Efficiency Sayings and Quotes

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


The most efficient way to live reasonably is every morning to make a plan of one's day and every night to examine the results obtained.     

Alexis Carrel

So there is a natural efficiency that you pick up as you can prioritize capital across a bigger set of opportunities.     

Bill Vaughan

Loyal and efficient work in a great cause, even though it may not be immediately recognized, ultimately bears fruit.     

Jawaharlal Nehru

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.     

Peter Drucker

Conscienceless efficiency is no match for efficiency quickened by conscience.     

Kelly Miller

The highest and best form of efficiency is the spontaneous cooperation of a free people.     

Woodrow Wilson

Efficiency was just a measurement of how fast money moved from the poor to the rich. We prefer the opposite of efficiency, which is to say, justice.     

Kim Stanley Robinson

Efficiency and focus are the keys to success.     

Robert Crais

Efficiency is anything that scores.     

Bruce Lee

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.     

Stephen Covey

Efficiency is the foundation for survival. Effectiveness is the foundation for success.     

John C. Maxwell

Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.     

Peter Drucker

You think effectiveness with people and efficiency with things.     

Stephen Covey

The efficient management of organizations is key to generating wealth, for the development of a country, for the preservation of natural resources and the enhancement of the human being.     

Vinicius Montgomery

Organizations cannot make a genius out of an incompetent. On the other hand, disorganization can scarcely fail to result in efficiency.     

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Efficiency was a higher priority than imagination.     

Adam Christopher

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

Robert A. Heinlein

The most efficient way to produce anything is to bring together under one management as many as possible of the activities needed to turn out the product.     

Peter Drucker

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Being efficient without regard to effectiveness is the default mode of the universe.     

Timothy Ferriss

True efficiency is taking some time to be fully first thing in the morning. Rushing isn't always efficient.     

Waylon H. Lewis

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

The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide.     

Hannah Arendt

Efficiency is intelligent laziness.     

David Dunham

The efficiency of most workers is beyond the control of the management and depends more than has been supposed upon the willingness of men to do their best.     

Sumner Slichter

Organizational effectiveness does not lie in that narrow minded concept called rationality. It lies in the blend of clearheaded logic and powerful intuition.     

Henry Mintzberg

Our work activities are perhaps most interesting when the element of competition is present.     

Ralph Alfred Habas

Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.     

Peter Drucker

The more efficient you are at doing the wrong thing, the wronger you become. It is much better to do the right thing wronger than the wrong thing righter. If you do the right thing wrong and correct it, you get better.     

Russell L. Ackoff

Efficiency, which is doing things right, is irrelevant until you work on the right things.     

Peter Drucker