Quality Sayings and Quotes

Quality is hard to describe, but we know it when we see it, and we definitely notice when something is not up to par. Embrace quality over quantity with the collection of wise and humorous quality quotes below.

Uncontrolled variation is the enemy of quality.     

Edward Deming

If you want work well done, select a busy man; the other kind has no time.     

Elbert Hubbard

Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality.      

Erich Fromm

The ABC's are attitude, behavior, and communication skills.     

Gerald Chertavian

Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.     

Gucci Family Slogan

If you think of standardization as the best that you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow; you get somewhere.     

Henry Ford

People forget how fast you did a job but they remember how well you did it.     

Howard Newton

Have a bias toward action - let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.      

Indira Gandhi

Productivity and efficiency can be achieved only step by step with sustained hard work, relentless attention to details and insistence on the highest standards of quality and performance.     

J. R. D. Tata

Most people buy the highest quality television sets, only to watch the lowest quality television shows.     

Jarod Kintz

Excellent firms don't believe in excellence - only in constant improvement and constant change.     

Tom Peters

Knowledge comes by taking things apart: analysis. But wisdom comes by putting things together.     

John A. Morrison

if you took the time to really look at yourself deep down, would you find the qualities needed to live out your boldest dreams, the ones so big that you’ve never shared them with anybody?     

John C. Maxwell

Observing many companies in action. I am unable to point to a single instance in which stunning results were gotten without the active and personal leadership of the upper managers.     

Joseph M. Juran

One of the rarest things that a man ever does, is to do the best he can.     

Josh Billings

Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior.     


Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time.     

Marabel Morgan

Always do things right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.     

Mark Twain

Intelligence, knowledge, or experience are important and might get you a job, but strong communication skills are what will get you promoted.     

Mireille Guiliano

When I want any, good head work done; I always choose a man, if possible with a long nose.     

Napoleon Bonaparte

That what we persist in doing becomes easier – not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do it has increased.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like the bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.     

Ray Bradbury

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.     

Ray Kroc

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly until you learn to do it well.     

Steve Brown

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.     

Steve Jobs

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.     

Thomas A. Edison

Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing layout, processes, and procedures.     

Tom Peters

“The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.     

Tony Robbins