Some of the best business quotes ever to grace the silver screen didn’t come from movies about business, writes Sean Eichenberger. From cartoons to comedies to romances, Eichenberger offers his list of 35 movie quotes most likely to resonate with entrepreneurs, including this one from “American Gangster”: “The loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room.”

Horrible Bosses, a comedy about three corporate hamsters who aim to kill their oppressors, opens this weekend. Early reviews are solid: Rotten Tomatoes awards the flick a 76% “fresh” rating, and it’s packed with star power–Bateman, Spacey, Farrell, Aniston, Sutherland.

But will people be quoting lines from Horrible Bosses for years to come?

Box office sales are one measure of a movie’s success. Then there’s how often people relive the experience by recalling the choicest lines–or even weaving them into their own conversations. TakeCaddyshack, for example. Plenty of movies have pulled in more than its $40 million in revenue (according to, but few perhaps have inspired so many people to quote it.

The beauty of a great quote (of the more serious variety) is its power to distill. To punctuate. To make things click. Sometimes the moral is presented on a plate, obvious as can be; sometimes the delivery is more subtle and sly. No matter how they’re served up, the best quotesresonate–for days, weeks, even years, unlike all those deafening explosions blasting their way through the summer blockbuster season.

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We went looking for the best business quotes from the silver screen. Colleagues and readers chipped in. Our criteria were subjective, but there were three general guidelines.

First, we didn’t want a list of usual suspects. (Gordon Gekko still made the cut.) Second, we wanted to look beyond movies expressly about business (hence selections from the likes of Cool Hand Luke and Finding Nemo). Third, we wanted the quotes to touch on a variety of fundamental themes—from hard work and leadership, to cutthroat sales tactics and the capriciousness of the economy.

We settled on a list of 35. See a sampling below; click here for the complete list.

Catch Me if You Can

True story about infamous con artist Frank Abagnale Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio), who collected cash passing himself off as an airline pilot, doctor and lawyer.

Quote: “Two little mice fell into a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned, but the second mouse, he struggled so hard that he eventually churned that cream into butter and he walked out. Amen.” — Frank Abagnale Jr., after being asked to say grace.

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