Business

Ronnie Milsap Page

“This business is always changing. If you're going to be a leader, you've got to take chances.”

- Ronnie Milsap

Booker T. Washington Page

“There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

- Booker T. Washington

Source/Notes: My Larger Education: Being Chapters from My Experience (1911), p. 118, Chapter V: The Intellectuals and the Boston Mob
Rumi Page

“Silence is an ocean. Speech is a river. When the ocean is searching for you, don't walk into the language-river. Listen to the ocean, and bring your talky business to an end Traditional words are just babbling in that presence, and babbling is a substitute for sight.”

- Rumi

Source/Notes: The Three Fish Ch. 18 : The Three Fish, p. 196 - The Essential Rumi (1995)
Robin Williams Page

“And some people say Jesus wasn't Jewish. Of COURSE he was Jewish! 30 years old, single, lives with his parents, come on! He works in his father's business, his mom thought he was God's gift, he's Jewish! Give it up!”

- Robin Williams

Source/Notes: Live on Broadway (2002)
Alfred D'Souza Page

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

- Alfred D'Souza

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Eric Hoffer Page

“A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business.”

- Eric Hoffer

Source/Notes: Section 10 - The True Believer (1951)
Dick Wolf Page

“It's show business. No show, no business.”

- Dick Wolf

Thomas Merton Page

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody's business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy if anything can.”

- Thomas Merton

Source/Notes: Letter to Dorothy Day, quoted in Catholic Voices in a World on Fire (2005) by Stephen Hand, p. 180
John F. Kennedy Page

“I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft. I look forward to an America which will steadily raise the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge cultural opportunities for all of our citizens. And I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world not only for its strength but for its civilization as well.”

- John F. Kennedy

William S. Burroughs Page

“Most of the trouble in the world has been caused by folks who can't mind their own business, because they have no business of their own to mind, any more than a smallpox virus has.”

- William S. Burroughs

Source/Notes: The Adding Machine: Selected Essays (1985), The Name is Burroughs

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Abraham Lincoln Page

“If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how — the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

- Abraham Lincoln

Source/Notes: As quoted in: The Life and Public Service of Abraham Lincoln (1865) by Henry J. Raymond
Thomas Carlyle Page

“Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.”

- Thomas Carlyle

Source/Notes: Variant: "Our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand." From: "Critical and miscellaneous essays: in 7 vol, Volume 2" by Thomas Carlyle (1869), p. 230, "Signs of the Time (1829)"
Andrew Carnegie Page

“No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.”

- Andrew Carnegie

J. I. Packer Page

“Our business is to present the Christian faith clothed in modern terms, not to propagate modern thought clothed in Christian terms. Confusion here is fatal.”

- J. I. Packer

William Wordsworth Page

“In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.”

- William Wordsworth

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Walt Disney Page

“A man should never neglect his family for business.”

- Walt Disney

Source/Notes: Ch. 14 : The Real Walt Disney, p. 361 - How to Be Like Walt : Capturing the Magic Every Day of Your Life (2004)
Abraham Lincoln Page

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.”

- Abraham Lincoln