Thoughts on family and businesses

Published: Feb 18, 2018

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
—George Bernard Shaw

It is halfway true that if you are involved in a family coffee house, you don’t have a life.
— Robin McKinley

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
—Leo Tolstoy

I believe that the tradition that follows a family through eight generations is extremely powerful, quite tangible and very relevant. The secret is to not let your tradition unreasonably burden you.
—John Lyman III

A lot of family members worked in the joint commodities family business. It was a classic case of capitalism at work and socialism at home.
—Uday Kotak

Never put business before family.
—Walt Disney

When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching—they are your family.
—Jim Butcher

I don’t like the word ‘dynasty’, but that’s what it is. It’s not just a business. There’s a lot going on in the background.
—Jake Dyson

g_103593_oscar_wilde_280x210.jpgAfter a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.
—Oscar Wilde

It’s hard to have a hereditary system that produces the competencies required to meet the demands of the public and the organisation.
—J Mark Baiada

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
—George Burns

George: Culture Club / Getty Images; Kotak: Vikas Khot; Leo: Everett Historica / Shuttersock; Jim: Courtesy: Gage Skidmore; George: Vicki L. Miller / Shutterstock; Oscar: Everett Historica / Shutterstock

(This story appears in the 02 March, 2018 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from To visit our Archives, click here.)

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