The Essential Book of Business and Life Quotations

The Essential Book of Business and Life Quotations

Foreword by Antoine de Saint Affrique
Compiled by Dr Dominique Turpin

A fully sourced and up-to-date book of quotations for executives, academics and anyone who wants to spice speeches and business presentations with witty remarks or simply reflect on some of the best things ever said on topics linked to management and business life.

PDF, 894 Pages


January 2023

£35.00, $50.00

EPUB, 894 Pages


January 2023

£35.00, $50.00

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About This Book

An up-to-date book of quotations for executives, academics and anyone who wants to spice speeches and business presentations or simply reflect on some of the best things ever said on topics linked to management and business life in general. From “Aristotle” to “Mark Zuckenberg” and from “Action” to “Work”, this book is a formidable source of witty remarks and inspiration for all. Best of its kind, the book covers classic and modern topics such as “Bitcoins”, “Digitalization”, “Sustainability” or “Fake News. It introduces a large number of quotations never published before and includes an index of topics and authors that refers to thousands of classic and unique smart comments.


“This is a major reference book with one of the largest and best compilation of business quotations for every occasion.”– Dr. Klaus Schwab,Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum

“This book promises to be an engaging read for anyone looking for quotes or inspiration on business and life. Dominique has meticulously accumulated these quotes over his 35 years at IMD. The quotes are dynamic and keep you reading.” – Ye-Kung Ong, Minister for Health of Singapore and former Minister for Education

“With classic and quotations never published before, this is a rare book that covers both old and recent business subjects –such as bitcoins, digital transformation, cybersecurity, emails and many others. Prof. Turpin’s book will not only benefit everyone from the first-time speaker to the experienced business leader,but also offer you plenty of opportunities for self-reflection.” – Gui Loureiro, President and CEO of Walmart México and Central America

“Professor Turpin has arranged over 10,000 quotations about business, politics, technologyand life to help you add weight to your speeches and presentations. Compiled in categories ranging from “Ability” to” Zoom Conferences,” this book is a great speech-making aid, with plenty of food for thought.”– Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman Emeritus, former Chairman and CEO of the Nestlé Group, former Chairman of Formula One, Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum

“It is amazing what has been said about business, organization and leadership during the recorded life of the human race. Dominique’s book provides an exciting and inspiring overview of this toolbox for academics, authors, speakers and leaders to provide positive inspiration by relying on wise words of those who came before them.”– JørgenVig Knudstorp, Executive Chairman of the LEGO Brand Group, Member of the Board of Starbucks, Member of the Board of Merlin Entertainments Limited

“Whether you want to motivate, inspire or teach, a suitable quote can often spice up your talk and make it more memorable. You will find many of Dominique Turpin’s choices in this unique compilation most insightful and thought provoking. I am also certain that many of his selections will compel you to reflect on your own situations, stimulate new thoughts or at times provide you with good entertainment.”– Dr. Jikyeong Kang, President and Dean, MVP in Marketing, The Asian Institute of Management (Philippines), Advisory Board Member of the Stockholm School of Economics and Board Member of the U.N. Principles for Responsible Management

“This is accumulated universal wisdom in more than 10,000 international quotes and by that the best guide for everyone who need to speak in public. Dominique’s book is full of smart, witty advices, tips and remarks meant to help you deal with many topics about business and life. It’s all you need to be confident in front of any type of audience!”– Cees’t Hart, CEO & President of The Carlsberg Group

“This book puts together a unique collection of thought-provoking quotes, a mix of classic and brand new. With about 600 topics related to business and life issues, this book is a great source of inspiration for all your speeches and presentations.”– Lung-Nien Lee, Chairman, Citi Private Bank, South Asia

“This book offers students, teachers, executives, government officials or anyone who is curious about the world we live in, the most complete compilation of quotations that have shaped life and influenced the global business world.”– Alain-Dominique Perrin, President of the Cartier Foundation, Former CEO of Cartier and Richemont, Chairman of EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development)

“This book has compiled a truly brilliant collection of quotes ranging from great historic figures to successful leaders of our generation. Not only does it provide you with the right quote for each and every special occasion. I’m certain it will also help you reflect on some of the decisions you have made and reaffirm those you will be making.”– Minako Suematsu, CEO of News2u Holdings, CEO and President of the Japan Times, Director at Tsuneishi Capital Partners, Managing Director of Next Educational Environment

“Regularly, each of us needs to find the proper words to motivate our stakeholders. These words need to be focused, personalized and not fall into “clichés.” Dominique’s new book is a goldmine of motivating, stimulating and witty quotations that will help you make your messages laser sharp.” –Michel Démaré, Chairman of IMD (Switzerland and Singapore), Deputy Chairman of Louis Dreyfus Company, Board Member of Vodafone Group Plc and AstraZeneca Plc, Chairman of Nomoko AG

“This is the perfect entertaining book to acquire new knowledge! Take a cup of tea or coffee in one hand and open a page at random with the other, you will always find clever and amusing quotations to make you think or smile.”– Grace Lin Xu, Founder and CEO of VIVA Nutrition China, Switzerland and USA

“This book is a real modern international business encyclopedia with all what has been said about management and life in general. It is an absolute reference, for provoking, reinsuring serious or fun thoughts! Choose the word of your moment and enjoy!”– Gilles Morel, President Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Executive Vice-President of Whirlpool Corporation

“Compiled by a world-class renowned academic, this book is the result of a long and daunting research project. Whenever possible, all quotations have been tracked down to their original author(s) and source. This book is the fruit of serious research. Dominique’s book is today the new reference title for business and life quotations. It’s genuinely a wonderful book to read.”– Professor Kazuo Ichijo, Dean of Hitotsubashi, School of International Corporate Strategy 

“This book is the new reference in business quotations. Whether you are looking for inspiration, preparing a speech, an article or a presentation, this book can pepper it with words of inspiration and impact.”– PoulWeihrauch, Chief Executive Officer of Mars, Inc.

“This is the book I wish I always had but never found. The biggest and best collection of quotations you will find – a readymade infusion of the finest thoughts. A perfect gift book.” – Harsh Goenka,Chairman of RPG Enterprises

“With quotes from various parts of the world – many being published for the very first time, this is the most complete international quotations book you can find.”– John Kennedy, President Diageo Europe & India

Author Information

Dr. Dominique Turpin is the Dentsu Chaired Professor of Marketing Strategy at IMD. He was President and Dean of IMD (Switzerland & Singapore) from 2010 to 2016.


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Table of Contents

Quotations (by categories); Index (by speakers).


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