Dr. George at Work

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 12, 2010

Q: I need business quotes for an upcoming speech. Do you have any on hand? — Rescue Me

A: Herbert V. Prochnow compiled a group of quips on businesses, budgets and the like. How about some of these?

“Budget: A family’s attempts to live below its yearnings.”

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“Budget: A plan that sells you what you can afford to spend, but doesn’t keep you from spending more.”

“Business: Something which, if you don’t have any, you go out of.”

“Business forecaster: A person who is uncertain about the future and hazy about the present.”

“Businessman: An amateur gardener who does his spring digging with a golf club.”

From other writers:

“Live together like brothers and do business like strangers.” — Arab Proverb.

“For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.” — Charles Baudelaire

“Light gains make heavy purses.” — English Proverb

“There are two fools in every market: one asks too little and one asks too much.” — Russian Proverb.

“A man without a smiling face must not open a shop.” — Chinese proverb.

“The buyer needs a hundred eyes; the seller needs but one.” — Jacula Prudentum

Dr. George R. Abraham is a native of Vicksburg and a former longtime educator, business manager and consultant. He is an author who contributes weekly to The Vicksburg Post and hosts “The Dr. George Show” on 1490 AM at the Klondyke in Vicksburg from 9 until 10 a.m. each Tuesday. He can be reached at georgerabraham@aol.com.