No human wisdom or knowledge could ever be sufficient [for] the duty of superintending the industry of private people towards the employment most suitable to the interest of the society.
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The agents of [government] regard the wealth of their master as inexhaustible; are careless at what price they buy at what price they sell.
What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
The uniform, constant and uninterrupted effort of every man to better his condition is frequently powerful enough to maintain the natural progress of things toward improvement, in spite both of the extravagance of government, and of the greatest errors of administration surmounting a hundred impertinent obstructions with which the folly of human laws too often encumbers its operations.
Wherever there is great property, there is great inequality… for one very rich man, there must be at least five hundred poor.
There is no art which one government sooner learns of another than that of draining money from the pockets of the people.
All systems either of preference or of restraint completely taken away, the obvious and simple system of natural liberty establishes itself of its own accord. Every man, as long as he does not violate the laws of justice, is left perfectly free to pursue his own interest in his own way, and to bring both his industry and capital into competition with those of any other man.
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We have a very open culture at the company, where we foster a lot of interaction between not just me and people but between everyone else. It’s an open floor plan. People have these desks where no one really has an office. I mean, I have a room where I meet with people. But it has all glass, so everyone can see into it and see what’s going on.
The Model T blazed the way for the motor industry and started the movement for good roads everywhere. It is still the pioneer car in many parts of the world which are just beginning to be motorized.
If you find out what men want and give them that, you are pleasing them. If you find out what is good for them and give them that, you are performing a service. That’s what we are trying to do.
A store’s best advertisement is the service its goods render, for upon such service rest the future, the good-will, of an organization.
My mother was an entrepreneur She found being on relief humiliating. She built this business from scratch In 1951 my mother opened this store
My friends are people who like building cool stuff. We always have this joke about people who want to just start companies without making something valuable. There’s a lot of that in Silicon Valley.
I have a theory that the best advertisements come from personal experience. Some of the good ones I have done have really come out of the real experience of my life, and somehow this has come over as true and valid and persuasive.