Quotations From ALICE FOOTE MACDOUGALL


 

  • In business you get what you want by giving other people what they want.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 7 (1928). MacDougall was a successful coffee house proprietor and coffee, tea, and cocoa merchant.

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  • In business everyone is out to grab, to fight, to win. Either you are the under or the over dog. It is up to you to be on top.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 3 (1928). MacDougall was a flourishing beverage merchant and the proprietor of five successful New York City coffee houses.

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  • I can imagine living without food. I cannot imagine living without books.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 2 (1928). Recalling her childhood self-education in her grandfather's library, where she read works by Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Louisa May Alcott, Shakespeare, Smollett, Shelley, Spenser, Browning, Emerson, and George Eliot, among other writers.

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  • Poverty is relative, and the lack of food and of the necessities of life is not necessarily a hardship. Spiritual and social ostracism, the invasion of your privacy, are what constitute the pain of poverty.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 7 (1928). Before making a great success in the restaurant and wholesale beverage businesses, MacDougall and her three children had been thrust into deep poverty by her husband's financial failure. Raised in wealth and high social standing, she had been forced to ask relatives for help and was humiliated by their presumptuous inquiries about her life style and expenditures.

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  • Really to succeed, we must give; of our souls to the soulless, of our love to the lonely, of our intelligence to the dull. Business is quite as much a process of giving as it is of getting.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 6 (1928).

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  • I simply don't believe in failure. In itself, it doesn't exist. We create it. We make ourselves fail.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 4 (1928). MacDougall was a successful coffee house proprietor and coffee, tea, and cocoa merchant.

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  • Work ... becomes at once a delight and a tyrant. For even when the time comes and you can relax, you hardly know how.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 7 (1928). On becoming a self-made, successful, business entrepreneur.

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  • Success is an absurd, erratic thing. She arrives when one least expects her and after she has come may depart again almost because of a whim.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 3 (1928). MacDougall was a self-made, and very successful, wholesale merchant and restaurateur.

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  • ... there was already too much ignorance in government. I could see no good in increasing the illiterate, uneducated vote.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 3 (1928). The successful, self-made, New York City business entrepreneur was explaining her opposition to woman suffrage. It is not clear why she considered women to be preponderantly "illiterate" and "uneducated."
  • ... the precipitate of sorrow is happiness, the precipitate of struggle is success. Life means opportunity, and the thing men call death is the last wonderful, beautiful adventure.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 7 (1928). On having overcome poverty, loneliness, and inexperience to succeed in business.

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