— Lin Yutang Chinese writer 1895 - 1976
— Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862
No known citation to Thoreau's works. First found, uncredited, in the 1940s in the variant "Success usually comes to those who are too busy to look for it", p. 711, Locomotive Engineers Journal, Volume 76, 1942. Google Books http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=N6GZAAAAIAAJ&q=%22Success+usually+comes+to+those+who+are+too+busy%22&dq=%22Success+usually+comes+to+those+who+are+too+busy%22&lr=&as_drrb_is=b&as_minm_is=0&as_miny_is=1900&as_maxm_is=0&as_maxy_is=1980&as_brr=0
„I remember that a wise friend of mine did usually say, "That which is everybody's business is nobody's business."“
— Izaak Walton, livro The Compleat Angler
Part I, ch. 2.
The Compleat Angler (1653-1655)
— Samuel Richardson, livro The History of Sir Charles Grandison
Vol. 2, letter 3.
Sir Charles Grandison (1753–1754)
— Samuel Adams American statesman, Massachusetts governor, and political philosopher 1722 - 1803
Letter to Samuel Cooper (30 April 1776) http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/2093
Contexto: We cannot make Events. Our Business is wisely to improve them. There has been much to do to confirm doubting Friends & fortify the Timid. It requires time to bring honest Men to think & determine alike even in important Matters. Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.
„In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are doing what they love.“
— Warren Buffett American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist 1930
„The chief business of a government is like that of a nurse, to hinder those who are under its care from doing mischief to themselves.“
— Soame Jenyns British writer 1704 - 1787
"Reflections on Several Subjects", in Miscellaneous Pieces, Vol. II (1761), p. 250
„Many invest wisely in business matters, but fail to invest time and interest in their most valued possessions: their spouses and children.“
— Billy Graham American Christian evangelist 1918 - 2018
Fonte: Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well
— Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds
Stray Birds (1916)
„A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labour of the bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.“
— Alexander Pope eighteenth century English poet 1688 - 1744
Thoughts on Various Subjects (1727)
„Some say that gleams of a remoter world
Visit the soul in sleep, — that death is slumber,
And that its shapes the busy thoughts outnumber
Of those who wake and live.“
— Percy Bysshe Shelley English Romantic poet 1792 - 1822
Mont Blanc http://www.readprint.com/work-1366/Percy-Bysshe-Shelley (1816), st. 3
„Whether they were bank directors or mental cases, the people who were loaded on those trains meant nothing to me.
It was really none of my business.“
— Adolf Eichmann German Nazi SS-Obersturmbannführer 1906 - 1962
As quoted in Religion and Public Education (1967) by Nicholas Wolterstorf.
„There are few things more important in the business of the state, than that the results of inquiry and research should be realised by those who have had the conduct of it.“
— Henry Taylor English playwright and poet 1800 - 1886
Fonte: The Statesman (1836), Ch. 25. p. 198
„Whose work is it but your own to open your eyes? But indeed the business of the universe is to make such a fool out of you that you will know yourself for one, and begin to be wise.“
— George MacDonald Scottish journalist, novelist 1824 - 1905
Fonte: Lilith A and Lilith, 1896: A Duplex
„All I've done since I've been in Washington has been to sit around and try to look wise, and that's what any man has to do who isn't willing to barter his convictions for political expediency. … No man who wants to be intellectually honest has any business in Congress.“
— John J. Whitacre American politician 1860 - 1938
December 30, 1913 http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1913/12/30/page/7/article/utilities-board-complete-today in Chicago Daily Tribune and other newspapers.