140 Top-Notch Quotes about Management

"In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing to do. The worst thing you can do is nothing."

Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) 26th President of the United States. He is famous for his energetic personality, range of interests and achievements, leadership of the Progressive Movement, and his "cowboy" image and robust masculinity.

"The first thing is to decide before you walk into any negotiation is what to do if the other fellow says no."

Ernest Bevin (9 March 1881–14 April 1951) was a British Labour politician, best known for his time as Minister of Labour in the war-time coalition government, and as Foreign Secretary in the post-war Labour Government.

"High office teaches decision making, not substance. It consumes intellectual capital, it does not create it. Most high officials leave office with the perceptions and insights with which they entered, they learn how to make decisions, but not what decisions to make."

Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy (November 20, 1925– June 5, 1968) also referred to by his initials RFK, was an American politician, a Democratic Senator from New York, and a noted civil rights activist. An icon of modern American liberalism, he was a younger brother of President John F. Kennedy and acted as one of his advisers during his presidency.

"Ever notice that "What the hell" is always the right decision ?."

Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) born Norma Jeane Mortenson, but baptized Norma Jeane Baker, was an American actress, singer and model.

"Once I decide to do something, I can't have people telling me that I can't. If there's a roadblock, you jump over it, walk around it, crawl under it."

Kitty Kelly (April 27, 1902 – June 29, 1968) was an American stage and film character actress.

"It is the characteristic excellence of the strong man that he can bring momentous issues to the force and make a decision about them. The weak are always forced to decide between alternatives, they have not chosen themselves."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (February 4, 1906 – April 9, 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian. He was also a participant in the German Resistance movement against Nazism, a founding member of the Confessing Church.

"If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want and all that is left is a compromise."

Robert Jordan Fritz (born 1943 in Cambridge, Massachusetts) is an author, composer, filmmaker, and management consultant. He is known for his development of "structural dynamics," the study of how structural relationships impact behavior from individuals to organizations.

"A weak man has doubts before a decision, a strong man has them afterwards."

Karl Kraus (April 28, 1874 – June 12, 1936) was an Austrian writer and journalist, known as a satirist, essayist, aphorist, playwright and poet. He is regarded as one of the foremost German-language satirists of the 20th century.

"Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them."

Dr. Laurence Johnston Peter (September 16, 1919 - January 12, 1990) was an educator and "hierarchiologist", best known to the general public for the formulation of the Peter Principle.

"All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last."

Marcel Proust (10 July 1871 – 18 November 1922) was a French novelist, critic and essayist.