Continuous Improvement Quotes

[wpsm_quote author=”Albert Einstein” float=”none” width=”100%”]If I had one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Albert Einstein” float=”none” width=”100%”]It is important to foster individuality, for only the individual can produce the new ideas.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Albert Einstein” float=”none” width=”100%”]The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Albert Einstein” float=”none” width=”100%”]We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Aldous Huxley” float=”none” width=”100%”]There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Andrew Grove” float=”none” width=”100%”]A corporation is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin. Methods have to change. Focus has to change. Values have to change. The sum total of those changes is transformation.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Anonymous” float=”none” width=”100%”]Continuous improvement is the only cultural value that could unify an organization as large and diverse as ours.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Anonymous” float=”none” width=”100%”]Continuous improvement requires systematic evaluation. Continuous improvement requires unfiltered evaluation.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Anonymous” float=”none” width=”100%”]Don’t demand perfection. But insist on continuous improvement.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Anonymous” float=”none” width=”100%”]If you know you can do better then do better.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Anonymous” float=”none” width=”100%”]Unless you try to do something beyond you have already mastered, you will never grow.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Antonio Brown” float=”none” width=”100%”]The journey is never ending. There’s always gonna be growth, improvement, adversity; you just gotta take it all in and do what’s right, continue to grow, continue to live in the moment.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Aristotle” float=”none” width=”100%”]We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but habit.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Arnold H. Glasow” float=”none” width=”100%”]Improvement begins with I.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Arthur C. Clarke” float=”none” width=”100%”]The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Baltasar Gracian” float=”none” width=”100%”]Self knowledge is the beginning of self improvement.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Benjamin Franklin” float=”none” width=”100%”]Watch the little things; a small leak will sink a great ship.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Benjamin Franklin” float=”none” width=”100%”]Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Bette Davis” float=”none” width=”100%”]Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Bill Gates” float=”none” width=”100%”]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.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Brian Tracy” float=”none” width=”100%”]Excellence is not a destination, it is a continuous journey that never ends.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Brian Tracy” float=”none” width=”100%”]Practice the philosophy of continuous improvement. Get a little bit better every single day.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Bruce Hamilton” float=”none” width=”100%”]Continuous improvement is not about the things you do well — that’s work. Continuous improvement is about removing the things that get in the way of your work. The headaches, the things that slow you down, that’s what continuous improvement is all about.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Bruce Lee” float=”none” width=”100%”]I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”C. S. Lewis” float=”none” width=”100%”]It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Charles Darwin” float=”none” width=”100%”]It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives, but the one most responsive to change.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Charles Dickens” float=”none” width=”100%”]Man cannot really improve himself without improving others.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Charles Schwab” float=”none” width=”100%”]There’s no limit possible to the expansion of each one of us.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Christian D Larson” float=”none” width=”100%”]To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. Live in the faith that the whole world is on your side as long as you are true to the best that is in you.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Dale Carnegie” float=”none” width=”100%”]Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Debasish Mridha” float=”none” width=”100%”]Persistence, perseverance, and continuous improvement are the ingredients for forming a successful person.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Elon Musk” float=”none” width=”100%”]I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Elon Musk” float=”none” width=”100%”]Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Elon Musk” float=”none” width=”100%”]You shouldn’t do things differently just because they’re different. They need to be… better.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Epictetus” float=”none” width=”100%”]First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Georg C. Lichtenberg” float=”none” width=”100%”]I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Henry Ford” float=”none” width=”100%”]If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Henry Ford” float=”none” width=”100%”]If you think of standardization as the best that you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow; you get somewhere.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Henry Ford” float=”none” width=”100%”]The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Jeff Bezos” float=”none” width=”100%”]One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Jeff Bezos” float=”none” width=”100%”]The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”John Dewey” float=”none” width=”100%”]The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”John Locke” float=”none” width=”100%”]The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”John Ousterhout” float=”none” width=”100%”]The greatest performance improvement of all is when a system goes from not-working to working.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Joseph M. Juran” float=”none” width=”100%”]Without a Standard, there is no logical basis for decision making or taking action.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Kim Collins” float=”none” width=”100%”]Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Lailah Gifty Akita” float=”none” width=”100%”]Passion for knowledge, motivation for continuous learning.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Lao Tzu” float=”none” width=”100%”]Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Leo Babauta” float=”none” width=”100%”]Do not be afraid of improving slowly. Be afraid of standing still.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Lincoln Patz” float=”none” width=”100%”]When you reach the top, keep ascending, otherwise you start descending.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Lloyd Dobens” float=”none” width=”100%”]Continual improvement is an unending journey.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Mark Cuban” float=”none” width=”100%”]It’s not about money or connections, it’s the willingness to out work and outlearn everyon. And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Mark Twain” float=”none” width=”100%”]Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Mark Zuckerberg” float=”none” width=”100%”]The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration. Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Martin Luther King” float=”none” width=”100%”]Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Masaaki Imai” float=”none” width=”100%”]It is impossible to improve any process until it is standardized. If the process is shifting from here to there, then any improvement will just be one more variation that is occasionally used and mostly ignored. One must standardize, and thus stabilize the process, before continuous improvement can be made.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Max Depree” float=”none” width=”100%”]We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Maya Angelou” float=”none” width=”100%”]Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Melchor Lim” float=”none” width=”100%”]There is no exercise better for the improvement of our world than reaching down on a daily basis to lift someone up.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Michael Porter” float=”none” width=”100%”]The thing is, continuity of strategic direction and continuous improvement in how you do things are absolutely consistent with each other. In fact, they’re mutually reinforcing.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Mike Dooley” float=”none” width=”100%”]It’s the little things you do that make the big things happen.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Oliver Cromwell” float=”none” width=”100%”]He who stops being better stops being good.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Pat Riley” float=”none” width=”100%”]If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Pat Summitt” float=”none” width=”100%”]Change equals self improvement. Push yourself to places you haven’t been before.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Peter F. Drucker” float=”none” width=”100%”]There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Phil Crosby” float=”none” width=”100%”]Quality is free. It’s not a gift, but it’s free. The ‘unquality’ things are what cost money.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”R. D. Laing” float=”none” width=”100%”]The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Rich Gunnell” float=”none” width=”100%”]There is always room for improvement.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Shigeo Shingo” float=”none” width=”100%”]Improvement usually means doing something that we have never done before.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Shigeo Shingo” float=”none” width=”100%”]The most dangerous kind of waste is the waste we do not recognize.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Steve Jobs” float=”none” width=”100%”]Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Steve Jobs” float=”none” width=”100%”]I have a great respect for incremental improvement, and I’ve done that sort of thing in my life, but I’ve always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don’t know why. Because they’re harder. They’re much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you’ve completely failed.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Steve Jobs” float=”none” width=”100%”]If you define the problem correctly, you almost have the solution.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Steve Jobs” float=”none” width=”100%”]There is always one more thing to learn.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Taiichi Ohno” float=”none” width=”100%”]All we are doing is looking at the timeline, from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash. And we are reducing the time line by reducing the non-value adding wastes.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Taiichi Ohno” float=”none” width=”100%”]Costs do not exist to be calculated. Costs exist to be reduced.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Taiichi Ohno” float=”none” width=”100%”]Something is wrong if workers do not look around each day, find things that are tedious or boring, and then rewrite the procedures. Even last month’s manual should be out of date.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Taiichi Ohno” float=”none” width=”100%”]When you are out observing on the gemba, do something to help them. If you do, people will come to expect that you can help them and will look forward to seeing you again on the gemba.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Tom Peters” float=”none” width=”100%”]Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing, layout, processes, and procedures.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Tom Peters” float=”none” width=”100%”]Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Tom Peters” float=”none” width=”100%”]One percent improvement in 1,000 things is better than 1,000% improvement in one thing.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Tom Peters” float=”none” width=”100%”]The widespread availability of information is the only basis for effective day-to-day problem solving, which abets continuous improvement programs.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Tryon Edwards” float=”none” width=”100%”]People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher or better than themselves.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Ty Warner” float=”none” width=”100%”]Even perfection has room for improvement.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”unknown” float=”none” width=”100%”]Never to be satisfied with how things are. To succeed in this world, you have to change all the time.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Vince Lombardi” float=”none” width=”100%”]Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Vincent Van Gough” float=”none” width=”100%”]Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”W Edwards Deming” float=”none” width=”100%”]Improve quality, you automatically improve productivity.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”W Edwards Deming” float=”none” width=”100%”]Learning is not compulsory; it’s voluntary. Improvement is not compulsory; it’s voluntary. But to survive, we must learn.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”W. Edwards Deming” float=”none” width=”100%”]A bad system will beat a good person every time.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”W. Edwards Deming” float=”none” width=”100%”]Eighty-five percent of the reasons for failure are deficiencies in the systems and process rather than the employee. The role of management is to change the process rather than badgering individuals to do better.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”W. Edwards Deming” float=”none” width=”100%”]It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”W.E. Deming” float=”none” width=”100%”]If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Warren Buffett” float=”none” width=”100%”]It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Warren Buffett” float=”none” width=”100%”]The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”William A. Foster” float=”none” width=”100%”]Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”William Jones” float=”none” width=”100%”]Never neglect an opportunity for improvement.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”William Pollard” float=”none” width=”100%”]Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.[/wpsm_quote]
[wpsm_quote author=”Winston Churchill” float=”none” width=”100%”]To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.[/wpsm_quote]