Poor man

I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.

Pablo Picasso

Supply & demand

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish and he will eat steak.

Jay Leno


Judge a man by his questions, not by his answers.


Money and wealth

The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money.

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Advertising job

Don't tell my mother I work in an advertising agency - she thinks I play piano in a whorehouse.

Jacques Seguela

Banking problems

If you owe the bank $100 that's your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem.

JP Getty


An incompetent lawyer can delay a trial for months or years. A competent lawyer can delay one even longer.

Evelle Younger

Vision / action

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes time. Vision with action can change the world.

Joel Barker

Going to Hong Kong

The difficulty in going from Vilvorde* to Hong Kong is not going to Hong Kong, but leaving Vilvorde.

Jacques Brel

Translated from French: "La difficult√© d’aller de Vilvorde √† Hong Kong, ce n’est pas d’aller √† Hong Kong, c’est de quitter Vilvorde"

* Vilvorde: small city near Brussels, Belgium


Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars

Les Brown


"Beatings will continue until morale improves"

Famous quote in some parts of Sweden


Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again.

F. Jones

The main thing - Stephen Covey

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

quote by Stephen Covey


99.97 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.


Firings used to be done with surgical cleanliness.
Today they call them 'downsizings' and they use a meat cleaver.

Harvey Mackay


Don't tell me where your priorities are.
Show me where you spend your money and I'll tell you what they are.

James Frick


We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves

quote by Galileo Galilei


When you're finished changing, you're finished.

Benjamin Franklin

Scheduling priorities - Stephen Covey

The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

Stephen Covey


If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.

Charles Dickens


Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

James Joyce

Dividing an elephant

Dividing an elephant in half does not produce two small elephants, it produces a mess.

Peter Senge

Brilliant idea

Don't trust a brilliant idea unless it survives the hangover

Jimmy Breslin

Creative genius

First, make yourself a reputation for being a creative genius.
Second, surround yourself with partners who are better than you are.
Third, leave them to go get on with it.

David Ogilvy

Old masters

Buy old masters. They fetch a better price than old mistresses

Lord Beaverbrook

Lending 20 $

If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

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Computers: female or male ?

Computers must be female. No one but the creator understands their internal logic. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else. The message "Bad command or file name" is about as informative as, "If you don't know why I'm mad at you, then I'm certainly not going to tell you." Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for later retrieval. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

Computers must be male. As soon as you commit to one you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have obtained a better model. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on. Big power surges knock them out for the rest of the day.

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If you don't find it in the index, look very carefully through the entire catalogue.

Sears, Roebuck, and Co. Consumer's Guide, 1897

Copyright law

Only one thing is impossible for God:
to find any sense in any copyright law around the world.

Mark Twain

Time flies...

Time's fun when you're having flies.

Kermit the Frog

Design - Steve Jobs

It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them.

Steve Jobs


Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

Oscar Wilde


Life is the sum of our choices

Albert Camus

The causes of action - Cruyff

Sometimes something has to happen before something will happen.

Translated from Dutch: "Soms moet er iets gebeuren voordat er iets gebeurt"

Johan Cruyff

Useless efficiency - Peter Drucker

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.

Peter Drucker

Know yourself and your enemy - Sun Tzu

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

Sun Tzu