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)

Efterfølgere, ikke Beundrere

Det er nu bekendt nok, at Christus bestandigt bruger det Udtryk: Efterfølgere. Han taler aldrig om, at han forlanger: Beundrere, tilbedende Beundrere, Tilhængere; og når han bruger det Udtryk: Disciple, forklarer han det altid saaledes, at man seer, at derved forstaas Efterfølgere, at det ikke er Tilhængere af en Lære, men Efterfølgere af et Liv.

It is well known that Christ consistently used the expression “follower.” He never asks for admirers, worshippers, or adherents. No, he calls disciples. It is not adherents of a teaching but followers of a life Christ is looking for.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard – Danish Protestant theologian an philosopher (1813-1855), known as one of the most important academics in Denmark, from his essay “Practice in Christianity” (“Indøvelse i Christendom”, 1850)

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 this sense, long-term investors must be philosophers rather than technicians.

John C. Bogle – American author and founder of The Vanguard Group and the world’s first index mutual fund (1929-2019)

Do it yourself

Listen and you will forget.
Write it down and you will remember.
Do it yourself and you will understand.

Credo the energetic

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

No source could be verified by the Wilhelm von Humboldt foundation.

Keep moving

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

proverb

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)

Laugh

Each learns more readily, and retains more willingliy, 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” 262-263 (c. 14 B.C.)

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)

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.

Quicquid 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.)

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)

Enthusiasm

The real secret of success is enthusiasm.

Walter P. Chrysler – American company founder (1875-1940)

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.

Dr. William Arthur Ward – American writer (1921-1994), from his poem “Before You” (1963)

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)

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 “Pro Plancio” (54 B. C.)

Never quit

Winners never quit, and quitters never win

Vince Lombardi – legendary American football coach (1913-1970)

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 “Where Are You Going?” (August 4th, 1889)

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)

Unterstanding

Our intellect extends to the infinite in understanding.

Intellectus noster ad infinitum in intelligendo extenditur.

Thomas of Aquin- Italian philosopher and theologian (1225-1274), 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 the Pastoral Constitution “Gaudium et Spes – On the Church in the modern World” promulgated by His Holiness, pope Paul VI (Chapter IV, 74, December 7th, 1965)

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 Newman – English Catholic clergyman (1801-1890), from his meditation “Hope in God—Creator” fom March 7, 1848, in “Meditations and Devotions”, “Meditations on Christian Doctrine” (1893)

Watchword 2020

I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!

The Bible, Marcus 9:24 (NIV)

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

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)

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 weekday.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in his letter to Berkshire Shareholders (2013)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Implementation

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), from “La Pamela”, Act 1, Scene 14 (1750)

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)

Better Chances

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)

Focus

Men make decisions, boys want it all.

English proverb

Strong beliefs

Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger.

Walter Bagehot – English economist and author (1826-1877), from “Physics and Politics Or Thoughts on the Application of the Principles of Natural Selection and Inheritance to Political Society” (1872)

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)

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)

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 “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)

L’intuizione

L’intuizione, è l’intelligenza che commette un eccesso di velocità.

proverbio italiano

Time

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)

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)

Sonho que se sonha só , e só um sonho que se sonha só.
Mas sonho que se sonha junto é realidade.

Raul Seixas – músico brasileiro (1945-1989), letras para “Prelúdio”

Big God

Do not tell God you have a big problem.
Tell your problem you have a big God.

wisdom

L’amour

L’âge ne vous protège pas de l’amour. Mais l’amour vous protège de l’âge.

de France

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” (1884), Chapter VI

Use what talent you possess

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)

Unexpected

To get noticed, we can’t say what’s expected.

advertising wisdom

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)

Goal

A goal is a dream with a deadline.

Napoleon Hill – American writer, “Think And Grow Rich” (1883-1970)

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), in “All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life” (2013)

Relation to God

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”, published under the pseudonym Vigilius Haufniensis, “the Watchman of Copenhagen”, 1844)

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)

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)

Love

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

The Bible, 1. Peter 4:8 (ESV)

Righteous judgement

Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.

The Bible, John 7:24 (NASB)

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)

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 is 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 known way.”

Minnie Louise Haskins – British poet and sociologist (1875-1957), from the poem “The Gate of the Year” (1908), which became popular, after King Georg VI. (1936-1952 king of England, 1895-1952) quoted it in his 1939 Christmas broadcast

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)

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)

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 (1898-1983), from “Reflections on the Human Condition” (1973)

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)

Experience

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

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)

Great love

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

slogan of nursing

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

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

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)

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, Evanston, Illinois (Augsut 19, 1954)

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 security (November 7, 1957)

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 Bon (1396-1467)

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 aux camélias” (1848)

Imperfect

It is not the perfect, but the imperfect, who have need of love.

Oscar Wilde – Irish writer (1854-1900), from “An Ideal Husband”, Act 2 (1899)

Same direction

Experience teaches us that love does not mean to look into each other’s eyes, but to look together into the same direction.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – French aviator and writer (1900-1994), from “Wind, Sand, and Stars” (“Terre des Hommes, 1939)

L’expérience nous montre qu’aimer ce n’est point nous regarder l’un l’autre mais regarder ensemble dans la même direction.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – écrivain et aviateur français (1900-1944), de “Terre des Hommes” (1939)

Learn from mistakes

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)

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), in “The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money” (1936)

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)

More than tolerance

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 other.

Randall L. Stephenson Jr. – American telecommunications executive , CEO AT&T (b. 1960), in a meeting with AT&T employees, September 23, 2016

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)

Decide

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)

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”, 22.09.2002)

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)

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)

Review mistakes

It’s a good idea to review past mistakes before committing new ones.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), in “Warren Buffett on Business : Principles from the Sage of Omaha”, Chapter 15 (2009)

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)

Smile

A smile is the universal welcome.

Max Eastman – American writer (1883-1969), from „The Sense of Humor“ (1921)

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 strategies are born.
Who ever overcomes crisis, outdoes himself without being overcome.
Who attributes their failures to the crisis and neglects, violent his own talent and gives most respect to the problems rather than solutions.
The real crisis is the crisis of incompetence.
The drawback of people and countries is laziness to find solutions to their problems.
Without crisis there are no challenges, without challenges life is a routine, a slow agony.
Without crisis there is no merit.
It is in the crisis where the best of each other rise up, without crises any wind is caress.
Talk of crisis is to promote it, and silent in the crisis is to exalt conformity.
Instead of that, work hard.
Get it over with the only crises threatening, that is the tragedy of not wanting to fight for it.

attributed to Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel prize in Physics 1921 (1879-1955)

Plan

An idiot with a plan can beat a genius without a plan.

Warren Buffett – American Value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930)

Simplicity

Simplicity has a way of improving performance.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924)

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 (1644-1918)

Knowledge is power

Never assume! Ask, analyse, test, implement!

Bernd Keller – German company founder, CEO “tRUE STANDARD” (b. 1966)

Act

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

attributed to William James – American philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910)

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” (1871)

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)

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)

Appropriate

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”, 1978)

Det står väl inte i Mose lag att gamla kärringar inte får klättra i träd!

Astrid Lindgren – svensk författare (1907-2002), glatt till filmteamet under inspelningen av tv-filmen “Tuffa gumman” (1978)

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)

Unconventional successfull

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)

Learn

You can observe a lot just by watching.

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra – American baseball player and -manager (1925-2015)

Wisdom

How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver.

The Bible, Proverbs 16:16 (NIV)

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 that queer twist about it that real things have.

C. S. Lewis – British writer (1898-1963), from “Mere Christianity” (1952)

Truth makes free

Jesus Christ says: The truth will set you free.

The Bible, John 8:32 (NIV)

Urn around

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 roses dans un même jardin… et ils n’y trouvent pas ce qu’ils cherchent. […] Et cependant ce qu’ils cherchent pourrait être trouvé dans une seule rose.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – écrivain et aviateur français (1900-1944), de “Le Petit Prince” (1943)

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.

Lord Charles Forte, Baron Forte – British caterer and hotelier (1908-2007), from “Forte: The Autobiography of Charles Forte” (1986), found by Dr. Markus Elsässer

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Деньги

Деньги есть чеканенная свобода.

Федор Достоевский – русский писатель (1821-81), из “Записки из Мёртвого дома” (1862), Цитаты 2005

Write

Whatever you write:
Write short – and they will read it.
Write clearly – and they will understand it.
Write graphically – and they will keep it in mind.

Joseph Pulitzer – American publisher and benefactor (1847-1911), Quotations book 2003

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

Courage

The best stories start with courage.

proverb – 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 a new beginning.

Meditation in accordance with the novel “The Little Prince” (1943) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – French writer and aviator (1900-1944), Quotations book 2019

C’est une folie de haïr toutes les roses parce qu’une épine vous a piqué,
d’abandonner tous les rêves parce que l’un d’entre eux ne s’est pas réalisé,
de renoncer à toutes les tentatives parce qu’on a échoué …
Il y aura toujours une autre occasion, un autre ami, un autre amour, une force nouvelle.
Pour chaque fin il y a toujours un nouveau départ.

Méditation en référence au roman « Le Petit Prince » (1943) par Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – écrivain et aviateur français (1900-1944), Brochure de citation 2019

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 book 2019

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 his letter to Mellitus (Epistel XI, 56, 18.7.601), Quotations book 2019

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, section 12 (c. 370 B.C.)

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, it is Christmas.
Whenever when you look at each other, with the eyes of the heart, with a smile on your lips, it is Christmas.

Because love is born.
Because peace is born.
Because justice is born.
Because hope is born.
Because joy is born.
Because Christ, the Lord, is born.

from Brazil – Quotations book 2019

Cada vez que duas pessoas se perdoam, é Natal.
Cada vez que você mostra compreensão com as suas crianças, é Natal.
Cada vez que você ajuda uma pessoa, é Natal.
Cada vez que alguém decide viver honestamente, é Natal.
Cada vez que nasce uma criança, é Natal.
Cada vez que você procura dar um sentido novo à sua vida, é Natal.
Cada vez que você olhar alguém com os olhos do coração, com um sorriso nos lábios, é Natal.

Porque nasce o Amor.
Porque nasce a Paz.
Porque nasce a Justiça.
Porque nasce a Esperança.
Porque nasce a Alegria.
Porque nasce Cristo, Nosso Senhor.

do Brasil – Livro de cotações 2019

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

Start

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

saying

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)

Passion

Passion never fails.

wisdom – Quotations book 2019

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 in his book of aphorisms “P.S. I Love You” (1990)

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)

Change and growth

Change is constant, growth is optional.

Kim Butcher – American investor (b. 1958)

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 members, and to use each person’s strength to help all the other members perform.

Peter F. Drucker – Austrian-born American management expert (1909-2005), from “Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices” (1973), Quotations book 2019

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 Down Grade “, published in “Sword and the Trowel” (March 1887), Quotations book 2019

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 journalist, co founder of the Academia Brasileira de Letras (1849-1910), from “Abolitionism: The Brazilian Antislavery Struggle” (1883), Quotations book 2019

Eduquem os seus filhos, eduquem-se a si mesmos, no amor da liberdade alheia, único meio de não ser a sua própria liberdade uma doação gratuita do Destino, e de adquirirem a consciência do que ela vale, e coragem para defendê-la.

Joaquim Aurélio Barreto Nabuco de Araújo – político, historiador e jornalista brasileiro, co-fundador da Academia Brasileira de Letras (1849-1910), de “O Abolicionismo” (1883), Livro de cotações 2019

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)

Road to success

The road to success is always under construction.

proverb

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, American author and personality Coach, 1888-1955), Quotations book 2019

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. Sacrifice personal wishes in order that all men might be free.
6. Observe with both friend and foe the ordinary rules of courtesy.
7. Seek to perform regular service for others and for the world.
8. Refrain from the violence of fist, tongue, or heart.
9. Strive to be in good spiritual and bodily health.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – American civil rights activist and pastor, Nobel Peace Prize 1964 (1929-1968), from a commitment card signed by volunteers at the Birmingham Protests (1963), Quotations book 2019

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 Diogenes Laërtius (Greek historian and doxographer, 3rd century)

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 act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

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, management consultant and trainer, founder of “The Coverdale Organisation” (1918-1975), Quotations book 2019

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 a lady’s 90th birthday in Richfield Springs, New York, published in “Ninetieth Birthday Celebrated at Monticello” (Richfield Mercury, 27.1.1927)

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 self for other. Silence is that space within God’s being where we are able to be. So, when we hear silence, we are listening to God tell us that he loves us enough to make room within himself for us.

Prof. Joseph McQueen – American linguist

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 (1889-1973), from “The decline of wisdom” (1954)

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), Chapter 30, 143. (388/9), Quotations book 2018

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

News

News are the first rough draft of history.

proverb from journalism

Future

There is a future for the man of peace.

The bible, Psalm 37:37 (ESV) – Quotations book 2019

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 – svensk bankman: Stockholms Enskilda Bank (1899-1982), i ett brev till sin bror Jacob (1946), Citatbok 2018

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. After all – we’re only mortal.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard – captain of the USS-Enterprise, character in the “Star Trek” films and serial, from “Star Trek Generations” (1994)

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 “Billy Graham: God’s Ambassador” (1999), Quotations book 2018

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 Joseph Tussman – American philosopher and educator (1914-2005)

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 book 2018

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 “Big Business-itis”, in “The Rotarian” N° 27 (3. September 1925)

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 Maximize Success“ (2016)

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 of an enterprise.

Prof. Aswath Damodaran – Indian-American accountant, manager and financial educator at New York University (b. 1957), in hi blog “The Yahoo! Chronicles! Is this the End Game?” (7.12.2015)

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 Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies” (2002), Quotations book 2018

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 or badness of food, the physician would be starved to death.

Medicinam igitur coquinaria subiens simulat optimos se cibos corpori nosse, ita ut, si inter pueros vel viros æque ac pueri insipientes contendere oporteret coquum atque medicum, uter eorum de bonis malisve cibis intelligat, medicus fame periret.

Plato – Greek philosopher (ca. 428-348 BC), from his dialogue “Gorgias” (c. between 393 and 388 BC)

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 me, passes through the three sieves: The first sieve is the one of truth. Did you examine whether what you were about to tell me was true?”
“Well, no, not really. I just overheard the Story …”
“Ah! Well, then you must have used the second sieve, the sieve of good? Is it something good that you are about to tell me?”
The other man said hesitantly: “Hm, no … on the contrary …”
“Hm …”, the wise man interrupted him. “Let us use the third sieve then, the sieve of necessity. Is it absolutely necessary for you to tell me what you are so exited about?”
“No, not really necessary …”
“Well”, Socrates said with a smile. “If the story you are about to tell me isn’t true, good, or necessary, just forget it and don’t bother me with it anymore.”

anecdote about Socrates – Greek philosopher (469-399 B.C), some sources cite Plato (Greek philosopher, c. 428-348 v. Chr.) or “the young Polimus” as other Person, Quotations book 2018

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 book 2018

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 (Illinois) called his authorship unlikely, Quotations book 2019

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 political war among themselves? But the election was a necessity. We can not have free government without elections.

Abraham Lincoln – American politician, 1861-65 16th president (1809-1865), abolished slavery in 1863, speech as Response to a serenade after his re-election, 10th November 1864

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 2018

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 Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), at the 1998 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting, Quotations book 2018

Sell eqipment instead of digging for gold

Since the Industrial Revolution began, going downstream – investing in businesses that will benefit from new technology rather than investing in the technology companies themselves – has often been the smarter strategy.

Ralph Wanger – American fund manager (b. 1934), Quotations book 2019

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 other pot was new and earned more money.

One morning the poor damaged pot felt very inferior and decided to speak to Ghele: “When we arrive in town, I am half-empty. You are losing money because of me. Please forgive me.”

“Look at the path by the side of the road”, Ghele replied. Carefully the cracked pot sneaked a peek. “Oh, it’s beautiful. Many small flowers”, he said in awe.

“That is all thanks to you!” The cracked pot looked blank until Ghele went on: “I bought flower seeds and sowed them along the way. And, without realizing it, you’ve been watering them every day. Never forget that we are all a little damaged. But if we ask him for it, God can do wonders with our limitations.”

traditional allegory

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

Come further

What got me here won’t get me where I want to go.

motivation from business

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

Goals and dreams

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

wisdom

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 (b. 1933), Quotations book 2019

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 first draft of history.
A free press, at its best, reveals the truth.

slogan at the Newseum in Washington D.C. – Quotations book 2018

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 place in my game, and that’s first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don’t ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.

Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he’s got to play from the ground up – from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That’s O.K. You’ve got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you’ve got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the field second.

Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization – an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win – to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don’t think it is.

It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That’s why they are there – to compete. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules – but to win.

And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.

I don’t say these things because I believe in the ‘brute’ nature of men or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour – his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear – is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – VICTORIOUS.

Vince Lombardi – legendary American football coach (1913-1970), Quotations book 2018

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. 1932), Quotations book 2018

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 aut.

Frédéric Mistral – écrivain et lexicographe français de langue d’oc provençale, prix Nobel de littérature en 1904 (1830-1914), de poème “La Brassado” à “Lis isclo d’or” (1875), Brochure de citation 2018

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 June 2013), Quotations book 2018

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 propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible verse. An act of civil courage! He has established a tradition that still exists today. Meanwhile, the annual solution is set by the Ecumenical Association for Bible Reading (Ökumenische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Bibellesen) three years in advance.

Act and think

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

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

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

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