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Okay, this is an unpaid advertisement: SEND IN YOUR QUOTES! It takes just seconds, and can contribute to the enjoyment of your entire class here at HBS (especially your section), as well as the classes a year ahead and a year behind you, who you may never see again after graduation. If nothing else, those who submit multiple quotes in a week normally get their own name in print in this introductory paragraph!
Top 10 reasons to submit quotes to quotes@mba2003.hbs.edu:

10. It’s funny.

9. Someone in one of your classes says something embarrassing, and you want to raise the bar of embarrassment.

8. Nick Will (NI), the new Harbus Editor-in-Chief, will make sure you “swim with the fishes” if you hear something funny and don’t submit it.

7. It’s a good way to get back at your professors for all of those “cold calls.”

6. It’s a good way for professors to get back at students for bad responses to “cold calls.”
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. We have so little else to do with our time here at HBS.

4. Get back at that person in your study group who always shows up late.

3. Get back at that person in your section who stood you up for that hot date to the movies last week.

2. You made such a great comment in class that you want to submit your own quote so everyone outside your section can have the honor of learning your vast wisdom.
…and the number one reason to submit quotes to quotes@mba2003.hbs.edu:

1. Four words: Your name in print.

That said, put down that BGIE Great Depression data set and enjoy this week’s quotes:

Marc Bertoneche (Finance):
“If you are manipulating numbers against yourself, then you are crazy.”
“I don’t consider my mission here at The Business School as telling you only what is happening in reality.”
“The big difference between Americans and French is that Americans are rating their Mutual Funds and their Bonds while the French are rating their Restaurants.”
“In the US, a strike would be classified as a specific risk, in France it is a systematic risk.”

[in finance] Russ DeMartino (NH): “There is no good reason for the numbers I have.”

Assistant Professor Michael Roberto (Strategy): “And what do you make of this list of industries with substantially higher than normal returns on investments?”

Barry Gittleman (NH): “Since women’s clothing is up with all those technology companies, I’d say women pay too much for clothes.”

Lorraine Idson (Negotiation): “Geoff, you got a really good price in the negotiation. Do you want to tell us how?”
Geoff Shaevitz (NI): “I lied.”

January 22, 2002
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