Quotes and Quotations
The most important thing for a young man is to establish a credit... a reputation, character.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
There is, however, no advantage in reflections on the past further than may be of service to the present. For the future we must provide by maintaining what the present gives us and redoubling our efforts; it is hereditary to us to win virtue as the fruit of labour, and you must not change the habit, even though you should have a slight advantage in wealth and resources; for it is not right that what was won in want should be lost in plenty.
People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
Information is power, and the gain you get from empowering your associates more than offsets the risk of informing your competitor.
Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.
Knowledge is power.
I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night.
War is the domain of physical exertion and suffering.
To secure peace is to prepare for war.
We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.
Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.
If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles.
The secret of freedom is courage.
You win battles by knowing the enemy's timing, and using a timing which the enemy does not expect.
Aspire to be like Mt. Fuji, with such a broad and solid foundation that the strongest earthquake cannot move you, and so tall that the greatest enterprises of common men seem insignificant from your lofty perspective. With your mind as high as Mt Fuji you can see all things clearly. And you can see all the forces that shape events; not just the things happening near to you.
The right thing to do never requires any subterfuge, it is always simple and direct.
Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye.
If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it.
I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.
Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
Is there any lubricant that will reduce this abrasion? Only one... combat experience.
The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.
A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of face within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.
I would rather hire a man with enthusiasm, than a man who knows everything.
Next to doing the right thing, the most important thing is to let people know you are doing the right thing.
Study strategy over the years and achieve the spirit of the warrior. Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men.
We're all working together; that's the secret.
Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.
You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.
There's a lot more business out there in small town America than I ever dreamed of.
If you give way, you will instantly have to meet some greater demand, as having been frightened into obedience in the first instance; while a firm refusal will make them clearly understand that they must treat you more as equals.
I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.
There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.
Theory then becomes a guide to anyone who wants to learn about war from books; it will light his way, ease his progress, train his judgment, and help him to avoid pitfalls.
Keep everybody guessing as to what your next trick is going to be. Don't become too predictable.
Those who make wise decisions are more formidable to their enemies than those who rush madly into strong action.