Business Ethics Quotes

Business Ethics Quotes by Potter Stewart, David Ogilvy, Wayne Dyer, George Bernard Shaw, Benjamin Disraeli, Henry Kravis and many others.

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.
Potter Stewart
In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.
David Ogilvy
Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules.
Wayne Dyer
The harder I work the more I live.
George Bernard Shaw
Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.
Benjamin Disraeli
If you build that foundation, both the moral and the ethical foundation, as well as the business foundation, and the experience foundation, then the building won’t crumble.
Henry Kravis
The market has no morality
Michael Heseltine
There are truths on this side of the Pyrenees which are falsehoods on the other
Michel de Montaigne
You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.
Steve Jobs
Why are we trying to measure social media like a traditional channel anyway? Social media touches every facet of business and is more an extension of good business ethics.
Erik Qualman
You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.
Theodore Hesburgh
It is a commonplace executive observation that businesses exist to make money, and the observation is usually allowed to go unchallenged. It is, however, a very limited statement about the purposes of business
Daniel Katz
A new model of heroic capitalism based on principle-driven, free-market entrepreneurship deserves a central place in business-ethics thought and action.
Robert L. Bradley, Jr.
There’s no such thing as business ethics; there’s just ethics. And ethics makes no concessions for the real or imagined necessities of making a profit.
Michael Josephson
We don’t think of ourselves as do-gooders or altruists. It’s just that somehow we’re trying our best to be run with some sense of moral compass even in a business environment that is growing.
Craig Newmark
A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
Henry Ford
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
Bill Gates
If you don’t have integrity, you have nothing. You can’t buy it. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing.
Henry Kravis
Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.
Steve Jobs
There is no such thing as business ethics. There is only one kind — you have to adhere to the highest standards.
Marvin Bower
It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.
Josiah Stamp
Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.
Ambrose Bierce
Many business leaders are asking fundamental questions about what business they’re in, why they are doing it and how it can be used as a means of healing human and natural communities.
Amory Lovins
The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.
Theodore Hesburgh
We have to shift our emphasis from economic efficiency and materialism towards a sustainable quality of life and to healing of our society, of our people and our ecological systems.
Janet Holmes a Court
The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
Albert Schweitzer
The unhappy theory of business ethics is this: you have a fiduciary responsibility to maximize profit. Period. To do anything other than that is to cheat your investors. And in a competitive world, you don’t have much wiggle room here.
Seth Godin
Participant (Productions) is the only production company in town that has a double bottom line: social good plus financial returns. It’s too early to tell how our returns are going to look – though all signs are promising – but social good is what we’re really after.
Jeffrey Skoll
Living up to your commitments is part of business ethics. My word is my bond.
Isadore Sharp
Play fair, be prepared for others to play dirty, and don’t let them drag you into the mud.
Richard Branson
Having George W. Bush giving a lecture on business ethics is like having a leper give you a facial, it just doesn’t work!
Robin Williams
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.
Warren Buffett
Business ethics has always had problems that are distinct from those of other professions, such as medicine, law, engineering, dentistry, or nursing.
Peter Singer