Founder of Marshall Field and Company
- A man with a surplus can control circumstances, but a man without a surplus is controlled by them, and often has no opportunity to exercise judgment.
- Beware of a misfit occupation…Consider carefully your natural bent, whether for business or a profession.
- Freedom of the press and also of speech, assembly, and worship can persist as social forms and legal guarantees, while at the same time their functional realities can be gradually slipping away.
- Give the lady what she wants!
- Good will is the one and only asset that competition cannot undersell or destroy.
- If a blending of individualism and of cooperative participation is a prerequisite to a democratic solution of the problems of a society of free men, it must be noted that an atmosphere of freedom is required if these problems are to be met constructively and as they arise.
- I have tried to make all my acts and commercial moves the result of definite consideration and sound judgment. There were never any great ventures or risks. I practiced honest, slow-growing business methods, and tried to back them with energy and good system.
- I was determined not to remain poor.
- Right or wrong, the customer is always right.
- The distance is nothing; it’s only the first step that is difficult.
- The man who puts $10,000 additional capital into an established business is pretty certain of increased returns; and in the same way, the man who puts additional capital into his brains-information, well directed thought and study of possibilities-will as surely-yes, more surely-get increased returns. There is no capital and no increase in capital safer than that.
- To do the right thing, at the right time, in the right way; to do some things better than they were ever done before; to eliminate errors; to know both sides of the question; to be courteous; to be an example; to work for the love of work; to anticipate requirements; to develop resources; to recognize no impediments; to master circumstances; to act from reason rather than rule; to be satisfied with nothing short of perfection.
- Twelve Priceless Qualities of Success:
- The value of time.
- The success of perseverance.
- The pleasure of working.
- The dignity of simplicity.
- The worth of character.
- The power of kindness.
- The influence of example.
- The obligation of duty.
- The wisdom of economy.
- The virtue of patience.
- The improvement of talent.
- The joy of originating.