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Physicians attend to the business of physicians, and workmen handle the tools of workmen.
  [Lat., Quod medicorum est
    Promittunt medici, tractant fabrilia fabri.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (II, 1, 115)

Setting raillery aside, let us attend to serious matters.
  [Lat., Sed tamen amoto quaeramus seria ludo.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, 1, 27)

I attend to the business of other people, having lost my own.
  [Lat., Aliena negotia curo,
    Excussus propriis.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (II, 3, 19)

The merchant has no country.
      - Thomas Jefferson

It very seldom happens to a man that his business is his pleasure.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The sign brings customers.
      - Jean de la Fontaine,
        Fables--The Fortune Tellers
         (bk. VII, fable 15)

A man's success in business today turns upon his power of getting people to believe he has something they want.
      - Gerald Stanley Lee, Crowds
         (bk. II, ch. IX)

Business today consists in persuading crowds.
      - Gerald Stanley Lee, Crowds (bk. II, ch. V)

Machinery is the subconscious mind of the world.
      - Gerald Stanley Lee, Crowds
         (pt. II, ch. IX)

It is never the machines that are dead.
  It is only the mechanically-minded men that are dead.
      - Gerald Stanley Lee, Crowds (pt. II, ch. V)

Hasty and adventurous schemes are at first view flattering, in execution difficult, and in the issue disastrous.
  [Lat., Consilia callida et audacia prima specie laeta, tractatu dura, eventu tristia sunt.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (XXXV, 32)

There is no better ballast for keeping the mind steady on its keel, and saving it from all risk of crankiness, than business.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        Among My Books--New England Two Centuries Ago

Everybody's business is nobody's business.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        Essay on Hallam's Constit. History

As touching corporations, that they were invisible, immortal and that they had no soul, therefor no supoena lieth against them, because they have no conscience or soul.
      - Sir Roger Manwood

You silly old fool, you don't even know the alphabet of your own silly old business.
      - attributed to Sir William Henry Maule

Business is a combination of war and sport.
      - Andre Maurois

If the spirit of business adventure is dulled, this country will cease to hold the foremost position in the world.
      - Andrew Mellon

Business in a certain sort of men is a mark of understanding, and they are honored for it. Their souls seek repose in agitation, as children do by being rocked in a cradle. They may pronounce themselves as serviceable to their friends as troublesome to themselves. No one distributes his money to others, but every one therein distributes his time and his life. There is nothing of which we are so prodigal as of those two things, of which to be thrifty would be both commendable and useful.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Curse on the man who business first designed,
  And by't enthralled a freeborn lover's mind!
      - John Oldham, Complaining of Absence (111)

It is very, sad for a man to make himself servant to a thing, his manhood all taken out of him by the hydraulic pressure of excessive business. I should not like to be merely a great doctor, a great lawyer, a great minister, a great politician--I should like to be also something of a man.
      - Theodore Parker

The master looks sharpest to his own business.
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia)

Who wishes to give himself an abundance of business let him equip these two things, a ship and a woman. For no two things involve more business, if you have begun to fit them out. Nor are these two things ever sufficiently adorned, nor is any excess of adornment enough for them.
  [Lat., Negotii sibi qui volet vim parare,
    Navem et mulierem, haec duo comparato.
      Nam nullae magis res duae plus negotii
        Habent, forte si occeperis exornare.
          Neque unquam satis hae duae res ornantur,
            Neque eis ulla ornandi satis satietas est.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Poenulus
         (I, 2, 1)

There can be no profit, if the outlay exceeds it.
  [Non enim potest quaestus consistere, si eum sumptus superat.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Poenulus
         (I, 2, 74)

For a dear bargain is always annoying, particularly on this account, that it is a reflection on the judgment of the buyer.
  [Lat., Nam mala emptio semper ingrata est, eo naxime, quod exprobrare stultitiam domino idetur.]
      - Pliny the Younger (Caius Caecilius Secundus),
        Epistles (I, 24)

A man of business may talk of philosophy; a man who has none may practice it.
      - Alexander Pope


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