Alice Foote MacDougall


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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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  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''It is the small doubts of timid souls that accomplish their ruin. It is the narrow vision, the fear and trembling hesitation, that constitute defeat.''
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 7 (1928).
  • ''To you illness is negligible. You have learned that you can dominate yourself. You know that your body lags, but your soul proceeds upon its triumphant way.''
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 7 (1928). On the lessons learned through struggling to become a success in business.
  • ''One must eliminate the traditional and cling to the essential.''
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 7 (1928). On overcoming poverty and succeeding in business as a woman entrepreneur.
  • ''When one is altering the face of the universe one cannot remember small helpful acts.''
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 3 (1928). On her failure to acknowledge a small, but important, order placed with her in the early years of her wholesale coffee business, when she was struggling to establish herself against great odds.
  • ''Much of the success of life depends upon keeping one's mind open to opportunity and seizing it when it comes.''
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 3 (1928).
  • ''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.
  • ''... 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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