Thomas J. Watson, Sr. (1874-1956)

“Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.”

“Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.”

“If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.”

“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot” than the stigma of conformity.”

“Really big people are, above everything else, courteous, considerate and generous – not just to some people in some circumstances – but to everyone all the time.”

“Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.”

“All the problems of the world could be settled if people were only willing to think. The trouble is that people very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work.”

“Once an organization loses its spirit of pioneering and rests on its early work, its progress stops.”

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”

“Repentance is a grace of God’s Spirit whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and visibly reformed.”

“Sin hath the devil for its father, shame for its companion, and death for its wages.”

“The way to succeed is to double your error rate.”

“If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.”

“If you aren’t playing well, the game isn’t as much fun. When that happens I tell myself just to go out and play as I did when I was a kid.”

“Life isn’t all beer and skittles, but beer and skittles, or something better of the same sort, must form a good part of every Englishman’s education.”

“Let them fear death who do not fear sin.”

“So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because that’s where you will find success. On the far side of failure.”

“You can be discouraged by failure, or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes, make all you can. Because, remember that’s where you’ll find success – on the far side of failure.”

“Knowledge without repentance will be but a torch to light men to hell.”

“God made man of the dust of the earth and man makes a god of the dust of the earth.”

“Within us all there are wells of thought and dynamos of energy which are not suspected until emergencies arise. Then often times we find that it is comparatively simple to double or triple our former capacities and to amaze ourselves by the results achieved.”

“Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.”

“When sin is your burden, Christ will be your delight.”

“You don’t hear things that are bad about your company unless you ask. It is easy to hear good tidings, but you have to scratch to get the bad news.”

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