This week’s best quotes in business come from the worlds of art, pets, taxes and consumer credit. Happy New Year!

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“Back in the Renaissance there were these families who were patrons for the arts … And now it’s these big companies.”

Kyler Martz, whose city-specific retro designs adorn Amazon’s fleet of Treasure Trucks.

“How do you lease a dog?”

New York resident Natalie Sullivan, who belatedly discovered she’d leased the dog she thought she was buying.

Jane, a French bulldog-Boston terrier mix, turned out to be leased, once Natalie Sullivan and her roommate read the contract they’d signed. (Natalie Sullivan)
Jane, a French bulldog-Boston terrier mix, turned out to be leased, once Natalie Sullivan and her roommate read the contract they’d signed. (Natalie Sullivan)

“When you give out a trillion in tax breaks, it’s hard to create a lot of losers.”

Martin Sullivan, chief economist at Tax Analysts, about the tax overhaul’s impact on U.S. companies.

“Signatures may be going the way of the lava lamp.”

Market-research consultant William McCracken, on credit-card issuers no longer requiring your John Hancock for purchases.

“Small tenants bring more energy.”

Steve Nislick, chief financial officer for the company redeveloping a huge former shipyard in Kearney, New Jersey, into a mixed-use industrial park.