Efficiency Quotes

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Robert A. Heinlein
“Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.”
Robert Heinlein

C.S. Lewis
“I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of "Admin." The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid "dens of crime" that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern."

[From the Preface]
C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

A.J. Darkholme
“The most inefficient and self-harming thing a person can do is go out looking for love. Let it find you when the time is right and you're out doing what you love to do. Only then will you find it in its truest form.”
A.J. Darkholme, Rise of the Morningstar

Frank H. Knight
“Never waste any time you can spend sleeping.”
Frank H. Knight

Peter Joseph
“Our entire system, in an economic sense, is based on restriction. Scarcity and inefficiency are the movers of money; the more there is of any resource the less you can charge for it. The more problems there are, the more opportunities there are to make money.

This reality is a social disease, for people can actually gain off the misery of others and the destruction of the environment. Efficiency, abundance and sustainability are enemies of our economic structure, for they are inverse to the mechanics required to perpetuate consumption.

This is profoundly critical to understand, for once you put this together you begin to see that the one billion people currently starving on this planet, the endless slums of the poor and all the horrors of a culture due to poverty and pravity are not natural phenomenon due to some natural human order or lack of earthly resources. They are products of the creation, perpetuation and preservation of artificial scarcity and inefficiency.”
Peter Joseph

Malcolm Gladwell
“A critic looking at these tightly focused, targeted interventions might dismiss them as Band-Aid solutions. But that phrase should not be considered a term of disparagement. The Band-Aid is an inexpensive, convenient, and remarkably versatile solution to an astonishing array of problems. In their history, Band-Aids have probably allowed millions of people to keep working or playing tennis or cooking or walking when they would otherwise have had to stop. The Band-Aid solution is actually the best kind of solution because it involves solving a problem with the minimum amount of effort and time and cost.”
Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Herman Melville
“All my means are sane, my motive and my object mad.”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or, the Whale

Denis Healey
“Healey’s First Law Of Holes: When in one, stop digging.”
Denis Healey

“In Japan, a number of time-honored everyday activities (such as making tea, arranging flowers, and writing) have traditionally been deeply examined by their proponents. Students study how to make tea, perform martial arts, or write with a brush in the most skillful way possible to express themselves with maximum efficiency and minimum strain. Through this efficient, adroit, and creative performance, they arrive at art. But if they continue to delve even more deeply into their art, they discover principles that are truly universal, principles relating to life itself. Then, the art of brush writing becomes shodo—the “Way of the brush”—while the art of arranging flowers is elevated to the status of kado—the “Way of flowers.” Through these Ways or Do forms, the Japanese have sought to realize the Way of living itself. They have approached the universal through the particular.”
H.E. Davey, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation

Bill Watterson
“We don't value craftsmanship anymore! All we value is ruthless efficiency, and I say we deny our own humanity that way! Without appreciation for grace and beauty, there's no pleasure in creating things and no pleasure in having them! Our lives are made drearier, rather than richer! How can a person take pride in his work when skill and care are considered luxuries! We're not machines! We have a human need for craftsmanship!”
Bill Watterson, There's Treasure Everywhere

Raymond Chandler
“The main hallway of the Sternwood place was two stories high. Over the entrance doors, which would have let in a troop of Indian elephants, there was a broad stained-glass panel showing a knight in dark armor rescuing a lady who was tied to a tree and didn’t have any clothes on but some very long and convenient hair. The knight had pushed the vizor of his helmet back to be sociable, and he was fiddling with the knots on the ropes that tied the lady to the tree and not getting anywhere. I stood there and thought that if I lived in the house, I would sooner or later have to climb up there and help him. He didn’t seem to be really trying.”
Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep

Jimmy Carter
“Put on a sweater.”
Jimmy Carter

Amit Kalantri
“Be a worthy worker and work will come.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Jacques Ellul
“Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity.”
Jacques Ellul

Will Advise
“The only way to efficiently battle evil is to copy enough to know how to counter each argument, yet not enough to believe all the bullshit.”
Will Advise, Nothing is here...

Cameron Conaway
“In The Land of Poetry and Fighting, Efficiency rules the throne. I try to live here, so I shave my head because hair is dead and dead is inefficient.”
Cameron Conaway, Caged: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet

Jack Gantos
“I want you to take a sleeve of Thin Mints and line them up on the edge of the kitchen counter and when I'm hungry I can just bend over and sweep a cookie into my mouth like I'm scoring a goal in hockey.”
Jack Gantos, Dead End in Norvelt

Stéphane Audeguy
“One dead body required two men either to bury it or to transport it to the rear. A wounded soldier, on the other hand, immobilized five men for an indeterminate amount of time; and who knew whether it was even worth the effort.”
STEPHANE AUDEGUY, The Theory of Clouds

“I read these biographies all the time about these successful people and one of the patterns that I've discovered, and what I've discovered in myself and all of my friends who have become very successful, has been the fact that they say "Yes" to a lot of commitments.

If you just have this one goal, then that one thing may get shoved under the rug and procrastinated on. But if you say yes to a lot of things; if you almost overcommit, then you probably won't get all of the things you've committed to complete. But you'll get a good portion of them. The 80% that you DO get done will still be more than that one person who said no to a lot of things. The busiest people get the most things done.”
David Tian Ph.D

H.G. Wells
“I could work at a problem for years, but to wait inactive for twenty-four hours—that is another matter.”
HG Wells, The Time Machine

“To argue a moral position convincingly these days requires that one speak to (and not depart from) people's love of material well-being, their fascination with efficiency, or their fear of death.”
Langdon Winner, The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology

“Consider your time valuable and manage it effectively and efficiently.
Don’t waste it. Produce high-quality products that will inspire others.
Make it a point of duty to add value to your work during the progress.
Don’t settle to less; make it your best, strive to win the test!”
Joseph S. Spence Sr.

“Don’t let the urgent crowd out the important.”
Henry Gindt

“Wherever there is human intervention, there is subjective prejudice. Systems implementation is the only solution for efficiency.”
Krishna Saagar Rao

Neal Shusterman
“The problem was that Citra was very bad at doing things half-fast.”
Neal Shusterman, Scythe

Salman Ahmed Shaikh
“When welfare is discussed in microeconomics textbooks, it is only in the domain of economic exchange in markets. The discussion in such places sets total welfare maximization as the virtuous end or criterion. In first-degree price discrimination adopted by a monopolist, there is no welfare loss. However, there is no consumer surplus either despite having optimal efficiency. Economics is neutral between desirable or undesirable equilibrium from the point of view of equity.”
Salman Ahmed Shaikh, Reflections on the Origins in the Post COVID-19 World

“You can't forget to do what you already did—if you can, do it now.”
Taiki Matsuura

Richelle E. Goodrich
“Minutes may seem as worthless as pennies until you add them up. Neither should be wasted.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Being Bold: Quotes, Poetry, & Motivations for Every Day of the Year

Amit Kalantri
“You will be exceptional only few times, but you can be excellent all the times.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

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