Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career.

The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956
Project management is the furnace in which successful careers are made.

Intellectual Capital (1997)
Your career is literally your business.

Only the Paranoid Survive (1996)
Unlike a straight academic career, you end up fully recognizing that hypotheses matter, that actions matter, and the ideas that you come up with matter.

Speech, Washington D.C. (2000)
The true measure of a career is to be able to be content, even proud, that you succeeded through your own endeavors without leaving a trail of casualties in your wake.
The power of the position is giving way to the power of the person. A formal title and its placement on an organization chart have less to do with career prospects and success... than the skills and ideas a person brings to that work.

When Giants Learn to Dance Mastering the Challenges of Strategy, Management and Careers in the 1990s (1992)
The world's best poker players don't hanker for jobs in casino management.

Liberation Management (1992)
A little integrity is better than any career


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."