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Judgment Quotes

  • "We made a professional judgement about the appropriate accounting treatment that turned out to be wrong."
    Joseph Berardino (1951–), US business executive
    Referring to Enron's accounting practices.
    Source: Submission to a hearing on Enron (December 12, 2002)
  • "A man with a surplus can control circumstances, but a man without a surplus is controlled by them, and often has no opportunity to exercise judgment."
    Harvey Firestone (18681938), US founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber
    Source: Quoted in The Arizona Republic (2000)
  • "It is at least conceivable that the 21st century business environment will be so fluid that it defies analysis, forcing executives to fall back upon hunch, or instinct."
    John Elkington (1949–), British author and ecologist
    Source: Cannibals with Forks (1997)
  • "Discrimination is the capacity to discern what is important."
    Warren Blank (1945–), US writer
    Source: The 9 Natural Laws of Leadership (1995)
  • "It takes little talent to see clearly what lies under one's nose, a good deal of it to know in what direction to point that organ."
    W. H. Auden (19071973), US poet
    Source: The Dyers Hand (1963)
  • "Power in a corporation becomes residual and dwells in the background. It is the ability to exercise nice matters of judgment."
    Viscount Chandos (Oliver Lyttelton) (18931972), British statesman and industrialist
    Source: Memoirs of Lord Chandos: An Unexpected View from the Summit (1963)
  • "I leave this rule for others when I'm dead. Be always sure you're right—then go ahead."
    Davy Crockett (17861836), US frontiersman, pioneer, and politician
    His motto in the War of 1812.
    Source: Autobiography (1834)
  • "Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion."
    Edmund Burke (17291797), Irish-born British philosopher and politician
    Source: Speech in Bristol, United Kingdom (November 3, 1774)

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