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  • "High expectations are the key to everything."
    Sam M. Walton (19181992), US entrepreneur and founder of Wal-Mart
    Source: Quoted in The Ten Rules of Sam Walton (Michael Bergdahl, 2006)
  • "Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations."
    Edward de Bono (1933–), Maltese-born British creative-thinking theorist, educator, and writer
    Source: Quoted in the Observer (London) (June 12, 1997)
  • "Buy what's deliverable, not what could be."
    Michael Bloomberg (1942–), US entrepreneur, business executive, and mayor of New York
    Source: Bloomberg by Bloomberg (cowritten with Matthew Winkler, 1997)
  • "When I build something for somebody … My guys come in, they say it's going to cost $75 million. I say it's going to cost $125 million, and I build it for $100 million. Basically, I did a lousy job. But they think I did a great job."
    Donald J. Trump (1946–), US real estate developer and TV personality
    Said to a meeting of US Football League owners.
    Source: Quoted in the New York Times (July 1, 1986)
  • "Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise."
    Alice Walker (1944–), US Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and poet
    Source: Expect Nothing (1973)
  • "Always do one thing less than you think you can do."
    Bernard Baruch (18701965), US financier and economist
    Referring to maintaining good health.
    Source: Newsweek (May 28, 1956)
  • "The loss that is unknown is no loss at all."
    Publilius Syrus, Roman writer
    Source: Moral Sayings (1st century bc)

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