C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Despatch is the soul of business.

Earl of Chesterfield.

  • No mortal thing can bear so high a price,
  • But that with mortal thing it may be bought.
  • Sir Walter Raleigh.

  • To business that we love we rise betime,
  • And go to ’t with delight.
  • Shakespeare.

    That which is everybody’s business, is nobody’s business.

    Izaak Walton.

    A manufacturing district***sends out, as it were, suckers into all its neighborhood.


    Traffic’s thy god; and thy god confound thee!


  • In every age and clime we see,
  • Two of a trade can ne’er agree.
  • Gay.

    There is no better ballast for keeping the mind steady on its keel, and saving it from all risk of crankiness, than business.


    They (corporations) cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed, nor excommunicated, for they have no souls.

    Sir Edward Coke.

    Business dispatched is business well done, but business hurried is business ill done.


    To found a great empire for the sole purpose of raising up a people of customers, may at first sight appear a project fit only for a nation of shopkeepers.

    Adam Smith.