S. Truett Cathy (1921-Present)

“I believe that you can combine biblical principles and good business practices. I testified before Congress … on how to be honest and successful at the same time.”

“Being in the food business, you have to remember to do each and every thing right, every time.”

“As Christians, we have an obligation and responsibility to abide by the principles of the Bible.”

“The best location we get is right next to a McDonald’s. We can compete with them because we do it better.”

“No goal is too high if we climb with care and confidence.”

“Nearly every moment of every day we have the opportunity to give something to someone else – our time, our love, our resources. I have always found more joy in giving when I did not expect anything in return.”

“I’d like to be remembered as one who kept my priorities in the right order. We live in a changing world, but we need to be reminded that the important things have not changed, and the important things will not change if we keep our priorities in proper order.”

“You have to be very careful about what you say. More importantly, you have to be very careful about what you do. You never know how or when you influence people – especially children.”

“It is when we stop doing our best work that our enthusiasm for the job wanes. We must motivate ourselves to do our very best, and by our example lead others to do their best as well.”

“I believe no amount of business school training or work experience can teach what is ultimately a matter of personal character. Businesses are not dishonest or greedy, people are. Thus, a business, successful or not, is merely a reflection of the character of its leadership.”

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