Anita Roddick was a British businesswoman, human rights activist, and environmental campaigner.

She is best known as the founder of The Body Shop in the United Kingdom, now The Body Shop International Limited, a cosmetics company that produces and retails natural beauty products and helped to shape ethical consumerism.

The firm was one of the first to ban the use of animal-tested components in several of its products and to encourage fair trade with poor nations.

Roddick was active in environmental and social activism and advocacy, including work with Greenpeace and The Big Issue.

She felt that business, as a more powerful force in society than religion or government, should provide moral leadership.

We have compiled some of the top quotes from Anita Roddick for you.

Best Anita Roddick Quotes

There is a fine line between the delinquent mind of an entrepreneur and that of a crazy person. ~ Anita Roddick.

If you have a company with itsy-bitsy vision, you have an itsy-bitsy company. ~ Anita Roddick.

We’d rather close down than test our products on animals. ~ Anita Roddick.

We’d rather close down than test our products on animals. ~ Anita Roddick.

It still seems to me cruel and totally unacceptable to sacrifice animals for human vanity. ~ Anita Roddick.

A great advantage I had when I started Body Shop was that I had never been to business school. ~ Anita Roddick.

If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito. ~ Anita Roddick.

The business of business should not be about money. It should be about responsibility. It should be about public good, not private greed. ~ Anita Roddick.

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


Your values in work should be the same as those at home. ~ Anita Roddick.

Speed, agility and responsiveness are the keys to future success. ~ Anita Roddick.

To succeed, you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality. ~ Anita Roddick.

You have to believe that everything is possible. If you believe it, those around you will believe it too. ~ Anita Roddick.

A vision is something you see and others don’t. Some people would say that’s a pocket definition of lunacy. But it also defines entrepreneurial spirit. ~ Anita Roddick.

The entrepreneur’s dream is almost a kind of madness, and it is almost as isolating. ~ Anita Roddick.

The difference between a crazy person and the successful entrepreneur is that the latter can convince others to share the vision. ~ Anita Roddick.

Top Anita Roddick Quotes

I’ll never hire anybody from Harvard Business School. ~ Anita Roddick.

If I had learned more about business ahead of time, I would have been shaped into believing that it was only about finances and quality management. ~ Anita Roddick.


Ideas have wings. ~ Anita Roddick.

Don’t underestimate the power of the vigilante consumer. ~ Anita Roddick.

Communication is the key for any global business. ~ Anita Roddick.

Be courageous. It’s one of the only places left uncrowded. ~ Anita Roddick.

There are only two ways to raising money: the hard way and the very hard way. ~ Anita Roddick.

Famous Anita Roddick Quotes

If I can’t do something for the public good, what the hell am I doing? ~ Anita Roddick.


We must put pack into society what we have taken out. ~ Anita Roddick.

We entrepreneurs are loners, vagabonds, troublemakers. Success is simply a matter of finding and surrounding ourselves with those open-minded and clever souls who can take our insanity and put it to good use. ~ Anita Roddick.

If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just. ~ Anita Roddick.

Three components make an entrepreneur: the person, the idea and the resources to make it happen. ~ Anita Roddick.

It’s about creating a product or service so good that people will pay for it. ~ Anita Roddick.

Corporate crime kills far more people and costs taxpayers far more money than street crime. ~ Anita Roddick.


We believe that business is absolutely part of life. ~ Anita Roddick.

It’s about finding a livelihood that brings me joy and self-sufficiency and a sense of contributing to the world. ~ Anita Roddick.

Look up and out, not down and in. Never give up! ~ Anita Roddick.

Lead by example but don’t preach. ~ Anita Roddick.

Have big ideas and make them happen. ~ Anita Roddick.

The movement for the environment really only started in the mid 1970’s. ~ Anita Roddick.

No entrepreneur is motivated by money. It is the idea; seeing how far you can go. ~ Anita Roddick.

The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you. ~ Anita Roddick.

Popular Anita Roddick Quotes

I am aware that success is more than a good idea. It is timing too. ~ Anita Roddick.

Measure your success according to fun and creativity. ~ Anita Roddick.

Never feel too small or powerless to make a difference. ~ Anita Roddick.

It is a critical job of any entrepreneur to maximize creativity, and to build the kind of atmosphere around you that encourages people to have ideas. That means open structures, so that accepted thinking can be challenged. ~ Anita Roddick.


Get informed. Get outraged. Get inspired. Get active. ~ Anita Roddick.

Making intuitive decisions, not getting hung up on hierarchy or all those dreadfully boring business school management ideas. ~ Anita Roddick.

There’s no time for mediocrity. This is no damned dress rehearsal. ~ Anita Roddick.

There is no scientific answer for success. You can’t define it. You’ve simply go to live it and do it. ~ Anita Roddick.

We communicate with passion and passion persuades. ~ Anita Roddick.

Being good is good business. ~ Anita Roddick.

If we don’t love our staff, our neighbors, the environment, we’ll all be doomed. ~ Anita Roddick.


You’ve got to be hungry – for ideas, to make things happen and to see your vision made into reality. ~ Anita Roddick.

Retailing is one of the oldest professions. There has never been a historic respect for it. Yet it can be one of the most exciting because it is often dealing right at the community level. ~ Anita Roddick.

It was never, never something that was just clothes to wear. If I’m not going to do this in life, why am I going to do it for my business? To me, you’ve got to live every part of it. ~ Anita Roddick.

Travel is like a university without walls. ~ Anita Roddick.

Inspiring Anita Roddick Quotes

We, as business leaders, can and must change our views and our values. Less than a century ago… depressions and world wars changed us; global poverty and environmental destruction must change us now. ~ Anita Roddick.

This notion that to be in business you’ve got to go to a business school: it’s crap. ~ Anita Roddick.

Business schools only shape you to be a very efficient person working in a very traditional system – but the most exciting things are what’s being done untraditionally. ~ Anita Roddick.

I don’t want to be defined by being the founder of the Body Shop, and I don’t want to be defined as a woman suffering from Hepatitis C. There’s more to my life than that. ~ Anita Roddick.

Entrepreneurs are visionaries – they see things other people don’t see. ~ Anita Roddick.

You’ve got to do it! There’s no ‘How will you? How can you?’ You just do it! ~ Anita Roddick.

With courage, passion, and imagination, everything is possible! ~ Anita Roddick.

Facts about Anita Roddick

  • She is well known for founding The Body Shop in the United Kingdom.
  • Take It Personally was written by Roddick.
  • Roddick founded the first Body Shop in the United Kingdom in 1976.
  • Roddick founded Children on the Edge (COTE) in 1990.
  • Roddick was interested in environmental and social action and lobbying.
  • Roddick was one of Littlehampton Community School’s closest friends.
  • L’Oréal paid £652 million for Body Shop on March 17, 2006.
  • Roddick died on September 10, 2007, after an acute brain haemorrhage.

Biography of Anita Roddick

Anita Roddick was born on the 12th of July, 1942, in Rhyl, North Wales. She is the daughter of a nurse and a socialist activist.

Anita Roddick attended school in London and studied transactional analysis at college which she continued studying for many years with Robert W. Firestone and Virginia Satir.

She met her future husband Gordon Roddick when he was in the RAF. After dropping out of college she worked for an insurance company, which she eventually quit to become a yoga teacher.

She taught yoga for two years until 1968 when one of her clients suggested she open up her own shop that focused on healthy cosmetics and other products made from natural ingredients.

The shop was successful but her marriage to Gordon Roddick ended after twelve years due to his infidelity.

Anita Roddick’s second marriage, which lasted for eleven years, was with Tom Marks who ran an advertising agency.

After their divorce in 1991 she moved to the Bahamas where she began what would become her best known company, The Body Shop.

Roddick is recognized for her commitment to many issues that face the world today, in particular animal rights and ethical business practices.

Roddick has put in place guidelines for all of her products that use ingredients sourced only from suppliers who do not undertake tests on animals or employ any third parties to conduct such tests on their behalf.

Roddick’s company, The Body Shop, has spread all over the world with over 17,000 employees.

“The Body Shop” was first opened in 1976 on the Portobello Road in Notting Hill by Anita Roddick and her husband Gordon.

It started as a small shop selling homemade products made from natural ingredients. Their products included soaps, lotions and perfumes that were made from natural ingredients such as seaweed, fruits and flowers which gave them a distinct smell.

In the early 1980s Anita Roddick began to expand her company by hiring a chemist who was able to create a unique perfume for “The Body Shop”.

In 1987 The Body Shop was one of the first companies to use computers for their business. The Body Shop was also possibly the first company to implement an Equal Opportunities Policy in 1984, allowing equal pay regardless of age, race or sex.

Anita Roddick has donated $217 million dollars to charities and non-profit organizations all over the world through the Anita Roddick Foundation. She is an advocate of green issues and supports green politics in the UK.

Anita Roddick made it her mission to be open with all of the public about her life, businesses and beliefs so that others can learn from her mistakes as she has done since leaving school at 16.

The company now known as The Body Shop was first opened in 1976 by Anita Roddick and her husband Gordon.

“The Body Shop” started as a small shop near Notting Hill Gate selling cosmetics, soaps, lotions and other personal care products made from natural ingredients.

When the company began to grow they hired a chemist who worked on creating their own unique perfume, which The Body Shop was well known for.

The Body Shop has developed in leaps and bounds since its humble beginning in 1976. In 1982, Anita Roddick decided to expand her company by hiring a chemist who worked full-time developing new products for the company.

By 1987 The Body Shop was one of the first companies to use computers when they began to implement them.

The Body Shop was also possibly the first company to implement an Equal Opportunities Policy in 1984, allowing equal pay regardless of age, race or sex.

The Body Shop now has 4500 employees worldwide and over 2500 stores across 49 different countries.

In 2006 Anita Roddick stepped down as chief executive of The Body Shop and her daughter, who was then just 29-years-old, took over the position.

Today The Body Shop has become an even more successful business than it was in Anita Roddick’s day with annual profits reaching $350 million in 2010.

Products at The Body Shop are not tested on animals and their ingredients must not be tested on animals.

Short Biography of Anita Roddick

Anita Roddick was born on April 23, 1942 in Littlehampton, England.

She was the daughter of a traditional chemist and a mother who was a stay-at-home mom.

After she finished college, she married and had two children. In 1970, she opened The Body Shop with her husband.

The Body Shop was a unique store that sold natural beauty products. Anita was very passionate about her work and believed in giving back to the community.

She was also an advocate for human rights and environmental causes.

Anita Roddick passed away on September 10, 2007 at the age of 65.

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