Entries by Christoph Niemann

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 – basque monk (1491-1556), founder of the Jesuit order, 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 and company founder (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 and company founder (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

Limits of the possible

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

Opportunity

Every moment in life, every opportunity is a choice to innovate and have an impact. Dr. Frances A. Colón – Puerto Rican neuroscientist and political adviser

Expert

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

Better decisions

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

Invested

When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute. Simon O. Sinek – American author, speaker and optimist (b. 1973), in a Twitter message from May 22nd, 2012, Quotations book 2018 see Startwithwhy.com

Confidence

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

Goal

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

Critics

Criticism is the fertilizer of learning. attributed to Sir John Marks Templeton – British value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008), Quotations book 2018

Difficult

The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning. attributed to Pelé – born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Brazilian football player (b. 1940), Quotations book 2018

Giving back

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

Perceptions

The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. L.-P. Jacks – British pastor and university professor (1860-1955), Quotations book 2004

Begin

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.. attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – German poet (1749-1832)

Thinking instead of judging

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

Invert

Invert, always invert. Maxim of Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi – born Jacques Simon, German methematician, founder of the mathematical and physical seminar in Königsberg (1804-1851)

Sense of Christmas

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

Acto con amor

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

Longing as motivation

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

Friend – Ships

There are good ships, and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea. But the best ships are friendships, and may they always be. Irish saying – Quotations book 2018

Christo

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

Seeing the world

You don’t see the world as it is, you see the world as you are. Wisdom – Quotations book 2017

Go ahead and do it

If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission. Grace B. M. Hopper – American compoter pioneer, member of the US Navy (1906-1992), Quotations book 2017

Perseverance

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

Brilliance

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

Humility instead of arrogance

Wealth is not the problem, but the arrogance that often accompanies it and conversely, poverty is not a blessing, but the humility which often accompanies it is. following Johan Chrysostom – born Johan of Antioch, Greek Doctor of Church, 398-407 Archbishof of Constantinopel (344 or 349-407), Quotations book 2017

The right perspective

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sails. American proverb – Quotations book 2017

Progress starts in Little steps

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

Education

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

Realize

It’s hardest to see what’s wrong about what seems normal. Jane S. Fonda – American actress and writer (b. 1937), in “My Life So Far”, act two, chapter 1 “1968” (2010)

Initiative

Business is not about ideas, it’s about initiatives. Sergio Zyman – Mexican marceting executive and Company founder, advisor for Coca Cola (b. 1945), Quotations book 2017

New ideas

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

Evolution of a crisis

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

Hope

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. Dr. h. c. Václav Havel – Czech writer and politician, 1993-2003 president of the Czech Republik (1936-2011), from “Disturbing the peace: a […]

Wisdom: A Column of Benjamin Franklin’s Ageless Maxims and Aphorisms

He invented the “Franklin” open stove. He discovered that lightning is an electrical discharge by experimenting with a kite during a thunderstorm. He founded the Philadelphia Library, the University of Pennsylvania, and the American Philosophical Society. An accomplished linguist, he helped his nation better its relations with the European powers when those relations were critical […]

Grip

You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets. Arnold A. Schwarzenegger – Austrian-born American actor, bodybuilder and politician, 2003-11 Governor of California (b. 1947), in his commencement speech at the University of California (May 15th, 2009), Quotations book 2017

Listen

When you talk you are only repeating what you already know, but when you listen you may learn something. Wisdom – Quotations book 2017

Content

Content makes poor men rich; Discontent makes rich men poor. Benjamin Franklin – American politician, writer and scientist (1706-1790), from “Poor Richard Improved” (1749), Quotations book 2017

Get further

You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else. Melvin Jones – American business leader, founder of Lions Club International (1879-1961), Quotations book 2017

Hvem du er

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

Wisdom, morality, determination

Wisdom frees from doubts, morality frees from suffering, determination frees from fear. 知者不惑, 仁者不憂, 勇者不懼。 attributed to Confucius – Chinese philosopher and teacher (around 551-479 B.C.), from the “Lun Yu”, a collection of sayings attributed to Master Kong and his followers, first published in the 2nd century (book IX, chapter 28), Quotations book 2017

Precaution

Before you attempt to beat the odds, make sure you can survive the odds beating you. Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Kersten – American sociologist and author (1933-2006), Quotations book 2017

Business valuation

Managers and investors alike must understand that accounting numbers are the beginning, not the end, of business valuation. Warren Buffett – American investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in his letter to Berkshire Shareholders (1982), Quotations book 2017

Are you in the right game?

If no mistake have you made, yet losing you are … a different game you should play. Wisdom from Jedi Master Yoda – character from the book and film series “Star Wars”, from the novel “Shatterpoint” (2004), Quotations book 2017

Try

Whoever tries the most stuff wins! Tom Peters – American author and consultant (b. 1942), Quotations book 2017 see tompeters.com

Wisdom

Scientiam non ut possessio habeatur, sed sicut aliquid ab eo mutuatum. Wisdom is not held by men as a possession, but as something on loan. Thomas of Aquin – Italian philosopher and theologian (1225-1274), from his comment on Aristotle’s Metaphysics “Sententia libri Metaphysicae” (lib. 1 l. 3 n. 13)

Risk

Our doubts are traitors And make us lose the good we oft might win By fearing to attempt. William Shakespeare – English writer (1564-1616), from “Measure for Measure”, act 1, scene 4 (1604)

Getting forward

The secret of getting forward is to make the first step. Proverb, often attributed to Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), Quotations book 2017

Pioneers

First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you. Nicholas Klein – American attorney and trade unionist (1884-1951), from his address at the Third Biennial Convention of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers (1918), Quotations book 2017

Analysis

The time to reflect on your 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), Quotations book 2017

Blessing or test?

When God provides more money, we often think: This is a blessing! Well, yes, but it would be just as scriptural to think: This is a test! Randy C. Alcorn – director of the Eternal Perspective Ministries and author (b. 1954), from “The Treasure Principle: Discovering the Secret of Joyful Giving” (2001), Quotations book 2017

Six Rules on How to Be Successful

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

Take a position

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

Philanthropy

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

Ville eet

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

Niche

As an investor you never have perfect information, and the biggest profits are always available when competition and information are scarce. Seth A. Klarman – American investor, president and CEO: The Baupost Group, LLC (b. 1957), Quotations book 2017

Concentrate

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

Courage to act

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

Courage

We must constantly build dykes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. Martin Luther King jr. – American civil rights activist and pastor, Nobel Peace Prize 1964 (1929-1968), in his essay “The Strength to Love” (1963)

Staff

MBA students come out with: “My staff is my most important asset.” Bullshit. Staff is usually your biggest cost. We all employ some lazy bastards who needs a kick up the backside, but no one can bring themselves to admit it. Michael O’Leary – Irish businessman, who made Ryanair one of the largest European airlines […]

The Live Joyfully Manifesto

One Life. Keep it simple. Follow your dreams. Be curious. Learn new things. Think outside the box. Do what you love. Love what you do. Don’t shy away. Speak your mind. Be yourself. Be free. Work less. Do more. Don’t procrastinate. Shut off the pixels. Disconnect. Take time out. Eat heartily. Take long walks. Read […]

Makers

We are the makers of our own destiny. We can mend or mar the present and on that will depend the future. Mahatma Gandhi – Indian politician (1869-1948), from an interview with the Chinese ambassador in India, Dr. Lo Chia Luen (1947)

Work

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

Customer focus

I am not the boss – the readers are. Patrick Joseph McGovern, Jr. – American publisher, founder of the media, research and venture capital organization IDG (1937-2014), Quotations book 2017

Long-term

The longer the time horizon, the better the performance is likely to be. Louis A. “Lou” Simpson – American investor (b. 1936), Quotations book 2017

John Wooden’s “Seven Point Creed”

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

Watchword 2017

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

Yes and No

The oldest, shortest words, “yes” and “no”, are those which require the most thoughts. attributed to Pythagoras of Samos – Greek philosopher and mathematician (c. 570-501 B.C.), Quotations book 2017

Ideas

Ideas attract even more ideas! Dr. René Siegl – Austrian manager (b. 1959), Quotations book 2017

Idealism

There is indeed little merit in being idealistic if the provision of the material means required for these idealistic aims is left to somebody else. It is only where a person can himself choose to make a material sacrifice for a nonmaterial end that he deserves credit. Friedrich August von Hayek – Austrian economist and […]

Doing well

Thinking well is wise; planning well, wiser; doing well wisest and best of all. Persian proverb – Quotations book 2017

Ask good

The better the question. The better the answer. The better the world works. Slogan by Ernst & Young, business consulting company

Swords to ploughshares

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

Voyage heureux

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

Serving

If you renounce the powerful motor of profit-striving you have to put another power in its place: service in the religious sense. That is solid ground and brings blessings which we feel thankfully every day. Living and believing in the midst of all the indifference – that is the great experience. Celui qui renonce au […]

Wanted

GOD, give us men! A time like this demands strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands; men whom the lust of office does not kill; men whom the spoils of office can not buy; men who possess opinions and a will; men who have honor; men who will not lie; men who can […]

Supervision

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

Courage for the unpopular

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

Investment Success

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

Success

Success doesn’t just come and find you, you have to go out and get it. Evan Carmichael – Canadian consultant and company founder (b. 1980), Quotations book 2017

Lord’s Prayer

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

Artists and bankers

When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss money. attributed to Oscar Wilde – Irish writer (1854-1900), Quotations book 2017

Innovation

Innovation is the only way to win. Business motivation, often attributed to Steve Jobs – American company founder, Apple (1955-2011), Quotations book 2017

Innovative

Be innovative. Listen to your customers. Always extend your knowledge. Johann Vaillant – German entrepreneur, founder of the Vaillant family enterprise (1851-1920), Quotations book 2017

Leadership principles of amazon

a) Customer Obsession b) Ownership c) Invent and Simplify d) Are Right, A Lot e) Hire and Develop the Best f) Insist on the Highest Standards g) Think Big h) Bias for Action i) Frugality j) Learn and Be Curious k) Earn Trust l) Dive Deep m) Have Backbone, Disagree and Commit n) Deliver Results […]

Blessing

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

Future

We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. Criswell (aka “The Amazing Criswell”) – born Jeron Criswell Konig, American Entertainer and spycic  (1907-1982), from the beginning speech of the science fiction movie “Plan 9 From Outer Space” (1957)

Façonner l’avenir

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

Confidence

If you have no confidence in self you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence you have won even before you have started. Marcus Mosiah Garvey – Jamaican politician and civil right activist, one of Jamaica’s national heroes (1887-1940), from “Philosophy and Options of Marcus Garvey: Or, Africa for the Africans” (1967)

Listening

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

Undying love

Noi siamo oggetti da parte di Dio di un amore intramontabile. Sappiamo: ha sempre gli occhi aperti su di noi, anche quando sembra ci sia notte. E’ papà; più ancora è madre. Non vuol farci del male; vuol farci solo del bene, a tutti. We are the objects of undying love on the part of […]

Patience

No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

True independence

True independence – meaning the willingness to challenge a forceful CEO when something is wrong or foolish – is an enormously valuable trait in a director. It is also rare. The place to look for it is among high-grade people whose interests are in line with those of rank-and-file shareholders – and in line in […]

Instrument de paix

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

Advertising

Without advertising today I would be a millionaire (instead of billionaire). attributed to John Paul Getty – American oil industrialist and art mecenate, at his time richest man of the world (1892-1976)

Precaution

Եօթ անգամ չափիր, մէկ անգամ կտրիր. Masure twice and cut once. Armenian proverb – Quotations book 2016

Foresight

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

Foresight

Build a well while you are strong, not while you are thirsty. 毋临渴而掘井。 Chinese proverb – Quotations book 2016

Trying and failing

Never feel shame for trying and failing, for he who has never failed is he who has never tried. Og Mandino – born Augustine Mandino II, American writer (1923-1996), from “The Greatest Salesman in the World” (1968), Quotations book 2016

Understand

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

Improve

If you are asked to revise, it’s because your message is worth getting right. Caitlin Muir – American social media manager (b. 1985)

Change

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

Change

Change before you have to. Jack Welch – born John Francis Welch Jr., legendary American manager (General Electric), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century (b. 1935)

Change

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

Changing our thinking

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. following Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel prize in physics 1921 (1879-1955)

Be yourself

’Become free to be yourself’. Trying to copy others won’t help who you were meant to be. What’s wrong with being that genuine and capable person you really are? Everybody has something unique to contribute. Celebrate yourself and what you have to offer. Dr. Howard Murad – American physician, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at […]

Chocolate

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

Risk

The biggest risk is not taking any risk. Mark Zuckerberg – American company founder: facebook (b. 1984)

Prioriteis

παρὰ τούτοις εἶναι μᾶλλον πρῶτος ἢ παρὰ Ῥωμαίοις δεύτερος. Mallem hic primus esse quam Romae secundus. I had rather be the first man here than the second man in Rome. Plutarch – Greek writer (c. 45-125), in “Life of Caesar” (c. 96), Quotations book 2016

Priorities

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor […]

Perfection

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

Niche

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

Create new

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

Valor

Do you really like a particular stock? Put 10 percent or so of your portfolio on it. Make the idea count. … Good [investment] ideas should not be diversified away into meaningless oblivion. William H. “Bill” Gross – American Fonds Manager and company founder (b. 1944), from “Everything You’ve Heard About Investing Is Wrong! How to […]

Possibilities

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

Carità

Dove regna la carità regna la felicità. Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), de “Memorie biografiche di San Giovanni Bosco” (Benda 6, 1907)

Felicità

Ricordate che felici rende solo il buon operar. Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), de “Memorie biografiche di San Giovanni Bosco” (Benda 12, 1931)

Love

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

Life

The important thing is not how many years in your life but how much life in your years. Dr. Edward J. Stieglitz – American gerontologist and author (1899-1958), from “The Second Forty Years” (1947)

Long-term

If everything you do needs to work on a three-year time horizon, then you’re competing against a lot of people. But if you’re willing to invest on a seven-year time horizon, you’re now competing against a fraction of those people, because very few companies are willing to do that. Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American […]

Customer focus

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

Consumer

An educated consumer is our best consumer. Sy Syms – American businessman and company founder: SYMS clothing store chain (1926-2009)

Deserve

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

Get ahead

Step by step you get ahead but not necessarily in fast spurts. Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

Removing costs

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

Committee decisions

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

Conflicts

Treat conflicts always as a clash of ideas, not of people. Prof. Robert Kegan – American developmental psychologist and author (b. 1946), Quotations book 2016

Industries

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

Helgon

Helgon äro de människor, som göra det lättare för andra att tro på Gud. A saint is one who makes it easier for others to believe in God. Nathan Söderblom – Swedish Lutheran theologian, 1914-31 Archbishop of Uppsala, Nobel Peace Prize 1930 (1866-1931), in “Den levande Guden: grundformer av personlig religion” (“The Living God”, 1932), Quotations book […]

Good Management

Good management consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people. Jim Low – former speaker of the National Association of Manufacturers, from his address speech “The Human in Public Relations” (1958), Quotations book 2016

Watch children

Watching children grow up is a great delight. You see in them your own faults and your wife’s virtues, and that can be a very stabilizing influence. Sir Peter Ustinov – English actor and writer (1921-2004)

Good speech

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

Prosperity and adversity

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

Try

What you cannot plan out, you have to try out. Tom Peters – American author and consultant (b. 1942), Quotations boook 2015 see tompeters.com

Enthusiasm

A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm. attributed to Charles M. Schwab – American industrialist and steel magnate (1862-1939), Quotations book 2015

Persistence

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not – nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not – unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not – the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Calvin Coolidge – American politician, […]

Vocation

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

Stock market success

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

Character

Ability will enable a man to get to the top, but it takes character to keep him there. Wisdom – Quotations book 2015

Christianity

I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. C. S. Lewis – British writer (1898-1963), from “Is Theology Poetry?” (1944), Quotations book 2015

Thankful

It’s not the happy people who are thankful. It’s the thankful people who are happy. Proverb – Quotations book 2015

Delegate

Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out. Ronald W. Reagan – American politician, 1981-89 40th president (1911-2004), in an interview with the “Fortune” magazine (September 15th, 1986), Quotations book 2015

Egna vägar

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

Property

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

Estimate

We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. William H. “Bill” Gates – American software entrepreneur, Microsoft (b. 1955), from “The Road Ahead” (1995), Quotations book 2015

Engagement

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

Encouragement

You say: “I can’t figure things out.” God says: “I will make straight your paths.” You say: “I can’t forgive myself.” God says: “I forgive you.” You say: “I’m too tired.” God says: “I will give you rest.” You say: “Nobody really loves me.” God says: “I love you.” You say: “I can’t do it.” […]

Ability

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than for any other under the sun. John D. Rockefeller – American oil magnate, sundays school teacher at at his time richest man of the world (1839-1937), Quotations book 2015

Family business

We do not inherit the family business from our parents, we borrow it from our children. Slogan by Hermès International S.A., Paris – Quotations book 2015

Facilitate rather than arbiter

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

Progress

Progress is precisely that which the rules and regulations did not foresee. Ludwig von Mises – Austrian economist (1881-1973), from “Bureaucracy” (1944), Quotations book 2015

Questions

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

Free enterprise

We believe that business is good because it creates value, it is ethical because it is based on voluntary Exchange, it is noble because it can elevate our existence, and it is heroic because it lifts people out of poverty and creates prosperity. Free-enterprise capitalism is the most powerful system for social cooperation and human […]

Freedom

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

Leadership

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there. John Buchan – Scottish writer, publisher and politician, 1935-40 Governor General of Canada (1875-1940), from “Montrose and Leadership” (1930), Quotations book 2015

Business leaders

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

Time to sell

When good news about the market hits the front page of the New York Times, sell. Bernard M. Baruch – American financier, adviser to several American presidents (1870-1965), Quotations book 2015

Money

Money is like muck – not good except it be spread. Sir Francis Bacon – English philosopher, politician and writer (1561-1626), from the essay “Of Seditions and Troubles” (1625), Quotations book 2015

Winner and loser

The Winner is always part of the answer; The Loser is always part of the problem. The Winner always has a program; The Loser always has an excuse. The Winner says: “Let me do it for you”; The Loser says: ” That is not my job.” The Winner sees an answer for every problem; The […]

Greatness

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

Watchword 2015

Accept one another as Christ accepted us, to the glory of God. The Bible, Romans 15:7 (NRSV) – Quotations book 2015 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 […]

Intelligent investment

Investment is most intelligent, when it is most businesslike. Benjamin Graham – born as Benjamin Großbaum, American investor and inventor of systematic stocks analysis (1894-1976), from “The Intelligent Investor” (1949), Quotations book 2015

Longterm

Most Money will be made in the future – as has been in the past – by owning businesses and not by selling and buying them. Benjamin Graham – born as Benjamin Großbaum, American investor and inventor of systematic stocks analysis (1894-1976), following “The Intelligent Investor” (1949), Quotations book 2015

Let

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone. Henry David Thoreau – American writer and philosopher (1817-1862), from “Walden” (1854), Quotations book 2015

Participation

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

Quality

The customer still thinks on the quality of our products, when he has long forgotten the price. Business slogan – Quotations book 2015

Talk

Talk only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. The Bible, Ephesians 4:29 (NIV) – Quotations book 2015

Estimating correct

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

Strength

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

Succès

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

Talent

Talent, I believe, is most likely to be found among nonconformists, dissenters and rebels. David Ogilvy – legendary British advertising executive and entrepreneur (1911-1999), from “Confessions of an Advertising Man” (1971), Quotations book 2015

Good work

What ever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do. Walt Disney – American cartoonist and film producer […]

Dreams

All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney – American cartoonist and film producer (1901-1966), Quotations book 2015

Persuasion indstead of punishment

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

Make changes

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

Responsibility

Do good to all, but leave everyone with his own responsibility. Pope John XXIII – Born Angelo Guiseppe Roncalli, 1958-63 Holy Father, also called “Council pope” or because of his humility and populism “il Papa buono” – “the good Pope” (1881-1963), from a letter to his brother Severo (1949), Quotations book 2015

Confidence

A good leader inspires men to have confidence in him; a great leader inspires them to have confidence in themselves. Wisdom – Quotations book 2015

Mistake

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

Continue

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

Strenght

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

Wind of change

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

Charity

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

Facts

Facts do not cease to exist just because they are ignored. Aldous Leonard Huxley – British writer (1894-1963), from “Proper Studies” (1927), Quotations book 2014

Fearless

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one. Elbert Hubbard – American writer (“Message to Garcia”) and publisher (1856-1915), Quotations book 2014

Priorities

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

Wisdom

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

Think until it hurts

As a young man, I was told by Lord Thomson of Fleet that you have to think until it hurts before making a decision. Paul Desmarais Jr. – Canadian entrepreneur (b. 1954) [Lord (Kenneth) Thomson of Fleet: Canadian publisher (1923-2006)], Quotations book 2014

Success by acting

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. Thomas Alva Edison – American inventor (1847-1931), Quotations book 2014

Seeing possibilities

The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. John Sculley – American entrepreneur and investor (b. 1939), Quotations book 2014

Be thankful for what

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep … you are richer than 75 % of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish some place … you are among the top 8 %  of […]

Courage and success

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

Listen

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

Wealth needs patience

Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow. The Bible, Proverbs 13:11 (NIV) – Quotations book 2010

Cosmopolitanism

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

Vision and Success

Every vision begins with a mental journey; each success begins with making it reality. Motto – Quotations book 2010

Forgive

One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night before you go to bed. attributed to Bernard M. Baruch – American financier, adviser to several American presidents (1870-1965), Quotations book 2010

Simplify

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

Speculation

Speculation…is neither illegal, immortal nor un-American. But is not a game in which Charlie and I wish to play. We bring nothing to the party, so why should we expect to take anything home? Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2010

Risk-taking

If you sleep on the floor you are not afraid of falling out of the bed. Wisdom – Quotations book 2010

Price and value

Share prices fluctuate more than share values. Sir John Marks Templeton – British value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008), Quotations book 2010

Consistent

Experience is not enough in itself – it has to be weighed, ordered and digested, and we have to draw the right conclusions from it. Michel de Montaigne – French writer and philosopher (1533-1592), Quotations book 2010

Church

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

Buy and sell

To buy when others are despondently selling and to sell when others are greedily buying requires the greatest fortitude and pays the greatest ultimate reward. Sir John Marks Templeton – British value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008), Quotations book 2010

Journalists

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

Watchword 2010

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. The Bible, John 14:1 (NRSV) – Quotations book 2010 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 […]

Fear of God

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

Faith

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

Greed

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

Past

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

Attraction of money

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

Money

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

Give

Give naught, get same. Give much, get same. attributed to Malcolm S. Forbes – American publisher, Forbes Magazine (1919-1990), Quotations book 2010

Happiness and grief

A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. The Bible, Proverbs 15,13 (NIV) – Quotations book 2010

Faithraising instead of fundraising

Saddleback doesn’t do fundraising. For us, it’s all about faithraising. Why? Because we believe GOD is primarily interested in growing our faith, not getting our money. We also believe that if the first happens, the second will naturally occur. Forrest Reinhard – pastor of the Saddleback Community Church, Lake Forest, California (b. 1958), Quotations book 2010

Experience

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

Attitude toward money

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

Simplicity

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

Live simply

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

Property

Property is the fruit of labor – property is desirable – it is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich, shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Abraham Lincoln – American politician, 1861-65 16th president (1809-1865), from a speech at the New York […]

Opportunities

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

Profit and cash

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

Making mistakes

A businessman once gave me some good advice. “You will always make mistakes, but it is possible to go through life making mistakes and they will do your business little or no harm. This is because the trick is to spot the mistake early and deal with it.” Lord Ashcroft (*1946) – British entrepreneur and […]

Geniusses

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

Live

Live your life, as if you are gonna die. attributed to William Shatner – Canadian actor (b. 1931)

Truth

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

Stay young

A person is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. John Barrymore – American actor (1882-1942), as quoted in the biography “Good Night, Sweet Prince: The Life and Times of John Barrymore” by Gene Fowler (1949)

Perfect Church

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

Resolve

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

Prayers

Thy prayers are all filed in heaven, and if not immediately answered they are certainly not forgotten. Charles Haddon Spurgeon – English Baptist pastor (1834-1892), from “Morning and Evening: Daily Readings” (1866), Quotations book 2016

Decisions

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

Obstacles

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. attributed to Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947)

Prowess

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do. attributed to Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947)

Competition

The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his business better all the time. Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947)

Hard work

Business is never as healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching for what it gets. Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), from “My Life and Wark” (1922)

Money

There are a thousand possibilities to “waste” money but only two ways to earn it: Either we work for it – or the money works for us. attributed to Bernard M. Baruch – American financier, adviser to several American presidents (1870-1965)

Individuality

During my eighty-seven years I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think. Bernard M. Baruch – American financier, adviser to several American presidents (1870-1965)

Correctness

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

Moral Values

Without commonly shared and widely entrenched moral values and obligations, neither the law, nor democratic government, nor even the market economy will function properly. Vaclav Havel – Czech writer and politician, 1993-2003 president of the Czech Republik (1936-2011)

Market-economy

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

Aims

I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish. attributed to Michelangelo – born Michelangiolo Buonarroti Simoni, Italian skulptor, painter, architect and poet (1475-1564)

Boldness

The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore. Dale Carnegie – born Dale Carnagey, American author and personality coach (1888-1955)

Trust

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

Power is dispensable

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

Christmas

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace. attributed to Agnes M. Pharo – American author (1904-1985)

Gifts

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. John Wooden – American Basketball player and coach (1910-2010)

Meaning of life

Love your calling with passion, it is the meaning of your life. attributed to François-Auguste-René Rodin – French sculptor (1840-1917)

Economic Growth

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

Bend history

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

Character test

Most people can bear adversity, but if you wish to know, what a man really ist, give him power. Robert G. Ingersoll – American jurist and orator (1833-1899); about Abraham Lincoln, American politician, 1861-65 16th president (1809-1865), from “True Greatness Exemplified in Abraham Lincoln” (1883)

Friendship

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

Courage

Similarly, in the world of securities, courage becomes the supreme virtue after adequate knowledge and a tested judgment are at Hand. Benjamin Graham – born Benjamin Großbaum, American investor and inventor of systematic stocks analysis (1894-1976), from “The Intelligent Investor” (1949)

Health more important than money

Some people waste their lives in the constant pursuit of great wealth. As a commodity, let’s face it, money doesn’t rate as high as good health – and it certainly isn’t up there with great art. Roy R. Neuberger – American financier and art collector (1903-2010)

Investing

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

Risk

These people risked something they had and needed for something they did not have and did not need. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), on the collaps of the LTCM hedge fonds (Long Term Capital Management), found on youtube: “Warren Buffett MBA talk”

Investments

The art of investing in public companies successfully is little different from the art of successfully acquiring subsidiaries. In each case you simply want to acquire, at a sensible price, a business with excellent economics and able, honest management. Thereafter, you need only monitor whether these qualities are being preserved. Warren Buffett – American value […]

Look forward

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

Being right

We do not get paid for activity, just for being right. Warren Buffet – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Attractive

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

Investment opportunities

Great investment opportunities come around when excellent companies are surrounded by unusual circumstances that cause the stock to be misappraised. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Beta-risk

If someone starts talking to you about beta, zip your pocketbook … there are two kinds of risk: 1) The risk that you could get a better return on your money elsewhere (opportunity cost) and 2) the risk of permanent capital impairment (financial health). Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Easy things

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

Money and character

Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Sound investing

(Benjamin Graham) wasn’t about brilliant investments and he wasn’t about fads or fashion. He was about sound investing and I think sound investing can make you very wealthy if you’re not in too big of a hurry. And it never makes you poor, which is better. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway […]

Arbitrage

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to arbitrage and you feed him forever. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Price and value

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Reputation

When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Market fluctuations

Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Simplicity

The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Successful stock

If a business does well, the stock eventually follows. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Broker not partner

If you think you can dance in and out of stocks I want to be your broker not your partner. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Obsession

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

Cut-throat competition

It is hard to make money where others are prepared to loose it. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Invest in Businesses

The basic ideas of investing are to look at stocks as businesses, use market fluctuations to your advantage and seek a margin of safety. That’s what Ben Graham taught us… A hundred years from now they will still be the cornerstones of investing. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Quality of Managemant

We do not wish to join with managers who lack admirable qualities, no matter how attractive the prospects of their business. We’ve never succeeded in making a good deal with a bad person. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Margin of Safety

You have to have the knowledge to enable you to make a very general estimate about the value of the underlying business. But you do not cut it close. That is what Ben Graham meant by having a margin of safety. You don’t try and buy businesses worth $83 million for 80$ million. You leave […]

Economic moat

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

Lifelong investing

To invest successfully over a lifetime does not require a stratospheric IQ, unusual business insight, or inside information. What’s needed is a sound intellectual framework for decisions and the ability to keep emotions from corroding that framework. Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2005

Humanity

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than […]

Quality

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

Make decisions

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

Success

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. Booker T. Washington – American educator, social reformer and civil rights activist (1856-1915)

Dreams

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. Henry David Thoreau – American writer (1817-1862), from “Walden” (1854)

Bible

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

Weather

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. Slogan – often attributed to Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910)

Root of all Evil

I have found the root of all the trouble to be the neglect of prayer. The first renewal in the society must begin with prayer. Mother Teresa – born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, Albanian-born Indian nun and order’s founder, Nobel Peace Prize 1979 (1910-1997)

Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs recognize and pursue opportunity without regard to the resources they currently control. They find creative ways to acquire the resources to achieve their goals. Robert Reiss – American radio host, founder of the “The CEO-Show” (b. 1961)

Success

The secret of success is constancy to purpose. Benjamin Disraeli – English writer and politician, 1868 and 1874-80 Prime Minister (1804-1881), feam a banquet speech at the National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations on June 24th, 1872

Growth

Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. – American physician and writer (1809-1894), from “The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table”, Capitel 11 (1858)

Lies

A lie will fly around the whole world while the truth is getting its boots on. attributed to Mark Twain – Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910)

Atmosphere

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

God’s gift

What you are is God’s gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to God. Proverb

Wall Street

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

Virtues

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

Enough

Well, I think there’s one big truth that the typical investment counselor will have difficulty recognizing, but the guy who’s investing his own money ought to have no trouble recognizing. If you’re comfortably rich and you’ve got a way of investing your money that is overwhelmingly likely to keep you comfortably rich and someone else […]

Philosopher’s stone

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

Act

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

Gratitude

An attitude of gratitude creates blessings. attributed to Sir John Marks Templeton – British value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008)

Standard of knowledge

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

Invest

Invest at the point of maximum pessimism. Sir JohnMarks Templeton – British value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008), Quotations book 2005

Expensive words

The five most expensive words in investing are, this time it is different. Sir John Marks Templeton – British value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008)

Charity

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. The Bible, 1. Peter 4,1 (NIV)

Doctors

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

Du Good

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. attributed to John Wesley – English preacher (1703-1791), known as “John Wesley’s Rule”

Simple

Out of the freedom from worry that God’s generosity provides comes an impulse toward simplicity rather than accumulation. John Piper – American pastor and author (b. 1946)

Requirements

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. attributed to Charles Kingsley – English clergyman, theologian and writer (1819-1875)

Difficulties

Difficulties exist to be surmounted. Ralph Waldo Emerson – American writer (1803-1882), frrom a speech at Cambridge, July 18th, 1867

Starting minds

Mr. Drucker ist one of those writers to whom almost anything can be forgiven because he not only has a mind of his own, but has the gift of starting other minds along a stimulating line of thought. Sir Winston L. Churchill – British politician, 1940-45 and 1951-55 Prime Minister, Nobel Prize in literature 1953 (1874-1965), about Peter […]

Hope

Hope is a waking dream. attributed to Aristotle – Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.), found in Diogenes Laërtius’ (Greek historian and doxographer, 3rd century CE) “Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers” (Book 5, The Peripatetics)

God’s Thoughts

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

True friendship

You only love your friend truly, when you love God in your friend, either because he is in him, or in order that he may be in him. Augustine of Hippo – known as Aurelius Augustinus, early Christian theologian and philosopher, one of the four Latin Doctors of Church (354-430), Sermon 336,2

Poverty

The poor stay poor not because they are lazy, but because they have no access to capital. attributed to Milton Friedman – American economist, Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences 1976 (1912-2006)

Goals

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