Bernard Baruch

(Bernard Mannes Baruch)

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... a rude, ignorant, uncouth man. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A political leader must keep looking over his shoulder all the time to see if the boys are still there. If they aren't still there, he's no longer a political leader. Time ;Leaders & Leadership
A speculator is a man who observes the future, and acts before it occurs. Future ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Adversity in politics does not encourage cohesiveness, it seems. Deprived of the fruits of power, a national political party seems to break down into regional or other factions. Unity can only be regained by victory—yet victory is forestalled by disunity. Political Parties & Machines
An elder statesman is somebody old enough to know his own mind and keep quiet about it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Bend everything toward improving the standard of living of the people. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has the right to be wrong in his facts. Freedom & Liberty
Government is not a substitute for people, but simply the instrument through which they act. And if the individual fails to do his duty as a citizen, government becomes a very deadly instrument indeed. Citizenship & Patriotism
He [President Warren G. Harding] is a kind, companionable fellow to go with on a fishing expedition or to play cards with; but he is not the man to have as President or leader. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I will not be a party to any attacks upon your personal integrity or personal life. We seem to have different views regarding the philosophy of government and on that alone am I willing to contend against you. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If Frank [Franklin Delano Roosevelt] is nominated I won't give one cent to the Democratic Party. He's so wishy-washy. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If the history of the past fifty years teaches us anything, it is that peace does not follow disarmament -- disarmament follows peace. War & Peace
If you get all the facts, your judgment can be right. If you don't get all the facts, it can't be right. Management & Managing Government
If you want to be President, you'll have to remain poor. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Millions saw the apple fall but Newton was the one who asked 'why.' Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Science has taught us how to put the atom to work. But to make it work for good instead of for evil lies in the domain dealing with the principles of human duty. We are now facing a problem more of ethics than physics. Energy ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Take the profits out of war. War & Peace
The control of prices is essential for the successful conduct of our national defense, for avoiding social and economic aftermaths of war, for taking the profits out of war, for the maintenance of morale, the stoppage of inflation, and the placing of America in the dominating place at the peace table. Defense & National Security
The important thing is the struggle everybody is engaged in to get better living conditions. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The measures have not yet been devised which can permanently protect men from their folly. Regulation & Deregulation
The terror created by weaponry has never stopped men from employing them. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
The terror created by weapons has never stopped men from employing them. Arms Race & Disarmament
The unemployed have rights that are above charity. They have the right to work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There seems to be something sacrosanct about big business. Business, Commerce & Finance
To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
Today fear, the most corroding of influences, is the moving cause ... Human Nature
Vote for the man who promises least. He'll be the least disappointing. Voters, Voting & Elections
We all flourish or decline with the farmer.
We are here to make a choice between the quick and the dead.... We must elect World Peace or World Destruction. Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
We are now facing a problem more of ethics than of physics. Energy ;Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
We must remember that the people do not belong to the government but that government belongs to the people. Democracies & Republics
Whatever the amount may be, it is an obligation we cannot escape. It is a part of the obligation that the rich nations of the world, particularly America, must carry out. Foreign Aid
Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can't retire his experience. He must use it. Experience achieves more with less energy and time. Time
Always do one thing less than you think you can do.
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
Do not blame anybody for your mistakes and failures. Failure
Don't try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top. It can't be done except by liars.
During my eighty-seven years I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think.
Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
I made my money by selling too soon. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Money, Coins & Minting
I never lost money by turning a profit. Money, Coins & Minting
If a speculator is correct half of the time, he is hitting a good average. Even being right 3 or 4 times out of 10 should yield a person a fortune if he has the sense to cut his losses quickly on the ventures where he is wrong. Time
If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
If the history of the past fifty years teaches us anything, it is that peace does not follow disarmament - disarmament follows peace. History ;War & Peace
If you get all the facts, your judgment can be right; if you don't get all the facts, it can't be right.
In the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves. Freedom & Liberty
Let us not be deceived we are today in the midst of a cold war. War & Peace
Let us not deceive ourselves; we must elect world peace or world destruction. War & Peace
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why. Leaders & Leadership
Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking.
Never follow the crowd.
Never pay the slightest attention to what a company president ever says about his stock.
No man should think himself a zero, and think he can do nothing about the state of the world.
Nobody ever lost money taking a profit. Money, Coins & Minting
Old books that have ceased to be of service should no more be abandoned than should old friends who have ceased to give pleasure.
One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything everynight before you go to bed. Life
Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your own failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see.
The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself.
The art of living lies not in eliminating but in growing with troubles. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves. Freedom & Liberty
The main purpose of the stock market is to make fools of as many men as possible.
There are no such things as incurable, there are only things for which man has not found a cure.
There is something about inside information which seems to paralyse a man's reasoning powers. Power
To me - old age is always ten years older than I am.
Two things are bad for the heart - running up stairs and running down people.
Unless each man produces more than he receives, increases his output, there will be less for him than all the others.
Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We can't cross that bridge until we come to it, but I always like to lay down a pontoon ahead of time. Time
We did not all come over on the same ship, but we are all in the same boat.
We grow neither better or worse as we get old, but more like ourselves.
Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed in private and public life have been the consequence of action without thought. Life
When good news about the market hits the front page of the New York Times, sell.
You can overcome anything if you don't bellyache.
You can talk about capitalism and communism and all that sort of thing, but the important thing is the struggle everybody is engaged in to get better living conditions, and they are not interested too much in government. Government