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  • "What's the point in selling things that people need? There's no future in that: People Who Need buy less than People Who Want. One market has a glass ceiling, the other elastic potential. And in order to maintain Want, one has to aggressively patrol one's brand identity."
    Harriet Walker, British fashion journalist
    Source: Independent (London) (August 18, 2011)
  • "You have to love the products if you are going to sell them."
    Barbara, Lady Judge (1947–), US-British government adviser
    Source: Management Today (October 1999)
  • "If you don't listen, you don't sell anything."
    Caroline Marland (1946–), Irish former managing director of Guardian Newspapers
    Source: Management Today (September 1999)
  • "We sell sex. It is never going to go out of style."
    Bob Guccione (19302010), US magazine publisher
    Source: Wall Street Journal (1996)
  • "Our sales representatives are like race car drivers. They can't succeed without incredible co-operation from the support team back at HQ."
    Doug Nelson (1944–), US regional vice president of Philip Morris USA
    Source: “The Mavericks,” Fortune (June 1995)
  • "The person who agrees with everything you say either isn't paying attention or else plans to sell you something."
    Sam Ewing (19202001), US author
    Source: Quoted in Reader's Digest (1989)
  • "When you stop talking, you've lost your customer. When you turn your back, you've lost her."
    Estée Lauder (19082004), US entrepreneur and cosmetics executive
    Source: “As Gorgeous As It Gets,” New Yorker (Kennedy Fraser, 1986)
  • "If you don't sell, it's not the product that's wrong, it's you."
    Estée Lauder (19082004), US entrepreneur and cosmetics executive
    Source: “As Gorgeous As It Gets,” New Yorker (Kennedy Fraser, 1986)
  • "Inequality of knowledge is the key to a sale."
    Deil O. Gustafson (19321999), US real estate executive
    Source: Newsweek (1974)
  • "He's a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoestring."
    Arthur Miller (19152005), US dramatist
    Source: Death of a Salesman (1949)
  • "Real salesmen stick until the buyer has used up his last No."
    William Wrigley, Jr (18611932), US businessman and founder of Wrigley Company
    Source: “The Lowdown on Salesmanship,” American Magazine (Neil M. Clark, October 1929)
  • "The art of salesmanship can be stated in four words: Believing something and convincing others."
    William Wrigley, Jr (18611932), US businessman and founder of Wrigley Company
    Source: “The Lowdown on Salesmanship,” American Magazine (Neil M. Clark, October 1929)
  • "To found a great empire for the sole purpose of raising up a people of customers may at first sight appear a project fit only for a nation of shopkeepers."
    Adam Smith (17231790), British economist and philosopher
    Source: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776)
  • "I have heard of a man who had a mind to sell his house, and therefore carried a piece of brick in his pocket, which he showed as a pattern to encourage purchasers."
    Jonathan Swift (16671745), Irish writer and satirist
    Source: The Drapier's Letters (1724)
  • "In selling as in medicine, prescription before diagnosis is malpractice."
    Tony Allesandra, US marketing strategist and motivational speaker
    Source: Attributed
  • "There's a sucker born every minute."
    P. T. Barnum (18101891), US showman and circus entrepreneur
    Source: Attributed

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