35 Mind-Blowing Anita Roddick Quotes

Anita Roddick was a British businesswoman and human rights activist. Best known as the founder of The Body Shop, Roddick was one of the first cosmetics companies that prohibited the use of ingredients tested on animals. Roddick was also a large promoter of fair trade with third world countries. Here is a look at some of the more memorable Anita Roddick quotes ever documented.

“All through history, there have always been movements where business was not just about the accumulation of proceeds but also for the public good.”

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

“Be daring. Be first. Be different.”

“Be special. Be anything but mediocre.”

“Consumers have not been told effectively enough that they have huge power and that purchasing and shopping involve a moral choice.”

“Entrepreneurs are visionaries – they see things other people don’t see.”


“For me, campaigning and good business is also about putting forward solutions, not just opposing destructive practices or human rights abuses.”

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

“I have always found that my view of success has been iconoclastic: success to me is not about money or status or fame, its about finding a livelihood that brings me joy and self-sufficiency and a sense of contributing to the world.”

“If I had to choose my driving force, it would be passion.”

“If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.”

“If you really didn’t ever want to get wrinkles, then you should have stopped smiling years ago!”

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

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

“Never feel too small or powerless to make a difference.”

“Ninety-nine per cent of what we say is about values. I firmly believe that ethical capitalism is the best way of changing society for the better.”

“Nobody talks of entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking.”

“One of the key problems of the business world is that greed has become culturally acceptable.”

“Running a company on market research is like driving while looking in the rear-view mirror.”

“Speed, agility and responsiveness are the keys to future success.”

“The big question is: how do you institutionalize success and still keep that edge of craziness and wildeness?”

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

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

“The key to handling problems and conflict within an organization is to keep the channels of communication wide open.”

“The word love is never mentioned in big business.”

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

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

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

“Travel is like a university without walls.”

“We are essentially outsiders and that is the best definition of an entrepreneur I have ever come across.”

“We communicate with passion and passion persuades.”

“We were most creative when our back was against the wall.”

“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.”

“Whatever you do, be different. If you’re different, you will stand out.”

“You have to look at leadership through the eyes of the followers and you have to live the message.”

Here is a great interview with Anita Roddick as she shares the mind of a leader and how readiness, opportunity, and action were a large part of her success.

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