Quotes by Burt Shavitz

Burt Shavitz

American beekeeper and businessman

Alive from: 1935-2015

Category: Economists and businessmen

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    I had no desire to be an upward-mobile-rising yuppie with a trophy wife, a trophy house, a trophy car. I wasn't looking for any of those things. I already had what I wanted.
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    I realized I had it made because you don't have to destroy anything to get honey. You can just use the same things over and over again, put it in a quart canning jar, and you've got $12.
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    I'm less interested in the inside of whatever it is I own than on the outside of what it sits on.
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    I've got a radio that occasionally I listen to. It's portable. It's got an antenna. I've put a piece of aluminum foil on it that gives me a little bit better reception. And a refrigerator.
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    I've got everything I need: a nice piece of land with hawks and owls and incredible sunsets, and the good will of my neighbors.
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    If I decide I want to go canoeing, I've got a canoe. If I want to take my dog with me, nobody tells me I can't do it. If I want to go skinny dipping and wash my body, I can take my clothes off.
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    Money is nothing really worth squabbling about. This is what puts people six feet under. You know, I don't need it.
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    My life is the land, the dogs, the car, the motorcycle, the pond, the canoe, going to pick up mail. It's just a rural retreat that I enjoy.
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    Roxanne Quimby wanted money and power, and I was just a pillar on the way to that success.
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    The magic of living life for me is, and always has been, the magic of living on the land, not in the magic of money.
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    What do I need it for, millions of dollars? It just sounds like problems with the IRS to me.
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    You can only punish your body so long before you're stuck with a horrendous inability to do things you'd previously been able to do.
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    You've gotta do what you like to do. If you do things you don't like to do, what sense does it make?
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