1. It’s not where you’ve reached that matters, it’s how far you’ve had to travel to get there.
ANONYMOUS. Guardian (London) (July 27, 2000)
2. Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.
Mary Kay Ash (1915-2001) U.S. entrepreneur, business executive, and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics. New York Times (1985)
3. If you can run one business well, you can run any business well.
Richard Branson (b.1950) British entrepreneur, business executive, and founder of the Virgin Group. New York Times (2000)
4. Sweat is the cologne of a accomplishment.
Heywood Hale Broun (1918-2001) U.S. broadcast journalist, actor, and author. CBS television interview (July 21, 1973)
5. The best judgment we can make about managerial competence does not depend on what people say, but simply what the record says.
Warren Buffett (b.1930) U.S. entrepreneur and financier. Quoted in Treasury of Investment Wisdom (Bernice Cohen; 1999)
6. If you cannot communicate your many worthwhile achievements, no one will ever know what you have done.
Jac Fitz-Enz (b.1948) U.S. writer. How to Measure Human Resources Management (1995)
7. One worthwhile task carried to a successful conclusion is better than 50 half-finished tasks.
Bertie Charles Forbes (1880-1954) U.S. publisher and writer. Quoted in Reader’s Digest (1993)
8. No one person can hope to be an all-rounder, let alone omni-competent, but he should know the essentials.
Indira Gandhi (1917-84) Indian prime minister. Speech (March 23, 1968)
9. Later Marx was to recall his mother’s words, “If only Karl had made capital, instead of writing about it.”
Edna Healey (b.1917) British author. Quoted in Treasury of Investment Wisdom (Bernice cohen; 1999)
10. There is no end to what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.
Florence Luscomb (1887-1985) U.S. campaigner for women’s suffrage, architect, and pacifist. Quoted in Moving the Mountain (E. Cantorow; 1980)
11. The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There’s far less competition.
Dwight Morrow (1873-1931) U.S. lawyer, banker, and diplomat. Written in a letter to his son. Quoted in Dwight Morrow (Harold Nicolson; 1935)
12. I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t feel pride and something that transcends pride…humility. J.C. Penney (1875-1971) U.S. founder of J.C. Penney stores. Said at the dedication of his company’s Manhatten headquarters on May 30, 1965. New York Herald Tribune (1965)
13. It ain’t bragging if you can do it.
Bare ruth (1895-1948) U.S. baseball player. Quoted in Woodbury Reports Archives (December 1994)
14. Man grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishment.
John Steinbeck (1902-68) U.S. novelist. The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
15. It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. writer. Quoted in Woodbury Reports Archives (August 1995)
16. I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the south. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations…I have built my own factory on my own ground.
C.J.Walker (1867-1919) U.S. business executive. Said in a speech to the National Negro Business League Convention, 1912. Quoted in New York Times (2000)
17. There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.
C.J.Walker (1867-1919) U.S. business executive. Quoted in On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J.Walker (A’Lelia Bundles; 2000)
18. A few yes men may be born, but mostly they are made. Fear is a great breeder of them.
William Wrigley (1861-1932) U.S. businessman and founder of Wrigley Company. American Magazine (March 1920)