"If only I'd thought to take my damn phone with me, I could be getting some work done."
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"The little match girl realized too late what her mistake had been. She had failed to diversify."
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"Of course it's not my son. My son is a nitwit. That's me, thirty years ago."
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"I don't know how it started, either. All I know is that it's part of our corporate culture."
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"Can I call you back? I'm with a piece of string."
"No, Hoskins, you're not going to do it just because I'm telling you to do it. You're going to do it because you believe in it."
"Honesty is the best policy, Fernbaugh, but it's not company policy."
"We're still the same, great company we've always been, only we've ceased to exist."
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"Fenwick, Benton & Perkins. How may I direct your call?"
"Sometimes it's important to stop whatever break you're taking and just do the work."
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"I was just going to say, 'Well, I don't make the rules.' But, of course, I do make the rules."
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"Buy low, sell high!"
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"Even though you gave the CEO a kidney, this is a lot of sick days."
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"I'm taking you off of the Henderson account and putting you into this steel drum."
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"Everybody gets a raise."
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"Senior Vice-President Buffington reporting, sir. Requests permission to advance and be recognized."
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"Here we go—Xena, Warrior Princess, versus Sheena, Queen of the Jungle."
"And, for insurance purposes, you must buy insurance."
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"O.K., who can put a price on love? Jim?"
"I guess this is me."
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"Why can't you be more like Hutchinson? You don't hear him complaining."
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"It's called monotheism, but it looks like downsizing to me."
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"Bruce, you look fabulous! Who's doing your creative?"
"Some people, Remson, are born to push the envelope, and some are born to lick it."