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BUSINESS
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A blind bargain.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Merrie Tales of the Madmen of Gottam

To manage a business successfully requires as much courage as that possessed by the soldier who goes to war. Business courage is much more natural because all the benefits which the public has in material wealth come from it.
      - Charles F. Abbott

Nation of shopkeepers.
      - attributed to Samuel Adams,
        in oration delivered at the Philadelphia State House

There is nothing more requisite in business than dispatch.
      - Joseph Addison, The Drummer (act V, sc. 1)

Talk of nothing but business, and dispatch that business quickly.
      - Aldus Manutius (Aldo Manuzio),
        on a placard placed in the door of his printing office

Business tomorrow.
      - Archias of Thebes, founded on his words

Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does.
      - Jane Austen, Emma (vol. II, ch. XVI)

Business is religion, and religion is business. The man who does not make a business of his religion has a religious life of no force, and the man who does not make a religion of his business has a business life of no character.
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

The world is God's workshop; the raw materials are His; the ideals and patterns are His; our hands are "the members of Christ," our reward His recognition. Blacksmith or banker, draughtsman or doctor, painter or preacher, servant or statesman, must work as unto the Lord, not merely making a living, but devoting a life. This makes life sacramental, turning its water into wine. This is twice blessed, blessing both the worker and the work.
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

Measure not dispatch by the time of sitting, but by the advancement of business.
      - Francis Bacon

Come home to men's business and bosoms.
      - Francis Bacon, Essays
         (dedication of edition 9)

There's no business like show business.
      - Irving Berlin, Annie Get Your Gun,
        title of a song

Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants were princes, whose traffickers are the honourable of the earth?
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. XXIII, v. 8)

Formerly when great fortunes were only made in war, war was a business; but now, when great fortunes are only made by business, business is war.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

The soul's Rialto hath its merchandise,
  I barter for curl upon that mart.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
        Sonnets from the Portuguese (XIX)

Business dispatched is business well done, but business hurried is business ill done.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        Caxtoniana
         (essay XXVI, Readers and Writer)

When we speak of the commerce with our colonies, fiction lags after truth, invention is unfruitful, and imagination cold and barren.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Speech on the Conciliation of America

In matters of commerce the fault of the Dutch
  Is offering too little and asking too much.
    The French are with equal advantage content--
      So we clap on Dutch bottoms just 20 per cent.
      - George Canning,
        in a dispatch to Sir Charles Bagot

Keep thy shop, and thy shop will keep thee. Light gains make heavy purses. 'Tis good to be merry and wise.
      - George Chapman, Eastward Ho!
         (act I, sc. 1)

Few people do business well who do nothing else.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Despatch is the soul of business.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope,
        Letters

You foolish man, you don't even know your own foolish business.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope,
        Memories of the Courts of the Stuarts--Nassau and Hanover,
        to John Anstis, the Garter King of Arms as attributed by Jesse

This business will never hold water.
      - Colley Cibber, She Wou'd and She Wou'd Not
         (act IV)

The old proverb about having too many irons in the fire is an abominable old lie. Have all in, shovel, tongs, and poker.
      - Adam Clarke

They (corporations) cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed, nor excommunicated, for they have no souls.
      - Lord Edward Coke, Reports
         (vol. V, Case of Sutton's Hospital)


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