All quotes from the brochure „100 Zitate für 2021“ in foreign languages.

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), Quotations book 2021

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.), Quotations book 2021

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), Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021

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), Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021


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), Libretto delle citazioni 2021

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), Quotations book 2021


Hire character. Train skill.

Peter W. Schutz – German-born American industrial manager (1930-2017), Quotations book 2021

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), Quotations book 2021

Good conversation

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

American wisdom – Quotations book 2021

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), Quotations book 2021

Be good

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

Anthony Volodkin – American entrepreneur (b. 1985), Quotations book 2021

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), Quotations book 2021

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), Quotations book 2021

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), Quotations book 2021

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), Quotations book 2021

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), Quotations book 2021

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 “Jeff” Weiner – American businessman, CEO LinkedIn (b. 1970), from an interview with “Time” (April 28th, 2014), Quotations book 2021

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), Quotations book 2021


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson – American writer (1803-1882), from his essay “Friendship” (1841), Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021

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), Quotations book 2021

Lift your voice

Fools multiply when wise men are silent.

Saying – Quotations book 2021


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, Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021


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), Libretto delle citazioni 2021

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), Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021

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), Offerteboekje 2021


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), Quotations book 2021

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), Quotations book 2021


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

The Bible, Philippians 1:9 (ESV) – Quotations book 2021


You see things; and you say “Why?”
But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”

George Bernard Shaw – Irish writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1925 (1856-1950), from “Back to Methuselah” (1922), Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021

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, Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021

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), Libretto delle citazioni 2021

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), Quotations book 2021


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

Rick di Mascio – British portfolio manager, CEO: Inalytics (b. 1957), Quotations book 2021

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), Brochure de citation 2021

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), Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021

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), Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021


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, Quotations book 2021

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), Quotations book 2021


Success is making those who believed in you look brilliant.

Dharmesh Shah – Indian software engineer and entrepreneur, founder and CTO HubSpot, Inc. (b. 1967), Quotations book 2021

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), Quotations book 2021

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), Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021

Watchword 2021

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

The Bible, Lucas 6:36 (NIV) – Quotations book 2021

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.


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), Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021

Constante e sublime

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

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – sacerdote cattolici e pedagogo italiano (1815-1888), Libretto delle citazioni 2021

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

Don Giovanni Melchiore Bosco – Italian Catholic priest and pedagogue (1815-1888), Quotations book 2021

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), Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021


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), Quotations book 2021

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), Quotations book 2021

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, Quotations book 2021