— 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
— Samuel Richardson English writer and printer 1689 - 1761
Vol. 2, letter 3.
„I remember that a wise friend of mine did usually say, "That which is everybody's business is nobody's business."“
— Izaak Walton English author and biographer 1593 - 1683
Part I, ch. 2.
— Samuel Adams American statesman, Massachusetts governor, and political philosopher 1722 - 1803
Context: 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. Letter to Samuel Cooper (30 April 1776) http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/2093
„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, Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well
— Rabindranath Tagore Bengali polymath 1861 - 1941
„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.
„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