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Ten Best Accounting Quotes
1.) You have to understand accounting, and you have to understand the nuances of accounting.
2.) Never take your eyes off the cash flow because it’s the lifeblood of business.
Sir Richard Branson
3.) Accountants are dynamic, interesting, highly intelligent, hard-working individuals.
4.) A good accountant is a good poet. He appreciates the true value of things.
5.) You have to know accounting. It’s the language of practical business life.
6.) Unless you are willing to put in the effort to learn accounting – how to read and interpret financial statements – you really shouldn’t select stocks yourself.
7.) Behind every good business is a great accountant.
8.) Accounting, for the most part, remains a legalistic and traditional practice, almost immune to self-criticism by scientific methods.
Kenneth E. Boulding
9.) In the long run, management stressing accounting appearance over economic substance usually achieves little of either.
10.) Never call an accountant a credit to his profession; a good accountant is a debit to his profession.
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11.) Destiny gave me only two things: a few accounting books and the gift of dreaming.
12.) Accounting keeps you going in life as well as in work.
13.) There’s no business like show business, but there are several businesses like accounting.
14.) If there was a tax difference, my accountants paid everything off.
15.) My mom works at an accounting firm; my dad’s a math teacher.
16.) Accounting just increases the transparency of volatility in earnings.
17.) Accounting leads to busy counting.
18.) Cost Accounting is enemy number one of productivity.
Eliyahu M. Goldratt
19.) I sometimes wonder if general audiences truly like art, or do they prefer accounting?
J. Andrew Schrecker
20.) Accounting, accounting, accounting. Know your numbers.
Tilman J. Fertitta
21.) There is no accounting for tastes.
22.) Almost all decisions based on cost accounting are utterly wrong.
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23.) Did you ever hear of a kid playing accountant — even if he wanted to be one?
Jackie Mason, quoted in Time, March 21, 1969
24.) When you make the mistake of adding the date to the right side of the accounting statement, you must add it to the left side as well.
25.) There is no accounting for tastes.
Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho
26.) I actually studied accounting in college. So I’m a CPA.
27.) Did you hear about the accountant who became an embezzler? He ran away with the accounts payable!
28.) People always ask me, ‘Were you funny as a child?’ Well, no, I was an accountant.
29.) I took some classes in accounting, but I don’t know anything about accounting. You know, when my accountant tells me all the things he does, it’s a foreign language to me.
30.) Companies run by engineers don’t make money, but companies run by accountants don’t make anything at all.
31.) The U.S. tax code was written by A students. Every April 15, we have to pay somebody who got an A in accounting to keep ourselves from being sent to jail.
P. J. O’Rourke
32.) Accounting is not complicated, but living with it is!
33.) It’s simply a matter of creative accounting. Let’s assume for a moment that you are a dishonest man… It’s very easy. You simply raise more money than you really need.
Leo Bloom, played by Gene Wilder in The Producers
34.) There is always something for which there is no accounting. Take, for example, the whole world.
35.) Study your accounting. As an entrepreneur, you should not make an excuse not to learn this vital subject. It is, after all, the language of business.
Abdul Malik Omar
36.) Time and money are the basic needs of accounting.
37.) Companies figured out that the easiest way to make money was to reissue records that the accounting department had paid for years ago and already made a profit.
38.) Think of thousands of robots wearing green eyeshades, all checking each other’s accounting.
39.) I was three years into public accounting – great profession great skill set, but I didn’t want to do it forever.
40.) I have to say accounting almost killed me.
41.) You have to understand accounting, and you have to understand the nuances of accounting. It’s the language of business, and it’s an imperfect language, but unless you are willing to put in the effort to learn accounting – how to read and interpret financial statements – you really shouldn’t select stocks yourself.
Inspirational Accounting Quotes
42.) Life is expensive when you do not know accounting.
43.) Accounting is a hot domain, with the number of accounting majors up nationwide.
44.) People are accustomed to thinking of accounting as dry and boring, a necessary evil used primarily to prepare financial reports and survive audits, but that is because accounting is something that has become taken for granted.
45.) It sounds extraordinary, but it’s a fact that balance sheets can make fascinating reading.
46.) Creativity is great, but not in accounting.
47.) A good accountant never makes mistakes.
48.) Don’t ever let your business get ahead of the financial side of your business.
Tilman J. Fertitta
49.) Use your accounting power for good!
50.) Accounting was the course that helped me more than anything.
51.) The word accounting comes from the word accountability. If you are going to be rich, you need to be accountable for your money.
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52.) In the corporate world, sometimes things aren’t exactly black and white when it comes to accounting procedures.
George W. Bush
53.) There is nothing wrong with good accounting, except that it does not necessarily lead to good science.
54.) And he read Principles of Accounting all morning, but just to make it interesting, he put lots of dragons in it.
54.) The Glassco Commission was really not interested in good science. I was interested in good accounting.
55.) When I graduated from college, I tried my hardest to get a job at an accounting firm, and it just wasn’t meant to be.
56.) Electronic Accounting Systems processed my little payrolls like one big payroll. I did the selling, and the people I hired did most of the operations.
57.) The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies and gives a faithful accounting to those whom he owes an obligation of trust.
John F. Kennedy
58.) Balance Sheets are meaningless. Our accounting systems are still based on the assumption that 80% of costs are manual labor.
59.) The older I get, the more interesting I find lawyers and accountants.
60.) Life is like accounting; everything must be balanced.
61.) Only accountants can save the world – through peace, goodwill, and reconciliations.
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62.) The word accounting comes from the word accountability. If you are going to be rich, you need to be accountable for your money.
63.) Accounting rules give financial institutions flexibility about when they choose to recognize venture capital profits.
64.) The accounting of the sacrifice is, more than anything else, the attitude toward war memorials in our time.
Friedrich St. Florian
65.) To multiply the years and divide by the desire to live is a kind of false accounting.
66.) To get qualified accountants, it’s extremely difficult.
67.) Capital isn’t this pile of money sitting somewhere; it’s an accounting construct.
68.) Mathematics is less related to accounting than it is to philosophy.
69.) You can’t be the accountant in your accounting firm.
70.) I can’t make the head of the accounting department work with someone he doesn’t want.
71.) In many respects, this case appears to be eerily similar to the accounting hocus-pocus that occurred at Enron.
72.) Every quarter, we need to see the portfolio and follow the accounting practice of mark-to-market that values investments.
73.) The concept of fair value accounting is correct and useful, but its application during periods of crisis is problematic.
Stephen A. Schwarzman
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74.) Creative accounting is an absolute curse to a civilization.
75.) Proper accounting is like engineering. You need a margin of safety. Thank God we don’t design bridges and airplanes the way we do accounting.
76.) Accounting is a big subject, and there are huge forces in play.
77.) It’s the language of practical business life. It was a very useful thing to deliver to civilization. I’ve heard it came to civilization through Venice, which, of course, was once the great commercial power in the Mediterranean. However, double-entry bookkeeping was a hell of an invention.
78.) Proper accounting is like engineering. You need a margin of safety.
79.) One could argue that double-entry bookkeeping was one of history’s great advances. Using accounting for fraud and folly is a disgrace. In a democracy, it often takes a scandal to trigger reform. Enron was the most obvious example of a business culture gone wrong in a long, long time.
80.) Accounting is a big subject, and there are huge forces in play. The entire momentum of existing thinking and existing custom is in a direction that allows terrible follies to happen, and the terrible follies have terrible consequences.
81.) Creativity is great, but not in accounting.
82.) There are three types of accountants: those that can count and those that can’t.
83.) Accounting — the department where everybody counts.
84.) Accountants are not dull. Stop by, and I’ll tell you why.
85.) Coffee + Math = Accounting.
86.) Accountants make life less taxing.
87.) Accounting: I can explain what I do, but I can’t understand it for you.
88.) It’s accrual world!
89.) CPA: To save time, assume I’m never wrong.
90.) Talk to me after tax season.
91.) If you want an accounting of your worth, count your friends.
92.) Accounting noise: the current mess of confusing financial statements created by a combination of excessive rules and, occasionally, management manipulation.
93.) There’s no accounting for the mysteries of the human heart.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
94.) Aggressive accounting does not mean illegal accounting.
95.) False accounting is not growth; it is growth’s mirror image.
96.) Balanced budget requirements seem more likely to produce accounting ingenuity than genuinely balanced budgets.
97.) Legacy accounting: Will you have been an asset or a liability on the world’s balance sheet?
98.) There’s no accounting for laws. Or the changes wrought by men and time.
99.) Accounting does not make corporate earnings or balance sheets more volatile.
100.) Managers and investors alike must understand that accounting numbers are the beginning, not the end, of business valuation.
101.) Creative accounting refers to the presenting of financial information in such a way that it influences whoever pursues it toward a contrived conclusion and possibly hides some unwelcome facts.
102.) I think the recent scandals have brought a new level of attention to the accounting profession as gatekeepers and custodians of social interest.
103.) I worked in accounting for two and a half years, realized that wasn’t what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, and decided I was just going to give comedy a try.
104.) There are no accounting issues, no trading issues, no reserve issues, and no previously unknown problem issues.
105.) This agency is out here in a sense to try to hold accountable a financial-services industry that ran wild that brought our economy to the edge of collapse.
106.) We have the crudest accounting tools. It’s tragic because our accounts and our national arithmetic don’t tell us the things that we need to know.
107.) Balance Sheets are meaningless. Our accounting systems are still based on the assumption that 80% of costs are manual labor.
108.) My father told me when I went to college that I needed to take an accounting class. I enrolled and went on the first day.
109.) The reason I was never a Certified Public Accountant was that it would require passing a test, which I would not have been able to do.
110.) Republicans and Democrats have used accounting gimmicks and competing government analyses to deceive the public into believing that 2 + 2 = 6.
J. C. Watts
111.) My two best teachers were in accounting and calculus, so I fell in love with that, which made me want to go into business.
112.) I don’t understand why you can’t both agree if you have an accounting problem to have a third party to assess the situation.
113.) The month-end is approaching. Keep calm and carry on accounting.
114.) Happiness is debt = credit.
115.) Only accountants can save the world.
116.) I am no weakling; I deal with accounting.
117.) Know your numbers before getting into the business.
118.) As an accountant, I have my commitments!
119.) Use your accounting power for good.
120.) Accounting is a necessity in this world!
121.) In the world of accounts, everyone and everything counts!
122.) Tough people love accounting.
123.) It looks like accounting’s not accountable.
124.) Surround yourself with assets, not liabilities!
125.) Behind every successful business is a great accountant.
Accounting Quotes FAQ
Here are some frequently asked questions about accounting quotes.
Sir Richard Branson said, “Never take your eyes off the cash flow because it’s the lifeblood of business.”
“A good accountant is a good poet. He appreciates the true value of things,” said Robert Frost.
Never call an accountant a credit to his profession; a good accountant is a debit to his profession,” per Charles Lyell.
If you have additional accounting quotes you’d like to see added, please let us know.
By Mike O’Halloran
Mike is the founder and editor of Greeting Card Poet. He studied accounting and business at the University of St. Thomas.
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