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Quotes - Conformity

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and doesn’t stop until you get into the office.
Robert Frost
Poet

We work not only to produce but to give value to time.
Eugène Delacroix
Painter

If my doctor told me I only had six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.
Isaac Asimov
Writer and scientist

Don’t tell me how hard you work. Tell me how much you get done.
James Ling
Business executive

It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist and writer

Waste of time is the most extravagant of all expense.
Theophrastus
Philosopher

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
Peter Drucker
Management consultant and writer

Never mistake motion for action.
Ernest Hemingway
Writer

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishments and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
Thomas Edison
Inventor

You may ask me for anything you like except time.
Napoleon Bonaparte
Emperor of France

People count up the faults of those who keep them waiting.
French proverb

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosopher, essayist and poet

I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.
Duke Ellington
Musician

If your desk isn’t cluttered, you probably aren’t doing your job.
Harold Geneen
Chairman, ITT Corporation

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
Isaac Asimov
Writer and scientist

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.
Warren G. Bennis
Educator and business writer

To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three people, two of whom are absent.
Robert Copeland

You cannot paint the Mona Lisa by assigning one dab each to a thousand painters.
William F. Buckley
Journalist

Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.
Jean de La Bruyère
Philosopher and writer

Luck is infatuated with the efficient.
Persian proverb

Men who do things without being told draw the most wages.
Edwin H. Stuart

I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything for myself that I could pay others to do for me.
W. Somerset Maugham
Novelist and dramatist

Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.
Dale Carnegie
Writer and speaker

The quality of your work, in the long run, is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world.
Orison Swett Marden
American lawyer

Three o’clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.
Jean-Paul Sartre
Philosopher, dramatist, novelist

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