Entries by Christoph Niemann

Attitude

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

Bevore you …

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

Brief and clear

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

Burn

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

Child in the manger

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

Christus bruger Efterfølgere, ikke Beundrere

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

Communauté

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

Decide brave

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

Diversity

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

Ensemble

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

Envy

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

Escaping the old

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

Experience beats money

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

Five basic operations of a manager

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

Freedom

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

Freedom

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

Grace

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

Gratitude

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

Heroes

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

Imperfect

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

Intelligent investors

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

Invest

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

Invest brave

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

Keep on task

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

Know your past

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

Laugh

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

Leadership

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

Leadership

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

Learn

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

Learn

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

Learn

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

Longterm

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

Management

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

Righteous judgement

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

Role models

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

Self-critical

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

Spes

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

Strong beliefs

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

Successful

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

The social market

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

Three Rules for success

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

Together

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

Unconventionally successful

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

Unique

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

Watchword 2020

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

Who looks for wind, has to stand for storms

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

любовь

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

Give

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

Result extenuation

If you call a dog’s tail a “leg”, how many legs does it have? Four, because calling a tail a “leg” doesn’t make it one. proverd, used by Abraham Lincoln – American politician, 1861-65 16th president (1809-1865), abolished slavery in 1863; the Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield (Illinois) called his authorship most unlikely

Dream

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

Goals

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

Think like an owner

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

Keep in move

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

Act of God

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

Why

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

Unterstanding

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

Bonum vero commune

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

Leadership

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

Luxury

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

Money is not everything

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

Against the math

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

Certainty

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

Know your strength

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

Education

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

Implement

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

Leggere

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

Focus

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

Change

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

Unpredictable stock market

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

At the summit, it gets harder

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

Search

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

Doing good

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

Integrity

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

Truth

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

Endurance

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

Habits

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

Good leadership

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

Forholdet

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

Love

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

Courage

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

Think first

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

Reward at its pinnacle

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

Be prepared

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

Stock market

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

Le sourire

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

Passion

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

Tread by God

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

Strive for the higher

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

Good societies

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

Memories

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

Variety

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

Urgent or important

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

Present

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

Urgency

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

Découvrez ce qui est à l’intérieur de vous!

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

Every coin has two sides

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

Artists

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

Hope

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

Life

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

Learning from Keynes

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

Understand, not just tolerate

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

Successfull investing

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

Try

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

Recommendation

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

Think for yourself

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

Smart

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

Make money

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

Timing

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

Rational

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

Markets

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

Transfer

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

Experience

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

The crisis

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

Plan

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

Lead by God

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

Home

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

Self-trust

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

Capacity

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

Try

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

Eccentricities

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

Learn

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

Why I believe in Christianity

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

Turn to

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

Find

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

Benchmark-indifferent

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

Enjoy uncertainty

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

Serenity

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

Learn

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

Securities

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

Use time

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

Interview question

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

Everyone is edifying

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

Generosity

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

Invent

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

Opportunities

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

War without people

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

Kindness

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

New start

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

Input

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

Raise the bar

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

Trainer

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

Change

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

Lucky

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

In steps

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

Recepy to success

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

Success

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

Multiply abilities

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

считывание

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

Stop before it is loo late

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

Realize ideas

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

Well prepared

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my ax. wisdom, often falsely attributed to Abraham Lincoln – American politician, 1861-65 16th president (1809-1865), abolished slavery in 1863; the Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield (Illinois) called his authorship most unlikely

The better happens

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

Pleasure for praise

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

Happiness

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

Upward

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

Visible

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

Christmas

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

Ability and attitude

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

Basis for success

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

Solve problems

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

Never give up

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

Brands

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

Goals

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

Leader

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

Law of process

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

Training

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

Attitude and skills

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

Success

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

Vivre l’Évangile

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

Taking away

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

Explore. Dream. Discover

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

Burn

Go forth and set the world on fire. Ite, inflammate omnia. Ignatius of Loyola – 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, Co-Chairman Oaktree Capital Management (b. 1946), from “The Most Important Thing Illuminated: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor” (2012), Quotations book 2018

Bear risks

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

What God tells us

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

Watchword 2018

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

Act and think

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

Come further

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

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 (c. 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 […]

Advertise or die

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 (1935-2020)

Change

Change before you have to. Jack Welch – born John Francis Welch Jr., legendary American manager (General Electric), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century (1935-2020)

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)

Sow and reap

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. Just by lengthening the time horizon, […]

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