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Lee Iacocca Quotes and Sayings

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In times of great stress or adversity,
it's always best to keep busy,
to plow your anger and your energy
into something positive.
- Lee Iacocca

Related topics: Wisdom

If we screw it up, start over. Try something else.
- Lee Iacocca

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

The only rock I know that stays steady,
the only institution I know that works,
is the family.
- Lee Iacocca

 

We at Chrysler borrow money the old-fashioned way.
We pay it back.
- Lee Iacocca

Management is nothing more than motivating other people.
- Lee Iacocca

There are times when even the best manager is like
the little boy with the big dog,
waiting to see where the dog wants to go so he can take him there.
- Lee Iacocca

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No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity,
if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family,
what have you really accomplished?
- Lee Iacocca

If you want to make good use of your time,
you've got to know what's most important and then give it all you've got.
- Lee Iacocca

The trick is to make sure you don't die waiting for prosperity to come.
- Lee Iacocca

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human
beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
- Lee Iacocca

People want economy and they will pay any price to get it.
- Lee Iacocca

We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly
disguised as insoluble problems.
- Lee Iacocca

The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
- Lee Iacocca

I forgot to shake hands and be friendly.
It was an important lesson about leadership.
- Lee Iacocca

Trouble shared is trouble halved.
- Lee Iacocca

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across,
your ideas won't get you anywhere.
- Lee Iacocca

The affections are like lightning: you cannot tell
where they will strike till they have fallen.
- Lee Iacocca

The discipline of writing something down is the first
step toward making it happen.
- Lee Iacocca

The kind of people I look for to fill top management
spots are the eager beavers,
the mavericks.
These are the guys who try to do more than they're expected to do -
they always reach.
- Lee Iacocca

The ability to concentrate and to use time well is everything.
- Lee Iacocca

Any supervisor worth his salt would rather deal with
people who attempt too much than with those who try too little.
- Lee Iacocca

Apply yourself.
Get all the education you can, but then,
by God, do something.
Don't just stand there, make it happen.
- Lee Iacocca

If a guy is over 25 percent jerk, he's in trouble.
And Henry was 95 percent.
- Lee Iacocca

The one word that makes a good manager -
decisiveness.
- Lee Iacocca

I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use.
Right up front, tell people what you're trying to accomplish
and what you're willing to sacrifice to accomplish it.
- Lee Iacocca

The most successful businessman is the man who holds
onto the old just as long as it is good,
and grabs the new just as soon as it is better.
- Lee Iacocca

Start with good people, lay out the rules,
communicate with your employees, motivate them and reward them.
If you do all those things effectively,
you can't miss.
- Lee Iacocca

The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change,
the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.
- Lee Iacocca

I hire people brighter than me and then I get out of their way.
- Lee Iacocca

Motivation is everything.
You can do the work of two people, but you can't be two people.
Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the
line and get him to inspire his people.
- Lee Iacocca

In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words:
people,
product, and profits.
- Lee Iacocca

Every business and every product has risks.
You can't get around it.
- Lee Iacocca

There is no substitute for accurate knowledge.
Know yourself, know your business, know your men.
- Lee Iacocca

I've always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
- Lee Iacocca

One of the things the government can't do is run anything.
The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads,
and both of them are bankrupt.
- Lee Iacocca

We've got to pause and ask ourselves:
How much clean air do we need?
- Lee Iacocca

In a completely rational society, the best of us would
be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.
- Lee Iacocca

Talk to people in their own language.
If you do it well, they'll say, 'God,
he said exactly what I was thinking.'
And when they begin to respect you,
they'll follow you to the death.
- Lee Iacocca

I have always found that if I move with seventy-five
percent or more of the facts that I usually never regret it.
It's the guys who wait to have everything perfect that drive you crazy.
- Lee Iacocca

So what do we do? Anything.
Something.
So long as we just don't sit there.
If we screw it up, start over.
Try something else.
If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties,
it may be too late.
- Lee Iacocca

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
- Japanese Proverb

At all times and under all circumstances,
we have the power to transform the quality of our lives.
- Werner Erhard

Tough times never last but tough people do.
- Robert H. Schuller

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare

This time, like all times, is a very good one,
if we but know what to do with it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man can fail many times,
but he isn't a failure until
he begins to blame somebody else.
- John Burroughs

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
in moments of comfort and convenience,
but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do not quit!
Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the
towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes
along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard.
- E. Joseph Cossman

We must adjust to changing times
and still hold to unchanging principles.
- Jimmy Carter

There may be times when we are powerless
to prevent injustice, but there must never
be a time when we fail to protest.
- Elie Wiesel

It's essential to tell the truth at all times.
This will reduce life's pain.
Lying distorts reality.
All forms of distorted thinking must be corrected.
- John Bradshaw

Well-being is making its way to you at all times.
If you will relax and find a way to allow it,
it will be your experience.
- Abraham (Esther Hicks)

Mastery is not measured by the number of terrible
things you eliminate from your life, but by
the number of times you eliminate calling them terrible.
- Neale Donald Walsch

Love is a fruit in season at all times,
and within reach of every hand.
- Mother Teresa

Bad times have a scientific value.
These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those
who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Forgiveness is not always easy.
At times, it feels more painful
than the wound we suffered,
to forgive the one that inflicted it.
And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
- Marianne Williamson

There are times, sir, when men of good conscience
cannot blindly follow orders.
- Captain Picard, STAR TREK: The Next Generation

When I hear music, I fear no danger.
I am invulnerable. I see no foe.
I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
- Henry David Thoreau

In all of his bestsellers, the Divine has told the truth,
custom-tailored to the comprehension of the times.
- Ernest Holmes

Many important things shouldn't be done half-way.
Think of getting married, having children,
starting a business, changing your career.
There are times to gather your courage
and make the leap, the whole leap.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I love everyone, unconditionally,
at all times, exactly as they are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I could tell the world just one thing
it would be we're all okay,
and not to worry cause worry is wasteful
and useless in times like these.
I won't be made useless.
I won't be idle with despair,
I will gather myself around my faith.
Light does the darkness most fear.
- Jewel

I have unbounded compassion for myself
at all times and under all circumstances.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

At times our own light goes out
and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude
of those who have lighted the flame within us.
- Albert Schweitzer

Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment
and the other by acts of love. Power based on love
is a thousand times more effective and permanent
then the one derived from fear of punishment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.
- St. Francis of Assisi

By nature, we are all creatures of habit.
We instinctively adopt familiar routines for most activities.
We eat about the same number of meals each day -
at more or less the same times.
We have a regular pattern of sleeping -
unless it is perturbed by illness or shift work.
Most everything we do is habitual.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have lost my seven best friends,
which is to say that God has had mercy on me
seven times without realizing it.
He lent a friendship, took it from me, and sent me another.
- Jean Cocteau


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