May 22, 2006

Quotes on Quality

"Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything."
Wyatt Earp

"Quality is not an intrinsic characteristic of software. It's a relationship among the product, the people who have expectations about the product, and the world around them."
James Bach

"Quality means doing it right when no one is looking."
Henry Ford

"It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't."
Martin Van Buren

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

"Quality begins on the inside... and then works its way out."
Bob Moawad

"Quality is everyone's responsibility."
W. Edwards Deming

"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."
William A. Foster

"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after low pricing is forgotten."
Leon M. Cautillo

"The trouble with the public is that there is too much of it; what we need in public is less quantity and more quality."
Don Marquis

"Quality is a proud and soaring thing."
Jessica Julian

"The best ad is a good product."
Alan H. Meyer

"It is easier to confess a defect than to claim a quality."
Max Beerbohm

"There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper."
John Ruskin

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

"The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of meeting schedules is forgotten."
Kathleen Byle, Sandia National Laboratories

"When one find's oneself in a hole of one's own making, it is a good time to examine the quality of the workmanship."
John Renmerde

"Quality is not an act. It is a habit."

"Everything can be improved."
C. W. Barron

"Quality in a product or service is not what the supplier puts in. It is what the customer gets out and is willing to pay for."
Peter F. Drucker

"I consider a bad bottle of Heineken to be a personal insult to me."
Freddy Heineken, founder of Dutch beer giant

"It is a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it."
W. Somerset Maugham

"Quality is free, but only to those who are willing to pay heavily for it."
Philip Crosby

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."
Vince Lombardi

"Good is not good where better is expected."
Thomas Fuller

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

"People wish to produce quality; they wish to have pride in workmanship."
W. Edwards Deming

"Quality also marks the search for an ideal after necessity has been satisfied and mere usefulness achieved."
William A. Foster

"You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal."
William S Burroughs

"Ninety percent of everything is crud."
Theodore Sturgeon

"Be a yardstick of quality.  Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected."
Steve Jobs