Mary Kay Ash

United States
12 May 1918 // 22 Nov 2001


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If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.

New York Times (1985)
Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.
There are two things people want more than sex and money � recognition and praise.
I don't think a manager can work with a person day in and day out and not develop some sort of personal relationship.

On People Management (1984)
A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.

On People Management (1984)
For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.

On People Management (1984)
Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.
The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.

Mary Kay (1981)
A good goal is like a strenuous exercise � it makes you stretch.

On People Management (1984)
Sometimes listening itself may not be enough - some people must be prodded if you are to find out what they're thinking.

On People Management (1984)
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."