Anita Roddick

23 Oct 1942 // 10 Sep 2007


If I had to name a driving force in my life, I'd name passion every time.
By creating conversation, we let our customers spread our message by word of mouth.
The kind of brain-dead, gum chewing assistant you find in so many shops drives me wild. I want everyone who works for me to feel the same excitement that I feel.
Three components make an entrepreneur: the person, the idea and the resources to make it happen.
If companies are in business solely to make money, you can't fully trust whatever else they do or say... The whole sense of fun is lost, the whole sense of play, of derring-do.
I think that business practices would improve immeasurably if they were guided by 'feminine' principles � qualities like love and care and intuition.
Tap the energy of the anarchist and he will be the one to push your company ahead.
Today's corporations have global responsibilities because their decisions affect world problems concerning economics, poverty, security and the environment.
To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.


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."