Quotations from U.S. Industry Retail Business Founders and Leaders

Humorous, Inspirational, and Motivational

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The founders of some of the oldest U.S. retail industry companies are also some of the most famous business leaders of some of the largest U.S. based retail chains in the world.   If you could know what Steve Jobs thought about Innovation, what Ray Kroc was thinking as he was building the McDonald's brand, how James Cash Penney wove the Golden Rule into his company's business practices, and what Sam Walton thinks about retailing in general, you would have access to the philosophies that powered the birth and growth of some of the most legendary companies in American business history.


Find the humorous, inspirational, and motivational ideas of some of the most famous U.S. retail business founders and leaders here.  And then click the links to read even more quotable quotes from some of the greatest minds in the ​U.S. retail industry and American business history.

Quotations from Famous U.S. Retail Business Founders and Leaders

  • "Every silver lining has a cloud."
    • - Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • "The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang."
    • - Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • "When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier."
    • - Roy E. Disney, Co-Founder of the Walt Disney Company
  • "Don't find fault, find a remedy."
    • - Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company
  • "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."
    • - Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company
  • "Businesses often forget about the culture, and ultimately, they suffer for it because you can't deliver good service from unhappy employees."
    • - Tony Hsieh, Founder of Zappos.com
  • "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."
    • - Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple
  • "Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get."
    • - Ray Kroc, Founder of McDonald's
  • "You're only as good as the people you hire."
    • - Ray Kroc, Founder of McDonald's
  • "Profits must come through public confidence, and public confidence is given to any merchant in proportion to the service which he gives to the public.”
    • - James Cash Penney, Founder of JCPenney
  • "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."
    • - John D. Rockefeller, Founder of Standard Oil (Exxon)
  • "It was our constant desire to maintain our margin of superiority by means of improvements and new inventions."
    • - Alvah Curtis Roebuck, Co-Founder of Sears Roebuck
  • "If you buy a good watch you will always be satisfied, and at our prices a good watch will influence the sale of another good watch; and that’s our motto: "Make a Watch Sell a Watch."
    • - Richard W. Sears, Co-Founder of Sears Roebuck
  • "High expectations are the key to everything."
    • - Sam Walton, Founder of Wal-Mart
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