Thomas Watson

1874 - 1956

A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on computers and future

Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: Thomas Watson, the chairman of IBM in 1943

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on courteous, ibm, generous, considerate, and thomas j watson

Really big people are, above everything else, courteous, considerate and generous - not just to some people in some circumstances - but to everyone all the time.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: Thomas J. Watson, 1874-1956, Founder of IBM

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on aim, imperfection, and perfection

It is better to aim at perfection and miss, than to aim at imperfection and hit it

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on business, play, and world

Business is a game, the greatest game in the world if you know how to play it.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on achievement, age, challenge, energy, simplicity, and thought

Within us all there are wells of thought and dynamos of energy which are not suspected until emergencies arise. Then oftentimes we find that it is comparatively simple to double or treble our former capacities and to amaze ourselves by the results achieved. Quotas, when set up for us by others, are challenges which goad us on to surpass ourselves. The outstanding leaders of every age are those who set up their own quotas and constantly exceed them.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on audiences, beginning, business, company, competition, honesty, meetings, men, merit, people, presidency, questions, spirit, time, and trade

Watson's answer to a question about competition in his first company meeting, 1914, as the new president, of the CTR (Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company), the company that was to become IBM: ". . . the only way that we want you men to handle the competition proposition is the only way we can afford to allow you men to handle it, that is, strictly on the merits of our goods. . . . You people when you come down to competition-must not do anything that's in restraint of trade, anything that will restrain the other fellow from selling his goods, anything that could be construed by anybody as unfair competition," he said, stammering in his earnestness. "You know, gentlemen, it is bad policy to do anything unfair with anybody, anywhere at any time, isn't it, in business or outside of business? No man ever won except in the one honest, fair and square way in which you men are working." The audience burst into applause, interrupting Watson again and again as he assured them that he would uphold fairness no matter what the competition did. . . . The spirit of the meeting quickened; and Watson, for the first time, began to take command.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: Thomas and Marva Belden in The Life of Thomas J. Watson, 1962, Little, Brown and Co.

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on computers, science, society, and world

I think there's a world market for about five computers. Quoted by Charles Hard Townes In Martin Moskovits (Ed.), Science and Society, the John C. Polanyi Nobel Lareates Lectures, Anansi Press, Concord, Ontario, 1995, p 8.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: 1943 (see below)

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on conformity, controversy, danger, fear, ideas, independence, mind, and path

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of "crackpot" than the stigma of conformity.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on business, christianity, clarity, common sense, courage, country, decisions, doubt, divinity, education, facts, faith, force, future, humanity, leadership, life, men, nations, spirit, thinking, and vision

The greatest asset of a man, a business or a nation is faith. The men who built this country and those who made it prosper during its darkest days were men whose faith in its future was unshakable. Men of courage, they dared to go forward despite all hazards; men of vision, they always looked forward, never backward. Christianity, the greatest institution humanity has ever known, was founded by twelve men, limited in education, limited in resources, but with an abundance of faith and divine leadership. The vision essential to clear thinking; the common sense needed for wise decisions; the courage of convictions based on facts not fancies; and the constructive spirit of faith as opposed to the destructive forces of doubt will preserve our Christian ways of life.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on force and friendship

Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

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