Writing quotes: Efficiency???

For this series, we’re going to start with the quotes.  Our quotes are about laziness efficiency.  Efficiency is a good thing, right?


We LOVE this one:            “Efficiency is intelligent laziness.”  — David Dunham


Portrait of Walter Chrysler purchased 2009

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Whenever there is a hard job to be done I assign it to a lazy man; he is sure to find an easy way of doing it.”  —Walter Chrysler



“Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.”   —Robert A. Heinlein     {As my mother would say:  ‘Ain’t that the truth!’}


“A sense of the value of time–that is, of the best way to divide one’s time into one’s various activities–is an essential preliminary to efficient work; it is the only method of avoiding hurry.”  —Arnold Bennett


“Laziness is the mother of efficiency.” —Marian Propp


“The worst, the hardest, the most disagreeable thing that you may have to do may be the thing that counts most, because it is the hard discipline, and it alone, that makes possible the highest efficiency.”  —Elihu Root


Español: Peter F. Drucker, padre de la adminis...

Español: Peter F. Drucker, padre de la administración moderna. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker


“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” – Peter Drucker   {Prioritizing???  Hmmmm}


Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.” —Peter F. Drucker


“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential. “ – Bruce Lee  {similar to the above quote}


“Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy. “ – Lao Tzu   {Hmmmmm}


Thomas Alva Edison

Thomas Alva Edison (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work. “ – Thomas A. Edison


“There’s a way to do it better – find it.” – Thomas A. Edison



Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A place for everything, everything in its place. “ – Benjamin Franklin


“A small leak can sink a great ship. “ – Benjamin Franklin  {Think about it}



And finally a contribution from Kana at Kana’s Chronicles in a comment on the previous post (disogranization):  “Organized people are just too lazy to look for things.”   (as seen on a bumper sticker)  I definately need one of these!


♦♦♦I may be a while with the next installment because life has handed me some unanticipated tasks, but I’m still here  🙂

What do you think of the efficiency/laziness debate?



  1. Great quotations

    • Thanks Anne 🙂

  2. Quotes are like little nuggets of wisdom. Good list.

  3. Thought you might like to know that you’ve received the Beautiful Blogger Award today:) http://lotsofcrochetstitches.blogspot.com/2012/05/time-to-accept-and-share-beautiful.html Happy Saturday to you!

    • Aw, thank you! I may someday get my awards up and accepted… lol. Away from internet for a few days and then a death in the family, so I am running behind big time. I do appreciate this very much!! Angie

  4. On the other hand, though, maybe organized people would rather be out at the beach, or the Zoo, or SeaWorld……………. instead of looking for things. lol

    • Ha ha, probably so. Disorganized people get there too, they just choose to leave a mess. Angie

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