Quotes

This page provides a collection of provocative, amusing or telling quotations which you may find interesting or possibly amusing!

To grow is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often. [Cardinal Newman]

It’s not what the vision is but what the vision does that matters. [Peter Senge, author of the Fifth Discipline]

Even if there is no point [to life] even if it is all a game of science we must still believe there is a point. [Charles Handy, in The Empty Raincoat]

Learning is not compulsory.  Neither is survival. [W Edwards Deming]

If I have seen further than other men it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. [Sir Isaac Newton]

In e-conomy there are only two kinds of organisation, the quick and the dead. [Anonymous]

The newest innovations, which we label information technologies, have begun to alter the manner in which we do business and create value, often in ways not readily foreseeable even five years ago. [Alan Greenspan, Chairman US Federal Reserve]

This “telephone” has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.  The device is inherently of no value to us. [Western Union, Internal Memo, 1876]

O Lord, what is man that thou art mindful of him?. [Psalm 144:3]

There is no greater power on earth than an idea whose time has come. [Victor Hugo]

Management is about maintaining the highest rate of change that the organisation and the people can stand.  [Sir John Harvey-Jones]

It is not the strongest or most intelligent species that will survive but the one that can best adapt to change. [Charles Darwin]

The Internet changes everything. [Bill Gates Business @ the Speed of Thought]

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things[Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince]

The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.  [Steve Biko]

Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.  It is the spirit of the men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.  [George Patton]

Unless a company is progressing the whole time, it is, in fact moving backwards[Sir John Harvey-Jones]

Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir man's blood. [Daniel Burnham]

What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world yet forfeits his soul? [Matt 16:24]

Success has many fathers, but failure is a bastard. [anonymous Organisational Change Consultant]

The organisation must learn to think of itself not as producing goods and services but as buying customers, as doing those things that will make people want to do business with it. [Ted Levitt]

A composition for cheapness and not excellence of workmanship is the most frequent and certain cause of the rapid decay and destruction of arts and manufacturers. [Josiah Wedgwood]

Nothing is so inefficient as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. [Peter Drucker]

“If you don’t know where you are going" the Scarecrow said to Dorothy, “it doesn’t matter which road you take”. [The Wizard of Oz]

Example is not the main thing in influencing others.  It is the only thing. [Albert Schweitzer]

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. [Plato]

A company is known by the people it keeps. [Harry Klinger, industrialist]

Well begun is half done. [Horace]

The secret of success lies not in doing your own work, but in recognising the right person to do it. [Andrew Carnegie]

Here lies a man who knew how to bring into his service men better than he was himself. [Andrew Carnegie’s epitaph]

I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand. [Chinese proverb]

I have never seen anyone who could do real work except under the stimulus of encouragement and enthusiasm and the approval of the people for whom they are working. [Charles Schwab, industrialist]

You do not lead by hitting people over the head.  That’s assault, not leadership. [Dwight D Eisenhower]

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. [Peter Drucker]

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.[Alfred North Whitehead]

A bureaucracy once established turns away from whatever task it is supposed to do and instead works to administer itself [Max Weber]

The glow of one warm thought is worth more to me than money. [Thomas Jefferson]

I can live for two months on a good compliment.  [Mark Twain]

Every noble work is at first impossible. [Thomas Carlyle]

Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are. [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. [anonymous]