Forty-Four Timeless Business Sayings You Should Know

by Brett Nelson

Whether you’re looking to impress your boss, enchant a few clients, inspire your team, or just put the job in healthy perspective, a few thoughtful quotations can come in handy.
This collection is inspired by Forbes’ second-annual Jargon Madness tournament, featuring 32 of corporate America’s most annoying buzzwords, clichés and euphemisms. Click here to vote in today’s daily matchup.

Our advice: Ditch the jargon and try these timeless turns of phrase instead.
Annoying jargon to avoid: Thought leadership (n.) Grossly indulgent slang for plain ol’ “expertise.”

Relevant quotations on wisdom:

I know several thousand things that won’t work. – Thomas Edison

Men are wise in proportion not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience. – George Bernard Shaw

Annoying cliché: Rock star (n.) Abused term of endearment for talented employees who may or may not use lots of cocaine.

On praise:

Flattery is alright—if you don’t inhale. – Adlai Stevenson

I can live for two months on a good compliment. – Mark Twain

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