Quotes and Sayings about Boss



"In my house I'm the boss, my wife is just the decision maker."
- Woody Allen
(Related: Boss, Wife, Decision)

"The worst mistake a boss can make is not to say 'well done'."
- John Ashcroft
(Related: Boss, Mistake)

"A Boss in Heaven is the best excuse for a boss on earth, therefore If God did exist, he would have to be abolished."
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Related: God, Boss, Earth, Heaven)

"Well, what I tried to do is to just listen to my voice, because my voice is my boss. She decides."
- Cecilia Bartoli
(Related: Boss, Voice)

"My men and I have decided that our boss, the president of the United States, is as tough as woodpecker lips."
- Charles A. Beckwith
(Related: Men, Boss, President, states, United)

"First of all; Frank was the BOSS. We didn't question any of his motives or decisions at the time."
- Jimmy Carl Black
(Related: Time, Boss, Decisions, First, Motives, Question)

"Frank was the BOSS and was not open to anything that was not from his head. There were no arguments about music because if you did, he would show you where the door was. Period."
- Jimmy Carl Black
(Related: Music, Boss, Arguments, Open)

"In Downing Street they called me 'Boss'. Civil servants would always call me 'Prime Minister'."
- Tony Blair
"In the past a leader was a boss. Today's leaders must be partners with their people... they no longer can lead solely based on positional power."
- Ken Blanchard
(Related: Power, Leader, Boss, People, Leaders, Past, Today)

"I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies."
- Larry Bossidy
(Related: People, Day, End, Hiring, Nothing)

"Only great souls know the grandeur there is in charity."
- Jacques Bossuet
(Related: Charity)

"Teacher unions are an interest group that acts in defense of their own interests, which means the union bosses' interests, not the members."
- Peter Brimelow
(Related: Bosses, Defense, Interest)

"I have learned that trying to guess what the boss or the client wants is the most debilitating of all influences in the creation of good advertising."
- Leo Burnett
(Related: Boss, Advertising, Creation, Trying)

"Boss, life is trouble. Only death is not. To be alive is to undo your belt and look for trouble."
- Michael Cacoyannis
(Related: Death, Life, Boss, Trouble)

"It's always better to deliver the news yourself rather than allow your boss to be surprised."
- Mary Cheney
(Related: Boss, News)

"Whether they run a record company or a grocery store, every boss will tell you you're in big trouble if you're borrowing more than you can ever afford to pay back. Delaying the pain for future generations is suicidal. We've got to start getting the deficit down right now, not next year."
- Simon Cowell
(Related: Boss, Borrowing, Company, Future, Generations, Now, Pain, Right, Trouble, Will)

"Make sure you are the boss. I don't think I would encourage executives that work for me to blog. There can be only 1 public vision for an organization."
- Mark Cuban
(Related: Work, Boss, Vision, Public)

"It is reassuring for people to feel they have a boss, someone who knows the answers and has charted the course."
- George Cukor
(Related: Boss, People, Answers)

"New York State is upside down and backwards; high taxes and low performance. The New York State government was at one time a national model. Now, unfortunately, it's a national disgrace. Sometimes, the corruption in Albany could even make Boss Tweed blush."
- Andrew Cuomo
(Related: Government, Time, Boss, Performance, Blush, Corruption, Disgrace, Now, State, Taxes)

"The joy about the recording is that you are your own boss. You don't have a director telling you how to do it."
- Jim Dale
(Related: Boss, Joy)

"I'm not the last of the old bosses. I'm the first of the new leaders."
- Richard J. Daley
(Related: Bosses, First, Leaders, Old)

"My dad came out of the Roosevelt era and the Depression. One person and one party made a difference in his life. That's what everybody forgot when they called my father and other people political bosses."
- Richard M. Daley
(Related: Dad, Life, Father, People, Bosses, Depression, Difference, Party)

"It is hard, though, 'cos record labels love to boss you around. I won't let them do that anymore."
- Evan Dando
(Related: Love, Boss)

"A group or an artist shouldn't get his money until his boss gets his."
- Bobby Darin
(Related: Money, Boss, Artist)

"OK, boss, I don't mind shuffling, but I won't scratch my head."
- Ruby Dee
(Related: Boss, Mind)

"I have this huge lion tattoo embossed on my arm. I was a little worried as to how we would cover it up. But my makeup man covered the tattoo with makeup. It took close to two hours."
- Sanjay Dutt
(Related: Makeup, Man)

"I didn't view myself as attacking the boss. I viewed my boss at ESPN as the publisher and president of ESPN."
- Gregg Easterbrook
(Related: Boss, President)

"We were a fast-growing company, and I was a demanding boss."
- Bernie Ebbers
(Related: Boss, Company)

"The unfortunate thing about working for yourself is that you have the worst boss in the world. I work every day of the year except at Christmas, when I work a half day."
- David Eddings
(Related: Work, Boss, Christmas, Day, World)

"Bosses are no more inevitable in state and local governments than dictators are in national governments. They will arise and prosper, nevertheless, if true believers of democracy - citizens devoted to the democratic ideals - do not constantly oppose them."
- Charles Edison
(Related: Bosses, Democracy, Dictators, Ideals, State, Will)

"Never boss people around. It's more important to click with people than to click the shutter."
- Alfred Eisenstaedt
(Related: Boss, People)

"He isn't a real boss until he has trained subordinates to shoulder most of his responsibilities."
- William Feather
(Related: Boss)

"A Harvard Medical School study has determined that rectal thermometers are still the best way to tell a baby's temperature. Plus, it really teaches the baby who's boss."
- Tina Fey
(Related: Medical, Boss, Baby, School, Study)

"The bosses of our mass media, press, radio, film and television, succeed in their aim of taking our minds off disaster. Thus, the distraction they offer demands the antidote of maximum concentration on disaster."
- Ernst Fischer
(Related: Bosses, Disaster, Film, Media, Press, Succeed, Television)

"I've never wanted to be the boss."
- Harrison Ford
(Related: Boss)

"By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day."
- Robert Frost
(Related: Work, Boss, Day, May)

"Being the boss anywhere is lonely. Being a female boss in a world of mostly men is especially so."
- Robert Frost
(Related: Men, Boss, Being, Lonely, World)

"If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure."
- Bill Gates
(Related: Boss)

"As an individual, not as the boss of a company, I am very interested in motor racing."
- Carlos Ghosn
(Related: Boss, Company, Racing)

"We started out as boss and player, and Wellington was almost like my father."
- Frank Gifford
(Related: Boss, Father)

"I had three stages of knowing Wellington Mara. He was my boss for a long time and he was a father figure. And finally, as we got older, he was my friend."
- Frank Gifford
(Related: Time, Boss, Father, Friend)

"If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn't have a job if he was any smarter."
- John Gotti
(Related: Boss, Job)

"And I particularly like the whole thing of being boss. Boss and employee... It's the slave quality that I find very alluring."
- Hugh Grant
(Related: Quality, Boss, Being)

"Even the frankest and bravest of subordinates do not talk with their boss the same way they talk with colleagues."
- Robert Greenleaf
(Related: Boss, Talk)

"To me, success was not having to have a boss and not having a day job. I've been living my own version of success since the early '90s when I first got signed. I haven't had a job since then."
- Juliana Hatfield
(Related: Success, Boss, Day, First, Job, Living)

"The only time some people work like a horse is when the boss rides them."
- Gabriel Heatter
(Related: Time, Work, Boss, People)

"More power than all the success slogans ever penned by human hand is the realization for every man that he has but one boss. That boss is the man - he - himself."
- Gabriel Heatter
(Related: Power, Success, Boss, Man)

"Well, it really describes what it feels like to be a normal person whose boss and friend suddenly runs for the president, and then becomes the president."
- Karen Hughes
(Related: Boss, Friend, President)

"The President has only 190 million bosses. The Vice President has 190 million and one."
- Hubert H. Humphrey
(Related: Bosses, President, Vice)

"The speed of the boss is the speed of the team."
- Lee Iacocca
(Related: Boss)

"I've always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team."
- Lee Iacocca
(Related: Boss)

"We were having a trial game against Leeds, and Jack Charlton was the boss of Middlesbrough at the time."
- Craig Johnston
(Related: Time, Boss)

"I preferred sewing to bossing little children."
- Mother Jones
(Related: Children)

"No, you're not allowed to be bossy when you're married. You have to learn compromise, and compassion and patience."
- Star Jones
(Related: Compassion, Compromise, Patience)

"I mean, on the television, I've got to continue to be Star Jones Reynolds. And I enjoy that. But in my real life, I'm a wife now. You can't really be bossy when you're married."
- Star Jones
(Related: Life, Wife, Now, Television)

"Companies used to be able to function with autocratic bosses. We don't live in that world anymore."
- Rosabeth Moss Kanter
(Related: Bosses, World)

"That's my main flaw: I always think authority figures or my boss is going to think something I do is funny. And usually they don't."
- Jimmy Kimmel
(Related: Funny, Boss, Authority)

"People like me who were engaging in brinkmanship with the party economic bosses and the open dissidents who were being arrested were pursuing a common goal in different ways."
- Vaclav Klaus
(Related: People, Goal, Being, Bosses, Open, Party)

"The one important thing you do as boss is you set the standard. The minute you go in and say 'we'll let it go this time,' you set a new standard, which is lower. So you cannot do that."
- Bill Kurtis
(Related: Time, Boss)

"It is funny because the guy who is my boss now, Howard Stern, has a similarity there. He got big being a regular guy. He wasn't the greatest looking guy in the world."
- Artie Lange
(Related: Funny, Boss, Being, Now, World)

"Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties."
- Doug Larson
(Related: Boss, Will)

"Second, if you're the boss, just because they don't ask doesn't mean your employees don't have needs."
- James Levine
(Related: Boss, Employees, Needs)

"Both Neil and I had done solo projects where we were the boss and I just thought that if he was willing to get into it, it would really be a good experience for him."
- Alex Lifeson
(Related: Experience, Boss, Thought, Projects)

"I loved my role on Who's the Boss? There is always some of me in every character that I play."
- Judith Light
(Related: Boss, Character, Play)

"To make a long story short, there's nothing like having a boss walk in."
- Doris Lilly
(Related: Boss, Nothing)

"My boss told me to get my butt in gear. I told him I was shiftless."
- Jay London
(Related: Boss)

"Keeping a feminine approach is vital - men hate bossy females."
- Ida Lupino
(Related: Men, Hate)

"While it was occasionally done here or there, nobody else had a figurehead like Walt doing it. Jack Warner wasn't on TV. Walt was the boss, but he had a real public profile and he used it to his advantage. And he became a household face."
- Leonard Maltin
(Related: Boss, Public)

"That D.C. grand jury investigation of Abramoff can't go on forever. Eventually the lawyers at the Public Integrity Section will go to their bosses with some decisions about just who they want to indict. That's when Al Gonzales will have to show his cards."
- Joshua Micah Marshall
(Related: Bosses, Cards, Decisions, Integrity, Investigation, Jury, Lawyers, Public, Want, Will)

"No man goes before his time - unless the boss leaves early."
- Groucho Marx
(Related: Time, Boss, Man)

"If I can bring joy into the world, if I can get people to stop thinking about their pain for a moment, or the fact the tomorrow morning they're going to get up and tell their boss off... then I'll be successful."
- Bobby McFerrin
(Related: Boss, People, Successful, Fact, Joy, Pain, Thinking, Tomorrow, World)

"I am an animator. I feel like I'm the manager of a animation cinema factory. I am not an executive. I'm rather like a foreman, like the boss of a team of craftsmen. That is the spirit of how I work."
- Hayao Miyazaki
(Related: Work, Manager, Boss, Animation, Cinema, Spirit)

"The person who knows HOW will always have a job. The person who knows WHY will always be his boss."
- Alanis Morissette
(Related: Boss, Job, Will)

"Show me a man who is a good loser and I'll show you a man who is playing golf with his boss."
- James Patrick Murray
(Related: Boss, Golf, Man)

"If we accept the rule of those who think they are the bosses and lords of Mexico, nothing will change for the people on the bottom."
- Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
(Related: Change, People, Bosses, Nothing, Will)

"The last 16 years of my daddy's life, he got to work for me, and that made him his own boss and he like that."
- Buck Owens
(Related: Work, Life, Boss, Years)

"Women is fine once you got em pinned down, boss, but when they ain't pinned down they're hell."
- John Dos Passos
(Related: Women, Boss, Hell)

"We don't want a busybody government - a boss - that butts into our lives every chance it gets to tell us how to work, how to play, where to live and on and on."
- Sonny Perdue
(Related: Government, Work, Boss, Chance, Play, Want)

"The first step to stringing the boss up from a lamppost is saying the boss is a moron."
- Ted Rall
(Related: Boss, First, Saying)

"At this point, American workers are pretty respectful of the bosses they loathe."
- Ted Rall
(Related: American, Bosses, Pretty, Workers)

"Managers don't have as much leverage as they used to have. We can't really be the boss."
- Frank Robinson
(Related: Boss, Managers)

"I wanted to express myself. I wanted to be creative and I didn't want to worry about someone bossing me around in the process. You have to struggle no matter where you are to get to where you're going, so I'm like, working it honey!"
- Michelle Rodriguez
(Related: Struggle, Want, Worry)

"Dick Wolf was my first boss after coming out of Sarah Lawrence."
- Elisabeth Rohm
(Related: Boss, First)

"I don't mind The Boss. I think he's an honest guy. I have some of his records, not all of them. I've met a couple of the E-Street guys, and they seem really cool."
- Henry Rollins
(Related: Boss, Mind)

"People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives."
- Theodore Roosevelt
(Related: Leader, Boss, People, Difference)

"With power comes the abuse of power. And where there are bosses, there are crazy bosses. It's nothing new."
- Judd Rose
(Related: Power, Abuse, Bosses, Nothing)

"I don't see myself as the boss. I sing and write the songs, and it would feel strange if somebody else wrote the lyrics I sang."
- Gavin Rossdale
(Related: Boss, Songs)

"Don't blame the boss. He has enough problems."
- Donald Rumsfeld
(Related: Boss, Blame, Problems)

"Too many people in government seem to think they are above regular folks, and I said I would expect humility in the way each member of my team served- that they would recognize that the taxpayer is boss."
- Mark Sanford
(Related: Government, Boss, People, Humility)

"Obviously, if the commander makes certain decisions that the reporter thinks is inhibiting his right to report a legitimate story, he has to appeal to the commander's boss to get that changed."
- Bob Schieffer
(Related: Boss, Decisions, Right)

"Of course, we knew that this meant an attack on the union. The bosses intended gradually to get rid of us, employing in our place child labor and raw immigrant girls who would work for next to nothing."
- Rose Schneiderman
(Related: Work, Bosses, Girls, Labor, Nothing)

"After I had been working as a cap maker for three years it began to dawn on me that we girls needed an organization. The men had organized already, and had gained some advantages, but the bosses had lost nothing, as they took it out on us."
- Rose Schneiderman
(Related: Men, Bosses, Dawn, Girls, Nothing, Years)

"I come from a really big family, my father was a businessman and what he always instilled in us was to be your own boss. My father built up his business, and he was by no means a rich man, but he figured out how to work four-and-a-half days a week."
- Tony Shalhoub
(Related: Work, Business, Family, Boss, Father, Man)

"No man bosses me around, and no man ever will."
- Cybill Sheperd
(Related: Bosses, Man, Will)

"I mean, I didn't - I should have demanded attention of the boss maybe, or something like that that might have backfired. This I would just take as it came."
- James Stockdale
(Related: Boss, Attention)

"I want to have a bunch of kids so I can boss them around."
- Jeremy Sumpter
(Related: Boss, Kids, Want)

"Debate is almost non-existent and no one is apparently accountable to anybody apart from their political party bosses. It is bad news for democracy in this country."
- Helen Suzman
(Related: Bosses, Country, Debate, Democracy, News, Party)

"So I still seized the power, but I felt that if I officially made myself the boss, in black and white, it would be too intimidating for the other producers and the other men who worked on the show. In other words, I had the power, but I gave them the title."
- Marlo Thomas
(Related: Men, Power, Boss, Words)

"A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader."
- Harry S. Truman
(Related: Leader, Boss, Party, Republican)

"The first thing the secretary types is the boss."
- Donald Trump
(Related: Boss, First)

"I don't care who does the electing, so long as I get to do the nominating."
- Boss Tweed
(Related: Care)

"I don't care a straw for your newspaper articles, my constituents don't know how to read, but they can't help seeing them damned pictures."
- Boss Tweed
(Related: Care, Help)

"The way to have power is to take it."
- Boss Tweed
(Related: Power)

"You can almost judge how screwed up somebody is by the kind of toilet paper they use. Go in any rich house and it's some weird coloured embossed stuff."
- Don Van Vliet
"There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else."
- Sam Walton
(Related: Money, Boss, Company, Customer, Fire)

"We have seen a central government promote the power of labor-union bosses, and in turn be supported by that power, until it has become entirely too much a government of and for one class, which is exactly what our Founding Fathers wanted most to prevent."
- Robert Welch
(Related: Government, Power, Bosses, Class, Fathers, Founding, Labor)

"I loved it, but social reality impeded. Now I wander in here at 9 in the morning or so, and come back for a while in the afternoon. I am a very lenient boss."
- Donald E. Westlake
(Related: Boss, Now, Reality)

"Even though worker capacity and motivation are destroyed when leaders choose power over productivity, it appears that bosses would rather be in control than have the organization work well."
- Margaret J. Wheatley
(Related: Power, Work, Motivation, Control, Bosses, Leaders, Productivity)

"I would be a billionaire if I was looking to be a selfish boss. That's not me."
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Related: Boss)

"The most challenging part of being a boss is that nobody will tell you if your work is suffering."
- Bill Williams
(Related: Work, Boss, Being, Suffering, Will)

"A good boss makes his men realize they have more ability than they think they have so that they consistently do better work than they thought they could."
- Charles Erwin Wilson
(Related: Men, Work, Boss, Thought, Ability)

"Nothing is as embarrassing as watching your boss do something you assured him couldn't be done."
- Earl Wilson
(Related: Boss, Nothing)

"The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy."
- Woodrow Wilson
(Related: Government, People, Bosses, Democracy)

"Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse. Murphy's First Corollary If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat tire."
- George Edward Woodberry
(Related: Work, Boss, First, Will)

"The type of contract between players and producers is, I feel, antiquated in form and abstract in concept. We have no privacies which producers cannot invade, they trade us like cattle, boss us like children."
- Teresa Wright
(Related: Boss, Children, Trade)