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

Improving efficiency on the farm is not only a risk-reduction strategy, it's a profitability strategy.     

Bill Vaughan

Once we've made a decision, we are efficient only if we go through with it decisively, undistracted by doubts about its correctness.     

John Cleese

Do not believe that it is very much of an advance to do the unnecessary three times as fast.     

Peter Drucker

You cannot increase the quality or quantity of your achievement or performance except to the degree in which you increase your ability to use your time effectively.     

Brian Tracy

The efficiency of God may be understood as either creation or providence.     

William Ames

The effectiveness of your work will never rise above your ability to lead and influence others.     

John C Maxwell

Effectiveness without values is a tool without a purpose.     

Edward de Bono

You must never forget for a moment that so far from the doctrine of efficiency being a base doctrine, it is a doctrine vital to good in this country.     

Theodore Roosevelt

You must be efficient. You must be able to hold your own in the world of politics, the world of business; able to keep your head above water, to make your work satisfactory, to make it pay. If you do not, you cannot do good to others.     

Theodore Roosevelt

The efficient man is the one who thinks for himself and thinks long and hard.     

Charles W. Eliot

The average man could probably increase his efficiency fifty percent.     

Walter Dill Scott

Efficiency without ideals is brutal; ideals without efficiency are futile.     

Felix Frankfurter

I don't like a man to be too efficient. He's likely not to be human enough.     

Felix Frankfurter

I'll take fifty percent efficiency to take 100 percent loyalty.     

Samuel Goldwyn

It is idiotic to do only one thing at a time when there is so much to be done and to be forgiving of anything less than efficiency and perfection.     

Richard W. Pound

Efficiency signifies the productivity of the process. Does the process minimize the use of resources, improve cycle time, and eliminate bureaucracy?     

Susan Page

Tommy's leaden soldiers we, / Glittering with efficiency. / Not a button's out of place, / Tons and tons of golden lace / Wind about our officers.     

Amy Lowell

She whispered to her friends to shoo me away; which they executed with supreme efficiency; pelting me with their shoes; and whatever rotten piece of junk that came across their hands.     

Nikhil Parekh

Tell Him what day you are missin’ out on / Tell Him His grace is efficient and strong / Love Him all day or you're missing on Him / Tell Him his grace is efficient and strong.     

Armour Stephen III

It's so vicious / She's so sufficient / Oh, efficiency's her middle name / Efficient / Special you know I care / Darling, tell the truth to the world.     

Neil Leitao

I'm in no rush / I'm a man on a mission / Just lay back I'm so efficient / You'll have what you want and more.     

Earlwin Opanga

Who decides who lives in this world? / Who decides who dies in this world? / More efficient ways of execution / This is not a type of resolution / Who dares to throw the first rock? / Who believes in justice being done? / More efficient ways to confess / We got to know the truth no less.     

Andreas Rudolf Kisser

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

Simplicity is efficient.     

Adrienne Posey

Wherever there is human intervention, there is subjective prejudice. Systems implementation is the only solution for efficiency.     

Krishna Saagar Rao

You will be exceptional only few times, but you can be excellent all the times.     

Amit Kalantri

It's surprising how much free time and productivity you gain when you lose the busyness in your mind.     

Brittany Burgunder

Good managers don't set a goal to increase efficiency, but rather an implementation of business process improvements that result in higher efficiency as well.     

Eraldo Banovac

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.     

Bill Gates

There can be economy only where there is efficiency.     

Benjamin Disraeli

Freud had a gene for inefficiency, and I think I have a gene for efficiency.     

Albert Ellis

The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency.      

Aldous Huxley

The obvious rule of efficiency is you don't want to spend more time organizing than it's worth.     

Daniel Levitin

The gold medals from world championships and National Games prove the efficiency of my daily training.     

Lin Dan

The outgrowth of conservation, the inevitable result, is national efficiency.     

Gifford Pinchot

Efficiency is to do what is effective, achieve high customer satisfaction with less operating cost, and improve employee productivity with good teamwork.     

Pearl Zhu

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