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Salesman Quotes


"Fear is the greatest salesman." - Robert Klein

"A salesman sees a commission." - James Cook

"The good lawyer is the great salesman." - Janet Reno

"It's not how I view being a salesman. It's how I live being a salesman." - Chris Murray

"Death Of A Salesman is a great acting job." - Ken Stott

"Nobody remembers who was the richest toga salesman in Rome." - Les Wexner

"I'm not a drug salesman. I'm a writer." - Kurt Vonnegut

"They've changed the salesman but they haven't changed the product." - Tony Abbott

"I am a travelling salesman. I deal in ideas." - Martin Kippenberger

"I think basically an actor is a salesman." - Paul Lynde

"'Death Of A Salesman' is a great acting job." - Ken Stott

"I had a father who was a traveling salesman." - Philip Seymour Hoffman

"Think like an artist. Dress like an insurance salesman." - Tibor Kalman

"I'm not a drug salesman. I'm a writer." "What makes you think a writer isn't a drug salesman?" - Kurt Vonnegut

"Because you're such a good salesman, and if you go work for a company, they're going to use you as a salesman. If you're going to be a salesman, you might as well be selling something worthwhile, like education" - Randy Pausch

"Because you're such a good salesman, and if you go work for a company, they"re going to use you as a salesman. If you're going to be a salesman, you might as well be selling something worthwhile, like education" - Randy Pausch

"I had an acting teacher tell me once that if you're playing a car salesman, you don't want to be an OK car salesman, you want to play the best car salesman." - Aaron Tveit

"A literary agent is nothing but a cheap salesman (or woman); while a writer is a cheap salesman (or woman) who also has to actually write the books." - John Hodgman

"A bad salesman will automatically drop his price. Bad salesmen make me sick." - Danny Devito

"Deep within the heart of every evangelist lies the wreck of a car salesman." - H L Mencken

"Paul Ryan looks like the car rental salesman who bullies you into getting full coverage." - Damien Fahey

"Advertising is our printed salesman. It may not be pretty, but it has to be true." - William Wrigley, Jr.

"Don King is the best snake oil salesman I ever met. The absolute best." - Mickey Duff

"Successful salesman: someone who has found a cure for the common cold shoulder." - Robert Orben

"To get a traveling salesman drunk is the height of impossibility." - Honore De Balzac

"The amateur salesman sells products; the professional sells solutions to needs and problems." - Stephen Covey

"Do you know my dream? I really want to become an aluminum-siding salesman." - Johnny Carson

"I am the world's worst salesman, therefore, I must make it easy for people to buy." - F. W. Woolworth

"Thirty-five years ago, being a cook was the same as being a used-car salesman." - Wolfgang Puck

"If you take a salesman, who sells a useless commodity, he feels like a fraud." - Erich Fromm

"My father had always been a traveling salesman - New England, the South, whatever." - Nat Hentoff

"We are all salesman regardless of our calling. But not all of us are Master Salesmen." - Napoleon Hill

"A salesman is got to dream, boy. It comes with the territory." - Arthur Miller

"When I became proficient as a salesman I was invited to teach new hires." - Zig Ziglar

"Nobody is gonna love you like you. You're gonna be your best salesman." - Ti

"I'm my own salesman. I can't let anybody do anything for me." - Fred Durst

"No salesman can ever guarantee you a grant from any government or non-profit organization." - Matthew Lesko

"I am the world's worst salesman, therefore, I must make it easy for people to buy." - Frank Winfield Woolworth

"I probably was as bad as a security guard as I was as a tie salesman." - David Hyde Pierce

"We have a product for sale called news, and I'm a salesman." - Shepard Smith

"Times change. The farmer's daughter now tells jokes about the traveling salesman." - Carey Williams

"I don't like losing a ballgame any more than a salesman likes losing a sale." - Early Wynn

"Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman - not the attitude of the prospect." - W Clement Stone

"A successful swindler has to be a great salesman even more than a great actor." - David Suchet

"I love the Elvis movies. I used to watch them. In every single one of his movies he wasn't acting as a car salesman - he was acting as a car salesman who loved to play guitar." - Larry Mullen, Jr.

"I was 20 years old. I had moved to Los Angeles from Columbus, Ohio. I was working as a piano salesman - a terrible piano salesman. I couldn't sell them. I could demonstrate them, but people wouldn't buy them from me." - Michael Feinstein

"I'm a snake oil salesman as much as anyone else, but I try to keep something for myself." - Freedy Johnston

"Heinrich Heine so loosened the corsets of the German language that today every little salesman can fondle her breasts." - Karl Kraus

"I can sell anything that I totally believe in but I'm a horrible salesman of something I don't believe in" - Nick Woodman

"What are truck rental companes and fertilizer salesman goign to do in response to the OK city bombing?" - Michael Z. Williamson

"Death of a Salesman' is a brilliant taxonomy of the spiritual atrophy of mid-twentieth-century white America." - John Lahr

"If a vacuum cleaner salesman rings your front door, he will be selling HIMSELF first. The vacuum cleaner is secondary." - Gene Simmons

"Anybody who comes to you and says he has a perfect language is either naive or a salesman." - Bjarne Stroustrup

"I can sell anything that I totally believe in but I'm a horrible salesman of something I do' believe in" - Nick Woodman

"A master salesman is one who takes the offensive and never the defensive sale of an argument, if argument arises." - Napoleon Hill

"Montefusco bare-hands it and throws him out. That grounder will make you a traveling salesman in a hurry!" - Jerry Coleman

"There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?" - Woody Allen

"'Death of a Salesman' is a brilliant taxonomy of the spiritual atrophy of mid-twentieth-century white America." - John Lahr

"I always liked Mitt Romney. He looks like the salesman who follows you around at Brooks Brothers." - David Letterman

"My father is a retired army captain and banking software salesman, and my mother is an English teacher." - Jim Parrack

"In business, you're the Chief Salesman. Create a sense of demand, rather than waiting to have demand." - Barbara Corcoran

"Every actor is somewhat mad, or else he'd be a plumber or a bookkeeper or a salesman." - Bela Lugosi

"I lost my job as an art salesman. It was the customer's fault. He wanted to buy the wrong paintings." - Vincent Van Gogh

"Actually, when I first started dabbling in photography, I was still working for my parents as a salesman." - Herb Ritts

"The best of merchandise will go back to the shelf unless handled by a conscientious, tactful salesman." - James Cash Penney

"I really enjoy theater. I just went to see 'Death of a Salesman,' and it knocked me on my ass." - Jason Reitman

"I can sell anything that I totally believe in, but I'm a horrible salesman of something I don't believe in." - Nick Woodman

"My dad being a salesman taught me you can sell anybody anything if you've got the ability to believe." - Marilyn Manson

"I'm in the theater because of two plays: 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'Death of a Salesman.'" - Mike Nichols

"A lot of the stuff that's happening now, I can trace back to 'Death of a Salesman.' Francine Maisler, the casting director, saw 'Death of a Salesman' and called me in for 'Unbroken.' The casting director of 'Normal Heart' had seen 'Salesman' too. I look back on it now, and it's like one thing led to another; it was a chain reaction." - Finn Wittrock

"I am rather like a travelling salesman. I deal in ideas. I do much more for people than just paint them pictures." - Martin Kippenberger

"What about the poor salesman who is calling into the office from the corner saloon instead of the home sickbed he claims he is in?" - Malcolm Forbes

"I harbor a secret urge to whack a salesman in the face, crack his teeth and put red bumps around his eyes." - Hunter S Thompson

"The one key line used by a very rich Hudson salesman: Would you like to buy a car now, without waiting?" - Joe Girard

"He looked from the phone to the unconscious figure of the Salesman. "What did you do to him?" he asked. "He got the wrong number," Alex said." - Anthony Horowitz

"I assisted with Russ [Manning] for about eleven months and my day job for 5 days a week was credit manager and paint salesman for Sherwin-Williams." - Mike Royer

"Let the mind come as it wants; just you don't go with it. The greatest salesman in the world cannot sell you if you don't buy." - Mooji

"When you have a pipe salesman with a business called Macabee Pipes, I'd say you've got your tongue planted firmly in your cheek." - Edward Norton

"Librarian like Stewardess, Certified Public Accountant, Used Car Salesman is one of those occupations that people assume attract a certain deformed personality." - Elizabeth McCracken

"No self-respecting pitcher throws the same way to every batter and no self-respecting salesman makes the same pitch to every client." - Ray Kroc

"Born in Jerusalem, Wadie Said went from being a dragoman to a salesman in the United States and thence to a hugely successful businessman in Egypt." - Penelope Lively

"As more Americans meet Mitt Romney, I think they'll see beyond the handsome exterior and see not just a good salesman, but a thoughtful (and, yes, conservative) leader." - Kathryn Jean Lopez

"The product itself should be it's own best salesman. Not the product alone, but the product plus a mental impression, and atmosphere, which you place around it" - Claude C Hopkins

"Many of us think of salespeople as people travelling around with sample kits. Instead, we are all salesman, every day of our lives." - Charles M Schwab

"Happiness is being stuck in an elevator and discovering the ravishing blonde with you is a liquor salesman with a case of samples." - Johnny Carson

"Vincent Van Gogh, who said to the hat salesman, I like it, but it keeps sliding over my ear. Never got a dinner!" - Red Buttons

"The worst fault a salesman can commit is to be a bore...... Pretend to be vastly interested in any subject the prospects shows an interest in." - David Ogilvy

"Jobs' incredible skill was as a storyteller, a salesman. He could captivate our imaginations and reel us in. He was more P.T. Barnum than Thomas Edison." - Alex Gibney

"[My father] was very impressed when he saw "Death of a Salesman," I must say. He recognized himself to some extent." - Nat Hentoff

"After I've done the salesman bit, I like to be quiet and retreat, because that's whereI write from. I'm a sort of quiet little person." - Kate Bush

"After all, there are worse things in life than death. If you've ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman, you know what I'm talking about." - Woody Allen

"I'm a terrible salesman, he finally said. I always tell the truth about what I'm selling, and then nobody buys it." - Orson Scott Card

"The only thing you got in this world is what you can sell. And the funny thing is that you're a salesman, and you don't know that." - Arthur Miller

"The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most." - Confucius

"When you're dealing with machines or anything that you build, it either works or it doesn't, no matter how good of a salesman you are." - Marc Andreessen

"At one point my dad called me and said, 'You have always been a great salesman. I think it's time you come home and sell swimming pools.'" - Courteney Cox

"A telemarketer has as much right to force people to listen to a sales pitch as a door-to-door salesman has to force himself into a home." - Julie Ann Dawson

"Roger King is, without a doubt, the greatest salesman in the history of anything. And I don't ever limit him just to television. He could sell you anything." - Merv Griffin

"The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it." - Oscar Wilde

"When you're dealing with machines or anything that you build, it either works or it doesn't, no matter how good of a salesman you are." - Marc Andreessen

"I have a definite talent for convincing people to try something new. I am a good salesman. When I'm on form, I can sell anything." - Brian Eno

"I come from a wonderful family. My mother was a pianist and my father was a salesman. They were very middle-class, very middle-Western." - Charles Kimbrough

"Unless you're a salesman, or a bad guest on a talk show, you don't call someone by his name that often." - Patricia Marx

"From being a waiter, to a door-to-door salesman, to a car-washer, to a delivery boy - I have done it all." - Randeep Hooda

"My father was an atheist, absent. He was a salesman; I was four years old when he told me that the end of life was death." - Alejandro Jodorowsky

"I think people know Steve Jobs the showman. I think people know the guy who stood up and gave the keynotes. The magician. The salesman." - Ashton Kutcher

"I would have never imagined that I'd become a shoe salesman so that I could give away shoes. I mean that idea is ludicrous." - Blake Mycoskie

"Miller didn't write Death of a Salesman. He released it. It was there inside him, waiting to be turned loose. That's the measure of its merit." - Elia Kazan

"Willie was a salesman. And for a salesman, there is no rock bottom to life?. He's a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back - that's an earthquake." - Arthur Miller

"Buy my soda! said the Moose Diarrhea Salesman. And we did. We all did. But when we got it home and opened up the package, it was not what they said it was. And rather than chucking it all and searching for something better, we're content with looking for another Moose Diarrhea Salesman." - Jello Biafra

"The worst fault a salesman can commit is to be a bore. Foster any attempt to talk about other things; the longer you stay the better you get to know the prospect, and the more you will be trusted." - David Ogilvy

"I've always had a bawdy sense of humor. My father was a traveling salesman and he would bring jokes home. He would say, "Honey, you can take this one to school, but you can't take that one to school."" - Betty White

"When getting help with money, whether it is insurance, real estate or investments you should always look for a person with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman." - Dave Ramsey

"Two U.S. Marine skeletons guarded the doors. They grinned down at us, rocket-propelled grenade launchers held across their chests. "You know," Grover mumbled, "I bet Hades doesn't have trouble with door-to-door salesman." - Rick Riordan

"I am not suited to the role of going around selling the life-can-be-beautiful idea. It can be, indeed. But you don't buy the concept from your friendly door-to-door lecture salesman." - John D Macdonald

"A salesman, like the storage battery in your car, is constantly discharging energy. Unless he is recharged at frequent intervals he soon runs dry. This is one of the greatest responsibilities of sales leadership." - Robert Henry Grant

"a salesman is an it that stinks to please but whether to please itself or someone else makes no more difference than if it sells hate condoms education snakeoil vac uumcleaners terror strawberries democ ra(caveat emptor)cy superfluous hair" - E E Cummings

"Literary qualifications have no more to do with it than oratory has with salesmanship. One must be able to express himself briefly, clearly, and convincingly, just as a salesman must." - Claude C Hopkins

"If you do not smile, you are judged lacking in a 'pleasing personality' - and you need to have a pleasing personality if you want to sell your services, whether as a waitress, a salesman, or a physician." - Erich Fromm

"You're gonna be your best salesman. If you don't sell yourself, nobody else is gonna have a better time with it than you. You've gotta get up for it, every day." - Ti

"The most unusual salesman I ever met is a fellow who made a modest fortune purveying lightning rods. But he suddenly lost interest in his work. He got caught in a storm with a bunch of samples in his arms." - Shelley Berman

"Say whatever you want. But the United States has a kickass military and really good bullshit marketing people. If this country was a person it would be a used car salesman with a flamethrower." - Richard Jeni

"The devil is a cross between a really good used-car salesman and a game-show host, but with a lot more style and charm.There's a little Cary Grant thrown in there too." - Ray Wise

"I'm not very funny in real life. I used to want to be a comedian when I was 13, 14, 15, till I saw "Death Of A Salesman" with Lee J. Cobb and Mildred Dunnock." - Gene Wilder

"Look, we're both snake oil salesman to a certain extent, but we do label the show as snake oil here. Isn't there a problem selling snake oil as vitamin tonic?" - Jon Stewart

"All through the day I'm so confident. That's why I'm such a good salesman, you know? I have confidence, and I look like I have confidence, and that gives other people confidence." - Kurt Vonnegut

"So the poet, who wants to be something that he cannot be, and is a failure in plain life, makes up fictitious versions of his predicament that are interesting even to other persons because nobody is a perfect automobile salesman." - Allen Tate

"My dad didn't graduate from high school, ended up being a printing salesman, probably never made more than $8,000 a year. My mom sold real estate and did it part time." - Al Franken

"It's a tough one for me, politics. I grew up in a house where my father is a Christian book salesman and a Tory, and my mum's a social worker. So I can always see the benefits of both arguments." - James Corden

"My parents didn't make a lot of money. My dad was not a high school graduate - he didn't have a career as such; he was a printing salesman essentially for most of his working life." - Al Franken

"My dad never graduated high school. He was a printing salesman. We lived in a two-bedroom, one-bath house in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. We weren't rich - but we felt secure." - Al Franken

"I am an author, and like many in my profession, I am also a traveling salesman, going all over in an attempt to persuade people to spend twenty-five dollars on a hardcover book by me." - Ian Frazier

"Certainly it's a business and you've got to have a salesman, but in my mind, when you've got two guys doing the same thing, you don't need one of them." - Jerry Lawler

"Not offering this kind of guarantee means that they do not believe in their product enough, and they do not care about if a salesman is over promising or over selling their product." - Matthew Lesko

"My father worked two jobs. He assembled speakers during the day, and then he sold real estate at night and on weekends. And then he eventually, when he was in his mid-50s, became a full-time real estate salesman." - Terry J Lundgren

"I have had almost every job under the sun, it feels like. One of the first jobs I took was as a door-to-door pest control salesman in Raleigh, North Carolina." - Shay Carl

"Being a salesman and an actor were not that dissimilar: It is a good lesson in covering up your feelings. No one wants to buy from someone who looks depressed." - Dougray Scott

"But on a utilitarian level, I realize that to try to accomplish the greatest good for the greatest number of people, sometimes we have to become salesmen for what we believe, and part of being a salesman is being effective." - Moby

"I had a great time being a salesman because of the pitches that I gave when I was selling shoes. However, I don't think I'm as well versed in shoes as I am in comedy. Being a salesman was all about being a people person, and I enjoy being around people. I also love talking to people - which is why I think I did so well." - Kevin Hart

"Nobody dast blame this man. For a salesman, there is no rock bottom to the life. He don't put a bolt to a nut, he don't tell you the law or give you medicine. He's a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back - that's an earthquake. And then you get yourself a couple of spots on your hat, and you're finished. Nobody dast blame this man. A salesman is got to dream, boy. It comes with the territory." - Arthur Miller

"My faith, I mean, that's such a personal aspect that a lot of times, of course it's going to come out through the song. But at the same time, I'm not a religious salesman. I feel like God doesn't really need a salesman, and what these songs are are simply my interactions with this life and learning. I guess the bottom line is the songs are really honest, you know what I mean. That faith is going to come through. If the listener is looking for it, that's definitely a part of it." - Jon Foreman

"White people scare the crap out of me. ? I have never been attacked by a black person, never been evicted by a black person, never had my security deposit ripped off by a black landlord, never had a black landlord ? never been pulled over by a black cop, never been sold a lemon by a black car salesman, never seen a black car salesman, never had a black person deny me a bank loan, never had a black person bury my movie, and I've never heard a black person say, 'We're going to eliminate ten thousand jobs here - have a nice day!'" - Michael Moore

"The salesman thanks the customer for patronizing his shop and asks him to come again. But the socialists say: Be grateful to Hitler, render thanks to Stalin; be nice and submissive, then the great man will be kind to you later too." - Ludwig Von Mises

"If you're a car salesman, and someone says "This is a terrible car, I'm not buying it," it doesn't mean they hate you. They just don't like your product. I think that's a mistake a lot of people in show business make.. they're so tied to their act they take everything personally." - Jay Leno

"I think the most important thing about coaching is that you have to have a sense of confidence about what you're doing. You have to be a salesman and you have to get your players, particularly your leaders, to believe in what you're trying to accomplish on the basketball floor." - Phil Jackson

"Starting epidemics requires concentrating resources on a few key area. The Law of the Few says that Connectors, Mavens, and Salesman are responsible for starting word-of-mouth epidemics, which means that if you are interested in starting a word-of-mouth epidemic , your resources ought to be solely concentrated on these three groups. No one else matters." - Malcolm Gladwell

"If the British prose style is Churchillian, America is the tobacco auctioneer, the barker; Runyon, Lardner, W.W., the traveling salesman who can sell the world the Brooklyn Bridge every day, can put anything over on you and convince you that tomatoes grow at the South Pole." - Ishmael Reed

"[Oliver North is a] document-shredding, Constitution-trashing, Commander in Chief-bashing, Congress-thrashing, uniform-shaming, Ayatollah-loving, arms-dealing, criminal-protecting, resume-enhancing, Noriega-coddling, Social Security-threatening, public school-denigrating, Swiss-banking-law-breaking, letter-faking, self-serving, election-losing, snake-oil salesman who can't tell the difference between the truth and a lie." - Chuck Robb

"I went door-to-door selling cable television subscriptions when I was in college. I found it incredibly difficult, doing that kind of sales work. I would have thought I'd be good at it, but I wasn't. It's so easy in acting. Everything falls into place when they write that you're a salesman. People just say yes, and then it's great." - Greg Kinnear

"He rooted for the Mets, he wore Foot of the Loom underwear, and he drove a Buick. His loyalties were carved in stone and he wasn't about to be impressed with some upstart of a toaster salesman who drove a Bonneville." - Janet Evanovich



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