A Quote by Josh Billings on efficiency, people, and world

There are only two qualities in the world: efficiency and inefficiency; and only two sorts of people: the efficient and the inefficient.

Josh Billings (1856 - 1950)

Source: John Bull’s Other Island

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on charm, cities, and efficiency

Washington [D.C.] is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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A Quote by John C. Polanyi on control, creativity, difficulty, efficiency, effort, engineering, failure, government, ideas, power, science, and travel

Faced with the admitted difficulty of managing the creative process, we are doubling our efforts to do so. Is this because science has failed to deliver, having given us nothing more than nuclear power, penicillin, space travel, genetic engineering, transistors, and superconductors? Or is it because governments everywhere regard as a reproach activities they cannot advantageously control? They felt that way about the marketplace for goods, but trillions of wasted dollars later, they have come to recognize the efficiency of this self-regulating system. Not so, however, with the marketplace for ideas.

John C. Polanyi (1929 -)

Source: Science and Society,the JC Polanyi Nobel Lareates Lectures, Anansi Press,Concord, Ontario,1995

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A Quote by Jean Jacques Rousseau on efficiency, expectation, failure, faith, good, joy, justice, soul, success, talent, words, and work

Remember the parable of talents-the story of the three servants who had received talents, five, two and one respectively? When their master returned they all gave account of their stewardship. The first two had doubled their capital. Each of them said so in sixteen words and their work was pronounced, "Well done, good and faithful servant." The third servant had accomplished absolutely nothing but his report took forty-three words, three times as long as each of the other two reports. Don't be like servant number three. Make good! Don't explain your failure! Do the thing you are expected to do! Then you won't have to explain why you didn't, couldn't, wouldn't, or shouldn't. Efficiency! That is the soul-satisfying joy of making good. Doing your work just a little better than anyone else gives you the margin of success. Making good required no explanation. Failure required forty-three words.

Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778)

Source: See Matthew 25:14–30

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on efficiency, facts, and secrets

The fact that a human brain of high amperage, otherwise highly efficient, may have a hole in it is surely not a secret.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by Herbert N. Casson on ambition, efficiency, men, power, and success

The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.

Herbert N. Casson

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on day, efficiency, leisure, and work

The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Harry S. Truman on dictatorship, efficiency, and government

When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.

Harry Truman (1884 - 1972)

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A Quote by Felix Frankfurter on efficiency

I don't like a man to be too efficient. He's likely to be not human enough.

Felix Frankfurter (1882 - 1965)

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A Quote by Eugene J. McCarthy on bureaucracy, efficiency, and liberty

An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.

Eugene J. McCarthy (1916 -)

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