Quotes

Sunday, August 31, 2014 – Strategy

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. ~ Winston Churchill

Churchill knew the importance of peace, and he also knew the price of it. Churchill finally got his voice, of course. He stressed strategy, but it was his voice that armed England at last with the old-fashioned moral concepts of honor and duty, justice and mercy. ~ Suzanne Fields

All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved. ~ Sun Tzu

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. ~ Sun Tzu

Study strategy over the years and achieve the spirit of the warrior. Today is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow is your victory over lesser men. ~ Miyamoto Musashi

We live in a world where finding fault in others seems to be the favorite blood sport. It has long been the basis of political campaign strategy. It is the theme of much television programming across the world. It sells newspapers. Whenever we meet anyone, our first, almost unconscious reaction may be to look for imperfections. ~ Henry B. Eyring

We do not place especial value on the possession of a virtue until we notice its total absence in our opponent. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs. ~ Susan Sontag

The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do. ~ Michael Porter

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. ~ Norman Schwarzkopf

When a plan or strategy fails, people are tempted to assume it was the wrong vision. Plans and strategies can always be changed and improved. But vision doesn’t change. Visions are simply refined with time. ~ Andy Stanley

A lot of people think international relations is like a game of chess. But it’s not a game of chess, where people sit quietly, thinking out their strategy, taking their time between moves. It’s more like a game of billiards, with a bunch of balls clustered together. ~ Madeleine Albright

Strategy is buying a bottle of fine wine when you take a lady out for dinner. Tactics is getting her to drink it. ~ Frank Muir

Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation. ~ Max Euwe

Strategy, without information upon which it can rely, is helpless. ~ William J. Donovan

Who asks whether the enemy was defeated by strategy or valor? ~ Virgil

Most people generalize whatever they did, and say that was the strategy that made it work. ~ Ben Silbermann

The experience and behavior that gets labeled schizophrenic is a special strategy that a person invents in order to live in an unlivable situation. ~ R. D. Laing

This strategy represents our policy for all time. Until it’s changed. ~ Marlin Fitzwater

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. ~ Oscar Wilde

Always leave a way out, unless you really want to find out how hard a man can fight when he’s nothing to lose. ~ Robert Jordan

Backing yourself into a corner is a terrible strategy, in that it leaves you nowhere to run. But it’s brilliant in that it brings out the fierce in you, because you are forced to fight. ~ Jarod Kintz

The man of thought who will not act is ineffective; the man of action who will not think is dangerous. ~ Richard M. Nixon

Our knowledge of circumstances has increased, but our uncertainty, instead of having diminished, has only increased. The reason of this is, that we do not gain all our experience at once, but by degrees; so our determinations continue to be assailed incessantly by fresh experience; and the mind, if we may use the expression, must always be under arms. ~ Carl von Clausewitz

It is necessary for a prince wishing to hold his own to know how to do wrong, and to make use of it or not according to necessity. ~ Niccolò Machiavelli

No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy. ~ Horatio Nelson