A Small, Focused, Thematic Collection of Various Thinkers’ Useful and Perhaps Enlightening Quotations, These Being of Particular Interest to Philosophers, Social Scientists, Management Analysts, Operations Researchers, or Transformation Change Agents—or All of the Above
Applied Mathematics and Technology
“A problem well-stated is half solved.”—Charles Kettering.
Leadership and Organizational Change
“All progress depends on the unreasonable man.”—George Bernard Shaw, who noted that reasonable people adapt to the world, while unreasonable people persistently seek to adapt the world to them.
Geo-political and Military Power
“In war, truth is the first casualty.”—Aeschylus.
Social Sciences, including Economics
“From each according to his abilities, to each according to his need.”—Karl Marx
"Specifically, the MANPRINT program was formed because it had been conclusively demonstrated that members of the acquisition community did not have in-depth knowledge and/or motivation to attach any significant importance to the human [and] soldier dimension, but focused exclusively on the materiel dimension." -- Jack Hiller
"The more I learn, the less I know!" --quip adapted from a similar quote by Albert Einstein
Transformation, Re-engineering, and Continuous Process Improvement
"The aim of education is tolerance." --Helen Keller
"Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny." — Unknown
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." Albert Einstein, from a sign he kept in his office
“What gets measured, gets done." Peter Drucker
- Ackoff, Russell
- Bacon, Francis
- Bejan, Adrian
- Battista, Orlando A.
- Box, George E.P., statistician
- Butler, Sir William Francis
- Drucker, Peter
- Einstein, Albert
- Franklin, Benjamin
- Friedman, Milton
- Helmly, James R.
- Hiller, Jack, former Director, MANPRINT (as recalled by Mike Drillings, current Director)
- James, William
- Keller, Helen
- Kettering, Charles
- MacArthur, Douglas
- Machiavelli, Niccolo
- Marcus Aurelius
- Marx, Karl
- Mill, John Stuart
- Pirsig, Robert M.
- Rothschild, Mayer
- Schein, Edgar
- Shaw, George Bernard (1856-1950) Irish Playwright
- Stanley, Bessie Anderson
- Thoreau, Henry David, the intellectual and philosophical father of Walden University
- Weiss, Paul
- Winkler, John
last updated April 24, 2014