Anita Roddick Quotes

A compilation of 30 inspiring Anita Roddick quotes.

Anita Roddick was a British entrepreneur, human rights activist, and environmental advocate best known as the founder of the British brand of The Body Shop, now The Body Shop International Limited, a cosmetics company creating and distributing natural beauty products.

In order to support herself and her two girls, Roddick founded the first British Body Shop in 1976. Six months later, she opened her second shop. By 1991, the Body Shop had 700 outlets, and Roddick received the World Vision Award for Development Initiative in 1991.

30 Anita Roddick Quotes

  1. “Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.”

2. “If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.”

3. “Get informed. Get outraged. Get inspired. Get active.”

4. “The business of business should not just be about money, it should be about responsibility. It should be about public good, not private greed.”

7. “The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you.” 

Anita Roddick quotes

8. “There are 3 billion women in the world who don’t look like supermodels and only 8 that do.”

9. “I wake up every morning thinking…this is my last day. And I jam everything into it. There’s no time for mediocrity. This is no damned dress rehearsal.” 

10. “Be courageous. It’s one of the only places left uncrowded”

11. “You can’t change the world from the rear view mirror.”

12. “Be special. Be anything but mediocre.”

13. “It is true that there is a fine line between entrepreneurship and insanity. Crazy people see and feel things that others don’t. But you have to believe that everything is possible. If you believe it, those around you will believe it too.”

14. “Three components make an entrepreneur: the person, the idea and the resources to make it happen.” 

15. “There is no scientific answer for success. You can’t define it. You’ve simply got to live it and do it.” 

16. “To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.” 

17. “When you take the high moral road it is difficult for anyone to object without sounding like a complete fool.” 

18. “Values carry the message of shared purposes, standards and conceptions of what is worth living for and what is worth striving for.”

19. “My passionate belief is that business can be fun, it can be conducted with love and a powerful force for good.”

20. “If I can’t do something for the public good, what the hell am I doing?” 

Anita Roddick quotes

21. “The function of wealth is not to accumulate it but to give it away as productively and responsibly as you can.” 

22. “The market controls everything, but the market has no heart.”

23. A great advantage I had when I started The Body Shop was that I had never been to business school.” 

24. “I want to define success by redefining it. For me it isn’t that solely mythical definition – glamour, allure, power of wealth, and the privilege from care. Any definition of success should be personal because it’s so transitory. It’s about shaping my own destiny.”

25. “I didn’t go to business school, didn’t care about financial stuff and the stock market.”

26. We entrepreneurs are loners, vagabonds, troublemakers. Success is simply a matter of finding and surrounding ourselves with those open-minded and clever souls who can take our insanity and put it to good use.” 

27. “First, you have to have fun. Second, you have to put love where your labour is. Third, you have to go in the opposite direction to everyone else.”

28. “I am aware that success is more than a good idea. It is timing too.”

29. “The growth of The Body Shop is testimony to the fact that you don’t need to waste money on costly advertising campaigns to be successful. Instead, we’ve always relied on word of mouth and stories.”

30. “When you run an entrepreneurial business, you have hurry sickness – you don’t look back, you advance and consolidate. But it is such fun.”

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