William Feather


American Publisher and Author

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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.

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.

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American Publisher and Author