Curiosity

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.

Albert Einstein – German physicist, Nobel Prize in physics 1921 (1879-1955), from a letter to Carl Seelig (11.3.1952), Quotations book 2008

Speaking

There are only a few activities from which I derive intense pleasure, and speaking is not one of them.

attributed to Sir Winston L. Churchill – British politician, 1940-45 and 1951-55 Prime Minister, Nobel Prize in literature 1953 (1874-1965)

Scars

Our scars remind us of our past, they do not define our future.

proverb, falsely attributed to Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910)

Reaction

Between stimulus and response lies a space. In that space lie our freedom and power to choose a response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.

attributed to Viktor E. Frankl – Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist (1905-1997)

Problems

Every problem you master helps you on in future – and gives you fresh strength.

Stefanie Graf – German former tennis player (b. 1969)

Wise

The way of the sage is to act but not to compete.

from the Tao Te Ching – most significant proverb collection of Daoism (chapter 81, 4th century BC), according to a legend written by Lao Tzu (Chinese philosopher, c. 3rd to 5th century BC)

Ultimative aim

The ultimate aim of the quest must be neither release nor ecstasy for oneself, but the wisdom and the power to serve others.

Joseph J. Campbell – American writer, Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College (1904-1987), from “Myths to Live By” (1972)

Main

The work can wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.

Mary “Patricia”(Wise) Clafford – amerikanische Schriftstellerin (1900-1998)

Everything starts small

The beginnings of all things are small.

Omnium enim rerum principia parva sunt.

Marcus Tullius Cicero – Roman politician (106-43 B.C.), from “On the ends of good and evil”, book V, chapter XXI (“De finibus bonorum et malorum”, 45 B.C.)

Truth

Truth is stronger than fiction.

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

Value of joy

To get full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.

Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), from “Following the Equator” (“Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar”, chapter XLVIII, 1897)

Work together

If you want to make peace with an enemy, one must work with that enemy and that enemy becomes your partner.

Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), froms his autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” (1994)

Vision

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

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Constructive debate

Dispute supports insight and that is worth a lot.

Daniel Libeskind – American architect, artist and designer (b. 1946), from the interview “Der gebaute Horror” with Susanne von Beyer (Der Spiegel, 18. January 1999)

Role-model

We must become what we wish to teach.

Nathaniel Branden – born Nathan Blumenthal, American psychotherapist and author (1930-2014), from “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem” (1994)

Try and error

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.

Sir Richard Branson – British company founder (Virgin) and adventurer (b. 1950), from “Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur” (2008)

Truth

If there were only one truth, you couldn’t paint a hundred canvases on the same theme.

Pablo Picasso – Spanish artist (1881-1973), quoted by Daniel J. Robbins (American art historian, art critic, and curator,, 1932-1995) in “Picasso’s Vollard suite” (1979)

Aunque sólo existiera una verdad única, no se podrían pintar cien cuadros sobre el mismo tema.

Pablo Picasso – Artista español (1881-1973), citado por Daniel J. Robbins (historiador del arte estadounidense, crítico de arte y curador, 1932-1995) en “Picasso’s Vollard suite” (1979)

Sue or die

What good is figuring out a better way to sell beach towels if you aren’t going to tell everybody in your company about it?

Samuel M. “Sam” Walton – American entrepreneur, founder of Walmart (1918-1992), from “Sam Walton, Made in America: My story” (1992)

Success

Success is more about your imagination than anything else.

Paul Orfalea – American company founder (“Kinko’s”), author, speaker and philanthropist (b. 1947)

Six principles

1. Think one Store at a time.
2. Communicate, communicate, communicate.
3. Keep your ear to the ground.
4. Push responsibility – and authority – down.
5. Force ideas to bubble up.
6. Stay lean, fight bureaucracy.

Samuel M. “Sam” Walton – American entrepreneur, founder of Walmart (1918-1992), from “Sam Walton, Made in America: My story” (1992)

Bold

But at the heart of his personality was the boldness of his ideas.
Zalman didn’t do little things. Zalman was here to change the world.

Roger Hertog – American businessman, financier, and philanthropist, co-founder of Sanford C. Bernstein & Company (b. 1941), in his obituary on Zalman Chaim Bernstein (born Sanford Bernstein, American businessman and philanthropist, co-founder of Sanford C. Bernstein & Company, 1926-1999)

Ten maxims

1. Commit to your business. Believe in it more than anyone else.
2. Share your profits with all your associates, and treat them as partners.
3. Motivate your partners. Money and ownership alone aren’t enough. […] Set high goals, encourage competition, and then keep store.
4. Communicate everything you possibly can to your partners. […] Information is power, and the gain you get from empowering your associates more than offsets the risk of informing your competitors.
5. Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. […] We like to hear it often. […] Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free – and worth a fortune.
6. Celebrate your successes. Find some humor in your failures. Don`t take yourself so seriously.
7. Listen to everyone in your company. And figure out ways to get them talking.
8. Exceed your customer’s expectations. […] Give them what they want – and a little more. […] Make good on all your mistakes, and don’t make excuses – apologize. […] The two most important words I ever wrote were on that first Wal-Mart sign: SATISFACTION GUARANTEED.
9. Control your expenses better than your competition. This is where you can always find the competitive advantage.
10. Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore conventional wisdom. If everybody else is doing it one way, there’s a good chance you can find your niche by going in exactly the opposite direction.

Samuel M. “Sam” Walton – American entrepreneur, founder of Walmart (1918-1992), from “Sam Walton, Made in America: My story” (1992)

Look forward

It is one of life’s laws that as soon as one door closes, another one opens. But the tragedy is that we look at the closed door and disregard the open one.

attributed to André Gide – French writer, Nobel Prize in literatue 1947 (1869-1951)

Give away

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to pass it on.

proverb, often falsely attributed to William Shakespeare (English writer, 1564-1616) or Pablo Picasso (Spanish artist, 1881-1973)

Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur isn’t someone who owns a business, it’s someone who makes things happen.

Timothy “Tim” Ferriss – American entrepreneur and author (b. 1977)

Successfull

What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.

Bob Dylan – born Robert Allen Zimmerman, American singer-songwriter, author and musician, Nobel Prize in literature 2016 (b. 1941)

Timing

The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell.

Sir John Marks Templeton – value investor and philanthropist (1912-2008)

Right investment choice

1. Pick winners by a research process that reflects your values and beliefs.
2. Back them with conviction.
3. Avoid behavioral biases that lead to poor selling like lazy trades (not thought through).
4. Make sure your long-term positions are not past their sell date.

Rick di Mascio – British portfolio manager, CEO: Inalytics (b. 1957)

Perseve

But know that before attaining the Promised Land you’ll have to cross the Red Sea and the desert.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), to Michele Rua (3.10.1852), quoted in “Don Bosco: New Biography” (1979)

Ma sappi che prima di entrare nella Terra Promessa avrai da attraversare il Mar Rosso e il deserto.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), a Michele Rua (3.10.1852), citati in “Don Bosco: Una biografia nuova” (1979)

What you can do today…

Do not put off to tomorrow the good you can do today, because maybe tomorrow you will not have time.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), from “Memorie Biografiche”, book IV, chapter XXXVII, 439 (1904)

Non mandate al domani il bene che potete fare oggi, perché forse domani non avrete più tempo.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), de “Memorie Biografiche”, benda IV, capitolo XXXVII, 4439 (1904)

Strain

Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.

Jim Rohn – American entrepreneur, author and motivational trainer (1930-2009), from “The Art of Exceptional Living” (1993)

Self-education

Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

attributed to Jim Rohn – American entrepreneur, author and motivational trainer (1930-2009)

Miracles

In the realist, faith is not born from miracles, but miracles from faith.

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsk – Russian writer (1821-1881), from “The Brothers Karamazov”, part I, book one, chapter 5 (1880)

В реалисте вера не от чуда рождается, а чудо от веры.

Федор Достоевский – русский писатель (1821-1881), из “Бра́тья Карама́зовы”,
часть I, книга первая, глава 5 (1880)

On giants’ shoulders

If I have seen further it is by standing on ye shoulders of giants.

Sir Isaac Newton – English mathematician, physicist and astronomer (1643-1727), from a letter to Robert Hooke (5.2.1676)

Difference

The world is as it is – we make the difference.

Dr. Jagdish Parikh – Indian manager, author and speaker (b. 1940)

Do good

No-one would remember the good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions. He had money as well.

Dame Margaret Thatcher – British politician, 1979-90 Prime Minister (1925-2013), from a tv interview with Brian Walden for “London Weekend Television” (“Weekend World”, January 6th, 1980)

Seed

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

Cynthia Occelli, JD – American author and entrepreneur

Implement

I am Honest.
I am Dependable.
I am Diligent.
I am Responsible.
I am Disciplined.
I am Loving.
I am Faithful.
I am an Implementer.

Tom Ziglar – American entrepreneur, CEO Ziglar Inc. (b. 1965)

Repeat, repeat, repeat

You need to repeat yourself so often, you get sick of hearing yourself say it, and only then will people begin to internalize what you’re saying.

Jeffrey “”eff” Weiner – American businessman, CEO LinkedIn (b. 1970), from an interview with “Time” (April 28th, 2014)

Future

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Dr. Alan C. Kay – American computer scientist (b. 1940), at a “Xerox Palo Alto Research Center” meeting (1971)

Using resources more fruitfully

The entrepreneur shifts economic resources out of an area of lower and into an area of higher productivity and greater yield.

based on Jean-Baptiste Say – French economist and businessman (1767-1832), quoted by Peter F. Drucker (Austrian-born American management thinker, 1909-2005) in “Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles” (1985)

Character

Ability takes you to the top. Character keeps you there.

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Calm

Content and peace of mind are valuable things.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – German poet (1749-1832), from “The Sorrows of Young Werther”, Second book (1774)

Crisis as chance

Never waste the opportunity offered by a good crisis.

attributed to Niccolò Machiavelli – Italian politician, philosopher, historian and poet (1469-1527)

Why not?

The common question that gets asked in business is, “why?” That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, “why not?”

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), in an interview with Steven Levy for wired.com (November 13th, 2011)

Test, test, test

If you double the number of experiments you do per year you’re going to double your inventiveness.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964)

Independence

Like Warren [Buffett], I had a considerable passion to get rich, not because I wanted Ferraris — I wanted the independence. I desperately wanted it.

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

Long-term invest

The big money is not in the buying and selling but in the waiting.

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

Self-pity

Generally speaking, envy, resentment, revenge and self-pity are disastrous modes of thought. […] You do not want to drift into self-pity. … Self-pity will not improve the situation.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), from his USC School of Law Commencement speech (May 13th, 2007)

Self-assessment

Knowing what you don’t know is more useful than being brilliant.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), from “A Fireside Chat With Charlie Munger” (“Wall Street Journal”, September 12th, 2014)

Loving silence

A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.

Rachel Naomi Remen, MD – American author (b. 1938), from “Kitchen Table Wisdom” (1996)

Vision

Chase the vision, not the money. The money will end up following you.

Tony Hsieh – American internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist, CEO Zappos (1973-2020)

Look

Research your existing portfolio with the same energy and passion as new ideas

Rick di Mascio – British portfolio manager, CEO: Inalytics (b. 1957)

Big

Big results require big ideas.

Mike Clum American entrepreneur (b. 1993)

You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs

Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

The Bible, Proverbs 14:4 (NLT)

Challenge

Difficulties break some men but make others.

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

Przyszłośc

Przyszłości się nie poznaje, lecz się ją tworzy.

Stanisław Brzozowski – polski filozof i pisarz (1878 – 1911), z “Legenda Młodej Polski. Studia o strukturze duszy kulturalnej” (1910)

You don’t recognize the future, but you create it.

Stanisław Brzozowski – Polisch philosopher and writer (1878-1911), from “The Legend of Young Poland. Studies on the Structure of the Cultural Spirit” (“Legenda Młodej Polski. Studia o strukturze duszy kulturalnej”, 1910)

Brand sharpening

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

marketing wisdom

Elegance

Elegance is not to be noticed, it’s to be remembered.

attributed to Giorgio Armani – Italian fashion designer (b. 1934)

L’eleganza non è farsi notare, ma farsi ricordare.

attribuita a Giorgio Armani – stilista italiano (*1934)

Meaning of life

The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.

attributed to Rabindranath Tagore – born Robindronath Thakur, Bengali poet, Nobel Prize in literature 1913 (1861-1941)

Gauge risks

The probability of being struck by lightning is tiny, but many people are excessively terrified when they hear thunder.

Peter L. Bernstein – American financial historian, economist and educator (1919-2009), from “Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk” (1996), inspired by “Logic, Or, the Art of Thinking: Being the Port-Royal Logic” (“La logique, ou l’art de penser”, 1662)

Dance

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.

Vivian Greene – British writer, expert for doll’s houses (1904-2003)

Hope and faith

Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future. Faith is the courage to dance to it in the present.

Prof. Dr. sc. Dr. h. c. Peter Kuzmič – Slovenian-born Croatian theologian and scholar (b. 1946), in a twitter message from June 3rd, 2015

Win or learn

I never lose. I either win or learn.

motivation

Never follow the crowd

What you’ve got to do in politics is be sure that what you say can be justified by principle, by argument, and to put it across. As I always say, never follow the crowd. Make up your own mind and get the crowd to follow you.

Dame Margaret Thatcher – British politician, 1979-90 Prime Minister (1925-2013)

Together

Everyone sees a piece of the world, together we see the whole.

wisdom

Passion

Do it with passion, or not at all.

wisdom, attributed to Rosa Nouchette Carey – English children’s writer (1840-1909)

Start early

Plan the difficult when it is easy;
Handle the big where it is small.
The world’s hardest work begins when it is easy;
The world’s largest effort begins where it is small.

from the Tao Te Ching – most significant proverb collection of Daoism (chapter 63, 4th century BC), according to a legend written by Lao Tzu (Chinese philosopher, c. 3rd to 5th century BC)

Бог

God is not in power, but in truth.

Alexander Yaroslavich Nevsky – Russian military leader and nobleman, between 1236 and 1259 Prince of Novgorod, 1249-63 Grand Prince of Kiev, 1252-1263 Grand Prince of Vladimir (1221-1263)

Не в силе Бог, а в правде.

Алекса́ндр Яросла́вич Не́вский – Русский армейский лидер и дворянин, между 1236 и 1259 князь новгородский, 1249-1263 великий князь киевский, 1252-1263 великий князь владимирский (1221-1263)

Friend

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – American writer (1803-1882), from his essay “Friendship” (1841)

Everyone starts small!

Every artist was first an amateur.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – American writer (1803-1882), from “Letters and Social Aims”, chapter 7: “Progress of Culture” (1875)

Intelligent investor

The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists.

Jason Zweig – American journalist (b. 1959), in his “Note about Benjamin Graham” in the revised edition of “The Intelligent Investor” (2003)

Motivation

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.

Richard Bach – American writer (b. 1936), from “Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah” (1977)

Help others

The more you do for others, the better shape you’re in.

Walter Breuning – American railroader and supercentenarian, 2009-2011 world’s oldest known man (1896-2011)

Vere vivere

How long I might live is beyond my control; how long I will live, in the sense of truly living, is mine.

Quamdiu sim alienum est: quamdiu ero, (vere) ut sim, meum est.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca – Roman philosopher (4 B.C.-65 A.C.), from “Epistulae morales ad Lucilium”, Liber XV, letter 93 (written 64)

Leisure

To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.

Oscar Wilde – Irish writer (1854-1900), from “The Critic As Artist”, scene 2 (1891)

Winner

A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.

wisdom

The way to the stars

There is no easy way from the earth to the stars.

Non est ad astra mollis e terris via.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca – Roman philosopher (4 B.C.-65 A.C.), from his comedy “Hercules Furens”, line 437 “Megara” (c. 54)

Optimist

For the optimist life is not the problem but already the solution.

attributed to Marcel Pagnol – French writer, playwrigt and director (1895-1974)

Pour l’optimiste, la vie n’est pas un problème, mais une solution.

attribué à Marcel Pagnol – écrivain, dramaturge et cinéaste français (895-1974)

Learn from mistakes

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1863-1947), from “My Life and Work” (1922)

Innovation

Innovation distinguishes a leader from a follower.

attributed to Steve Jobs – American company founder, Apple (1955-2011)

Love

It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment.

The Bible, Philippians 1:9 (ESV)

God’s thoughts

To understand God’s thoughts we must study statistics, for these are the measure of His purpose.

Florence Nightingale- English nurse, founder of modern nursing (1820-1910), quoted by Karl Pearson in “The Life, Letters and Labours of Francis Galton”, Volume II (1924)

Example

Example would avail ten times more than precept.

Charles James Fox – British politician (1749-1806), from his speech on expenditure of public money in barracks (April 8th, 1796)

Working

No work is worse than overwork.

Samuel Smiles – Scottish author and government reformer (1812-1904), from “Character” (1871)

Liberal

The liberal position is based on courage and confidence.

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

Succès et objectifs

On ne fait jamais attention à ce qui a été fait; on ne voit que ce qui reste à faire.

Marie Curie – aussi Marie Skłodowska-Curie, physicienne et chimiste française d’origine polonaise, prix Nobel de physique en 1903 et prix Nobel de chimie en 1911 (1867-1934), d’une lettre à son frère Józef Skłodowski (18/03/1894)

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.

Marie Curie – also Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Polish-born French physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize in Physics 1903 and Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1911 (1867-1934), from a letter to her brother Józef Skłodowski (3/18/1894)

Успеть

Успех – это успеть.

Мари́на Ива́новна Цвета́ева – Русский Люрикер (1892-1941)

Success is to be in time.

Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva – Russian poet (1892-1941)

Do good

We must never miss an opportunity that God gives us to do good.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), from “Memorie Biografiche”, book VI, chapter XXXV, 493 (1907)

Non dobbiamo mai lasciarci sfuggire un’occasione che il Signore ci presenta per fare del bene.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), de “Memorie Biografiche”, benda VI, capitolo XXXV, 493 (1907)

See the reward

Everyone can tell you the risk. An entrepreneur can see the reward.

Robert T. Kiyosaki – American businessman and author (b. 1947), in a facebook message (January 15th, 2013)

Excellent

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

wisdom

Complete, do nots top

Entrepreneurs don’t finish when we are tired. We finish when we are done.

Robert T. Kiyosaki – American businessman and author (b. 1947), in a facebook message (March 19th, 2013)

Staff

Hire character. Train skill.

Peter W. Schutz – German-born American industrial manager (1930-2017)

Love

God does not love us because we are valuable; we are valuable because He loves us.

Fulton J. Sheen – American Catholic cleric, 1966-69 Bishop of Rochester, 1969-79 Titular Archbishop of Newport, Wales (1895-1979), from “Remade for Happiness: Achieving Life’s Purpose through Spiritual Transformation” (1946)

Faith

The connecting link between God’s promise and His fulfillment is our faith.

Andrew Murray – South African priest and writer (1828-1917), from “How to Raise Your Children for Christ” (1887)

Aanpakken

What would life be if we didn’t dare to take things in hand?

Vincent van Gogh – Dutch painter (1853-1890), in a letter to his brother Theo (December 29th, 1881)

Wat zou het leven zijn als we niet wat durfden aanpakken?

Vincent van Gogh – Nederlands kunstschilder (1853-1890), in een brief aan zijn broer Theo (29 december 1881)

Daviate

Progress is not possible without deviation (from the norm).

Frank Zappa – American rock musician (1940-1993), from an interview with VPRO (February 11th, 1971)

Good conversation

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

American wisdom

Measure

Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so.

Galileo Galilei – Italian astronomist und physicist (1564-1642)

Misura ciò che è misurabile e rendi misurabile ciò che non lo è.

Galileo Galilei – astronomo e fisico italiano (1564-1642)

Hero

It is much easier to be a hero than a gentleman. Heroes you can be once in a while; gentlemen, you must always be.

Luigi Pirandello – Italian writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1934 (1867-1936), from his comedy “The Pleasure of Honesty”, Act one, Scene three (1917)

È molto più facile […] essere un eroe che un galantuomo. Eroi si può essere una volta tanto; galantuomini, si dev’esser sempre.

Luigi Pirandello – scrittore italiano, Premio Nobel per la letteratura 1934 (1867-1936), dalla sua commedia “Il piacere dell’onestà”, Atto Primo, Scena Terza (1917)

Work partition

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

Henry Ford – American engineer and industrialist (1963-1947), quoted in “Reader’s Digest” (March 1934)

Kæmpe

Den rette Bedende strider i Bønnen og seirer – derved, at Gud seirer.

One who prays aright struggles in prayer and is victorious – in that God is victorious.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard – Danish Protestant theologian an philosopher (1813-1855), known as one of the most important academics in Denmark, from a speech with the same title, in “Four Upbuilding Discourses” (1844)

Give

Having, first, gained all you can, and, secondly saved all you can, then give all you can.

John Wesley – English preacher (1703-1791), from his sermon “The Use of Money” (1760)

Prayer

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.

Phillips Brooks – American Episcopal clergyman, 1891-1893 Bishop of Massachusetts (1835-1893), from his sermon “Going up to Jerusalem”, in “Twenty Sermons” (1886)

Hør

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

He thought that to pray is to speak; he learned that to pray is not only to be silent but is to listen. And so it is; to pray is not to listen to oneself speak but is to become silent and to remain silent, to wait until the one praying hears God.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard – Danish Protestant theologian an philosopher (1813-1855), known as one of the most important academics in Denmark, from “The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air: Three Godly Discourses” (“Lilien paa Marken og Fuglen under Himlen. Tre gudelige Taler”, 1849)

Gratitude

La reconnaissance est la mémoire du cœur.

Jean Massieu – pionnier français de l’éducation des sourds (1772-1846)

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.

Jean Massieu – French pioneer in deaf educating (1772-1846)

Watchword 2021

Jesus Christ said: Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

The Bible, Lucas 6:36 (NIV)

The Protestant pastor and song writer Otto Riethmüller (1889-1939) – he belonged to the Confessing Church – decided in 1930 under the impression of the Nacional Socialism’s propaganda, to give henceforth every calendar year a headline with a Bible 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.

Enthusiasm

Look for the activity, that gives you the energy you put into it back to you in the form of enthusiasm.

William “Bill” Hybels – American Evangelical minister, founding and former senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church (b. 1951), in his notes to the “Global Leadership Summit 2017”

New paths

It would be absurd and self-contradictory to expect to achieve things, which have never yet been done can be done, other than through means that have never yet been tried.

Insanum quiddam esset, et in se contrarium, existimare ea, quae adhuc nunquam facta sunt, fieri posse, nisi per modos adhuc nunquam tentatos.

Sir Francis Bacon – English philosopher, politician and writer (1561-1626), from “New organon, or true directions concerning the interpretation of nature”, aphorism VI. (“Novum Organum, sive indicia vera de Interpretatione Naturae”, 1620)

Significant

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.

Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), from his speech on the 90th birthday of Walter Sisulu (South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1912-2003, May 18th, 2002)

Treat people right

If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important, and you do that by being genuine and humble.

Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), from an interview with Oprah Winfrey for the “O magazine” (April 2001)

Determination

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.

Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), from a letter to Makhaya Ntini on his 100th cricket test (17 December 2009)

Design

It is like it is. But it will be what you make of it.

proverb

Decisions

Your capacity to say “No” determines your capacity to
say “Yeas”. You have to say “No” to lesser things in order
to say “Yeas” to greater things.

E. Stanley Jones – American Methodist Christian missionary and seminarist (1894-1973), in “Abundant Living” (1942)

Crisis as chance

I have always believed that the only way to cope with a cash crisis is not to contract but to try to expand out of it.

Sir Richard Branson – British company founder (Virgin) and adventurer (b. 1950), from “Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way” (1998)

Courage

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

Nelson Mandela – South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, 1994-99 president, Nobel Peace Prize (1918-2013), from his autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” (1994)

Better fast than perfect

Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.

wisdom, falsely attributed to Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910), could not be verified by the Mark Twain Museum

Constante e sublime

Walk with your feet on the ground and your heart in the sky.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888)

Camminate con i piedi per terra e con il cuore abitate in cielo.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888)

Love

Aimer un être, c’est accepter de vieillir avec lui.

Albert Camus – écrivain et philosophe français, prix Nobel de littérature en 1957 (1913-1960), de “Caligula”, Acte IV, Scène XIII (1945)

To love someone is to accept to grow old with them.

Albert Camus – Frech philosopher and writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1957 (1913-1960), from “Caligula”, Act IV, Scene XIII (1945)

Civility code

1. We will greet and acknowledge each other.
2. We will say please and thank you.
3. We will treat each other equally and with respect.
4. We will be direct, sensitive and honest.
5. We will address incivility whenever it occurs.

William “Bill” Hybels – American Evangelical minister, founding and former senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church (b. 1951), in his notes to the “Global Leadership Summit 2017”

Church

The church does not satisfy expectations; it celebrates mysteries.

Carlo Maria Cardinal Martini – Italian Catholic clergyman, Archbishop of Milan from 1979 to 2002 (1927-2012), from the dialogue with Umberto Eco “Belief Or Nonbelief – A Confrontation” (1996, engl. 2000)

La Chiesa non soddisfa attese, celebra misteri.

Carlo Maria Cardinale Martini – Sacerdote cattolico italiano, arcivescovo di Milano dal 1979 al 2002 (1927-2012), dal dialogo con Umberto Eco “In cosa crede chi non crede?” (1996, inglese 2000)

Change

You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending.

James R. Sherman, Ph. D. – American writer (1928-2005), from “Rejection” (1982), often falsely attributed to C.S. Lewis (British writer, 1898-1963)

Bøn

Bønnen forandrer ikke Gud, men den forandrer den bedende.

Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard – Danish Protestant theologian an philosopher (1813-1855), known as one of the most important academics in Denmark, from his preface to “Edifying Discourses in Diverse Spirits”, part I (1847)

Lift your voice

Fools multiply when wise men are silent.

Saying

Act

Do what you can and leave the rest to God.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), from “Memorie Biografiche”, book XIII, chapter XXVI, 832 (1932)

Fa’ quello che puoi, e Dio farà il resto.

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), de “Memorie Biografiche”, benda XIII, capitolo XXVI, 4832 (1932)

Kindnes

One day you will figure out, that it is harder to be kind than to be clever.

Lawrence Preston Gise – American admin assistant (1915-1995), to his then ten-year-old grandson Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos (American company founder: Amazon, b. 1964), after the younger has calculated to his grandmother Mattie Strait Gise (1915-1977),
how much she shortens her life through smoking

Passion

If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about it, … you don’t have to have some master plan for how things are going to play out.

Mark Zuckerberg – American company founder: facebook (b. 1984), from an interview with Jessica Livingston for “Startup School” (October 16th, 2020)

Successful life

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.

attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson – American writer (1803-1882), had been on the fridge of Amazon founder Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos (American company founder, b. 1964) for years, who calls it the most inspirational quote

Big ideas

We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), from an interview with the “Washington Post” (September 3rd, 2013)

Passion

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

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964),in an interview with “Fortune” (June 10th, 2010)

Facts

The great thing about fact-based decisions is that they overrule the hierarchy.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), quoted in “Jeff Bezos: Definitive Guide to PR and Marketing For Founders and Entrepreneurs — Pressfarm” (2018)

Emotional return

I want to see good financial returns, but also to me there’s the extra psychic return of having my creativity and technological vision bear fruit and change the world in a positive way.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964)

Brand

Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room!

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964), in a talk from TEDGlobal 2012 University (May 2012)

Labour

The labour we delight in physics pain.

William Shakespeare – English writer (1564-1616), in “Macbeth” 2nd act, scene 2 “Macbeth” (1623)

Fokus

Charlie and I will limit ourselves to allocating capital, controlling enterprise risk, choosing managers and setting their compensation.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), from the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Report 2009

Oppurtunity

A great investment opportunity occurs when a marvelous business encounters a one-time huge, but solvable problem.

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

Begin

Never is done tomorrow what is not done today.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – German poet (1749-18329, from “Faust: Part One”, “Prelude on the Stage” (1808)

Marriage

Marriage is the beginning and the pinnacle of culture.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – German poet (1749-1832), from “Elective Affinities”, part one, chapter nine (1809)

Give

The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God. What we try to keep for ourselves is just what we are sure to lose.

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

Arbitrarity

For the power of Man to make himself what he pleases means […] the power of some men to make other men what they please.

C. S. Lewis – British writer (1898-1963), from “The Abolition of Man” (1943)

Learn

Those who keep learning will keep rising in life.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), from his USC School of Law Commencement speech (May 13th, 2007)

Keep it simple

One of the greatest ways to avoid trouble is to keep it simple.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), at the “Wesco Financial” Annual meeting (2008)

Determined

Success means being very patient, but aggressive when it’s time.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), at Berkshire annual meeting (2004)

Questioning

You must force yourself to consider opposing arguments. Especially when they challenge your best loved ideas.

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

Constant progress

Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Discharge your duties faithfully and well. Systematically you get ahead, but not necessarily in fast spurts. Nevertheless, you build discipline by preparing for fast spurts. Slug it out one inch at a time, day by day. At the end of the day – if you live long enough – most people get what they deserve.

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

Estimate

Never underestimate the man who overestimates himself.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), at the Daily Journal annual meeting (February 12th, 2020)

Patience

The big money is not in the buying and selling, but in the waiting.

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

Long-term invest

A great business at a fair price is superior to a fair business at a great price.

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

Too tough to understand

We have three baskets for investing: yes, no and too tough to understand.

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

Get smarter

Learning from the success and failure of others is the fastest way to get smarter and wiser without a lot of pain.

Tren Griffin – American author and entrepreneur, Senior Director at Microsoft, from “Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor” (2015)

Soultion

Fix it, sell it or close it.

Jack Welch – born John Francis Welch jr., legendary American manager: General Electric (1935-2020), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century

Integrity

Excellence and competitiveness are totally compatible with honesty and integrity. The A student, the four minute miler, the high jump record holder – all strong winners – can achieve those results without resorting to cheating. People who cheat are simply weak.

Jack Welch – born John Francis Welch jr., legendary American manager: General Electric (1935-2020), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century

Unity

Unity increases power.

Joyce Meyer – American evangelist (b. 1943)

Capital allocation

Capital allocation is the CEO’s most important job.

William N. Thorndike, Jr. – American writer (*1963), from “The Outsiders – Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success” (2012)

Persistence

I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.

Steve Jobs – American company founder, Apple (1955-2011), from an interview with Daniel Morrow for the “Smithsonian Institute” (April 20th, 1995)

Attitude

It’s a big difference whether you play to not lose or whether you play to win.

Daniel S. “Dan” Peña, Sr.– American businessman (b. 1945)

Act

Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.

James “Jimmy” Spithill – Australian yachtsman, 2010 and 2013 Americas Cup winner (b. 1979)

Better

When you see a good investment, look for a better investment.

Guy Spier – South African investor (b. 1966), from “The Education of a Value Investor” (2014)

Life

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

Joseph J. Campbell – American writer, Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College (1904-1987), quoted by Diane K. Osbon in “Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion” (New York: Harper Perennial, 1991. pg. 18.)

Great

If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way.

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

Optimist

An optimist always finds a way – A pessimist always finds a dead end.

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

Recipe for success

It’s not about money or connections. It’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone.

Mark Cuban – American multiple company founder, owner of Dallas Mavericks (b. 1958)

Be good

Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.

Anthony Volodkin – American entrepreneur (b. 1985)

Perfect

It is incredible how rich you can get by not being perfect.

Larry Hite – America investor (b. 1941)

Innovation

Innovation happens at the intersections.

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

Christ

Christ with me, as I do business for Him and people.
Christ before me, as I plan my business.
Christ behind me, as I review my business.
Christ in me; my guiding light in business.
Christ beneath me; He is the foundation.
Christ above me, He is the owner of my business.
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, He is the Lord of the marketplace.
Christ when I lie down, and rest from my work.
Christ when I sit down, in my office chair.
Christ when I arise, enthusiastic or weary.
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, and my business.
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, and my business.
Christ in every eye that sees me, my staff, customers, suppliers, and competitors.
Christ in every ear that hears me speak about my products and services.

Mats Tunehag – Swedish speaker, writer and consultant, developer of “Business as Mission” (b. 1959)

Investment in Christ

Christ with me, as I invest for the common good and God’s glory.
Christ before me, as I steward the wealth entrusted to me.
Christ behind me, as I evaluate opportunities near and afar.
Christ in me, as I invest time, treasure and talents in others.
Christ beneath me; He is the foundation.
Christ above me, He is the owner of it all.
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, He is the Lord of the marketplace.
Christ when I lie down, and rest from my work.
Christ when I sit down, in my office chair.
Christ when I arise, enthusiastic or weary.
Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of us, and our vision.
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of us, and our work.
Christ in every eye that sees us, young and old, rich and poor, countrymen and foreigners.
Christ in every ear that hears me speak about our products and services.

Mats Tunehag – Swedish speaker, writer and consultant, developer of “Business as Mission” (b. 1959)

Democracy

No democracy has ever been inflicted by a famine,
and no two democracies have ever made war on each other.

Johan Norberg – Swedish writer (b. 1973), from his film “Globalisation Is Good” (2003)

Utomordentlig

Extraordinary people need extraordinary conditions.

Melker Schörling – Swedish businessman and investor (Securitas AB, Assa Abloy, b. 1947)

Utomordentliga personer behöver utomordentliga förutsättningar.

Melker Schörling – svensk affärsman och investerare (Securitas AB, Assa Abloy, f. 1947)

Overnight success

Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.

Christopher Isaac “Biz” Stone – American entrepreneur, co-founder of “Twitter” (b.1974)

Success

Success is making those who believed in you look brilliant.

Dharmesh Shah – Indian software engineer and entrepreneur, founder and CTO HubSpot, Inc. (b. 1967)

Metric

I’ve concluded that the metric by which God will assess my life isn’t dollars but the individual people whose lives I’ve touched.

Prof. Clayton M. Christensen – American American academic and business consultant, bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1952-2020), from “How Will You Measure Your Life?” (“Harvard Business Review”, 07/08 2010)

Optimist

To be a successful investor, you’ve got to be an optimist.

Charles R. Schwab – American company founder (b. 1937)

What do you do for others?

When you dream of success, are you ready for endurance?
You are ambitious to lead, but are you ready to serve?
We all want to get, do we know how to give?
We all want to be heard, but are we prepared to listen?
We all want to be happy, but do we feel for the sad?
We all want to standout, but do we know how to be supportive?
We all know what we want, but do you know what you need?
You want to change others, but would you change for them?
We all know how to condemn, but do we know how to reflect?
We all want to have face, but do you know honor?
We all want to have wealth, but do you know the real value of wealth?
We know passion, but do you know love?

Sir Li Ka-shing – Hong Kong business magnate, investor and philanthropist (b. 1928), from his speech to graduates from Shantou University, Guangdong (April 29th, 2004)

Laugh

We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.

solgan of the laughter yoga movement, attributed to William James – American philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910)

Recepy for Success

​1. Have a dream.
2. Think as a champion.
3. Be committed.
4. Do it right now!
5. Be prepared.
6. Keep your word.
7. Set goals.
8. Evaluate where you are.
9. Have integrity.
10. Don’t quit​.

wisdom

Start

The most powerful step that anyone can take to turn their dreams into reality is a simple one: You just need to start.

Marc B. Randolph – co-founder of Netflix (b. 1958), from “That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea” (2019)

Think more

People calculate too much and think too little.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), at the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder’s meeting (2002)

Three rules for a career

1) Don’t sell anything you wouldn’t buy yourself;
2) Don’t work for anyone you don’t respect and admire;
3) Work only with people you enjoy.

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

Back the big edge

Fold early when the odds are against you, or if you have a big edge, back it heavily because you don’t get a big edge often.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), from “Damn Right: Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger” (2000)

Customer satisfaction

If there’s one reason we have done better than all of our peers in the Internet space over the last six years, it is because we have focused like a laser on customer experience.

Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Bezos – American company founder: Amazon (b. 1964)

New paths

Never walk on the traveled path because it only leads where others have been.

attributed to Alexander Graham Bell – Scottish-born American inventor, scientist and engineer (1847-1922)

Strike

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

advice

Learn from Mistakes

Your failures are your stepping-stones to success.

Hanford Lennox Gordon – American lawyer and poet (1836-1920), from “Laconics” (1910)

War

Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies and debts and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honours, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people […] (There is also an) inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and … degeneracy of manners and of morals […] No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

James Madison – American politician, 1809-1817 fourth president (1751-1836), from “Political Observations” (20 April 1795)

Take time

Take time to work – thisis the condition for success!
Take time to think – it is the source of power!
Take time to read – it is the foundation of wisdom!
Take time to play – it is the secret of staying young!
Take time to be friendly – it is the road to happiness!
Take time to dream – it is the way to the stars!
Take time to be happy – it is the music of the soul!
Take time to love – it is the real wealth of life!

from an Irish original – Quotations book 2003

The life

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is a beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
life is a challenge, meet it.
life is a duty, complete it.
life is a game, play it.
life is costly, care for it.
life is wealth, keep it.
life is love, enjoy it.
life is mystery, know it.
life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is a sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is Life, fight for it!

Mother Teresa – born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, Albanian-born Indian nun and order’s founder, Nobel Peace Prize 1979 (1910-1997)

Stockholder’s homework

Anyone can become rich with stocks, if he does his homework!

Peter Lynch – American investor and fund manager (b. 1944)

Leadership

My job is to find money for those people, who know, how this works.

Jack Welch – born John Francis Welch jr., legendary American manager: General Electric (1935-2020), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century

Read to survive?

Dinosaurs didn’t read, now the’re extinct. Coincidence?

rhetorical question

L’intuizione

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

proverbio italiano – Libretto delle citazioni 2020

Act

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

attributed to William James – American philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910), Quotations book 2020

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

Big God

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

wisdom – 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 your sister, your brother, in every person.
And as you dry their tears and share their joy, God’s Son is also born in you and you may rejoice.

Christmas thoughts, often attributed to Marisa Roos – German poet, Quotations book 2020

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 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), Quotations book 2020

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

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 – 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 regarder ensemble dans la même direction.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – écrivain et aviateur français (1900-1944), de “Terre des Hommes” (1939), Brochure de citation 2020

Enthusiasm

The real secret of success is enthusiasm.

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

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

Focus

Men make decisions, boys want it all.

English proverb – 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 i träd!

Astrid Lindgren – svensk författare (1907-2002), glatt till filmteamet under inspelningen av tv-filmen “Tuffa gumman” (1979), citat broschyr 2020

Goal

A goal is a dream with a deadline.

Napoleon Hill – American writer: “Think And Grow Rich” (1883-1970), Quotations book 2020

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

Great love

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

slogan of nursing – Quotations book 2020

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 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), Quotations book 2020

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 moving

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

proverb – 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 to Berkshire Shareholders (2013), Quotations book 2020

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.

L’amour

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

de France – Brochure de citation 2020

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 “Forte: The Autobiography of Charles Forte” (1986), found by Dr. Markus Elsässer (German investor, b. 1956), Quotations book 2020

Never quit

Winners never quit, and quitters never win

Vince Lombardi – legendary American football coach (1913-1970), Quotations book 2020

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

Simple

Simplicity has a way of improving performance.

Charlie Munger – Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1924), Quotations book 2020

Smile

A smile is the universal welcome.

Max Eastman – American writer (1883-1969), from “The Sense of Humor” (1921), 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 Prize in economic sciences 1974, 1899-1992) in an interview with the “Encounter” (May 1983), Quotations book 2020

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.

Raul Seixas – músico brasileiro (1945-1989), letras para “Prelúdio”, Livro de cotações 2020

Truth makes free

Jesus Christ says: The truth will set you free.

The Bible, John 8:32 (NIV) – Quotations book 2020

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), Quotations book 2020

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, published in “Meditations and Devotions”, Part III, “Meditations on Christian Doctrine” (1893), Quotations book 2020

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 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.

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)

Courage for truth

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

wisdom

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

See

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

wisdom

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 Yoko Ono” (2000)

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 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)

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), 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)

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)

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)

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

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 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

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, 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)

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 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)

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)