Chinese philosopher, c. 3rd to 5th century BC)

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)

Main

The work can wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work. Mary “Patricia”(Wise) Clafford – amerikanische Schriftstellerin (1900-1998)

Truth

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

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)

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)

Vision

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

Constructive debate

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

Role-model

We must become what we wish to teach. Nathaniel Branden – born Nathan Blumenthal, American psychotherapist and author (1930-2014), from “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem” (1994)

Try and error

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over. Sir Richard Branson – British company founder (Virgin) and adventurer (b. 1950), from “Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur” (2008)

Truth

If there were only one truth, you couldn’t paint a hundred canvases on the same theme. Pablo Picasso – Spanish artist (1881-1973), quoted by Daniel J. Robbins (American art historian, art critic, and curator,, 1932-1995) in “Picasso’s Vollard suite” (1979) Aunque sólo existiera una verdad única, no se podrían pintar cien cuadros sobre el mismo […]

Sue or die

What good is figuring out a better way to sell beach towels if you aren’t going to tell everybody in your company about it? Samuel M. “Sam” Walton – American entrepreneur, founder of Walmart (1918-1992), from “Sam Walton, Made in America: My story” (1992)

Success

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

Six principles

1. Think one Store at a time. 2. Communicate, communicate, communicate. 3. Keep your ear to the ground. 4. Push responsibility – and authority – down. 5. Force ideas to bubble up. 6. Stay lean, fight bureaucracy. Samuel M. “Sam” Walton – American entrepreneur, founder of Walmart (1918-1992), from “Sam Walton, Made in America: My story” […]

Vocation

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 […]

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. […] […]

Look forward

It is one of life’s laws that as soon as one door closes, another one opens. But the tragedy is that we look at the closed door and disregard the open one. attributed to André Gide – French writer, Nobel Prize in literatue 1947 (1869-1951)

Give away

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. proverb, often falsely attributed to William Shakespeare (English writer, 1564-1616) or Pablo Picasso (Spanish artist, 1881-1973)

Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur isn’t someone who owns a business, it’s someone who makes things happen. Timothy “Tim” Ferriss – American entrepreneur and author (b. 1977)

Successfull

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)

Timing

The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell. Sir John Marks Templeton – British value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008)

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 advisor and fund-manager, CEO: Inalytics […]

Perseverance

But know that before attaining the Promised Land you’ll have to cross the Red Sea and the desert. Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), to Michele Rua (3.10.1852), quoted in “Don Bosco: New Biography” (1979) Ma sappi che prima di entrare nella Terra Promessa avrai da attraversare il Mar Rosso […]

What you can do today…

Do not put off to tomorrow the good you can do today, because maybe tomorrow you will not have time. Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), from “Memorie Biografiche”, book IV, chapter XXXVII, 439 (1904) Non mandate al domani il bene che potete fare oggi, perché forse domani non avrete […]

Strain

Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better. Jim Rohn – American entrepreneur, author and motivational trainer (1930-2009), from “The Art of Exceptional Living” (1993)

Self-education

Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune. attributed to Jim Rohn – American entrepreneur, author and motivational trainer (1930-2009)

Miracles

In the realist, faith is not born from miracles, but miracles from faith. Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsk – Russian writer (1821-1881), from “The Brothers Karamazov”, part I, book one, chapter 5 (1880) В реалисте вера не от чуда рождается, а чудо от веры. Федор Достоевский – русский писатель (1821-1881), из “Бра́тья Карама́зовы”, часть I, книга первая, […]

Dwarfs on giants’ shoulders

If I have seen further it is by standing on ye shoulders of giants. Sir Isaac Newton – English mathematician, physicist and astronomer (1643-1727), from a letter to Robert Hooke (5.2.1676)

Difference

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

Do good

No-one would remember the good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions. He had money as well. Dame Margaret Thatcher – British politician, 1979-90 Prime Minister (1925-2013), from a tv interview with Brian Walden for “London Weekend Television” (“Weekend World”, January 6th, 1980)

Seed

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

Implement

I am Honest. I am Dependable. I am Diligent. I am Responsible. I am Disciplined. I am Loving. I am Faithful. I am an Implementer. Tom Ziglar – American entrepreneur, CEO Ziglar Inc. (b. 1965)

Repeat, repeat, repeat

You need to repeat yourself so often, you get sick of hearing yourself say it, and only then will people begin to internalize what you’re saying. Jeffrey “”eff” Weiner – American businessman, CEO LinkedIn (b. 1970), from an interview with “Time” (April 28th, 2014)

Future

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Dr. Alan C. Kay – American computer scientist (b. 1940), at a “Xerox Palo Alto Research Center” meeting (1971)

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)

Calm

Content and peace of mind are valuable things. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – German poet (1749-1832), from “The Sorrows of Young Werther”, Second book (1774)

Crisis as chance

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

Why not?

The common question that gets asked in business is, “why?” That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, “why not?” Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), in an interview with Steven Levy for wired.com (November 13th, 2011)

Test, test, test

If you double the number of experiments you do per year you’re going to double your inventiveness. Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964)

Independence

Like Warren [Buffett], I had a considerable passion to get rich, not because I wanted Ferraris — I wanted the independence. I desperately wanted it. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Long-term invest

The big money is not in the buying and selling but in the waiting. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Self-pity

Generally speaking, envy, resentment, revenge and self-pity are disastrous modes of thought. […] You do not want to drift into self-pity. … Self-pity will not improve the situation. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), from his USC School of Law Commencement speech (May 13th, 2007)

Self-assessment

Knowing what you don’t know is more useful than being brilliant. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), from “A Fireside Chat With Charlie Munger” (“Wall Street Journal”, September 12th, 2014)

Loving silence

A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words. Rachel Naomi Remen, MD – American author (b. 1938), from “Kitchen Table Wisdom” (1996)

Vision

Chase the vision, not the money. The money will end up following you. Tony Hsieh – American internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist, CEO Zappos (b. 1973)

Portfolio management

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

You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs

Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest. The Bible, Proverbs 14:4 (NLT)

Challenge

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

Przyszłośc

Przyszłości się nie poznaje, lecz się ją tworzy. Stanisław Brzozowski – polski filozof i pisarz (1878 – 1911), z “Legenda Młodej Polski. Studia o strukturze duszy kulturalnej” (1910) You don’t recognize the future, but you create it. Stanisław Brzozowski – Polisch philosopher and writer (1878-1911), from “The Legend of Young Poland. Studies on the Structure […]

Brand sharpening

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

Elegance

Elegance is not to be noticed, it’s to be remembered. attributed to Giorgio Armani – Italian fashion designer (b. 1934) L’eleganza non è farsi notare, ma farsi ricordare. attribuita a Giorgio Armani – stilista italiano (*1934)

Meaning of life

The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life. attributed to Rabindranath Tagore – Bengali poet, Nobel Prize in literature 1913 (1861-1941)

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 […]

Dance

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)

Never follow the crowd

What you’ve got to do in politics is be sure that what you say can be justified by principle, by argument, and to put it across. As I always say, never follow the crowd. Make up your own mind and get the crowd to follow you. Dame Margaret Thatcher – British politician, 1979-90 Prime Minister […]

Passion

Do it with passion, or not at all. wisdom, attributed to Rosa Nouchette Carey – English children’s writer (1840-1909)

Start early

Plan the difficult when it is easy; Handle the big where it is small. The world’s hardest work begins when it is easy; The world’s largest effort begins where it is small. from the Tao Te Ching – most significant proverb collection of Daoism (chapter 63, 4th century BC), according to a legend written by […]

Бог

God is not in power, but in truth. Alexander Yaroslavich Nevsky – Russian military leader and nobleman, between 1236 and 1259 Prince of Novgorod, 1249-63 Grand Prince of Kiev, 1252-1263 Grand Prince of Vladimir (1221-1263) Не в силе Бог, а в правде. Алекса́ндр Яросла́вич Не́вский – Русский армейский лидер и дворянин, между 1236 и 1259 […]

Everyone starts small!

Every artist was first an amateur. Ralph Waldo Emerson – American writer (1803-1882), from “Letters and Social Aims”, chapter 7: “Progress of Culture” (1875)

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)

Motivation

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. Richard Bach – American writer (b. 1936), from “Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah” (1977)

Help others

The more you do for others, the better shape you’re in. Walter Breuning – American railroader and supercentenarian, 2009-2011 world’s oldest known man (1896-2011)

Vivere

How long I might live is beyond my control; how long I will live, in the sense of truly living, is mine. Quamdiu sim alienum est: quamdiu ero, (vere) ut sim, meum est. Lucius Annaeus Seneca – Roman philosopher (4 B.C.-65 A.C.), from “Epistulae morales ad Lucilium”, Liber XV, letter 93 (written 64)

Leisure

To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual. Oscar Wilde – Irish writer (1854-1900), from “The Critic As Artist”, scene 2 (1891)

The way to the stars

There is no easy way from the earth to the stars. Non est ad astra mollis e terris via. Lucius Annaeus Seneca – Roman philosopher (4 B.C.-65 A.C.), from his comedy “Hercules Furens”, line 437 “Megara” (c. 54)

Optimist

For the optimist life is not the problem but already the solution. attributed to Marcel Pagnol – French writer, playwrigt and director (1895-1974) Pour l’optimiste, la vie n’est pas un problème, mais une solution. attribué à Marcel Pagnol – écrivain, dramaturge et cinéaste français (895-1974)

Learn from mistakes

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), from “My Life and Work” (1922)

Love

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

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)

Example

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

Liberal

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

Succès et objectifs

On ne fait jamais attention à ce qui a été fait ; on ne voit que ce qui reste à faire. 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) One never notices […]

Успеть

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

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) Non dobbiamo mai lasciarci sfuggire un’occasione che il signore ci presenta per fare del bene. Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici […]

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)

Excellent

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

Complete, do nots top

Entrepreneurs don’t finish when we are tired. We finish when we are done. Robert T. Kiyosaki – American businessman and author (b. 1947), in a facebook message (March 19th, 2013)

Love

God does not love us because we are valuable; we are valuable because He loves us. Fulton J. Sheen – American Catholic cleric, 1966-69 Bishop of Rochester, 1969-79 Titular Archbishop of Newport, Wales (1895-1979), from “Remade for Happiness: Achieving Life’s Purpose through Spiritual Transformation” (1946)

Faith

The connecting link between God’s promise and His fulfillment is our faith. Andrew Murray – South African priest and writer (1828-1917), from “How to Raise Your Children for Christ” (1887)

Aanpakken

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) Wat zou het leven zijn als we niet wat durfden aanpakken? Vincent van Gogh – Nederlands kunstschilder (1853-1890), in een brief aan zijn broer Theo […]

Daviate

Progress is not possible without deviation (from the norm). Frank Zappa – American rock musician (1940-1993), from an interview with VPRO (February 11th, 1971)

Good conversation

A good conversation is like a miniskirt, short enough to retain interest, but long enough to cover the subject. American wisdom

Measure

Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so. Galileo Galilei – Italian astronomist und physicist (1564-1642) Misura ciò che è misurabile e rendi misurabile ciò che non lo è. Galileo Galilei – astronomo e fisico italiano (1564-1642)

Hero

It is much easier to be a hero than a gentleman. Heroes you can be once in a while; gentlemen, you must always be. Luigi Pirandello – Italian writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1934 (1867-1936), from his comedy “The Pleasure of Honesty”, Act one, Scene three (1917) È molto più facile […] essere un eroe […]

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)

Prayer

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 […]

Give

Having, first, gained all you can, and, secondly saved all you can, then give all you can. John Wesley – English preacher (1703-1791), from his sermon “The Use of Money” (1760)

Prayer

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Phillips Brooks – American Episcopal clergyman, 1891-1893 Bishop of Massachusetts (1835-1893), from his sermon “Going up to Jerusalem”, in “Twenty Sermons” (1886)

Listen

Han meente at det at bede er at tale; han lærte at det at bede ikke blot er at tie, men er at høre. Og saaledes er det; at bede er ikke at høre sig selv tale, men er at komme til at tie, og at blive ved at tie, at bie, til den Bedende […]

Gratitude

La reconnaissance est la mémoire du cœur. Jean Massieu – pionnier français de l’éducation des sourds (1772-1846) Gratitude is the memory of the heart. Jean Massieu – French pioneer in deaf educating (1772-1846)

Watchword 2021

Jesus Christ said: Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. The Bible, Lucas 6:36 (NIV) 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 […]

Enthusiasm

Look for the activity, that gives you the energy you put into it back to you in the form of enthusiasm. William “Bill” Hybels – American Evangelical minister, founding and former senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church (b. 1951), in his notes to the “Global Leadership Summit 2017”

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 […]

Significant

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 […]

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)

Determination

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do. Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), from a letter to Makhaya Ntini on his 100th cricket test (17 December 2009)

Decisions

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)

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” […]

Courage

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. I felt fear myself more times than I can remember, but I hid it behind a mask of boldness. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. Nelson Mandela – South […]

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

Constante e sublime

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

Love

Aimer un être, c’est accepter de vieillir avec lui. Albert Camus – écrivain et philosophe français, prix Nobel de littérature en 1957 (1913-1960), de “Caligula”, Acte IV, Scène XIII (1945) To love someone is to accept to grow old with them. Albert Camus – Frech philosopher and writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1957 (1913-1960), from “Caligula”, Act IV, Scene […]

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 […]

Church

The church does not satisfy expectations; it celebrates mysteries. Carlo Maria Cardinal Martini – Italian Catholic clergyman, Archbishop of Milan from 1979 to 2002 (1927-2012), from the dialogue with Umberto Eco “Belief Or Nonbelief – A Confrontation” (1996, engl. 2000) La Chiesa non soddisfa attese, celebra misteri. Carlo Maria Cardinale Martini – Sacerdote cattolico italiano, […]

Change

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)

Bøn

Bønnen forandrer ikke Gud, men den forandrer den Bedende. Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays. Søren Aabye Kierkegaard – Danish Protestant theologian an philosopher (1813-1855), known as one of the most important academics in Denmark, from his preface to “Edifying Discourses in Diverse Spirits”, part I (1847)

Act

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) Fa quello che puoi, e Dio farà il resto. Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), de “Memorie Biografiche”, benda XIII, […]

Kindnes

One day you will figure out, that it is harder to be kind than to be clever. Lawrence Preston Gise – American admin assistant (1915-1995), to his then ten-year-old grandson Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos (American company founder: Amazon, b. 1964), after the younger has calculated to his grandmother Mattie Strait Gise (1915-1977), how much she […]

Passion

If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about it, … you don’t have to have some master plan for how things are going to play out. Mark Zuckerberg – American company founder: facebook (b. 1984), from an interview with Jessica Livingston for “Startup School” (October 16th, 2020)

Succeeeded

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, […]

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)

Passion

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 […]

Facts

The great thing about fact-based decisions is that they overrule the hierarchy. Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), quoted in “Jeff Bezos: Definitive Guide to PR and Marketing For Founders and Entrepreneurs — Pressfarm” (2018)

Emotional return

I want to see good financial returns, but also to me there’s the extra psychic return of having my creativity and technological vision bear fruit and change the world in a positive way. Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964)

Brand

Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room! Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), in a talk from TEDGlobal 2012 University (May 2012)

Labour

The labour we delight in physics pain. William Shakespeare – English writer (1564-1616), in “Macbeth” 2nd act, scene 2 “Macbeth” (1623)

Fokus

Charlie and I will limit ourselves to allocating capital, controlling enterprise risk, choosing managers and setting their compensation. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), from the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Report 2009

Investment oppurtunity

A great investment opportunity occurs when a marvelous business encounters a one-time huge, but solvable problem. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), from “Warren Buffett on Business: Principles from the Sage of Omaha” (2009)

Begin

Never is done tomorrow what is not done today. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – German poet (1749-18329, from “Faust: Part One”, “Prelude on the Stage” (1808)

Marriage

Marriage is the beginning and the pinnacle of culture. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – German poet (1749-1832), from “Elective Affinities”, part one, chapter nine (1809)

Give

The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God. What we try to keep for ourselves is just what we are sure to lose. C. S. Lewis – British writer (1898-1963), from “Mere Christianity” (1952)

Arbitrarity

For the power of Man to make himself what he pleases means […] the power of some men to make other men what they please. C. S. Lewis – British writer (1898-1963), from “The Abolition of Man” (1943)

Learn

Those who keep learning will keep rising in life. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), from his USC School of Law Commencement speech (May 13th, 2007)

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)

Determined

Success means being very patient, but aggressive when it’s time. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), at Berkshire annual meeting (2004)

Challenge

You must force yourself to consider opposing arguments. Especially when they challenge your best loved ideas. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Constant progress

Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Discharge your duties faithfully and well. Systematically you get ahead, but not necessarily in fast spurts. Nevertheless, you build discipline by preparing for fast spurts. Slug it out one inch at a time, day by day. At the end […]

Estimate

Never underestimate the man who overestimates himself. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), at the Daily Journal annual meeting (February 12th, 2020)

Patience

The big money is not in the buying and selling, but in the waiting. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Long-term invest

A great business at a fair price is superior to a fair business at a great price. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Baskets of investing

We have three baskets for investing: yes, no and too tough to understand. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

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)

Soultion

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

Integrity

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), […]

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)

Persistence

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)

Attitude

It’s a big difference whether you play to not lose or whether you play to win. Daniel S. “Dan” Peña, Sr.– American businessman (b. 1945)

Act

Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy. James “Jimmy” Spithill – Australian yachtsman, 2010 and 2013 Americas Cup winner (b. 1979)

Better

When you see a good investment, look for a better investment. Guy Spier – South African investor (b. 1966), from “The Education of a Value Investor” (2014)

Life

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Joseph J. Campbell – American writer, Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College (1904-1987), quoted by Diane K. Osbon in “Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion” (New York: […]

Great

If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way. Napoleon Hill – American writer: “Think And Grow Rich” (1883-1970)

Optimist

An optimist always finds a way – A pessimist always finds a dead end. Napoleon Hill – American writer: “Think And Grow Rich” (1883-1970)

Recipe for success

It’s not about money or connections. It’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone. Mark Cuban – American entrepreneur and investor, owner of Dallas Mavericks (b. 1958)

Innovation

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

Christ

Christ with me, as I do business for Him and people. Christ before me, as I plan my business. Christ behind me, as I review my business. Christ in me; my guiding light in business. Christ beneath me; He is the foundation. Christ above me, He is the owner of my business. Christ on my […]

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 […]

Democracy

No democracy has ever been inflicted by a famine, and no two democracies have ever made war on each other. Johan Norberg – Swedish writer (b. 1973), from his film “Globalisation Is Good” (2003)

Utomordentlig

Extraordinary people need extraordinary conditions. Melker Schörling – Swedish businessman and investor (b. 1947) Utomordentliga personer behöver utomordentliga förutsättningar. Melker Schörling – svensk affärsman och investerare (f. 1947)

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)

Success

Success is making those who believed in you look brilliant. Dharmesh Shah – Indian software engineer and entrepreneur, founder and CTO HubSpot, Inc. (b. 1967)

Metric

I’ve concluded that the metric by which God will assess my life isn’t dollars but the individual people whose lives I’ve touched. Prof. Clayton M. Christensen – American American academic and business consultant, bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1952-2020), from “How Will You Measure Your Life?” (“Harvard Business Review”, 07/08 […]

Successful

To be a successful investor, you’ve got to be an optimist. Charles R. Schwab – American investor and entrepreneut (b. 1937)

Are you ready?

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 […]

Laugh

We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh. solgan of the laughter yoga movement, attributed to William James – American philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910)

10 Rules 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​. motivational speakers’ wisdom

Start

The most powerful step that anyone can take to turn their dreams into reality is a simple one: You just need to start. Marc B. Randolph – co-founder of Netflix (b. 1958), from “That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea” (2019)

Think more

People calculate too much and think too little. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), at the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder’s meeting (2002)

Three rules for a career

1) Don’t sell anything you wouldn’t buy yourself; 2) Don’t work for anyone you don’t respect and admire; 3) Work only with people you enjoy. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Back the big edge

What you have to learn is to fold early when the odds are against you, or if you have a big edge, back it heavily because you don’t get a big edge often. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), from “Damn Right: Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger” […]

Customer satisfaction

If there’s one reason we have done better than all of our peers in the Internet space over the last six years, it is because we have focused like a laser on customer experience, and that really does matter, I think, in any business. It certainly matters online, where word-of-mouth is so very, very powerful. […]

New paths

Never walk on the traveled path because it only leads where others have been. attributed to Alexander Graham Bell – Scottish-born American inventor, scientist and engineer (1847-1922)

Strike

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

Learn from Mistakes

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

War

Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies and debts and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of […]

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 […]

Attitude

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

Bevore you …

Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give. William Arthur Ward – American writer (1921-1994), from his poem “Before You” (1963), Quotations book 2020

Brief and clear

Whatever you are teaching be brief so that impressionable minds may readily understand what you’ve said, and hold fast to it. Quidquid praecipies, esto brevis, ut cito dicta, percipiant animi dociles teneantque fideles. Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horaz) – Roman writer (65-8 B.C.), from “Ars poetica” 335 (c. 19 B.C.), Quotations book 2020

Burn

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

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 […]

Christus bruger Efterfølgere, ikke Beundrere

Det er nu bekjendt nok, at Christus bestandigt bruger det Udtryk: Efterfølgere; han taler aldrig om, at han forlanger: Beundrere, tilbedende Beundrere, Tilhængere; og naar han bruger det Udtryk: Disciple, forklarer han det altid saaledes, at man seer, derved forstaaes Efterfølgere, at det ikke er Tilhængere af en Lære, men Efterfølgere af et Liv. It […]

Communauté

Notre Communauté […] n’était pas, elle non plus, somme de nos intérêts – elle était somme de nos dons. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry –  écrivain, et aviateur français (1900-1944), de “Pilote de guerre” (1942), Brochure de citation 2020

Decide brave

Most decisions should probably be made with somewhere around 70% of the information you wish you had. If you wait for 90%, in most cases, you’re probably being slow. Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), in his letter to the shareholders (2016), Quotations book 2020

Diversity

The woods would be very silent if no bird sang but those that sing best. Elizabeth Charles – English writer (1828-1896), from “The Two Vocations or The Sisters of Mercy at Home” (1858), Quotations book 2020

Ensemble

Experience teaches us that love does not mean to look into each other’s eyes, but to look together in the same direction. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – French aviator and writer (1900-1994), from “Wind, Sand, and Stars” (“Terre des Hommes, 1939), Quotations book 2020 L’expérience nous montre qu’aimer ce n’est pas nous regarder l’un l’autre mais […]

Envy

Haters will see you walk on water and say it is because you cannot swim. Jan-David Golze – German business development expert, booking.com, Quotations book 2020

Escaping the old

The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones. John Maynard Keynes – British economist and investor (1883-1946), from “The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money” (1936), Quotations book 2020

Experience beats money

When a person with money meets a person with experience, the person with the experience winds up with the money, and the person with the money winds up with the experience. business wisdom – Quotations book 2020

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

Freedom

Freedom is not fun. … It is responsible choice. Peter F. Drucker – Austrian-born American management expert (1909-2005), from “The Future of Industrial Man” (1942), Quotations book 2020

Freedom

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 […]

Grace

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

Gratitude

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

Heroes

You’re lucky in life if you have the right heroes. … Pick out a few heroes. There’s nothing like the right ones. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2020

Imperfect

It is not the perfect, but the imperfect, who have need of love. Oscar Wilde – Irish writer (1854-1900), from “An Ideal Husband” (1899), Quotations book 2020

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 […]

Invest

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

Invest brave

When you see it, bet big. Stanley F. “Stan” Druckenmiller – American investor, hedge fonds manager and philanthropist (b. 1953), in his speech at the “Lost Tree Club” (01/18/2015), Quotations book 2020

Keep on task

Games are won by players who focus on the playing field – not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard. If you can enjoy Saturdays and Sundays without looking at stock prices, give it a try on weekdays. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in his letter […]

Know your past

Only those who know the past have a future. attributed to Wilhelm von Humboldt – Prussiian scholar, writer and statesman (1767-1835), allegedly said during a journey to Paris in 1789, Quotations book 2020 No source could be verified by the Wilhelm von Humboldt foundation.

Laugh

Each learns more readily, and retains more willingly, what makes him laugh than what he approves of and respects. Discit enim citius meminitque libentius illud quod quis deridet quam quod probat et veneratur. Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horaz) – Roman writer (65-8 B.C.), from “Epistularum liber secundus” (c. 14 B.C.), Quotations book 2020

Leadership

Leadership means reaching goals consistently, with the team, and doing things right. Liderar é bater metas consistentemente, com o time e fazendo certo. Vicente Falconi Campos – Brazilian management consultant (b. 1940), from “True Power – Management Practices for Revolutionary Results” (2010), Quotations book 2020

Leadership

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

Learn

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

Learn

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

Learn

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

Longterm

If, when making a stock investment, you’re not considering holding it at least ten years, don’t waste more than ten minutes considering it. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2020

Management

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 […]

Righteous judgement

Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment. The Bible, John 7:24 (NASB) – Quotations book 2020

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

Self-critical

It is better to point out your own mistakes than have somebody else do it. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in an interview with “The Telegraph” (“My elephant gun is loaded”, 22.9.2002), Quotations book 2020

Spes

Omnia, quae fiunt in toto mundo, in spe fiunt. Martin Luther – German reformatorian (1483-1546), from his speech N° 38, published in “Luthers Werke in Auswahl”, Book eight (1930), Quotations book 2020

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

Successful

You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream. Michael S. Dell – American investor and company founder (b. 1965), quoted in “The Entrepreneur” (October 13th, 2012), Quotations book 2020

The social market

I mean by that that the market economy as such is social, not that it needs to be made social. attributed to Dr. Ludwig Erhard – German politician (CDU), 1963-66 Bundeskanzler, father of the social market economy and the “German Wirtschaftswunder” (1897-1977), quoted by Friedrich August von Hayek (Austrian economist and social philosopher, Nobel Memorial […]

Three Rules for success

1. Work hard. Life is 80 percent chance, 10 percent brain and 10 percent hard work. 2. Be and stay honest. 3. Be loyal to others. motto by John H. Slade – born Hans Schlesinger, German born American hockey player and Wallstreet broker (1908-2005), Quotations book 2020

Together

When someone dreams alone, it is just a dream. When we dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality. Raul Seixas – Brazilian musician (1945-1989), lyrics of “Prelúdio” (1974), Quotations book 2020 Sonho que se sonha só, e só um sonho que se sonha só. Mas sonho que se sonha junto é realidade. […]

Unconventionally successful

Unconventional behavior is the only road to superior investment results, but it isn’t for everyone. In addition to superior skill, successful investing requires the ability to look wrong for a while and survive some mistakes. Howard S. Marks – American investor, Co-Chairman Oaktree Capital Management (b. 1946), in his memo to Oclients (April 8th 2014), […]

Unique

I am created to do something or to be something for which no one else is created; I have a place in God’s counsels, in God’s world, which no one else has; whether I be rich or poor, despised or esteemed by man, God knows me and calls me by my name. John Henry Cardinal […]

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 […]

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

любовь

Любить — видеть человека таким, каким его задумал Бог. Мари́на Ива́новна Цвета́ева – Русский Люрикер (1892-1941), в журнале (3-го октябpя 1918 г.), Цитата буклет 2020 To love someone means to see him as God intended him. Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva – Russian poet (1892-1941), from a diary notice (October 3rd, 1918), Quotations book 2020

Give

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)

Result extenuation

If you call a dog’s tail a “leg”, how many legs does it have? Four, because calling a tail a “leg” doesn’t make it one. proverd, used by 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

Dream

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 […]

Goals

If you would live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel Prize in physics 1921 (1879-1955)

Think like an owner

Shares are not mere pieces of paper. They represent part ownership of a business. So, when contemplating an investment, think like a prospective owner. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

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)

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)

Why

The two most important days of a man’s life are the day on which he was born and the day on which he discovers why he was born. wisdom – quoted in a sermon by Ernest T. Campbell, American pastor (1923-2010), at the Riverside Church, New York (January 25th, 1970)

Unterstanding

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

Bonum vero commune

Bonum vero commune summam complectitur earum vitae socialis condicionum, quibus homines, familiae et consociationes, suam ipsorum perfectionem plenius atque expeditius consequi possint. Indeed, the common good embraces the sum of those conditions of the social life whereby men, families and associations more adequately and readily may attain their own perfection. Second Vatican Council – from […]

Leadership

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

Luxury

Luxury is not the opposite of poverty. It is the opposite of vulgarity. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel – French Fashion designer and businesswoman (1883-1971), during an interview with Georg Stefan Troller in “Pariser Gespräche” (1968)

Money is not everything

Money, to some extent, sometimes lets you be in more interesting environments. But it can’t change how many people love you or how healthy you are. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

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)

Certainty

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)

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)

Education

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)

Implement

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)

Leggere

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), […]

Focus

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

Change

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)

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)

At the summit, it gets harder

Life always gets harder toward the summit – the cold increases, the responsibility increases. Friedrich Nietzsche – German philosopher (1844-1900), from “The Antichrist” (1895)

Search

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)

Doing good

One has to do good in order for it to exist in the world. Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach – Austrian writer (1830-1916), from her “Aphorisms”, published in “Gesammelte Schriften”, book 1 (1893

Integrity

The more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be. Glosse, gloss on views of George Santayana – born Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, Spanish-born American philosopher (1863-1952), could not be verified by experts at the Santayana Edition

Truth

It is very hard to lie, if one doesn’t know the truth. Kutya nehéz úgy hazudni, ha az ember nem ösmeri az igazságot. Péter Esterházy – Hungarian writer (1950-2016), from “Harmonia Caelestis” (2000)

Endurance

Time is your friend, impulse is your enemy. John C. Bogle – American author and founder of The Vanguard Group and the world’s first index mutual fund (b. 1929)

Habits

Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed down-stairs a step at a time. Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), from “Pudd’nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins” (Chapter VI, 1884)

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)

Forholdet

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”, […]

Love

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. The Bible, 1. Peter 4:8 (ESV)

Courage

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)

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”

Reward at its pinnacle

When reward is at its pinnacle, risk is near at hand. John C. Bogle – American author and founder of The Vanguard Group and the world’s first index mutual fund (1929-2019)

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)

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)

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)

Passion

Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion. Simon O. Sinek – American author, speaker and optimist (b. 1973), from a Twitter-message on 28th February 2012, printed in “Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration” (p. 105, 2016) see Startwithwhy.com

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 […]

Strive for the higher

As long as we entertain only good options, we will never experience God’s best. Dr. Ed Silvoso – Argentinian author, documentarian and evangelist (b. 1945), from “That None Should Perish: How to Reach Entire Cities for Christ Through Prayer Evangelism” (1994)

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)

Memories

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)

Variety

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

Urgent or important

‘I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent. wisdom of a former college president, quoted by Dwight David Eisenhower – American general and politician, 1953-61 34th president (1890-1969), in his address to the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches, […]

Present

Especially whenever our affairs seem to be in crisis, we are almost compelled to give our first attention to the urgent present rather than to the important future. Dwight David Eisenhower – American general and politician, 1953-61 34th president (1890-1969), in his address to the Century Association (December 7, 1961)

Urgency

We need to feel a high sense of urgency. But this does not mean that we should mount our charger and try to ride off in all directions at once. Dwight David Eisenhower – American general and politician, 1953-61 34th president (1890-1969), in a radio and television address to the American people on science in national […]

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 […]

Every coin has two sides

You may be taller than me but then you have a bigger shadow. Wang Qishan – Chinese politician, since 2018 Vice President (b. 1948), in a dialogue with Professor Klaus Schwab at the World Economic Forum in Davos (24.01.2019)

Artists

Artists are apostles of beauty. Pope Francis – born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, since 2013 Holy Father (b. 1936), in an interview with Wim Wenders in his film “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” (2018)

Hope

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)

Life

Life is charming, my friend, if you but look at it through the right spectacles. Alexandre Dumas fils – French writer (1824-1895), from “The Camelia-lady” (“La dame aux camélias”, 1848) La vie est charmante, mon cher, c’est selon le verre par lequel on la regarde. Alexandre Dumas fils – écrivain français (1824-1895), de “La dame […]

Learning from Keynes

Keynes identified my problem: “The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas but in escaping from the old ones.” Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in his letter to Berkshire Shareholders (1983)

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 […]

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)

Try

You need to fill your mind with various competing thoughts and decide which make sense. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), at the BRK Annual Meeting (May 2007)

Recommendation

Never ask a barber if you need a haircut. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), at the Berkshire Hathaway 1994 annual meeting

Think for yourself

You have to think for yourself. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in U.S. News and World Report (June 1994)

Smart

If you’re smart, you don’t need debt. If you’re dumb, it’s poisonous. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), to Salomon Inc’s clients (September 13, 1991)

Make money

The secret of making money is to avoid risks. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), quoted in “The Midas Touch” (2009)

Timing

It’s much easier to stay out of trouble now than to get out of trouble later. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), quoted in “The Winning Investment Habits of Warren Buffett & George Soros” (2013)

Rational

Investment must be rational; if you don’t understand it, don’t do it. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), quoted in “Forbes” (19. Oktober 1992)

Markets

The nature of markets is that at times they offer extraordinary values and at other times you have to have the discipline to wait. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in an interview with Anthony Bianco in “Business Week” (July 5th, 1999)

Transfer

We feel noble intentions should be checked periodically against results. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in the “Berkshire Hathaway Annual Report 1999” (2000)

Experience

You want to learn from experience, but you want to learn from other people’s experience when you can. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Q&A session with MBA students at Tuck School of Business, Dartmout (2005)

The crisis

Do not pretend that things will change if we always do the same. The crisis is the best blessing that can happen to people and countries, because the crisis brings progress. Creativity is born from the distress, as the day is born from the dark night. It is in crisis that invention, discovery and large […]

Plan

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

Lead by God

Unless we are governed by God, we shall be ruled by tyrants. attributed to William Penn – American Quaker and preacher, foundet the state of Pennsylvania (1644-1718)

Home

Home is not where you are from, it is where you belong. Some of us travel the whole world to find it. Others find it in a person. Beau C. Taplin – Australian poet (b. 1988), from his poem “The Explorers”, in “Worlds of You” (2018)

Self-trust

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)

Capacity

The greater your capacity to love, the greater your capacity to feel the pain. Jennifer Aniston – American actress (b. 1969), in an interview with the “Oprah Magazine” (Ma y7th, 2004)

Try

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)

Eccentricities

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)

Learn

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

Why I believe in Christianity

Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed, I should feel we were making it up. But, in fact, it is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has just […]

Turn to

Ò δέ καθήμενος μετὰ ἀδελφῶν, οὐκ ὀφείλει εἶναι τετραγωνιαῖος, ἀλλὰ στρογγύλος, ἵνα πρὸς πάντας κυλίηται. wisdom of Abbas Matoe – early Christian monk, as quotet in “The Words of the Fathers” (“Apophthegmata Patrum”), a book about the first Christian monks in Egypt (3rd to 5th century)

Find

People […] grow five thousand roses in the same garden and yet do not find what they are looking for. […] What they are looking for could be found in one single rose. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – French writer and aviator (1900-1944), from “The Little Prince”, Chapter XXV (1943) Les hommes […] cultivent cinq mille […]

Benchmark-indifferent

Pick cheap stocks. If you are any good at it, they will do better than the good, the bad and the ugly included in the index. Massimo Fuggetta – Italian Asset manager, CIO at Bayes Investments (b. 1961), in his presentation “Investing: Theory vs. practice” (14 March 2019)

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)

Serenity

One of the hardest things for most investors is to sit by and watch other people make money. Howard S. Marks – American investor, Co-Chairman Oaktree Capital Management (b. 1946)

Learn

You can learn a lot just by asking. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Securities

Once you attain competency, diversification is undesirable. One or two, or at most three or four, securities should be bought. Gerald M. Loeb – American investor (1899-1974), from “The Battle for Investment Survival” (1935), Quotations book 2019

Use time

We must use time as a tool, not as a couch. John F. Kennedy – American politician, 1961-63 35th president (1917-1963), in his speech at the National Association of Manufacturers in New York (December 6th, 1961), Quotations book 2019

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

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)

Generosity

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

Invent

Sometimes it’s good to have a screw loose, it gives your ideas more free play. Prof. Dr. Achim Kampker – German engineer and company founder: StreetScooter GmbH (b. 1975)

Opportunities

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

War without people

Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come. Carl Sandburg – American poet and historian (1878-1967), from “The People, Yes” (1936), was used by the Peace movement and changed into “Imagine, it is war and nobody goes there.” These words were falsely attributed to Bertolt Brecht..

Kindness

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read. wisdom, often attributed to Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), could not be verified by the Mark-Twain-collection at the University of Berkeley, first published without an author’s name in “The Ladie‘s Repository” (June 1861), Quotations book 2019

New start

It is madness to hate all roses because you got scratched with one thorn. To give up on your dreams because one didn’t come true. To give up on your effords because one has failed … There will be always another opportunity, another friend, another love, a new force. For every end there is always […]

Input

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

Raise the bar

Competent investors will never be satisfied beating the averages by a few small percentage points. Gerald M. Loeb – American investor (1899-1974), from “The Battle for Investment Survival” (1935), Quotations book 2019

Trainer

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

Change

To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often. John Henry Cardinal Newman – English Catholic clergyman (1801-1890), from “An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine”, Chapter 1, Part 7 (1845), Quotations book 2019

Lucky

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 […]

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 […]

Recepy to success

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powell – American general and politician, 2001-05 Secretary of state (b. 1937)

Success

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. wisdom, often attributed to Sir Winston L. Churchill – British politician, 1940-45 and 1951-55 Prime Minister, Nobel Prize in literature 1953 (1874-1965)

Multiply abilities

It is precisely the organization that is the means to multiply the ability of the individuals. Prof. Guido Stein – Professor of managing at IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Madrid (b. 1964), in “Managing People and Organizations: Peter Drucker’s Legacy” (2010)

считывание

Отлично думается, читая. Лев Николаевич Толстой – русский писатель (1828-1910), из своих дневников (1857), Котировочная книга 2019

Stop before it is loo late

If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging! adage, often attributed to William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers – American humorist (1879-1935), could not be verified by the Will Rogers Memorial Museum & Birthplace Ranch

Realize ideas

Ideas are worthless until you get them out of your head to see what they can do. Tanner Christensen – American product designer, author, artist and entrepreneur (“Creative Something”)

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

The better happens

If what we want does not happen, it will still happen what is better. Si non fiet, quod volumus, fiet tamen, quod melius est. Martin Luther – German reformer (1483-1546), from his letter to Philipp Melanchthon from the Coburg (12.11.1529), Quotations book 2019

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, […]

Happiness

It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it. Dale Carnegie – born Dale Carnagey, American author and personality coach (1888-1955), from “How to Win Friends and Influence People” (1936), Quotations book 2019

Upward

The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – American poet (1807-1882), from “The Ladder of St. Augustine” (1858), Quotations book 2019

Visible

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible. Paul Klee – German painter (1879-1940), in “Creative Credo” (1920)

Christmas

Whenever two people forgive each other, it is Christmas. Whenever you show understanding for your children, it is Christmas. Whenever you help a person, it is Christmas. Whenever someone decides to live honestly, it is Christmas. Whenever a child is born, it is Christmas. Whenever you try to give a new meaning to your life, […]

Ability and attitude

For success, attitude is as important as ability. Sir Walter Scott – Scottish historical novelist, playwright, poet and historian (1771-1832), Quotations book 2019

Basis for success

I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took an excuse. Florence Nightingale – English nurse, founder of modern nursing (1820-1910), from a letter to Miss H. Bonham Carter (1861), Quotations book 2019

Solve problems

Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Tina Fey -American comedienne and actress (b. 1970), from her book “Bossypants” (2011)

Never give up

The secret of our success is that we never, never give up. Wilma Mankiller – American writer, First Woman Principal Chief of Cherokee Nation (1945-2010), Quotations book 2019

Brands

Brand managers no longer own ‘their brand’. Brands are owned by the people who love them. Kevin J. Roberts – British consultant and coach, 1997-2014 CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi (b. 1949), Quotations book 2019

Goals

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

Leader

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)

Law of process

Leadership is developed daily, not in a day. John C. Maxwell – American leadership expert, author and speaker (b. 1947)

Training

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

Attitude and skills

Hire for attitude, train for skills. Herbert D. “Herb” Kelleher – American entrepreneur, co-founder of Southwest Airlines (1931-2019), Quotations book 2019

Success

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. proverb, often attributed to Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. – American tennis player (1943-1993)

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

Taking away

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

Explore. Dream. Discover

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Sarah Frances Brown – mother of the American writer H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (b. 1940), quoted […]

Burn

Go forth and set the world on fire. Ite, inflammate omnia. Ignatius of Loyola – founder of the Jesuit order (1491-1556), who often ended his letters to Jesuits going to the missions with this Expression, Quotations book 2019

Profit instead of volume

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

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)

Function

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)

Real friendship

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. attributed to Walter Winchell – American journalist (1897-1972), Quotations book 2019

Finished

When you’re finished changing, you’re finished. attributed to Benjamin Franklin – American politician, writer and scientist (1706-1790)

Candle

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

Capacities

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

Unity, liberty, charity

In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity. Unitatem in necessariis, in non necessariis libertatem, in omnibus caritatem. Marco Antonio de Dominis – born Marko Gospodnetić, Dalmatian Catholic theologian, philosopher and scientist, 1602-1616 Archbishop of Split, (1560-1624), from “De Republica Ecclesiastica”, part 1, book 4, chapter 8 (1617), Quotations book 2019

Extraordinary

The purpose of an organization is to enable ordinary people to do extraordinary things. No organization can depend on genius; the supply is always scarce and always unpredictable. It is the test of an organization to make ordinary people perform better than they seem capable of, to bring out whatever strength there is in its […]

Inspiration

Inspiration is contagious. Ryan Boutin – Canadian entrepreneur and marketer, CEO Zeal Media Inc. (b. 1976)

Innovative Interaction

For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate. Margaret Heffernan – American entrepreneur, author and speaker (b. 1955)

Businessculture

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

Wisdom and knowledge

A wise man has great power. A man who has knowledge increases his strength. The Bible, Proverbs 24:5 (NIRV) – Quotations book 2019

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 […]

Valor da libertade

Educate your children, educate yourself, in the love for the freedom of others, for only in this way will your own freedom not be a gratuitous gift from fate. You will be aware of its worth and will have the courage to defend it. Joaquim Aurélio Barreto Nabuco de Araújo – Brazilian politician, historian and […]

Progress

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)

Success

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)

Leader

A good leader has a moral integrity that survives both success and failure. Sir Elton John – British singer, musician and composer (b. 1947), at the Worls Economic Forum in Davos (January 2018), Quotations book 2019

Passion

The first lesson I have learnt is the importance of finding, and following, a passion. Sir Elton John – British singer, musician and composer (b. 1947), at the Worls Economic Forum in Davos (January 2018), Quotations book 2019

Loyalty

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

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)

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, […]

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. […]

Listen instead of speaking

We have two ears, but one mouth so that we may hear more but speak less. διὰ τοῦτο … δύο ὦτα ἔχομεν, στόμα δὲ ἕν, ἵνα πλείονα μὲν ἀκούωμεν, ἥττονα δὲ λέγωμεν. Zeno of Citium – Greek philosopher (c. 333-c. 261 BC), from “Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers” (book seven, Zeno of Citium) by […]

Watchword 2019

Seek peace and pursue it. The Bible, Psalms 34:15 (NIV) – Quotations book 2019 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 verse. An […]

Fokus

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

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)

All is possible for GOD

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

Walk on mountains

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

Médiateur

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”

Fortune

Forming fortune is like a big tree giving shade. Norman Rentrop – German publisher (b. 1957)

You need 3 things for your succes

To make your way in life you need 3 things: A deep sense of inner purpose and the will to renew it. A clear vision of where you want to get to and the energy to pursue it. And courage. Courage to take steps which others might fear to take. Ralph Coverdale – British psychologist, […]

Strength

Do not pray for lighter burdens, pray for a stronger back! attributed to Teresa of Àvila – spanish mystic and Catholic nun (1515-1582), Quotations book 2019

Count what counts

Count your garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall; Count your days by golden hours don’t remember clouds at all! Count the night by stars, not shadows Count your life with smiles – not tears And on every birthday morning, count your age by friends – not years. birthday poem, given to […]

Scrutinize

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 – British value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008)

Silence

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 […]

Gratitude

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 […]

Simple

The Three Wise Men found Bethlehem without GPS. The Sheperds learned about the Good News without WhatsApp. The Evangelists put it all down to writing. It is so simple to share the Word. Werner Tiki Küstenmacher – German pastor, author and caricaturist (b. 1953), Quotations book 2018

Счастье

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

False estimation

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

Be responsible, be involved, participate

No reward without responsibility, no investment without involvement, no profit without participation. Dr. Michael Schluter – British economist, author, speaker and social entrepreneur (b. 1947), during his presentation at the European Economic Summit Declaration 2014

Act well

It is not enough to wish well, we must also act well. Non enim satis est bene velle, sed etiam bene facere. Ambrose of Milan – Roman politician and theologian, one of the four Latin doctors of the Church, 374-397 Bishop of Milan (c. 339-397), from “De officiis ministrorum” (On the Duties of the Clergy), […]

Credo

I believe in what I do, and I do what I believe in. Peter E. Mück – German writer and graphic artist (b. 1946)

Do

If you will do what you can do, God will do what you cannot do. Joyce Meyer – American Evangelist (b. 1943), from “The Confident Woman: Start Living Boldly and Without Fear” (2006), Quotations book 2018

Open-minded

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

Travel

Travel improves the mind wonderfully, and does away with all one’s prejudices. Oscar Wilde – Irish writer (1854-1900), from his fairytale “The Remarkable Rocket”, published in “Der The Happy Prince and Other Stories” (1888), Quotations book 2018

Understanding

Never delegate understanding. Eames Demetrios – American artist and photographer (b. 1962), from “An Eames Primer” (2001), a book about his grandparents, the designer couple Charles and Ray Eames, Quotations book 2019

Sacred or secular

It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it. Aiden Wilson Tozer – American evangelical pastor and author (1897-1963), from “The Pursuit of God”, chapter 10 (1948)

Brand

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

Target

One of the most pleasant experiences in our life is to serve as a target, but without being hit. proverb, often attributed to Sir Winston L. Churchill – British politician, 1940-45 and 1951-55 Prime Minister, Nobel Prize in literature 1953 (1874-1965), Quotations book 2018

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

Reading strenghtens

Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. Joseph Addison – British politician and writer (1672-1719), in “The Tatler”, N° 147 (1709), Quotations book 2018

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 […]

Time

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. […]

Expensive habit

The seven most expensive words in any business are: “We have always done it that way!” Catherine DeVrye – Australian motivational speaker and entrepreneur: Greatmotivation, Quotations book 2019

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 (b. 1931), Quotations book 2018

Check

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

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

Rowing

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

New address

Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God. Billy Graham – born William Franklin Graham jr., American evangelist (1918-2018), from […]

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 […]

Leisure

The art of relaxing is part of the art of working. attributed to John Ernst Steinbeck – American writer, Nobel Prize in Literature 1962 (1902-1968), Quotations book 2018

Dreams and actions

Let your dreams be bigger than your fears and your actions speak louder than your words. wisdom – Quotations book 2019

Reading as key

Someone who understands how to read, possesses the key to great deeds, to undreamed possibilities. attributed to Aldous Leonard Huxley – British writer (1894-1963)

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)

Security

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 […]

Want or excuse

If you really want something you will find a way. If you don’t you will find an excuse. Arabic proverb – Quotations book 2018

Love

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

Position

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King jr. – American civil rights activist and pastor, Nobel Peace Prize 1964 (1929-1968), in his essay “On Being a Good Neighbor” (1963), Quotations book 2018

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 […]

Stay ahead

To stay ahead, always have your next idea waiting in the wings. Prof. Rosabeth Moss Kanter – American sociologist at Harvard Business School (b.1943)

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 […]

The right man at the right time

If you accept my thesis that many aging tech companies resemble the Walking Dead, you should also accept the follow-up proposition that what these companies need are not “visionary” CEOs but pragmatic ones, less Steve the visionary, and more Larry the Liquidator, a person with limited ambitions and a readiness to preside over the dismantling […]

Building companies

The builders of visionary companies tend to be clock builders, not time tellers. They concentrate primarily on building an organization – building a ticking clock – rather than on hitting a market just right with a visionary product idea. James C. “Jim” Collins – American business consultant, author and academic (b. 1958), in “Built to […]

Act

Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in his letter to Berkshire Shareholders (2001), Quotations book 2018

Cookery or medicine

Cookery simulates the disguise of medicine, and pretends to know what food is the best for the body; and if the physician and the cook had to enter into a competition in which children were the judges, or men who had no more sense than children, as to which of them best understands the goodness […]

The three sieves

Someone came to the wise Socrates and said: “Listen Socrates, I have to tell you something!” “Hold on!”, the wise man stopped him. “Did you put through the three sieves what you want to tell me?” “Three sieves?”, the other one asked in amazement. “Yes, my friend! Let’s try if this, you want to tell […]

Grow

As long as you’re green you’re growing, as soon as you’re ripe you start to rot. 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), from “Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald’s” (1977), Quotations […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Cohesion

When an election is passed, it is altogether befitting a free people, that until the next election, they should be as one people. Abraham Lincoln – American politician, 1861-65 16th president (1809-1865), abolished slavery in 1863, to New York Governor E. D. Morgan and his delegation in Albany, New York, 18th February 1861

Simplicity

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. wisdom, often attributed to Leonardo da Vinci – Italian polymath (1452 – 1519), Quotations book 2018

Knowledge is power

For Knowledge itself is power. Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est. Sir Francis Bacon – English philosopher, politician and writer (1561-1626), from “De Haeresibus” (“Of Heresies”) in “Meditationes sacrae” (1597)

Trust

The greatest trust between man and man is the trust of giving counsel. Summa quae intercedit inter homines fides, et illa consilium impertiendi. Sir Francis Bacon – English philosopher, politician and writer (1561-1626), from his essay “De Consilio” (“Of Counsils”) in “Essayes: Religious Meditations. Places of Perswasion and Disswasion. Seene and Allowed” (1625), Quotations book […]

Storytelling

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

Big step

Don’t be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps. wisdom, attributed to David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor – British Liberal politician, 1916-22 Prime Minister (1863-1945), Quotations book 2018

Integrity

When you fine-tune your integrity, there is an exceptional reward. Prof. Dr. Srinivasan Pillay – South African-born American psychiatrist

Perseverance.

Genius I cannot claim nor even extra brightness, but perseverance all can have. Woodrow Wilson – American politician, 1913-21 28th president, Nobel Peace prize 1919 (1856-1924), from his shorthand diary of 1876

Time

Time is the enemy of the poor business and the friend of the great business. If you have a business that’s earning 20 % – 25 % on equity, time is your friend. But time is your enemy if your money is in a low return business. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of […]

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

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 […]

Re-create yourself

The difference between great and average or lousy in any job is, mostly, having the imagination and zeal to re-create yourself daily. Tom Peters – American author and consultant (b. 1942), from “The Pursuit of Wow! – Every Person’s Guide to Topsy-Turvy Times” (2010), Quotations book 2018 see tompeters.com

Selling

I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it, and I sell it hard. Estée Lauder – born Josephine Esther Mentzer, American Company founder (1906-2004), in the documentary “Estée Lauder: The Sweet Smell of Success” (1985), Quotations book 2018

Imagination

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. wisdom – Quotations book 2018

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

Bon livre

A good book is a good friend. Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre – French writer (1737-1814), from “Paul and Virginie” (1788), Quotations book 2018 Un bon livre est un bon ami. Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre – écrivain français (1737-1814), de “Paul et Virginie” (1788), Brochure de citation 2018

Psychology

Platforms change – psychology doesn’t. Michael Fishman – American marketing expert and business consultant (b. 1960), Quotations book 2018

Courage instaed of conformity

The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity. Rollo May – American existential psychologist (1909-1994), alongside Viktor E. Frankl, was a major proponent of existential psychotherapy, following a passage from “Man’s Search for himself” (1953), Quotations book 2018

Greatness

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

Staff selection

Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it. David Ogilvy – legendary British advertising executive and entrepreneur (1911-1999), Quotations book 2018

Try, try, try

Failure and invention are inseparable twins. Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), in his letter to the shareholders (2016), Quotations book 2018

Customer-focus

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

Homerun

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 […]

Patience

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

Peace

Only when you have made peace within yourself will you be able to make peace in the world. Simcha Bunim Bonhart of Peshischa – Polish Hassidic rabbi (1765-1827), Quotations book 2018

Leadership

Leadership is discovering the company’s destiny and having the courage to follow it … companies that endure have a noble purpose. Joseph “Joe” Jaworski – American lawyer and business advisor, American Leadership Forum (b. 1934), Quotations book 2018

Free Press

The free press is a cornerstone of democracy. People have a need to know. Journalists have a right to tell. Finding the facts can be difficult. Reporting the story can be dangerous. Freedom includes the right to be outrageous. Responsibility includes the duty to be fair. News is history in the making. Journalists provide the […]

Work

Work is love made visible. Khalil Gibran – Lebanese Maronite poet, philosopher and artist, aka Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), from “The Prophet (1923), Quotations book 2018

What it takes to be Number One

Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. There is no room for second place. There is only one […]

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. […]

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

Fondation solide

Trees with deep roots grow tall. Frédéric Mistral – French writer and lexicographer of the Occitan language, Nobel Prize in literature 1904 (1830-1914), from his poem “La Brassado” in “Lis isclo d’or” (1875), Quotations book 2018 Les arbres aux racines profondes sont ceux qui montent haut. Lis aubre que van founs soun li que mounton […]

Scepticism or pessimism

Scepticism and pessimism aren’t synonymous. Scepticism calls for pessimism when optimism is excessive. But it also calls for optimism when pessimism is excessive. 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

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

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 […]

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 […]

Act and think

Act like a man of thought and think like a man of action. Henri Bergson – French philosopher, Nobel Prize in literature 1927 (1859-1941), from his speech at the Descartes Conference in Paris (1937) Il faut agir en homme de pensée et penser en homme d’action. Henri Bergson – philosophe français, prix Nobel de littérature […]

Come further

One extends one’s limits only by exceeding them. M. Scott Peck – American psychiatrist, psychotherapist and writer (1936-2005), from “The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth ” (1978), Quotations book 2018