Ten of the Best Business Quotes


“Work together as a team, with each team member being a finger on a hand,” my father would tell me. “When clenched together, you have great force. Unless you’re Bruce Lee, you can’t hit very hard with a single finger.” “Always be honest. If you lie once, you have to lie 100 times to cover the first lie.”

Those will always be my favorite quotes of all time because… well, my father taught them to me.

But here are 10 other of my favorite business and investing quotes.

“A climate of fear is your friend when investing; a euphoric world is your enemy,” noted Warren Buffett around the times he bought a Nebraska farm in 1986 and New York retail space in 1993.

“Be fearful when others are greedy,” noted Buffett. “Be greedy when others are fearful.”

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” said Benjamin Franklin.

“The four most dangerous words in investing are: ‘this time it’s different,” according to Sir John Templeton.

“I’m only rich because I know when I’m wrong,” said George Soros. “I basically have survived by recognizing my mistakes.”

“The older I get the more I see a straight path where I want to go,” says T. Boone Pickens. “If you’re going to hunt elephants, don’t get off the trail for a rabbit.”

“Persist – don’t take no for an answer. If you’re happy to sit at your desk and not take any risk,” notes David Rubenstein, “you’ll be sitting at your desk for the next 20 years.”

“Twenty years in this business convinces me that any normal person using the customary three percent of the brain can pick stocks just as well, if not better, than the average Wall Street expert,” says Peter Lynch.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” noted Gandhi.

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations,” once said Steve Jobs.