William Feather

William
Feather
1889
1981

American Publisher and Author

Author Quotes

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.

Many people are thwarted by excessive ambition. They want a hundred thousand dollars but are unwilling to save a hundred dollars. They want a big house, but do not accumulate enough money to make the down payment on on a small house. They want to write a book, but will not learn to write a letter. Most men become successful and famous, not through ambition, but through ability and character.

I like business because it does not neglect today's task while it is thinking about tomorrow.

Nothing makes us so sleepy as the bell of our alarm clock.

A clear conscience doesn?t mean anything if you haven?t any conscience.

I like business because it is bold in enterprise.

Setting a good example for children takes all the fun out of middle age.

A good time is seldom had by all.

I like business because it is competitive. Business keeps books. The books are the score cards. Profit is the measure of accomplishment, not the ideal measure, but the most practical that can be devised.

The kindness lavished on dogs, if evenly distributed, would establish peace on earth.

A single fact will often spoil an interesting argument.

I like business because it is honestly selfish, thereby avoiding the hypocrisy and sentimentality of the unselfish attitude.

The most difficult jobs look easy until you try to do them.

A tinfoil wrapper doesn?t make a bum cigar taste any better.

I like business because it is orderly.

The petty economies of the rich are just as amazing as the silly extravagances of the poor.

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.

Author Picture
First Name
William
Last Name
Feather
Birth Date
1889
Death Date
1981
Bio

American Publisher and Author