Business

The business of the American teacher is to liberate American citizens to think apart and act together.

When two men in a business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.

He that lives in perpetual suspicion lives the life of a sentinel never relieved, whose business is to look out for and expect an enemy, which is an evil not short of perishing by him.

Time is never more misspent than while we declaim against the want of it; all our actions are then tinctured with peevishness. The yoke of life is certainly the least oppressive when we carry it with good-humor; and in the shades of rural retirement, when we have once acquired a resolution to pass our hours with economy sorrowful lamentations on the subject of time misspent and business neglected never torture the mind.

I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare. My business is to create.

An optimist is a believer I the bet, and any man who believes that anything less than the best is the ultimate purpose of God, and so the ultimate possibility of God’s children, has no business to live upon the earth.

All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it--and they do enjoy it as much as man and other circumstances will allow.

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But here was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that this was my life. This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.

The primary business of school is to train children to co-operative and mutually helpful living; to foster in them the consciousness of mutual interdependence.

War is so cruel a business that it befits beasts and not men… so pestilential that it brings with it general blight upon morals, so iniquitous that is usually conducted by the worst bandits, so impious that it has no accord with Christ.

A business devoted to service will have only one worry profits. They will be embarrassingly large.

I have always thought that one man of tolerable abilities may work great changes, and accomplish great affairs among mankind, if he first forms a good plan, and, cutting off all amusements or other employments that would divert his attention, makes the execution of that same plan his sole study and business.

One instance of the innate and ineradicable inequality of men is their tendency to fall into two classes of leaders and followers. The latter constitute the vast majority; they stand in need of an authority which will make decisions for them and to which they for the most part offer an unqualified submission. This suggests that more care should be taken than hitherto to educate an upper stratum of men with independent minds, not open to intimidation and eager in the pursuit of truth, whose business it would be to give direction to the dependent masses.

Not every age is an age of heroes. In order for there to be such larger-than-life figures among us, there must be great social causes, such as just wars or liberation movements that call for extraordinary leadership. Otherwise there are no heroic niches to be filled, and we look elsewhere – to business, sports, entertainment – for people to admire.

A soldier is a man whose business it is to kill those who never offended him, and who are the innocent martyrs of other men’s iniquities. Whatever may become of the abstract question of the justifiableness of war, it seems impossible that the soldier should not be a depraved and unnatural thing.

Punctuality is the soul of business.

Business has become, in this last half century, the most powerful institution on the planet. The dominant institution in any society needs to take responsibility for the whole.

Love and business and family and religion and art and patriotism are nothing but shadows of words when a man’s starving.

Caring is a powerful business advantage.

It is a man’s proper business to seek happiness and avoid misery.