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  • "You have wondered, perhaps, why all real accountants wear hats? They are today’s cowboys. As will you be. Riding the American range. Riding herd on the unending torrent of financial data. The eddies, cataracts, arranged variations, fractious minutiae. You order the data, shepherd it, direct its flow, lead it where it’s needed … You deal in facts, gentlemen, for which there has been a market since man first crept from the primeval slurry."
    David Foster Wallace (19622008), US novelist and writer
    Source: The Pale King (2011)
  • "The older I get, the more interesting I find lawyers and accountants."
    Alex James (1968–), British rock musician and journalist
    Source: Independent (London) (April 21, 2010)
  • "There are 300,000 accountants in Britain, which means that, as with rats, you’re never less than a few feet from one."
    Jolyon Jenkins, British journalist and broadcaster
    Source: “A brief history of double-entry book-keeping,” BBC radio (March 8, 2010)
  • "The bonus mania which caused the recession could never have happened without corrupted accounting rules. This is the great secret of the credit crunch—the one the world’s financial writers have missed."
    Nicholas Jones, British producer of marketing films and former accountant
    Source: Independent (London) (July 22, 2009)
  • "They are a special breed-like normal accountants, but without the soppy sentimentality. These are the oncologists of market capitalism."
    Sean O'Grady, British economics journalist
    Source: Independent (London) (July 3, 2009)
  • "What's the difference between Enron and Fannie Mae? The guys at Enron have been convicted."
    Comparing accounting practices at Fannie Mae with those of the collapsed energy giant Enron.
    Source: Wall Street Journal (June 14, 2006)
  • "Accountants are the witch-doctors of the modern world and willing to turn their hands to any kind of magic."
    Sir Charles Eustace Harman (18941970), British judge
    Source: Speech (February 1964)
  • "One can't say that figures lie. But figures, as used in financial arguments, seem to have the bad habit of expressing a small part of the truth forcibly, and neglecting the other part, as do some people we know."
    Fred Schwed (19011966), US author
    Source: Where Are the Customers' Yachts? (1940)
  • "The system of book-keeping by double entry is, perhaps, the most beautiful one in the wide domain of literature or science. Were it less common, it would be the admiration of the learned world."
    Edwin T. Freedley (18271904), US manufacturer
    Source: A Practical Treatise on Business (1853)
  • "The pen is mightier than the sword, but no match for the accountant."
    Jonathan Glancey, British journalist
    Source: Attributed
  • "It sounds extraordinary, but it's a fact that balance sheets can make fascinating reading."
    Mary, Lady Archer (1944–), British scientist
    Source: Attributed

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