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  • "An elephant is vastly more efficient, metabolically, than a mouse. It’s the same for a megacity as opposed to a village. But an elephant can break a leg very easily, whereas you can toss a mouse out of a window and it’ll be fine. Size makes you fragile."
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb (1960–), Lebanese-born US academic and writer, former derivatives trader
    Source: Foreign Policy (November 2012)
  • "Most companies aim to get bigger. But beyond a certain point, bigness becomes synonymous with badness. Think of Big Pharma, Big Auto, Big Oil. Worse, if you are regularly described as one of the Big Four, Five, or Six in any business sector, you are probably already in the sights of regulators and lawmakers."
    Andrew Hill, British business journalist
    Source: Financial Times (London) blog (September 20, 2011)
  • "Growth has failed on its own terms. You can’t have infinite growth in a world of finite resources."
    Andrew Simms, British economist
    Source: Quoted in the Observer (London) (January 10, 2010)
  • "Things that grow are not always benign."
    Rt Revd James Jones (1948–), British clergyman, Anglican bishop of Liverpool
    Source: Observer (London) (September 20, 2009)
  • "The big will get bigger; the small will get wiped out."
    Charles Revson (19061975), US entrepreneur, business executive, and founder of Revlon
    Source: Quoted in The Quotable Billionaire (Stephen D. Price, 2009)
  • "Anyone who believes that exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist."
    Kenneth Boulding (19101993), British-born US economist and political activist
    Source: Quoted in Jump the Curve (Jack Uldrich, 2008)
  • "There are as many foolhardy ways to grow as there are to downsize."
    Gary Hamel (1954–), US academic, business writer, and consultant
    Source: Digital Britain (January 2000)
  • "Is your company so small you have to do everything for yourself? Wait until you're so big that you can't. That's worse."
    Michael Bloomberg (1942–), US entrepreneur, business executive, and mayor of New York
    Source: Bloomberg by Bloomberg (cowritten with Matthew Winkler, 1997)
  • "Think small and act small, and we'll get bigger. Think big and act big, and we'll get smaller."
    Herb Kelleher (1931–), US businessman, founder of Southwest Airlines
    Source: Sales and Marketing Management (October 1996)
  • "Growth does not always lead a business to build on success. All too often it converts a highly successful business into a mediocre large business."
    Sir Richard Branson (1950–), British entrepreneur, founder and chairman of Virgin Group
    Speech to the Institute of Directors, London.
    Source: “Growing Bigger While Still Staying Small” (May 1993)
  • "You make the best products you can, and you grow as fast as you deserve to."
    Kenneth H. Olsen (19262011), US computer designer and cofounder of Digital Equipment Corporation
    Source: Quoted in Entrepreneurial Megabucks (Aaron David Silver, 1985)
  • "The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice."
    George Eliot (18191880), British novelist
    Source: Daniel Deronda (1876)
  • "Do you want to know my one-word secret of happiness? It’s growth—mental, financial, you name it."
    Harold S. Geneen (19101997), US telecommunications entrepreneur and CEO of ITT
    Source: Attributed

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