„Because of the economic crisis, China and the United States are bound together. This is a totally new phenomenon, and nobody will fight for ideology anymore. It’s all about business.“

—  Ai Weiwei

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„Madam, I may be President of the United States, but my private life is nobody's damn business.“

—  Chester A. Arthur American politician, 21st President of the United States (in office from 1881 to 1885) 1829 - 1886
To a temperance reformer. Quoted in Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur, ch. 8, Thomas C. Reeves (1975).


„Latrines are not romantic, but nobody wants a battle called off because the men all have dysentery and are too busy shitting blood to fight.“

—  James Nicoll Canadian fiction reviewer 1961
Context: who if I recall correctly is a veteran of the Korean conflict, does mention logistical details more often than I expect in MilSF. Not the fun kind of logistics, involving the production of a million zillion Squamoid Hypermissiles, but the mundane sort, like who gets to dig the latrines. Latrines are not romantic, but nobody wants a battle called off because the men all have dysentery and are too busy shitting blood to fight. review of The Mercenary by Jerry Pournelle http://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/the-hunter-and-the-bear, 2016

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„The study of human relations in business and the study of the technology of operating are bound up together.“

—  Mary Parker Follett American academic 1868 - 1933
Attributed to Follett in: Business: The Ultimate Resource, 2001. p. 904.

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„The political revolution is not about one election or one candidate. It is about transforming America and continuing the fight for economic, social, racial and environmental justice. We have to continue to work together to advance the progressive future we all support.“

—  Bernie Sanders American politician, senator for Vermont 1941
In a email message to his delegates — Sanders's full message: Movement damaged by 'booing, walking out' https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics-live/liveblog/democratic-national-convention-updates/?tid=ss_tw#8cab91a2-7c6f-4a9f-97ff-d42dffa875e4, (25 July 2016)

„As I visualize it, the business of the future will be a scientific, social and economic unit.“

—  Edwin H. Land American scientist and inventor 1909 - 1991
Context: As I visualize it, the business of the future will be a scientific, social and economic unit. It will be vigorously creative in pure science where its contributions will compare with those of the universities... the machinist will be proud of and informed about the company's scientific advances; the scientist will enjoy the reduction to practice of his basic perceptions. … year by year our national scene would change in the way, I think, all Americans dream of. Each individual will be a member of a group small enough so that he feels a full participant in the purpose and activity of the group. His voice will be heard and his individuality recognized.

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„The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor.“

—  Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004
Context: The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor. We maintain our strength in order to deter and defend against aggression — to preserve freedom and peace. Since the dawn of the atomic age, we have sought to reduce the risk of war by maintaining a strong deterrent and by seeking genuine arms control. Deterrence means simply this: Making sure any adversary who thinks about attacking the United States or our allies or our vital interests concludes that the risks to him outweigh any potential gains. Once he understands that, he won't attack. We maintain the peace through our strength; weakness only invites aggression. This strategy of deterrence has not changed. It still works. But what it takes to maintain deterrence has changed. It took one kind of military force to deter an attack when we had far more nuclear weapons than any other power; it takes another kind now that the Soviets, for example, have enough accurate and powerful nuclear weapons to destroy virtually all of our missiles on the ground. Now this is not to say that the Soviet Union is planning to make war on us. Nor do I believe a war is inevitable — quite the contrary. But what must be recognized is that our security is based on being prepared to meet all threats. There was a time when we depended on coastal forts and artillery batteries because, with the weaponry of that day, any attack would have had to come by sea. Well, this is a different world and our defenses must be based on recognition and awareness of the weaponry possessed by other nations in the nuclear age. We can't afford to believe that we will never be threatened. There have been two world wars in my lifetime. We didn't start them and, indeed, did everything we could to avoid being drawn into them. But we were ill-prepared for both — had we been better prepared, peace might have been preserved. The Soviet Buildup For 20 years, the Soviet Union has been accumulating enormous military might. They didn't stop when their forces exceeded all requirements of a legitimate defensive capability. And they haven't stopped now.

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„I think it is most appropriate that the President of the United States, whose business place is in Washington, should come to this city and participate in these rallies. Because the business of the Government is the business of the people — and the people are right here.“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
Speech at Madison Square Garden in New York City to support his program of "medical care for the aged." (20 May 1962) http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=8669 http://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/Archives/JFKPOF-038-023.aspx

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„The elephants fight but the rats go about their business.“

—  Ian McDonald British science fiction novelist 1960
Ch. 44 (p. 458).

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„The United States is committed to the worldwide elimination of torture, and we are leading this fight by example.“

—  George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
26 June 2003 http://www.politicalposts.com/news/index.asp?id=180606 http://www.sltrib.com/2003/Nov/11212003/commenta/commenta.asp.

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„In the United States, international business still means the U. S. and the rest of the world. Here it is different. We wanted to learn about the reality of international business and understand the role and scope of strategy within that.“

—  Renée Mauborgne American economist
Renée Mauborgne in: Stuart Crainer, " W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne: The Thought Leader Interview http://www.strategy-business.com/article/11695?gko=d33f3," strategy+business, January 12, 2002. First Quarter 2002. Issue 26 (originally published by Booz & Company)