We all love to give great advice, but how about taking a few hints from business’ best and brightest? We searched high and low for a few of the best business quotes from entrepreneurs, startup adventurers, business magnates and economic gurus. As a bonus, we also have a few quotes from past American presidents, scientists and overall brilliant thinkers.
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“Time is the friend of the wonderful business, the enemy of the mediocre.” — Warren Buffett, business magnate, investor
(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value.” — Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist
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“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” — Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company
(In this Dec. 10, 1936 file photo, Henry Ford, right, stands with his first car built in 1892, assembled in the brick barn in the background in Detroit. At left is James Bishop. AP Photo.)
“They that will not be counselled cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason, she will rap you on the knuckles.” — Benjamin Franklin, author, politician, scientist, inventor
(A figure of Benjamin Franklin is seen before the opening of the traveling exhibit on Benjamin Franklin that ran from April 16 – July 31, 2011. AP Photo/Keith Srakocic.)
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the U.S.
(An undated portrait of John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the U.S., from 1825 to 1829. Adams’ portrait was painted by artist John Singleton Copley. Adams lived from 1767 to 1848 and was the son of the second president of the United States, John Adams/AP Photo.)
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.” — Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the U.S.
(In this photo provided by the Library of Congress, President Abraham Lincoln, seated and holding his spectacles and a pencil on Feb. 5, 1865. AP Photo/Library of Congress/Alexander Gardner.)
“When you delve deep enough, you find that practically every great fortune and great enterprise in America has sprung from the courage enterprise of some individuals. It was Commodore Vanderbilt’s enterprise in switching first from running a ferryboat to running other ships, and then, when he was well along in years, his enterprise in switching into railroading that created what was to become one of the most notable fortunes in the history of the world.” — B.C. Forbes, journalist and founder of Forbes magazine
Image credit: The Sept. 21, 2012 edition of Forbes showcased 12 of the leading philanthropists in the United States. (AP Photo/Forbes, Michael Prince)
“No one is born a CEO, but no one tells you that. The magazine stories make it sound like Mark Zuckerberg woke up one day and wanted to redefine how the world communicates [by creating] a billion-dollar company. He didn’t.” — Andrew W. “Drew” Houston, founder and CEO of Dropbox