New PDF release: An Accounting Thesaurus. 500 years of accounting

By Richard L. Chambers

A compilation drawn from over 500 years of English language accounting literature reflecting a life of scholarly enquiry, this ebook contains over 5000 quotations of among 1-20 strains in size. The e-book goals to provide an old standpoint in addition to an up to date review of what accounting and accountants have been, are and do, and is meant either as a reference publication and a examine software. Its diversity extends from normal curiosity to the complex, masking ideas, practices and criteria, expert and educational reviews, and the social and logical foundations of accounting; it additionally attracts at the paintings of students in different fields that experience a few pertaining to accounting paintings and concept.

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Mayhew, 1884/1959, 63 The biggest swindles in the financial world have always produced balance sheets duly audited by well known firms of accountants. Manchester City News, 1892/1972, 269 During the last year or so, the continent of Australasia has certainly enjoyed quite its fair share of disastrous failures and gigantic frauds; and accordingly, Australian accountants have had, of late, ample cause for reflection upon the duties of auditors generally, and the possibility of the performance of those duties tending to diminish future such disasters in particular.

Instead of being fighting men, as in days of old, we're all in business; our high priests are called accountants. They too have a holy day - the thirty-first of December - on which we're supposed to confess. In olden times, the princes would go to confession because it was the thing to do, whether they believed or not. Today the world demands balance sheets, profit and loss statements once a year. But if you're working on great ideas [attr to Ivar Kreuger, cl920, in an historical novel] Gififord, 1978, 286 The contempt for accounting is not limited to university circles, but is well-nigh universal.

On the other hand, nothing can be more acceptable 10 Accounting in General to a good manager than to examine every day the amounts of his growing fortune. Even a loss, if it annoys him and surprises him, does not perturb him, for he knows at once what profits he has gained to set on the other side. [Robertson, 1933] Sombart, 1902/1933, II, 118 The question of depreciation is one upon which so many articles have been written, and so many opinions expressed, that there would not appear to be much more which could profitably be said upon the subject.

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