Check this out: JimCollins
It has a very good collection of business epics that once rule the world. And here is one of my favorite lines:
I fumbled and struggled, trying to explain that the essence of a great company lies not in the absence of difficulty but in its ability to bounce back from difficulty and come back even stronger than before. I argued that great companies--like great nations--have a way of fighting their way out of calamity, rising to their best when their backs are most to the wall.