Quotes about Strategy

"Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things."

Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584 – June 13, 1645) was a Japanese swordsman and ronin. Musashi, became renowned through stories of his excellent swordsmanship in numerous duels, even from a very young age and the author of The Book of Five Rings, a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.


"The essence of strategy is that you must set limits on what you're trying to accomplish."

Michael Eugene Porter (born 1947) is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School. He is a leading authority on company strategy and the competitiveness of nations and regions. Michael Porter’s work is recognized in many governments, corporations and academic circles globally.


"In action be primitive; in foresight, a strategist."

Edward Irving "Ed" Koch (born December 12, 1924) is an American lawyer, politician, and political commentator.


"Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world."

Arthur Schopenhauer (22 February 1788 – 21 September 1860) was a German philosopher known for his pessimism and philosophical clarity.


"Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy."

Laozi also Lao Tse, Lao Tu, Lao-Tzu, Lao-Tsu, Laotze, Lao Zi, Laocius, and other variations . () was a mystic philosopher of ancient China, and is a central figure in Taoism (also spelled "Daoism").


"Effective visions are lived in details, not broad strokes."

Thomas J. "Tom" Peters (born November 7, 1942) is an American writer on business management practices.


"There's a fundamental distinction between strategy and operational effectiveness."

Michael Eugene Porter (born 1947) is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School. He is a leading authority on company strategy and the competitiveness of nations and regions. Michael Porter’s work is recognized in many governments, corporations and academic circles globally.


"It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision."

Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.


"Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habits."

Charles J. Givens (February 5, 1941 - July 12, 1998) was a bestselling author of two books on Financial literacy.


"More strategies fail because they are overripe than because they are premature."

Kenichi Ohmae (born February 21, 1943) is a business and corporate strategist who developed the 3C's Model.