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Thoughts on family and businesses


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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

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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

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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

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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

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—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

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


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