90+ Bad Business Quotes That Nobody Will Tell You!

Last Updated on February 4, 2021 by Scott M. Thomas

This is a huge writing about bad business quotes and sayings about bad business decisions. 

You might wonder what is bad business? 

Well it depends. There are different opinions from different people. But a bad business is the business that doesn’t act ethically and does not generate enough revenue. There are many reasons why a business may not be successful. The reasons for its failure vary according to the type of business. But this article is about some bad business sayings and the decisions that work behind the bad business. I hope you like it.

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” – Henry Ford

“Any time an investment company has to spend heavily on advertising, it’s probably a bad business in which to invest.” – Robert Kiyosaki

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“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“Today’s business model is bad for people, bad for the economy and bad for stability and democracy.” – Sharan Burrow

“There is never a bad time to start a business – unless you want to start a mediocre one.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

“Individualism is bad for business – though absolutely necessary for freedom, progressive knowledge, and any possible interface with the transcendent.” – Tom Robbins

“Slavery was incredibly prosperous for some people, at that time. It was not a bad business plan, but it was terrible and inhumane. But as a business it worked.” – Chuck D

“Success is not necessarily about connections, or cutting corners, or chamba – the three Cs of bad business. Call it trite, but believe me: success can be achieved through hard work, frugality, integrity, responsiveness to change, and most of all, boldness to dream.” – John 

“Economists’ unanimity that bad business is ahead is the most reassuring news possible. It’s very unlikely that this will be the one time they’re right.” – Malcolm Forbes

“Buying a share of a good business is better than buying a share of a bad business. One way to do this is to purchase a business that can invest its own money at high rates of return rather than purchasing a business that can only invest at lower ones. In other words, businesses that earn a high return on capital are better than businesses that earn a low return on capital.” – Joel Osteen

“I don’t like the idea of telling private business owners. I abhor racism. I think it’s a bad business decision to ever exclude anybody from your restaurant. But at the same time I do believe in private ownership. I think there should be absolutely no discrimination in anything that gets public funding.” – Rand Paul

“I don’t want to say that most rock bands live these formulaic biography existences – but they kinda do. There’s always a divorce. There’s always an OD. There’s always a bad business manager.” – Dave Grohl

“Economically considered, war and revolution are always bad business.” – Ludwig von Mises

“If the planters carry politics into the fields they will find it bad business.” – Charles E. Merrill

“The new solo album sounds like me: I’m singing about bad business transactions, bodily fluids, and courage.” – Kevin Drew

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“Any time an investment company has to spend heavily on advertising, it’s probably a bad business in which to invest.” – Robert Kiyosaki

“Hurried business is bad business.” – Patrick deWitt

“It is a bad business, dealing in lottery tickets … Riches got in such a hasty manner never wore well.” – Sarah Josepha Hale

“I think it’s a bad business decision to exclude anybody from your restaurant – but, at the same time, I do believe in private ownership.” – Rand Paul

“In the LBO field there is a buried “covariance” with marketable equities, toward disaster in generally bad business conditions, and competition is now extremely intense.” – Charlie Munger

“Slavery was incredibly prosperous for some people, at that time. It was not a bad business plan, but it was terrible and inhumane. But as a business it worked.” – Chuck D

“The boom is called good business, prosperity, and upswing. Its unavoidable aftermath, the readjustment of conditions to the real data of the market, is called crisis, slump, bad business, depression.” – Ludwig von Mises

“I don’t want to say that most rock bands live these formulaic biography existences – but they kinda do. There’s always a divorce. There’s always an OD. There’s always a bad business manager.” – Dave Grohl

“I got screwed over in some bad business deals, but as long as I focused on those past problems, I couldn’t move forward. I had to let all of that go and forgive everyone and everything first.” – Steve Pavlina

“I’m horrible with money. I make bad business decisions every hour of the day.” – Melissa Harris-Perry

“I got screwed over in some bad business deals, but as long as I focused on those past problems, I couldn’t move forward. I had to let all of that go and forgive everyone and everything first.” – Steve Pavlina

“Taxes cause the most bad business decisions.” – James Cook

“Philanthropy without scale and sustainability is like any other bad business that will simply wither and die on the vine.” – Naveen Jain

bad organization quotes

“You may remember the story of how the devil and a friend of his were walking down the street, when they saw ahead of them a man stoop down and pick up something from the ground, look at it, and put it away in his pocket. The friend said to the devil, “What did that man pick up?” “He picked up a piece of the truth,” said the devil. “That is a very bad business for you, then,” said his friend. “Oh, not at all,” the devil replied, “I am going to help him organize it.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“These occasions always took him by surprise. He was shocked anew each time the crisply surveyed, neatly kept world he so cherished rose up to confront him with all its essential sloppiness, irrationality, and bad business sense.” – T.C. Boyle

“Racism, because it favors color over talent, is bad for business.” – Steven Pinker

“In and of itself, keeping the country safe for business is not a bad thing.” – Peter Schuyler

“The business is all about gush and hype. You never have a bad meeting in L.A.” – Emily Blunt

“That I would rather be in another business where a bad cold wouldn’t put me out of work.” – Merv Griffin

“When public figures think they can open a business even though they’ve got no business experience, it’s a bad idea.” – Moby

“This whole business feels kind of intense, like a bad fit. Round peg, square hole. But whatever, I’ll take it.” – Paul Giamatti

“When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.” – Warren Buffett

“Good decisions can have bad short-term outcomes but be great for the business long-term.” – Gerry Schwartz

bad business partner quotes

“This continuing spike in gas prices is bad for consumers, bad for our economy, and bad for all other businesses. It is hurting us and costing us jobs.” – Jodi Rell

“No one has the right to not assume that the business cycle will turn! Every five years or so, you have got to assume that something bad will happen.” – Jamie Dimon

“We, as conservative intellectuals, should not be in the business of making excuses for bad parliamentary decisions by Republican leaders in Congress.” – David Frum

“I think it’s a bad business decision to exclude anybody from your restaurant – but, at the same time, I do believe in private ownership.” – Rand Paul

bad employer quotes

“The reason why it is so difficult for existing firms to capitalize on disruptive innovations is that their processes and their business model that make them good at the existing business actually make them bad at competing for the disruption.” – Clayton Christensen

“Don’t have any opinions. They’re bad for business.” – Jerome Lawrence

“Discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business.” – Tim Cook

“The trouble with this business is the dearth of bad pictures.” – Samuel Goldwyn

“Vanity is not half a bad principle, if it will but stick to legitimate business.” – Thomas Chandler Haliburton

“When digging ceases to be a great game and becomes, as in Egypt, merely business, it will be a bad thing.” – Leonard Woolley

“Bad business should be done without guilt if it is a source of income.” – Michael Bassey Johnson

bad business owner quotes

“In many ways, that affection is the real reward for 56 years in the business. Although the money ain’t exactly bad either.” – Perry Como

“White shall not neutralize the black, nor good compensate bad in man, absolve him so: life’s business being just a terrible choice.” – Robert Browning

“We, as conservative intellectuals, should not be in the business of making excuses for bad parliamentary decisions by Republican leaders in Congress.” – David Frum

“White shall not neutralize the black, nor good compensate bad in man, absolve him so; life’s business being just a terrible choice.” – Robert Browning

“You can’t do a good business with a bad person. Find the right people to work with and you can’t go wrong.” – Richard Branson

“A lot of success in life and business comes from knowing what you want to avoid: early death, a bad marriage, etc.” – Charlie Munger

“I have a bad gambling problem. You’re not in show business for 12 years and dress like this without a bad gambling problem.” – Artie Lange

“It was a culture that business is something bad – it was a leftist-oriented psychology. We have to break this. We are pro-business.” – Antonis Samaras

“Society in itself is no great harm, but unsatisfied social aspirations are a bad and ugly business. We must certainly accept, and we will.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Sometimes there’s not a direct transfer of skills from business to government, but sometimes what happens in business would be really bad for the government.” – Hillary Clinton

“Your business is never really good or bad ‘out there.’ Your business is either good or bad right between your own two ears.” – Zig Ziglar

bad business decision quotes

“This sort of thing has got to be stopped. Bad philosophers are like slum landlords. It’s my job to put them out of business.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The physical business of writing is unpleasant to me, but the psychic satisfaction of discharging bad ideas in worse English makes me forget it.” – H. L. Mencken

“Advertising has always been the Peck’s Bad Boy of American business urging us to buy things we probably don’t need and often can’t afford.” – Andrew Hacker

“You know criticism when you get into this business. You accept the bad with the good, the tabloids and the positive side of it.” – Carmen Electra

“There’s a lot more people that enjoy me playing the enforcer, the destroyer. If bad disappears one day, then good goes out of business.” – Robert LaSardo

“In books there’s nothing of the fish covered in the coldness of the sea, or the feeling of a star touching space. Bad for business.” – Steve Aylett

“I believe that the Laws of Karma do not apply to show business, where good things happen to bad people on a fairly regular basis.” – Chuck Lorre

“Smartass Disciple: Master, you keep preaching the truth. They don’t listen.Master of Stupidity: Oh that’s not bad. That attitude keeps us in the business.” – Toba Beta

“I’m happy to report that ‘The New Press’ is still in business to this day. But not thanks to me. I was a really bad publishing intern.” – Lev Grossman

“It is a truth universally acknowledged on Wall Street that original research is on life support. Serious research can be bad for business, as well as expensive.” – Alex Berenson

bad luck business quotes

“Chinese people, young people, they don’t go shopping a lot in department stores. All the department store guys hate me. They say business is bad because of Jack.” – Jack Ma

“I think the biggest single thing that causes difficulty in the business world is the short-term view. We become obsessed with it. But it forces bad decisions.” – James Sinegal

“When a management team with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.” – Warren Buffett

“When a management with reputation for brilliance gets hooked up with a business with a reputation for bad economics, it’s the reputation of the business that remains intact.” – Warren Buffett

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Bad Business Decision Quotes

“Is regulation per se bad? Is better regulation bad? I think better regulation is good for the business community, and I think that’s something we should get together on.” – Ed Rendell

“It is bad to be poor. I shall go to the wall for bread and meat, if I neglect my business this year as well as last.” – Abraham Lincoln

“This is a business, the direct selling, that bizarrely works best when times are bad.” – Jim Cramer

“Things that are bad for business are bad for the people who work for business.” – Thomas E. Dewey

“If you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Carol Bartz

“Nothing really mattered that much, not the good things and not the bad ones. We were in the business of mutual amusement, and we were reasonably prosperous.” – John Green

bad manners business quotes

“Everyone agrees that the failure of our high schools is tragic. It’s bad business, and it’s bad policy. But we act as if it can’t be helped. It can be helped. We designed these high schools; we can redesign them.” – Melinda Gates

“In the business world, bad news is usually good news – for somebody else.” – James Surowiecki

“Use law and physics only for necessity; they that use them otherwise abuse themselves unto weak bodies, and light purses; they are good remedies, bad businesses, and worse recreations.” – Francis Quarles

“There is no advantage to getting older. You don’t get smarter, you don’t get wiser, you don’t get more mellow, you don’t get more kindly, nothing good happens. Your back hurts more, you get more indigestion, your eyesight isn’t as good, you need a hearing aid. It’s a bad business getting old and I would advise you not to do it if you can avoid it. It doesn’t have a romantic quality.” – Woody Allen

“Big business’ was a bad phrase in India. To be accused of being big business was the worst accusation you could make. All that has gone now. The whole mindset has changed.” – P. Chidambaram

“I am not ever in the business of making anyone feel bad.” – Nate Berkus

“When I first got into business, I made a lot of bad decisions.” – Daymond John

“There are two basic rules which should never be broken. Be subtle. And don’t, for God’s sake, try to do business with anyone who’s having a bad game.” – William Davis

bad business quotes for entrepreneurs

“There are no bad business and investment opportunities, but there are bad entrepreneurs and investors. To be a successful business owner and investor, you have to be emotionally neutral to winning and losing. Winning and losing are just part of the game. The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream and how you handle disappointment along the way.” – Robert Kiyosaki

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