William Feather


American Publisher and Author

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Also quoted in Every Day Is Father's Day: The Best Things Ever Said About Dear Old Dad (1989), p. 150

I like business because it is promptly penalized for its mistakes, shiftlessness and inefficiency.

The trouble with a man who takes his time is that he takes your time, too.

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. It's knowing where to go to find out what you need to know, and it's knowing how to use the information once you get it.

I like business because it is the essence of life. Dreams are good, poetical fancies are good, but bread must be baked today, trains must move today, bills must be collected today, payrolls met today. Business feeds, clothes and houses man.

The way to get things done is to have a good assistant.

Anyone who can think clearly can write clearly. But neither is easy.

I like business because it requires courage. Cowards do not get to first base.

Uneasy lies the head that ignores a telephone call late at night.

Beware of the man who won't be bothered with details.

I like business because it rewards deeds and not words.

When the gardeners are praying for rain, the picnickers are praying for sunshine. So what is the poor Lord to do?

Every job has two salaries. One is the pay you get. The other is the mental satisfaction you derive from working for the company.

I like business because it undertakes to please, not to reform.

Experts never seem to tell us what we?re up against until we?re up against it.

I like business because its philosophy works.

Flattery must be pretty thick before anybody objects to it.

If you do not have the capacity for happiness with a little money, great wealth will not bring it to you.

He was known to some people as a writer. In his writings he espoused thrift, industry, promptness, perseverance, and dependability. ? As far as was possible, the subject of this sketch practiced what he preached. Some of his enemies point to this trait as his foremost weakness.

In closing a deal, what you don?t say may be more helpful than what you do say.

I like business because each day is a fresh, adventure.

Let?s not have any more wars to end all war.

I like business because it compels earnestness. Amateurs and dilettantes are shoved out. Once in you must fight for survival or be carried to the sidelines.

Many of us are dull, but not as dull as the grandchildren think we are.

I like business because It demands faith. Faith in human nature, faith in one's self, faith in one's customers, faith in one's employees.

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American Publisher and Author