Each Monday I post the next section of my 2001 book, which was originally called (by the publisher) Hoover’s Vision but which I have now retitled The Art of Enterprise. I have posted over half of it already; click on the “Monday” column to see all the prior sections. The entire book can be downloaded as a PDF for $10 at http://www.scribd.com/doc/25085990/The-Art-of-Enterprise-by-Gary-Hoover-January-2010



Some Favorite Quotes

 Here are some of my favorite quotes:
Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty.
Daniel Burnham
Those who hear not the music think the dancers mad.
Unknown, usually quoted as a Chinese Proverb.
Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character had abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and courage which it contained.
John Stuart Mill
The economic role of the state has managed to hold the attention of scholars for over two centuries without arousing their curiosity.
George Stigler
That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.
Henry David Thoreau
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead
I told the boss, "You think business is mathematics. It’s not math, it’s chemistry."
Arnie Weissmann (paraphrased)
The society that puts equality before freedom will end up with neither. The society that puts freedom before equality will end up with a great measure of both.
Milton Friedman
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
Winston Churchill
Hayek’s work on price theory is central to my own thinking about how to manage the Wikipedia project.
Jimmy Wales
We make our tools, and then they shape us.
Kenneth Boulding
No financial man will ever understand business because financial people think a company makes money. A company makes shoes, and no financial man understands that. They think money is real. Shoes are real.
Peter Drucker
Every great idea contains the seed of its own destruction.
(I cannot find a source for this quote from Mr. Smith’s high school history class; I believe it was a British Historian.)
It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things; for the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order; this lukewarmness arising partly from the incredulity of mankind who does not truly believe in anything new until they actually have experience of it.
Niccolo Machiavelli



  1. Thanks Gary. I love quotes too.

    A little research through google books and I think the source for the “seeds of destruction” quote was Charles D’Avenant. http://books.google.com/books?id=JiE7AAAAMAAJ&dq=%22seeds%20of%20destruction%22&pg=PP5#v=onepage&q=%22seeds%20of%20destruction%22&f=false
    (see page 53)

    A great tool if you haven’t played with it is the Google ngram tool. (http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/)
    You can search all the books google has scanned to find when a term first appeared or gained popularity and then search the years noted to find the source.

    A few of my favorites –

    “The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” – Anais Nin

    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

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