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"I like to buy a company any fool can manage because eventually one will."
--Peter S. Lynch, former head of Magellan Fund at Fidelity Investments
"When you become a businessman you become stagnant in some ways.
You don't do as many of the exciting and dangerous things you used to do.
It was skydiving or this."
"You can't be bored with greatness.
It's better to be honestly arrogant than falsely humble."
--"Chainsaw Al" Dunlap, turnaround artist known
for drastically cutting staff and reviving
"A full moon blanks out all
the stars around it."
--Ted Turner, on himself
"You can never bet against Michael Eisner. He's a real businessman. He can add
--Michael Fuchs, ex-chairman of HBO and Warner Music Inc., on outlook for Walt Disney Co. under Chairman Eisner
"It should be someone incredibly handsome."
--Donald Trump, asked who should star in
The Donald Trump Story
"Bill has tried to become more charming,
but it's sort of like Dan Rather trying
to be cuddlier."
--David Coursey of P.C. Letter on Microsoft's Bill Gates
"I go to bed happy at night knowing that hair is growing on the faces of billions of males and on women's legs around
the world while I sleep. It's more fun than counting sheep."
--Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway owns about 10 percent of The Gillette Company
"According to my mom, I'm such a big shot that she's threatening to have her uterus bronzed."
"I come from an environment where, if you see a snake, you kill it. At GM, if you see a snake, the first thing you do is go hire a consultant on snakes."
--H. Ross Perot
"To work here you have to be cuckoo--
--UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali
"He's not at all odd. He's a billionaire."
--Then New York City Mayor Ed Koch on Leon Hess, Amerada Hess chairman and New York Jets owner
"It's a good thing God doesn't let you look into the future, or you might be sorely tempted to shoot yourself."
--Lee Iacocca, recalling five years later his decision
to join Chrysler