Quality Quotes: 2001
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Quotes from 2000

"To improve is to change, to succeed is to change often."

Winston Churchill

"I walk slowly, but I never walk backward."

Abraham Lincoln

"There is something that is much rarer than ability.
It is the ability to recognize ability."

Robert Half

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."

Albert Einstein

"This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least."


"Change is the law of life.  And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."

John F. Kennedy

"Labor disgraces no man, but occasionally men disgrace labor"

Ulysses S. Grant

"Be not over-elated by reported successes,
nor over-depressed by exaggerated rumors of failures."

General George E. Meade

"Our plans miscarry because they have no aim.  When you don't know what harbor you're aiming for, no wind is the right wind."

(Roman philosopher and statesman, 4 BC-AD 65)

"In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you."

Leo Tostoy

"One of life's most painful moments comes when we must admit that we didn't do our homework, that we are not prepared."

Merlin Olsen

"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone.  The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials."

Lin Yutang
(Chinese writer and philologist, 1895-1976)

"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.  In this life we get nothing, save by effort."

Theodore Roosevelt

"Ineffective leaders often act on the advice and counsel of the last person they talked to."

Warren Bennis

"The beginning is the most important part of the work."

428 BC - 348 BC, The Republic


"A fool can learn from his own experience;
the wise learn from the experience of others."

460-370 B.C.

"Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work."

Peter Drucker

"So much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work."

Peter Drucker

"You cannot change what's over, but only where you go."

Roma Ryan
Scottish poet and lyricist

"If our factories, through careful work, assure the quality of our products, it will be to the foreigners interest to get supplies from us, and their money will flow into the kingdom."

Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Minister of Finance to Louis XIV,
August 3, 1664

"Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances."

Thomas Jefferson

"Fools admire, but men of sense approve."

Alexander Pope

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work."

H.L. Hunt

"Mistakes are the portals of discovery."

James Joyce

"Example is not the main thing in influencing others;
it's the only thing."

Albert Schweitzer

"How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct."

Benjamin Disraeli

"One man cannot do right in one department of life while he is occupied doing wrong in any other department.  Life is one indivisible whole."


"It has been said that figures rule the world. Maybe. But I am not sure that figures show us whether it is being ruled well or badly."


"Problems are only opportunities in work clothes."

Henry J. Kaiser

"Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example."

Mark Twain

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."

Vincent T. Lombardi

"3 rules of work: 1. Out of clutter, find simplicity; 2. From discord find harmony; 3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."

Albert Einstein

"Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify."

Henry David Thoreau

"The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order."

Alfred North Whitehead

"Quality is not an act, it is a habit."


"If you lead the people with correctness, who will dare not to be correct?"


"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.  I don't believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and, if they can't find them, make them."

George Bernard Shaw

"Resolve to perform what you ought.  Perform without fail what you resolve."

Benjamin Franklin (c. 1726)


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