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To manage a system effectively, you might focus on the interactions of the parts rather than their behavior taken separately. (Russell L. Ackoff)

It's a tough business if you don't know what you're doing. But it can be extremely lucrative and very rewarding when you learn the ropes. (Robert G. Allen)

Like many artists, I have struggled with the notion of art as a business. It doesn't come naturally to me but it is a very important part of being an artist. I dont intend to be a factory but I do plan to become wiser in the areas of business. (Dion Archibald)

-to her husband...
Dear, never forget one little point: It's my business. You just work here. (Elizabeth Arden)

Business or toil is merely utilitarian. It is necessary but does not enrich or ennoble a human life. (Aristotle)

Too often today, art is treated as a business, which misses the opportunity to bring choice to the public. (Kenn Backhaus)

Christ would be a national advertiser today, I am sure, as He was a great advertiser in His own day. He thought of His life as business. (Bruce Barton)

Business is more exciting than any game. (Lord Beaverbrook)

I'm not a driven businessman, but a driven artist. I never think about money. Beautiful things make money. (Geoffrey Beene)

Keep your mind young by continuing to learn about your business. (Frank Bettger)

A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well. (Jeff Bezos)

It is easy to let the business end of art overwhelm the process of painting. Slowing down is necessary in order to regain balance and focus. (Linda Blondheim)

The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor. (Christian Nestell Bovee)

A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts. (Richard Branson)

Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark: you know what you are doing but nobody else does. (Stuart Henderson Britt)

-What Should I Do With My Life?...
I used to use business to make money. But I've learned that business is a tool. You can use it to support what you believe in. (Po Bronson)

In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield. (Warren Buffett)

Business dispatched is business well done, but business hurried is business ill done. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business. (Edmund Burke)

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. (Nolan Bushnell)

One honest relationship can be more productive than fistfuls of business cards. (Susan Cain)

Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. (Thomas Carlyle)

In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing. (Pablo Casals)

More business is lost every year through neglect, than through any other cause. (Jim Cathcart)

I went into the business for the money, and the art grew out of it. If people are disillusioned by that remark, I can't help it. It's the truth. (Charlie Chaplin)

If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play. (John Cleese)

A culture of discipline is not a principle of business, it is a principle of greatness. (Jim Collins, author)

Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves. (E. Joseph Cossman)

My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying. (Rodney Dangerfield)

The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer. (Peter Drucker)

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. (Max Ehrmann)

Business today consists in persuading crowds. (T. S. Eliot)

Not a tenth of us who are in business are doing as well as we could if we merely followed the principles that were known to our grandfathers. (William Feather)

-The 4-Hour Workweek...
The manifesto of the dealmaker is simple: Reality is negotiable. (Timothy Ferriss)

A business like an automobile, has to be driven, in order to get results. (B. C. Forbes)

Beware of little expenses: A small leak will sink a great ship. (Benjamin Franklin)

Artists live in an imperfect world where affairs of the heart must sometimes be compromised with business. (Sara Genn)

My experience has shown me that the people who are exceptionally good in business aren't so because of what they know, but because of their insatiable need to know more. (Michael Gerber)

-The E-Myth Revisited...
Suddenly the job he knew how to do so well becomes one job he knows how to do plus a dozen others he doesn't know how to do at all. (Michael Gerber)

The greatest business people I've met are determined to get it right no matter what the cost. (Michael Gerber)

To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all it is possible to know about that business. (J. Paul Getty)

If I were in this business only for the business, I wouldn't be in this business. (Samuel Goldwyn)

Art is a business in which a good many of the deals are made on a handshake without the benefit of lawyerly provisos and the spoken word beats the written agreement nine times out of ten. (Daniel Grant)

The artist's business requires an involvement in practically everything... The total scope of information he receives day after day is of concern. (Hans Haacke)

My husband used to take care of the business part of this, and after he died I found I wasn't really any good at it. I hate remembering who owes me what and bugging them if they haven't paid me. (Jane Haddam)

The man who has a dogmatic creed has more time left for his business. (Henry S. Haskins)

The business of art doesn't have to compromise your creative integrity. Most artists and designers focus on the creative dimensions of their work but haven't developed a strategic perspective that integrates their creative vision with a viable business plan. (Beth Hawkes)

You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself. (Ernest Hemingway)

The trouble with movies as a business is that it's an art, and the trouble with movies as art is that it's a business. (Charlton Heston)

Half the time men think they are talking business, they are wasting time. (Edgar Watson Howe)

Artists are often excellent businessmen. They have to be. Otherwise they do not remain artists. (A. Y. Jackson)

Managers think of themselves as captains of a ship on a stormy sea. Risk for them is danger, but they are fighting it, very controlled. (Daniel Kahneman)

If you're an entrepreneur and you think that the president makes a difference to your business, you should stay at your current job. (Guy Kawasaki)

As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth. (Paul Keating)

The worlds I paint leave a lot to engage the imagination by hinting at what lies beyond the four edges of the painting. I think getting beyond the four edges of an opportunity or challenge is one of the basic skills you need in business. (Thomas Kinkade)

The media, the galleries, the collectors – it's all very chaotic actually. The artworld doesn't have this defined corporate structure that people imagine. (Jeff Koons)

Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation. (Milan Kundera)

A businessman's judgment is no better than his information. (R. P. Lamont)

Every company's greatest assets are its customers, because without customers there is no company. (Michael Leboeuf)

Contrary to popular opinion, the hustle is not a new dance step - it is an old business procedure. (Fran Lebowitz)

The business of art does get in the way of painting. (David Leffel)

Artists don't like the business side. None of us were born understanding money. We all had to learn how to do it. So it's just something creative people need to get familiar with... not really so scary. (Adam Leipzig)

My career is to paint - that's the best part - that I am able to paint and have complete freedom and control over my art and business. The hardest part is thinking about the business end of everything. I would much rather spend all my time at the easel. (Dana Levin)

The simple opposition between the people and big business has disappeared because the people themselves have become so deeply involved in big business. (Walter Lippmann)

Accept the business end of art as a mental break and breather from the creative side – productive time while the broth boils down to sauce... It's plain old-fashioned mental and creative hygiene. (Mary Madsen)

Art and business may be strange bedfellows, but an artist must make room in her bed for both. (Eric Maisel)

Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best. (John C. Maxwell)

The business of the advertiser is to see that we go about our business with some magic spell or tune or slogan throbbing quietly in the background of our minds. (Marshall McLuhan)

The businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation. (H. L. Mencken)

Experiment is necessary in establishing an academy, but certain principles must apply to this business of art as to any other business which affects the artistic sense of the community. (Robert Menzies)

There is now scarcely any outlet for energy in this country except business. (John Stuart Mill)

All lasting business is built on friendship. (Alfred A. Montapert)

I don't advise any one to take it [painting] up as a business proposition, unless they really have talent... But I will say that I have did remarkable for one of my years, and experience. (Grandma Moses)

If they blow it [the world] up, that's not my business. My business is to work. (Louise Nevelson)

We keep getting up earlier and earlier to get our day started, what with so much computer work necessary in keeping our small art business website interesting, tracking a rough-hewn PR campaign, e-mailing and phone-calling, and researching the market - all before noon! ...that's so the whole day won't end up being spent on 'the premise' of being an artist and not 'the product' of being an artist. (Kevin Obregon)

The people who make art their business are mostly imposters. (Pablo Picasso)

He who seeks for gain, must be at some expense. (Plautus)

When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary. (Ezra Pound)

Like many businessmen of genius he learned that free competition was wasteful, monopoly efficient. And so he simply set about achieving that efficient monopoly. (Mario Puzo)

I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build. (Ayn Rand)

The ugliest spectacle is that of artists selling themselves. Art as a commodity is an ugly idea... The artist as businessman is uglier than the businessman as artist. (Ad Reinhardt)

Art is not the spiritual side of business. (Ad Reinhardt)

Free enterprise has done more to lift people out of poverty, to help build a strong middle class, to help educate our kids, and to make our lives better than all the programs of government combined. (Mitt Romney)

The artist's business is to feel, although he may think a little sometimes... when he has nothing better to do. (John Ruskin)

Society needs people who can manage projects in addition to handling individual tasks. (Marilyn vos Savant)

The success combination in business is: Do what you do better... and: do more of what you do. (David J. Schwartz)

We'll be known as the helpful store. The friendly store, the store with a heart. The store that places public service ahead of profit. And, consequently, we'll make more profits then ever before. (George Seaton)

You'd better make it your business to understand the market. The ability to charm or play the game is useful. (Iain Sinclair)

In business, contacts are the name of the game. Why, in the art world, are they considered dirty? (Brett Singer)

Love has always been the most important business in my life - I should say the only one. (Stendhal)

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

I think it's very important that whatever you're trying to make or sell, or teach has to be basically good. A bad product and you know what? You won't be here in ten years. (Martha Stewart)

An entrepreneur is someone who does not expect compensation until he has created value for someone else. (Dan Sullivan)

Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes. (Henry David Thoreau)

There is nothing more opposed to poetry, ay, more opposed to life itself, than this incessant business. (Henry David Thoreau)

The purpose of a business is to create and keep a customer. All business activities must be focused on this central purpose. (Brian Tracy)

You keep customers by delivering on your promises, fulfilling your commitments and continually investing in the quality of your relationships. (Brian Tracy)

Offer your customers a long-term relationship, then do everything possible to build and maintain it. (Brian Tracy)

Think of yourself as a resource to your clients... (Brian Tracy)

Find a business mentor. Connect with others who are successful in other lines of business. Bounce ideas off them, pick their brains. Maybe they can re-write a proposal for you. (Cory Trepanier)

Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, probably big deals. That's how I get my kicks. (Donald Trump)

I've never run into a guy who could win at the top level in anything today and didn't have the right attitude, didn't give it everything he had, at least while he was doing it; wasn't prepared and didn't have the whole program worked out. (Ted Turner)

Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising. (Mark Twain)

Artists often make emotional decisions. They can be so eager to be represented by a gallery that they neglect paying due diligence to the terms and conditions of their contract. (Chris Tyrell)

A businessman is a hybrid of a dancer and a calculator. (Paul Valery)

Business is the salt of life. (Voltaire)

Business Art is the step that comes after Art. (Andy Warhol)

Employees make the best dates. You don't have to pick them up and they're always tax-deductible. (Andy Warhol)

The little things we do - or fail to do - often testify louder than the loudest statements of our intentions. (Thomas J. Watson, Jr.)

Good design is good business. (Thomas J. Watson, Sr.)

I think we have to notice that the business processes we use right now for thinking and planning and budgeting and strategy are all delivered on very tight agendas. (Margaret J. Wheatley)

The nature of the global business environment guarantees that no matter how hard we work to create a stable and healthy organisation, our organisation will continue to experience dramatic changes far beyond our control. (Margaret J. Wheatley)

I don't think there is room for 'artistic temperament.' Professional artists understand art is a business. If businesses ran their companies like many artists do their careers, they would not stay open a year. (Jack White)

My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's. (Oscar Wilde)

To build a company you have to have a vision of where you want to go... and you have to have a lot of perseverance, dedication, and I think you have to surround yourself with good people. And, a hand full of credit cards is good too. (Ella Williams)

In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing. (William Wordsworth)

One of the big failings of art schools is that students aren't given any teaching on how to survive as a one-person business, which is what it is. (Stuart Pearson Wright)

Life is all business. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

The secret of success in business is creativity. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)


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