Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Willard C. Butcher, fully Willard Carlisle Butcher

American Businessman, Chairman and CEO of The Chase Manhattan Bank

"Business leaders today can’t shrink from their obligation to set a moral example."

"A lot of these ‘leveragers’ and ‘greenmailers’ are undermining the fundamental structure of our economy. Other than maximizing short-term profits for the speculators, these activities don’t add any intrinsic wealth to the country."

"High premiums are being paid today not particularly for quality service or long-term building of a business but rather for making money quickly, getting rich, and getting out. And that's wrong."

"I believe that there is a place for the arts--music, dance, drawing, painting, writing--in the school curriculum. In the elementary grades, the arts are a valuable component in broadening a child's mind and talents. In secondary school, the arts provide a sense of history, connecting the past to the present. When a student reaches college, a liberal arts education teaches not just clear but creative, innovative thinking. That's the kind of individual I'm interested in recruiting for Chase: one who can think conceptually, write well and--perhaps most importantly-- bring a creative outlook to the conference-room table."