Peter Drucker Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Peter Drucker quotes, Peter Drucker sayings, and Peter Drucker proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.     

Peter Drucker

We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.      

Peter Drucker

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.     

Peter Drucker

Business has only two functions marketing and innovation.     

Peter Drucker

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.     

Peter Drucker

Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.

Peter Drucker

Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.     

Peter Drucker

Long-range planning does not deal with future decisions, but with the future of present decisions.     

Peter Drucker

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.     

Peter Drucker

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.     

Peter Drucker

What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it is another matter.

Peter Drucker

Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.

Peter Drucker

The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.

Peter Drucker

The aim of marketing is to make selling superfluous.     

Peter Drucker

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.

Peter Drucker

Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice.     

Peter Drucker

The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.

Peter Drucker

Erroneous assumptions can be disastrous.     

Peter Drucker

The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.     

Peter Drucker

Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice.     

Peter Drucker

Quality in a service or product is not what you put into it. It is what the client or customer gets out of it.     

Peter Drucker

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.

Peter Drucker

Marketing is not a function, it is the whole business seen from the customer's point of view.     

Peter Drucker

Marketing is the distinguishing, unique function of the business.     

Peter Drucker

The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.     

Peter Drucker

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

Peter Drucker

Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.     

Peter Drucker

Management by objectives works if you first think through your objectives. Ninety percent of the time you haven't.

Peter Drucker

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.     

Peter Drucker

The essence of management is to make knowledge productive.     

Peter Drucker