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The most important part of every business is to know what ought to be done.
      - Lucinus Junius Moderatus Columella

Business will be either better or worse.
      - Calvin Coolidge

He that attends to his interior self,
  That has a heart, and keeps it; has a mind
    That hungers, and supplies it; and who seeks
      A social, not a dissipated life,
        Has business.
      - William Cowper

A business with an income at its heels.
      - William Cowper, Retirement (l. 614)

A business exists to create a customer.
      - Peter F. Drucker

Capital formation is shifting from the entrepreneur who invests in the future to the pension trustee who invests in the past.
      - Peter F. Drucker

Swear, food, or starve; for the dilemma's even;
  A tradesman thou! and hope to go to heaven?
      - John Dryden, Persius (sat. V, l. 204)

The greatest meliorator of the world is selfish, huckstering trade.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Work and Days

Not a tenth of us who are in business are doing as well as we could if we merely followed the principles that were known to our grandfathers.
      - William Feather

Business is the salt of life, which not only gives a grateful smack to it, but dries up those crudities that would offend, preserves from putrefaction and drives off all those blowing flies that would corrupt it.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.
      - Henry Ford

Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching for what it gets.
      - Henry Ford

The first mistake in public business is the going into it.
      - Benjamin Franklin

In every age and clime we see,
  Two of a trade can ne'er agree.
      - John Gay, Fables--Rat-Catcher and Cats
         (l. 43)

Trade's proud empire hastes to swift decay.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village,
        lines actually added to Goldsmith's work by Samuel Johnson

A manufacturing district . . . sends out, as it were, suckers into all its neighborhood.
      - Henry Hallam,
        View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages
         (ch. IX)

Lord Stafford mines for coal and salt,
  The Duke of Norfolk deals in malt,
    The Douglas in red herrings.
      - Fitz-Greene Halleck, Alnwick Castle

Success in business is seldom owing to uncommon talents or original power which is untractable and self-willed, but to the greatest degree of commonplace capacity.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

They [corporations] feel neither shame, remorse, gratitude, nor goodwill.
      - William Hazlitt (1), Table Talk
         (essay XXVII)

Rare almost as great poets, rarer, perhaps, than veritable saints and martyrs; are consummate men of business. A man, to be excellent in this way, requires a great knowledge of character, with that exquisite tact which feels unerringly the right moment when to act. A discreet rapidity must pervade all the movements of his thought and action. He must be singularly free from vanity, and is generally found to be an enthusiast who has the art to conceal his enthusiasm.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

Those that are above business.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry, Commentaries
         (Matthew, XX)

Ill ware is never cheape.
  [Ill ware is never cheap.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Pleasing ware is halfe sould.
  [Pleasing ware is half sold.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

The potter is at enmity with the potter.
      - Hesiod, Works and Days

Mr. Howel Walsh, in a corporation case tried at the Tralee assizes, observed that a corporation cannot blush. It was a body, it was true; had certainly a head--a new one very year--an annual acquisition of intelligence in every new lord mayor. Arms he supposed it had, and very long ones too, for it could reach at anything. Legs, of course, when it made such long strides. A throat to swallow the rights of the community, and a stomach to digest them. But who ever yet discovered, in the anatomy of any corporation, either bowels or a heart?
      - William Hone, Table-Book

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