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The merchant, to secure his treasure,
  Conveys it in a borrow'd name.
      - Matthew Prior,
        Ode--The Merchant, to Secure his Treasure

The customer is never wrong.
      - Cesar Ritz

A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
      - John Davison Rockefeller

I think that business practices would improve immeasurably if they were guided by "feminine" principles--qualities like love and care and intuition.
      - Anita Roddick, Body and Soul

No business which depends for its existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.
      - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

We demand that big business give people a square deal; in return we must insist that when any one engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right, he shall himself be given a square deal.
      - Theodore Roosevelt,
        written when Taft's administration sued to dissolve the Steel Trust

When there is blood on the street, I am buying.
      - Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild

A man who cannot mind his own business is not fit to be trusted with the king's.
      - John Faucit Saville

Every man has business and desire, such as it is.
      - William Shakespeare

To business that we love we rise betime
  And go to't with delight.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Antony at IV, iv)

I'll give thrice so much land
  To any well-deserving friend;
    But in the way of bargain, mark ye me,
      I'll cavil on the ninth part of a hair.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at III, i)

Bad is the trade that must play fool to sorrow,
  Ang'ring itself and others.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Edgar at IV, i)

To things a sale a seller's praise belongs;
  She passes praise; then praise too short doth blot.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Berowne at IV, iii)

It is a man's office, but not yours.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Beatrice at IV, i)

Traffic's thy god; and thy god confound thee!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Apemantus at I, i)

. . . And where thou now exacts the penalty,
  Which is a pound of this poor merchant's flesh,
    Thou will not only loose the forfeiture,
      But touched with human gentleness and love,
        Forgive a moiety of the principal,
          Glancing an eye of pity on his losses,
            That have of late so huddled on his back--
              Enow to press a royal merchant down
                And pluck commiseration of his state
                  From brassy bosoms and rough hearts of flint,
                    From stubborn Turks and Tartars never trained
                      To offices of tender courtesy.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Duke of Venice at IV, i)

Pisa, renowned for grave citizens,
  Gave me my being and my father first,
    A merchant of great traffic through the world,
      Vincentio, come of the Bentivolii.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Lucentio at I, i)

Of all the damnable waste of human life that ever was invented, clerking is the very worst.
      - George Bernard Shaw

The great secret both of health and successful industry is the absolute yielding up of one's consciousness to the business and diversion of the hour--never permitting the one to infringe in the least degree upon the other.
      - Jean Charles Sismondi

People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.
      - Adam Smith (1)

To men addicted to delights, business is an interruption; to such as are cold to delights, business is an entertainment. For which reason it was said to one who commended a dull man for his application: "No thanks to him; if he had no business, he would have nothing to do."
      - Sir Richard Steele

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson

Men of great parts are often unfortunate in the management of public business because they are apt to go out of the common road by the quickness of their imagination.
      - Jonathan Swift

There's two words to that bargain.
      - Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation
         (dialogue III)

How happy the life unembarrassed by the cares of business!
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

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