Film Quotes

“There’s just something about the American Spirit. Whatever you’re the most skilled at; you can come to America and have a chance to be successful. It doesn’t matter what my background is, if he can do it, I can do it. If she can do it, I can do it.”

“When all of a sudden people know who you are (famous) they assume you’re an overnight success. There is no such thing as an overnight success. It took me 18 years to become an overnight success.”

-Richard C. Davis, founder and president of Trademark Properties.

“I don’t think there’s a truly successful businessman out there who sleeps very well at night. I think that they wake up in the middle of the night, thinking about what happened yesterday, what’s gonna happen tomorrow, what am I gonna do about it. So it takes a lot of work.”

“I firmly believe it’s the responsibility of the people to take care of the people. They always have and unfortunately now, I see them, it’s the government who now feels it’s their responsibility to take care of the people.”

“There are a lot of people that have the American Dream, but there’s a big movement in this country to kill it.”

-Salvador Ferrara, CEO Ferrara Candy Co.

“Chicago was the candy capital in the United States. There was more candy produced in Chicago than any other city in the United States. But some had to move out of the United States in order to just stay in business… Our grandfathers are probably turning over in their graves because they came over here with nothing. We in the 3rd generation, found that if we didn’t do something drastic we would be sitting here one day and saying, you know, we used to have a pretty good business what ever happened to it?”

-James Buffardi, CFO Ferrara Candy Co.

“I know that you don’t risk more than you’re willing to lose and when you have nothing, you have nothing to lose.”

“This country was formed by the outcasts, people that wanted to be different, people that saw things differently…”

-Jonah White, CEO Billy Bob Inc.

“Every time I’ve made a move people have said I’m crazy.”

“This environment, you could look at it two ways: you could look at it as a challenge to not be able to get things done or you could use it as an opportunity for innovation and invention.”

“The biggest mistake is to freeze and do nothing.”

-Mindy Grossman, Chief Executive Officer of HSN, Inc.

“People are lazy. They don’t want to do the work and that is such bullshit.”

“Branding is the best of the best. It’s the reason you’re gonna choose Tampax over the generic brand at the airport or Kleenex… Branding is everything.”

“All it takes is that one person to change your life forever, just one person… and we all owe it to pay it forward.”

-Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey, Telepictures Productions’ Senior Executive Producer.

“The day the idea to create Hungry Girl really sort of gelled in my brain, I knew that I would not stop until it succeeded.”

“If you build it, they will not come.”

-Lisa Lillien, 5-time best-selling author and creator of the Hungry Girl brand.

“I would say this is one of the worst periods for business I have ever scene.”

“Bankruptcy is the worst thing that can happen to a corporation.”

“I am never going to stop, until the bury me.”

-Joseph Kurcz, Williams-Hayward Paint Chairman of The Board.

“Um, a lot of people that we do business with, who are truly successful, I think one of the key factors is they’re never content…you can ask anybody who’s really an entrepreneur, they’re never, you’re never satisfied.”

-John Stevens, CEO ZOO Productions.

“To be rich or be poor. Rich is better. Shitty office? Nice office? Nice Office!”

“I think, yes, we’ve been poisoned many, many times and we do come back stronger. But you still don’t see it coming again…you’re like, ‘what? How did we just get duped again?”

-Barry Poznick, CEO ZOO Productions.

“Most entrepreneurs still have to depend on other people in some capacity, but you must be reactionary as much as you must be proactive.”

-Jon Albert, Founder of the Jack and Jill foundation for late stage cancer.

“When you’re the small guy, you really have to have strong will and nerves.”

-Bob Nelson, Manufacturing consultant and 40-year veteran of the handbag industry.

“Just because you are afraid of something doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. Sometimes when you are afraid, it means you should do it even more.”

-Sylvia Perez, ABC Chicago.