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Blessed is he who talks in circles, for he shall become a big wheel.

Author: Frank Dane


What the customer demands is last year's model, cheaper. To find out what the customer needs you have to understand what the customer is doing as well as he understands it. Then you build what he needs and you educate him to the fact that he needs it.

Author: Nicholas Dewolf

Profession: American Businessman, Founder, Teradyne, Inc.

Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity.

Author: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Profession: British Novelist

Location, location, location.

Author: William Dillard

Profession: American Businessman, Founder of Dillard's Department Store

The City's reluctance to take a stand on an issue like the British Gas pay row makes a mockery of corporate governance and shareholders' ability to influence annual general meetings. Institutions should be obliged to make public how they vote at such events. They should be obliged to provide customers with a record of how they vote on every kind of issue.

Author: Patrick Donovan

Profession: British Financial Journalist

A client is to me a mere unit, a factor in a problem.

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Profession: British Author, ''Sherlock Holmes''

You can't run a business without taking risks.

Author: Millard Drexler

Profession: American Business Executive, President, The Gap

The purpose of a business is to create a customer.

Author: Peter F. Drucker (1909)

Profession: American Management Consultant, Author

Business has only two functions -- marketing and innovation.

Author: Peter F. Drucker (1909)

Profession: American Management Consultant, Author

Business, that's easily defined; it's other people's money.

Author: Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Profession: French Novelist, Dramatist

It is almost as difficult to keep a first class person in a fourth class job, as it is to keep a fourth class person in a first class job.

Author: Paul H. Dunn


Every man is a consumer and ought to be a producer.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

The right merchant is one who has the just average of faculties we call common sense; a man of a strong affinity for facts, who makes up his decision on what he has seen. He is thoroughly persuaded of the truths of arithmetic. There is always a reason, in the man, for his good or bad fortune in making money. Men talk as if there were some magic about this. He knows that all goes on the old road, pound for pound, cent for cent -- for every effect a perfect cause -- and that good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes that he has got the biggest piece.

Author: Ludwig Erhard

Profession: German Politician

Goodwill is the one and only asset that competition cannot undersell or destroy.

Author: Marshall Field (1834-1906)

Profession: American Merchant