Englische Zitate

Eine nach Kategorien sortierte Auswahl der besten Englischen Zitate (teilweise mit Übersetzung).




Aristoteles: All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
Alle bezahlten Jobs dämpfen und erniedrigen den Geist.

Francis Bacon: Knowledge itself is power.
Wissen ist Macht.

Julius Caesar: Men willingly believe what they wish.
Menschen glauben bereitwillig daran was sie sich wünschen.

Salvadore Dali: There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.
Es gibt nur einen Unterschied zwischen einem Verrückten und mir. Ich bin nicht verrückt.

Albert Einstein: Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
Nur zwei Dinge sind unendlich das Universum und die menschliche Dummheit und beim Ersten bin ich nicht ganz sicher.

Henry Ford: Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.
Denken ist die schwierigste Arbeit die es gibt, wahrscheinlich ist das der Grund warum es so wenige tun.

George Gallup: I could prove God statistically.
Ich könnte (die Existenz) Gottes statistisch beweisen.

Robert Heinlein: Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then do it.
Höre immer darauf was Experten sagen. Sie werden Dir erzählen was nicht getan werden kann und warum. Danach tue es.

Carl Gustav Jung: Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Alles was uns bei Anderen irritiert/ärgert kann uns zu einem grösseren Selbstverständis führen.

Nikita Khrushchev: Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
Politiker sind überall gleich. Sie versprechen eine Brücke zu bauen, selbst wenn es gar keinen Fluss gibt.

Lao-Tzu: A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
Eine Reise von tausend Schritten muss mit einem ersten Schritt beginnen.

Golda Meir: I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.
Ich muss die Uhr regieren, ich darf nicht von ihr regiert werden.

Chuck Norris: Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.
Männer sind wie Stahl. Wenn Sie die Fassung verlieren, verlieren Sie ihren Wert.

George Orwell: The quickest way to end a war is to lose it.
Der schnellste Weg einen Krieg zu beenden ist ihn zu verlieren.

Pablo Picasso: Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
Computer sind unnütz. Sie können nur Antworten geben.

Dan Quayle: A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls.
Eine geringe Wahlbeteilung ist ein Hinweis darauf, dass weniger menschen zur Wahl gehen.

Auguste Rodin: Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
Nichts ist Zeitverschwendung, wenn Du diese (gesammelten) Erfahrungen weise verwendest.

Socrates: By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.
Heirate auf jeden Fall. Wenn Du eine gute Frau findst wirst Du glücklich sein. Wenn Du eine schlechte Frau bekommst wirst Du ein Philosoph.

Margaret Thatcher: Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
Mächtig zu sein ist wie eine Dame zu sein. Wenn Du anderen Menschen erzählen musst, dass Du eine bist, bist Du es nicht.

Virgil: They can conquer who believe they can.
Jene können erobern, die daran glauben dass sie es können.

Oscar Wilde: Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
Vergib immer deinen Feinden, nichts ärgert sie mehr.

Henny   Yougman: I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.
Ich erzählte einem Arzt, dass ich mein Bein an zwei Stellen/Orten gebrochen habe. Er sagte mir ich solle aufhören an diese Orte zu gehen.

Frank Zappa: Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
Kunst ist, etwas aus nichts zu machen und es zu verkaufen.


Start-up’s / Zukunft

If you can dream it, you can do it. Walt Disney (1901-1966)

Always remember that this whole thing was started by a mouse. Walt Disney (1901-1966)

When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary. William Wrigley, Jr. (1861-1932)

Business? That’s very simple: it’s other people’s money. Alexandre Dumas (1824-1895)

Management’s job is to see the company not as it is…but as it can become. John W. Teets (1933- )

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

Genius begins great works, labor alone finishes them. Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. Anonymous

Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings. C.D. Jackson (1902-1964)

No one regards what is before his feet; we all gaze at the stars. Quintus Ennius (239-169 B.C.)

Before you can score, you must first have a goal. Anonymous

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. St. Francis of Assisi (1182? – 1226)



In God we trust – all others pay cash. American business saying

In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed … Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

There is no useful rule without an exception. Thomas Fuller (1654-1734)

It’s possible to own too much. A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure … Lee Segall (1905- )

To err is human, but it is against company policy. Anonymous

Organisation: Our team is well balanced. We have problems everywhere. Tommy Prothro (1941- )

Successes have many fathers, failures have none. Philip Caldwell (1920- )

The longer the title, the less important the job. George McGovern (1922- )

The surest way for an executive to kill himself is to refuse to learn how, and when, and to whom to delegate work. James Cash Penney (1875-1971)

The world is divided into people who do things – and people who get the credit. Dwight Morrow (1873-1931)

The prize of greatness is responsibility. Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Nothing is paticularily hard if you divide it into small jobs. Henry Ford (1863-1947)

No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there. F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)



The person who knows how will always have a job. The person who knows why will always be his boss. Diane Ravitch (1938- )

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being. Stanley J. Randall (1908- )

A résumé is a balance sheet without any liabilities. Robert Half (1918- )

Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired to do. Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990)

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. Vidal Sassoon (1928- )

The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them. Robert Frost (1874-1963)

It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Robinson Crusoe started the 40-hour-week. He had all the work done by Friday. Leopold Fetchner (1916- )



When elephants fight, only the grass gets hurt. Swahili proverb

The hardest thing is to take less when you can get more. Frank Mc Kinney Hubbard (1868-1930)

The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it. Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Harry S. Truman (1884-1972)

In business, the competition will bite you if you keep running; if you stand still, they will swallow you. William Knudsen Jr. (1925- )

Live together like brothers and do business like strangers. Arabic proverb

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten them. Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

If winning isn’t important, why do they keep score? Adolph Rupp (1901-1977)

Say no, then negotiate. Anonymous

The minute you start talking about what you’re going to do if you lose, you have lost. George P. Schultz (1920- )

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure. Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Success is that old ABC – ability, breaks, and courage. Charles Luckman (1909- )

To succeed in business it is necessary to make others see things as you see them. John H. Patterson (1844-1922)

Ability is nothing without opportunity. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

Wise men learn by other men’s mistakes, fools by their own. Anonymous





You can only become a winner if you are willing to walk over the edge. Ronald E. McNair (1950-1986)


No one tests the depth of a river with both feet.Ashanti proverb


There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune.Jean Paul Getty (1892-1976)


It is easy to be brave when far away from danger.Aesop (620-560 B.C.)


The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Unkown


Accept life and you must accept regret.Henri Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881)


To win you have to risk loss. Jean-Claude Killy (1943- )





Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people. David Sarnoff (1891-1971)


Seek simplicity and distrust it. Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)


It is not the employer who pays wages. He only handles with money. It is the product that pays wages and it is the management that arranges the production so that the product may pay the wages. Henry Ford (1863-1947)


You can hype questionnable product for a little while, but you’ll never build an enduring business. Victor Kiam (1926- )


Large increases in cost with questionnable increases in performance can be tolerated only for race horses and fancy women. William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907)


The most popular labor-saving device today is still a husband with money. Joey Adams (1911- )





The secret of joy in work is contained in oneword: excellence. To know how to dosomething well is to enjoy it. Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973)


Anybody can cut prices, but it takes brains to make a better article.Philip D. Armour (1832-1901)


People forget how fast you did a job – but they remember how well you did it.Howard W. Newton (1903-1951)





The real voyage of discovery consists not in making new landscapes but in having new eyes.Marcel Proust (1871-1922)


It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.Chinese proverb


In order to compose, all you need is to remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.Robert Schumann (1810-1856)


Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.Mark Twain (1835-1910)


Imagination is more important than knowledge.Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)


To think is to act.Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Creative minds always have been known to survive any kinds of bad training.Anna Freud (1895-1982)


One has to look out for engineers – they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb.Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974)


Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)


A person who walks in another’s tracks leaves no footprints. Unknow


When business is good, it pays to advertise; when business is bad, you’ve got to advertise.Anonymous





Someday is not a day of the week. Anonymous


The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. Mark Twain (1835-1910)


It isn’t over till it’s over. Yogi Berra (1925- )


Remember that time is money. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)


Half the agony of living is waiting. Alexander Rose (1901- )


Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its bevity.Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696)


There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time. Coco Chanel (1883-1971)


Effective managers live in the present – but concentrate on the future. James L. Hayes (1895-1971)


People count up the faults of those who keep them waiting.French proverb


Don’t wait for your ship to come in; swim out to it.Anonymous


It is better to begin in the evening than not at all.English proverb


You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)


The fox that waited for the chickens to fall off their perch died of hunger. Greek proverb


Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.Spanish proverb




No plan can prevent a stupid person from doing the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time – but a good plan should keep a concentration from forming. Charles E. Wilson (1890-1961)


The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)


Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, it’s hard to get it back in.H.R. Haldemann (1926- )


No river is shallow to a man who can’t swim.Richard Boone (1899-1973)


Luck sometimes visits a fool, but never sits down with him.German proverb


The mouse that has but one hole is quickly taken.George Herbert (1593-1633)


Expect the worst and your surprises will always be pleasant ones.Louis E. Boone (1941- )


You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.Joe E. Lewis (1902-1971)


Plans are nothing; Planning is everything.Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)


It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.Pubililius Syrus (1st century B.C.)


There is nothing so useless as doing effectively that which should not be done at all.Peter Drucker (1909- )


Life is what happens while you are making other plans.John Lennon (1940-1980)


We have to face the difficult challenge of changing when things are going well.John L. Chambers (1951- )


It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.Howard Ruff (1930- )


Don’t worry because a rival imitates you. As long as he follows in your track he cannot overtake you.Anonymous


Some people are making such thoroughly preparation for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine.William Feather (1889-1981)





Leadership appears to be the art of getting others to want to do something you are convinced should be done.Vance Packard (1914-1996)


If two people ride the same horse, one must ride behind.Anonymous


Soldiers win battles and generals get the credit.Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)


It’s the price of leadership to do the thing you believe has to be done at the time it must be done.Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973)


Managers are people who do things right, and leaders are people who do the right thing.Warren G. Bennis (1925- ) & Burt Nanus (1936- )


Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it.Henry Mintzberg (1939- )


In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is King.Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)


The buck stops with the guy who signs the checks.Rupert Murdoch (1931- )


True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not the enrichment of the leaders.Robert Townsend (1920-1998)


In America, anyone can become president. That’s one of the risks you take.Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965)


Great men are meteors designed to burn so that earth may be lighted. Napoelon Bonaparte (1769-1821)


If an individual wants to be a leader and isn’t controversial, that means he never stood for anything.Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994)


Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.Johann Wolfang von Goethe (1749-1832)


There are no bad soldiers under a good general.Anonymous


To lead the people , walk behind them.Lao-tzu (6th century B.C.)


In calm water every ship has a good captain.Swedish proverb


Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850)


If thou art a master, be sometimes blind: if a servant, sometimes deaf.Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)


A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.Ralph Lauren (1939- )


The leader must know, must know that he knows and must be able to make it abundantly clear to those around him that he knows.Clarence B. Randall (1891-1967)


It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved.Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527)


The top people of the biggest companies are, surprisingly, often the nicest ones in their company, I’m not sure, though, if they got there because they were good guys or that they’re now good guys because they can afford to be.Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990)





What people say behind your back is your standing in the community.Ed Howe (1853-1937)


Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.Mother Teresa (1910-1997)


One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.Mother Teresa (1910-1997)


The deepest principle in human nature is the crving to be appreciated.Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990)


The two things that people want more than sex or money are recognition and praise.Mary Kay Ash (1915- )


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