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Finance and Accounting Quotes


Top 20 Finance and Accounting Quotes


No 1 (Best quote!)Finance and Accounting Quotes

Profit is not a cause. It is the result – the result of performance of the business in marketing, innovation and productivity.

- Peter Drucker, pictured right, The Practice of Management (1954) 


No 2Finance and Accounting Quotes

It is the customer who pays the wages.

- Henry Ford (1863–1947), American car manufacturer, pictured right.


No 3Finance and Accounting Quotes

Money…is none of the wheels of trade: it is the oil which renders the motion of the wheels more smooth and easy.

- David Hume (1711–76), Scottish philosopher, pictured right.


No 4Finance and Accounting Quotes

Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts

- from a sign hanging in the office of the German-born American scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955), pictured right.


No 5Finance and Accounting Quotes

Expenditure rises to meet income.

- C. Northcote Parkinson (1909–93),English writer, pictured right.


No 6Finance and Accounting Quotes

A thing is worth what it can do for you, not what you choose to pay for it.

- John Ruskin (1819-1900), English writer and philosopher, pictured right.


No 7Finance and Accounting Quotes

Accounting...never hesitates to sacrifice human life to figures that look well on paper.

- Simone Weil (1909-43), French philosopher, pictured right.


No 8Finance and Accounting Quotes

Neither a borrower, nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend

(Polonius in Hamlet)

- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), English playwright, pictured right.  


No 9

Would any of you think of building a tower without first sitting down and calculating the cost, to see whether he could afford to finish it?,

(Luke 14:28 in the Bible)

- Jesus (speaking to his disciples), founder of Christianity.  


No 10Finance and Accounting Quotes

The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It’s the monster. Men made it, but they can’t control it.

(tenant farmers in the 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath)

- John Steinbeck (1920-68), American writer, pictured right  


No 11Finance and Accounting Quotes

It is as I see it the strategic aim of a business to earn a return on capital.

- Alfred Sloan (1875-1966), American boss of General Motors 1923-46, pictured right,.


No 12Finance and Accounting Quotes

There must be a strict supervision of all banking and credits and investments.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), American president, pictured right.


No 13Finance and Accounting Quotes

If the people understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be a revolution before morning,

- Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) American president, pictured right.


Finance and Accounting QuotesNo 14

Management accounting systems can and should be designed to support the operations and the strategy of the organization.

- Robert Kaplan, pictured right, and Thomas Johnson, Finance and Accounting Quotespictured right below, in Relevance Lost: The Rise and Fall of Management Accounting (1987)


No 15Finance and Accounting Quotes

Accountants and market researchers may be brilliant at examining and analyzing facts about the past, but they have no forward vision.

- Terence Conran (1931-), English designer, pictured right.


Lord Justice Harman (1894-1970), the English judge (pictured right), also comments

Accountants are the witch-doctors of the modern world and willing to turn their hands to any kind of magic.


No 16Finance and Accounting Quotes

My father was fond of saying you need three things in life: a good doctor, a forgiving priest and a clever accountant.

- Oskar Schindler (in the 1993 film, Schindler's List, pictured right)


No 17Finance and Accounting Quotes

The budget process was invented by an alien race of sadistic beings who resemble large cats.

- Scott Adams, pictured right, The Dilbert Principle (1996) .


No 18Finance and Accounting Quotes

Controls follow strategy.

- Peter Drucker, pictured right, Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices (1973).

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No 19

A company must not only get to the future first, it must get there for less.

- Gary Hamel, pictured right above, and CK Prahalad, pictured right below, Competing Finance and Accounting Quotesfor the Future (1996)



No 20Finance and Accounting Quotes

A company’s most precious asset is its relationships with its customers.

- Theodore (Ted) Levitt, pictured right, The Marketing Imagination (1983)

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