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You can hype a questionable product for a little while, but you'll never build an enduring business.

Author: Victor Kiam

Profession: American Businessman, CEO of Remington

In business, the competition will bite you if you keep running, if you stand still, they will swallow you.

Author: William Knudsen

Profession: Chairman, Ford Motor Company

In business for yourself, not by yourself.

Author: Ray Kroc (1902-1984)

Profession: American businessman, Founder of McDonalds

The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.

Author: Theodore Leavitt


A man's success in business today turns upon his power of getting people to believe he has something that they want.

Author: Gerald Stanley Lee


Business today consists in persuading crowds.

Author: Gerald Stanley Lee


You generally hear that what a man doesn't know doesn't hurt him, but in business what a man doesn't know does hurt.

Author: E. St. Elmo Lewis


The simple opposition between the people and big business has disappeared because the people themselves have become so deeply involved in big business.

Author: Walter Lippmann (1889-1974)

Profession: American Journalist

Never let an inventor run a company. You can never get him to stop tinkering and bring something to market.

Author: Royal Little

Profession: American Businessman, Founder of Textron

Business, more than any other occupation, is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight.

Author: Henry Luce

Profession: American Businessman, Founder of Time Life

If when a businessman speaks of minority employment, or air pollution, or poverty, he speaks in the language of a certified public accountant analyzing a corporate balance sheet, who is to know that he understands the human problems behind the statistical ones? If the businessman would stop talking like a computer printout or a page from the corporate annual report, other people would stop thinking he had a cash register for a heart. It is as simple as that -- but that isn't simple.

Author: Louis B. Lundborg


We're going to see a lot more young people entering entrepreneurial ventures.

Author: Fred Malek

Profession: American Businessman, President of Marriott Hotels

Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.

Author: Jim Manzi

Profession: American Businessman, President of Lotus Development

If you train people properly, they won't be able to tell a drill from the real thing. If anything, the real thing will be easier.

Author: Richard Marcinko

Profession: American Business Author

Business is a combination of war and sport.

Author: Andre Maurois (1885-1967)

Profession: French Writer