Thought Provoking

Some thought provoking quotes and advice

From the best in the field of business, investing and entrepreneurship – the kind that comes only from extensive experience. Get ready to get charged!

I’ve got a rule of thumb: Anything that’s worth $4 billion and costs $1 billion – buy it

Al-Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud | Saudi Prince 

The only big companies that succeed will be those that obsolete their own products before somebody else does.

Bill Gates | Microsoft

The investment of money on the average return of less than three points above average should be restricted to the Ascots

BBA Group Mission Statement

Wall street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway

Warren Buffet

They told me to buy this stock for the old age. It worked wonderfully. Within a week I was an old man

Eddie Cantor | Comedian and Singer

Big companies are small companies that succeeded.

Robert Townsend

Big business is not dangerous because it is big, but because its bigness is an unwholesome inflation created by privileges and exemptions which it ought not to enjoy.

Woodrow Wilson | 28th American President

Buy and annuity cheap, and make your life interesting to yourself and everybody else that watches the speculation.

Charles Dickens

Human life is proverbially uncertain; few things are more uncertain than the solvency of a life-insurance company.

Sir. Arthur Eddington (1882-1940)

The money that begets money.

Thomas Fuller | Author and Doctor (1654-1732) 

Don’t gamble; take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up, then sell. If it doesn’t go up, don’t buy it

Will Rogers

Buy land they ain’t makin’ anymore of it.’

Will Rogers

If a company gets too large break it into smaller parts. Once people start not knowing the people in the building and it starts to become impersonal. Its time to break up a company.

Richard Branson | Entrepreneur

Less is more.

Robert Browning | English Poet

In particular all our activities we seem to suffer from the inertia resulting from our great size. There are so many people involved and it requires such a tremendous effort to put something new into effect that a new idea is likely to be considered insignificant in comparison with the effort that it take to put it across. Sometimes I am almost forced to the conclusion that General Motors is so large and its inertia so great that it is impossible for us to be leaders

Alfred P Sloan | General Motors Chief

October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.

Mark Twain | Author

In big industry new ideas are invited to rear their heads so they can be clobbered at once. The idea department of a big firm is a sort of lab for isolating dangerous viruses.’

Marshall McLuhan

Size works against excellence.

Bill Gates | Microsoft

If you can build a business up big enough, its respectable.

Will Rogers

Time has a way of changing our assets into liabilities.

Peter Drucker | Author

Its not the size of the dog in the fight, it is the size of the fight in the dog

Mark Twain | Author