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All Quotes by author - John Mackey
" A healthy diet is a solution to many of our health-care problems. It's the most important solution. "
" A healthy society rests on three pillars: business, government and civil society, or non-profits. Each has a distinct and important role to play, and all three need to work together synergistically to create the most value for society. "
" Amazon is certainly not a perfect company. However, doctors, teachers, engineers, journalists, politicians, and labor unions are also on a continuum of consciousness, and none are perfect either. It is easy to judge and find fault with any company if that is what one's ideological biases wish to see. "
" Any type of political ideology is going to have a lot of different variants of it. "
" As a company grows, its purpose grows with it. It has the potential to evolve your purpose. "
" At a lot of companies founded on principles, the notion of making money is almost antithetical to the ethos of the place. From the very beginning, our business has existed to meet the needs and desires of multiple constituencies: customers, team members, vendors, shareholders, the community. "
" At the end of the day, the quality of life is all we have, and it's just as important to that lobster, the quality of life that it lives - even if it's not as long - as the quality of your life. "
" At Whole Foods, we allow our team members to vote on what benefits they most want the company to fund. "
" Back then, before the Internet, you had these paper catalogs that you ordered all the food from. So, we flipped through the catalogs, looked up the food we wanted, called them up, and they would show up in trucks. "
" Customers want high-quality food, good service, and good store experience, and most retailers fail to deliver on those. "
" Every man, woman and child consumes, on average, 43 teaspoons of sugar a day. In 13 days, that adds up to a five-pound bag of sugar. "
" Examine our every action through the lens of how we would feel if it were to become front page news. "
" Food is intensely pleasurable, and people are afraid that if they change the way they eat, they'll stop having pleasure. "
" Free enterprise capitalism has been the most powerful creative system of social cooperation and human progress ever conceived, but its perception and its role in society have been distorted. "
" Free-enterprise capitalism is the most powerful system for social cooperation and human progress ever conceived. It is one of the most compelling ideas we humans have ever had. But we can aspire to something even greater. "
" Good leaders need to be able to connect to all of those around them. This is especially true at Whole Foods, where we have a very team-oriented culture. "
" Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter, it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. "
" Healthier team members get a bigger food discount. We give our sickest team members an option to go through what we call the Total Health Immersion, where we take them off for a week, and we do intensive diet-and-lifestyle education. "
" Human beings are made up of many different values, and sometimes those values are in tension with each other. "
" I always like to say that our brand or our philosophy has always been kind of this marriage between the 'food as indulgence,' and it's also been about 'food as health,' that food is vitality. "
" I believe our philosophy of conscious capitalism will eventually be widely adopted primarily because it is a better way to do business, and it creates more total value in the world for all of its stakeholders. "
" I believe that all forms of socialism have been proven over time to result in a loss of both economic and civil liberties, with increasing poverty. "
" I dropped out of college for the last time in 1977. "
" If you have a mental model that says big corporations are fundamentally greedy and selfish and exploitative, you don't really want to have an exception to that model. It's much easier to say, 'Yes, Whole Foods has been corrupted.' "
" If you're growing very rapidly, it doesn't matter if you make mistakes, in a way, because the growth kind of bails you out. "
" I kind of have this sense of mission now when we talk about success: I'd really like Whole Foods to contribute to the healing of America, and the success of that may be measured in decades rather than in months, but I think we're on the way to doing it. "
" I learned how to cook, began reading books on food. I began to understand about nutrition. It never had occurred to me that what you ate could affect how you felt. It could affect your health. It seems obvious now, but at age 23 or 22 or whatever I was, it wasn't obvious at all. "
" I like games that are complex - the deeper you get into the game, the more there is to learn. "
" I love my cooking tools because I enjoy cooking - a Vitamix for smoothies and a rice cooker for steel-cut oats. I travel with a small rice cooker. I soak oats overnight, and when I get up, I just turn the rice cooker on, and it cooks the oats perfectly every time. "
" I'm a huge NBA fan and watch many games each year. Following any sport is kind of bringing us back to our tribal roots. "
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