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Sometimes there’s no better way to make your point in the boardroom than in iambic pentameter. This Collection of business-readyquotes will help you get ahead with the Bard.

 

 

ON CHOOSING YOUR PROFESSION

"To business that we love we rise betime,
And go to’t with delight."
Antony and Cleopatra, IV.iv

ON SEIZING OPPORTUNITIES

"There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures."
Julius Caesar, IV.iii

"MACBETH: If we should fail?
LADY MACBETH: We fail.
But screw your courage to the sticking place,
And we’ll not fail."
Macbeth, I.vii

ON AMBITION

"I follow him to serve my turn upon him."
Othello, I.i

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings."
Julius Caesar, I.ii

"I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself,
And falls on th’other."
Macbeth, I.vii

ON TIME MANAGEMENT

"Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow;
creeps in this petty pace form day to day."
Macbeth, V.v

ON NEGOTIATION

"Let every eye negotiate for itself
And trust no agent; for beauty is a witch
Against whose charms faith melteth in blood."
Much Ado About Nothing, II.i

ON DEBT

"Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry."
Hamlet, I.iii

ON CORPORATE IMAGE

"Tis better to be vile than vile esteemed."
Sonnet 121

"My dear dear lord,
The purest treasure mortal times afford
Is spotless reputation—that away,
Men are but gilded loam, or painted clay."
Richard II, I.i