Sir Richard Branson quotes page 3
My parents always encouraged us to have our own opinions and rarely gave us advice unless
we asked for it.
Fantasising about the future is one of my favourite pastimes.
There was a great sense of teamwork within our family. Whenever we were within Mum's orbit
we had to be busy. If we tried to escape by saying that we had something else to do, we
were firmly told we were selfish.
I cannot remember a moment in my life when I have not felt the love of my family. We were a
family that would have killed for each other - and we still are.
As usual when people warn me against doing something once my mind is made up, I grow
increasingly determined to try it.
Once you have a great product it is essential to protect its reputation with vigilance. It's not
just a question of getting it into the marketplace.
Many people ask me what the limits to Virgin are, and whether we haven't stretched the
brand name beyond its natural tolerance. With monotonous regularity, they point out that
there is no other company in the world that puts its name to such a wide variety of
companies and products. They are absolutely right, and it's something of which I am
Well, I think that there's a very thin dividing line between success and failure. And I think if
you start a business without financial backing, you're likely to go the wrong side of that