What’s the quickest way to become a millionaire? Borrow fivers off everyone you meet.
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My philosophy is that if I have any money I invest it in new ventures and not have it sitting around.
It is only by being bold that you get anywhere. If you are a risk-taker, then the art is to protect the downside.
The music industry is a strange combination of having real and intangible assets: pop bands are brand names in themselves, and at a given stage in their careers their name alone can practically gaurantee hit records.
We, we – as I say, we go in and shake up other industries and I think, you know, we do it differently and I think that industries are not quite the same as a result of Virgin attacking the market.
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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.
The relationship between a manufacturer and his advertising agency is almost as intimate as the relationship between a patient and his doctor. Make sure that you can life happily with your prospective client before you accept his account.
I believe that any stock that is sold should have real value as automobile or bushel of potatoes, and stock market should be run as a vegetable market.
Advertising is a business of words, but advertising agencies are infested with men and women who cannot write. They cannot write advertisements, and they cannot write plans. They are helpless as deaf mutes on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.
Anyone who criticises me for talking about fair trade is a few pebbles short of a beach. Because everyone should care about it, just like everyone should care about the environment, because we all live here.
Every advertisement should be thought of as a contribution to the complex symbol which is the brand image.
[‘Why don’t you manage me’ – Laura Nyro] Eventually I thought do I really believe that she could be one of the biggest stars in the world? Should I give up my career at this point in my life, where I’m doing so well, and put all my marbles in Laura’s [Nyro] basket? And I woke up one morning and I thought if you really believe it – go for it.
There are very few men of genius in advertising agencies. But we need all we can find. Almost without exception they are disagreeable. Don’t destroy them. They lay golden eggs.
There are good examples of companies – Coca-Cola is one – that invested before there was a huge market in countries, and I think that ended up playing out to their benefit for decades to come.
[On his first job in the mailroom of William Morris a casting agency] It was the first time in the my life that I thought ‘I can do that.’