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The Economist Book of Business Quotations by Bill Ridgers

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“The sack

He was fired with enthusiasm because he wasn’t fired with enthusiasm.

Anon

Don’t think of it as getting fired. Think of it as finally being recognised for your incompetence.

Cartoon in the New Yorker, October 2011

The things you get fired for when you’re young are the same things you win lifetime achievement awards for when you’re old.

Frances Ford Coppola (1939–), film director, interview with Harvard Business Review, September 2011

The PM is not going to sack you after a week. Sacked after 12 months, looks like you’ve fucked up. Sacked after a week, looks like he’s fucked up.

Malcolm Tucker, character in The Thick of It (British TV series, 2005)

“Science

The scientific industry has its exact counterpart in the kind of minds it harnesses: ...

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