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  • "However bad things get, people still have sex and they still walk."
    Garry Watts, British CEO of SSL International, makers of Durex condoms and Scholl footware
    Source: Interview, Independent (London) (April 15, 2010)
  • "You go to bed feeling very comfortable just thinking about two and a half billion males with hair growing while you sleep. No one at Gillette has trouble sleeping."
    Warren Buffett (1930–), US entrepreneur and financier
    Source: Quoted in Warren Buffett Speaks (Janet Lowe, 2007)
  • "Anybody can cut prices, but it takes brains to produce a better article."
    Philip D. Armour (18321901), US business executive
    Source: Quoted in The 101 Greatest Business Principles of All Time (Leslie Pockell, 2004)
  • "My theory is that good furniture could be priced so that the man with a flat wallet could be attracted to it."
    Ingvar Kamprad (1926–), Swedish business executive and founder of IKEA
    Source: Forbes (August 2000)
  • "Both Apple and Pixar … Their product is pure intellectual property. Bits on a disk."
    Steve Jobs (19552011), US cofounder, chairman, and CEO of both Apple and Pixar
    Source: Quoted in “Steve’s Two Jobs,” Time (Michael Krantz, October 18, 1999)
  • "We try never to forget that medicine is for the people. It is not for the profits. The profits follow, and if we have remembered that, they have never failed to appear."
    George Merck (18941957), US chairman of Merck & Co pharmaceuticals company
    Source: Quoted in Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Jim Collins, 1994)
  • "A successful product merely gives us a head start in the race."
    Sir John Harvey-Jones (19242008), British management adviser, author, and chairman of ICI
    Source: Managing to Survive (1993)
  • "What makes this business difficult is that grown ups have to solve children's problems."
    Horst Brandstätter (1933–), German toy manufacturer and director of Playmobil
    Source: Quoted in Liberation Management (Tom Peters, 1992)
  • "All products must be seen as experiments."
    David Lodge (1935–), British novelist and critic
    Source: Relationship Marketing (1991)
  • "If you can't smell it, you can't sell it."
    Estée Lauder (19082004), US entrepreneur and cosmetics executive
    Source: Interview (1976)
  • "Every company should work hard to obsolete its own product line before its competitors do."
    Philip Kotler (1931–), US marketing management thinker
    Source: Marketing Management (1967)
  • "Twenty four out of twenty five new products never get out of test markets."
    David Ogilvy (19111999), British advertising executive, founder and chairman of Ogilvy & Mather
    Source: Confessions of an Advertising Man (1963)
  • "Junk is the ideal product—the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy."
    William S. Burroughs (19141997), US novelist
    Source: The Naked Lunch (1959)
  • "No other man-made device since the shields and lances of ancient knights fulfills a man's ego like an automobile."
    William, Lord Rootes (18941964), British car manufacturer
    Source: Speech (1958)
  • "I have no use for a motor car which has more spark plugs than a cow has teats."
    Henry Ford (18631947), US industrialist, automobile manufacturer, and founder of Ford Motor Company
    Source: My Life and Work (cowritten with Samuel Crowther, 1922)

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