Alan Sugar quotes:

  • I believe employment regulations for women, whereby the prospective employer is not able to inquire about the interviewee's status regarding children, childcare, or indeed their intention of becoming a parent, are counterproductive.

  • I have no patience at all.

  • I have always been an honest trader. I come from a school of traders where there was honour in the deal. No contracts, just a handshake and that's it, done. That's the way I prefer to do business but it's not always possible these days, sadly.

  • If you lock me in the room with a piano teacher for a year I might be able to knock out a rendition of 'Roll Out The Barrel,' but will I ever be a concert pianist? No.

  • Not everybody needs to go to university; they can get out and start working straight away.

  • The entrepreneurial instinct is in you. You can't learn it, you can't buy it, you can't put it in a bottle. It's just there and it comes out.

  • There is a lot of luck in football. Following England is like following Wycombe Wanders or Leyton Orient. You hope for the best and hope you are lucky.

  • Youngsters have got to stop thinking about becoming the next Zuckerberg. It's a trillion-to-one chance. What they need is mater and pater to say, 'Get a job, son.'

  • Once you decide to work for yourself, you never go back to work for somebody else.

  • My main regret about my years in football was keeping my mouth shut like a little mouse, not daring to speak out because I was told you left the managers to get on with the job and that the chairman must never interfere with the manager's decisions or the performance of his team.

  • I get angry when people bring derisory actions against me.

  • I never experienced any feelings of closeness and caring from my parents.

  • Effective leadership is about earning respect, and it's also about personality and charisma

  • I am tired of hustling.

  • I don't like paying 50 per cent of tax.

  • It is torment to be segregated out because of some bit of clothing that you're wearing.

  • There is a lot of luck in football. Following England is like following Wycombe Wanders or Leyton Orient. You hope for the best and hope you are lucky."

  • Look, I'm a member of the House of Lords and I'm the first to admit that I don't understand how one gets new laws through.

  • When I was a kid, a policeman was someone you looked up to and respected.

  • Why work when you can fill out a few forms and get paid for doing nothing?

  • My history of lending money from banks is that they want to know the ins and outs of the backside of a duck.

  • I don't make enemies, it's just I'm not afraid to speak my mind, which can sometimes mean people don't like what I am saying.

  • I came from a socially deprived background when I was 15, 16 years old, but one thing I knew was one - you don't abuse a policeman, and two - you don't steal things.

  • Well, it's not hard to be number one entertaining Jew. Some of them are quite bleeding bloody miserable, really.

  • My mother was a housewife. My father was a garment worker.

  • I'm not that hands-on as a grandfather.

  • A good leader is not necessarily the most popular person in their business, but the best ones are liked because they are respected for their clarity and vision.

  • I've just got an exceptional memory, if I say so myself.

  • You can't stop people printing what they want to print.

  • It will take a brave person to cull the benefits system and analyse who deserves and who doesn't.

  • Money is all right but once you have it you learn it's not the be all and end all.

  • You've got to admire Sir Richard Branson. He is a completely different style of businessman to me, but you have got to admire what he has achieved.

  • If you enjoy what you do, don't be afraid of expressing your enthusiasm. Enjoyment is infectious.

  • An entrepreneur is not what you call yourself, it's what someone calls you in recognition of what you've achieved. I call Richard Branson an entrepreneur. Rupert Murdoch called me one. Anybody who stands up and says: 'I'm an entrepreneur' needs shooting. You'll drive people crazy.

  • Don't try to blame the rest of the world. The blame only lies with you. Recognize that immediately.

  • Above all, in order to gain respect, you need to be true to yourself. There is no point in trying to be brutal if it's not in your nature; there is no point in trying to be suave and sophisticated if it doesn't come naturally.

  • There are two fools in every marketplace; one asks too little, one asks too much.

  • I have principles and I am not going to be forced to compromise them.

  • Success comes more quickly to the entrepreneur that follows his instincts rather than following the progress of his competitors.

  • I did not come into football to make money. I had already made millions.

  • I don't like this young crudeness now which is supposed to be comedy on Friday nights.

  • I don't believe in God and all that. But I am Jewish, and very proud to be so, very proud of the culture.

  • Among some of the youngsters, I think reality TV has installed that culture into them and inspired a few of them into wanting to be 'TV celebrities.

  • Love what you do and do what you love, otherwise you will become unhappy and self-defeating.

  • I am not looking for a friend; if I want a friend I'd buy a dog.

  • If there was a market in mass-produced portable nuclear weapons, we'd market them, too.

  • Market leaders inevitably slip into decline when they tell the people what they want instead of giving the people what they want.

  • I like things in their proper places.

  • During negotiations nothing is gained by attacking people's comfort zones.

  • There's a lot of regrets about last year - maybe turning up was the biggest regret about it

  • The boring side of business is what makes it work.

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  • I've written books on advertising-cheque books.

  • I know you're Belgian, that's where those waffles come from.

  • I don't make enemies, it's just I'm not afraid to speak my mind, which can sometimes mean people don't like what I am saying

  • There was a desire to see me being nasty and horrible, and of course that's not really me

  • My idea of government support was, you supply me with hospitals, schools and the environment to do well and that will do me fine. But do not poke your nose in my business.

  • I've got a gut feeling in my stomach. . .

  • Start small and with your own money.

  • Nobody can honestly say that they never lie.

  • In America, everybody thinks they're an entrepreneur. That's the problem. It's not a title that anybody should call oneself.

  • I like to be a very fair person.

  • I'm a commercial person, not an academic.

  • I find it strange that Gisela Gschaider a 1974 immigrant from Germany is on the brexit panel telling us British what we should do .

  • Well, there's nothing I've done I'm not proud of. Making money was an interest, but it's never been my god.

  • I got on a high believing everything I would produce was going to sell at the rate I wanted.

  • I'm an Englishman. What more can I say?