But the reason I became, why I wanted to be in the business was because there was Midnight Cowboy.
My argument is: keep the bloody bottom line at the bottom. That's where it should be.
Short-term can be terminal.
In the foundation and development of a successful enterprise there must be a single-minded pursuit of financial profit.
If there is excitement in their lives, it is contained in the figures on the profit and loss sheet. What an indictment.
Profit has to be a means to other ends rather than an end in itself.
To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.
Writing checks to the IRS that include strings of zeros does not bother me ... Overall, we feel extraordinarily lucky to have been dealt a hand in life that enables us to write large checks to the government rather than one requiring the government to regularly write checks to us-say, because we are
My batting average has been good, so people ask how much luck is involved. I tell them when I work 14 hours a day, 7 days a week, I get lucky.
With all due respect to Microsoft and Intel, there is no substitute for being in the right place at the right time.
Taxes will eventually become a voluntary process, with the possible exception of real estate-the one physical thing that does not move easily and has computable value ... wait until that's all there is left to tax, when the rest of the things we buy and sell come from everywhere, anywhere, and nowhe
The great fear that hung over the business community in the 1970s was death by regulation, and the great goal of the conservative movement, as it rose to triumph in the 1980s, was to remove that threat - to keep OSHA, the EPA, and the FTC from choking off entrepreneurship with their infernal meddlin
The great challenge to management today is to make productive the tremendous new resource, the knowledge worker. This, rather than the productivity of the manual worker, is the key to economic growth and economic performance in today's society.
If you want to be a leader, you've got to be a reader.
All lasting business is built on friendship.
When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder..
If someone asks you for something, provide them with a clear "No" or a delivery date.
Simply minding one's own business is more offensive than being intrusive. Without ever saying a word one can make a person feel less-than.
Every company has two organizational structures: The formal one is written on the charts; the other is the everyday relationship of the men and women in the organization.
Business is many things, the least of which is the balance sheet. It is a fluid, ever changing, living thing, sometimes building to great peaks, sometimes falling to crumbled lumps.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.
Diligence is the mother of good luck.
Creditors have better memories than debtors.
If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.
No nation was ever ruined by trade.
The first mistake in public business is the going into it.
As you grow in this business, you learn how to do more with less.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.