65 Inefficiency Quotes On Success In Life

These inefficiency quotes will inspire you. Inefficiency, the state of not achieving maximum productivity; failure to make the best use of time or resources.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging inefficiency quotes, inefficiency sayings, and inefficiency proverbs.

Best Inefficiency Quotes

  1. “The historical experience of socialist countries has sadly demonstrated that collectivism does not do away with alienation but rather increases it, adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic inefficiency.” ~ Pope John Paul II
  2. “All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
  3. “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” ~ Bill Gates
  4. “We cannot afford idleness, waste or inefficiency.” ~ Eamon de Valera

  5. “There are only two qualities in the world: efficiency and inefficiency; and only two sorts of people: the efficient and the inefficient.” ~ Josh Billings
  6. “It is a popular delusion that the government wastes vast amounts of money through inefficiency and sloth. Enormous effort and elaborate planning are required to waste this much money.” ~ P. J. O’Rourke
  7. “Every good cause is worth some inefficiency.” ~ Paul Samuelson
  8. “Unless structure follows strategy, inefficiency results.” ~ Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.

  9. “Government has three primary functions. It should provide for military defense of the nation. It should enforce contracts between individuals. It should protect citizens from crimes against themselves or their property. When government– in pursuit of good intentions tries to rearrange the economy, legislate morality, or help special interests, the cost come in inefficiency, lack of motivation, and loss of freedom. Government should be a referee, not an active player.” ~ Milton Friedman , Government inefficiency quotes
  10. “Unfortunately, we are finding the bureaucratic inefficiencies and red tape have a tendency to slow the efforts of individuals and communities working to rebuild.” ~ Bobby Jindal
  11. “My mother’s illness fitted into this protest against the treatment of the sick who could not pay, the inefficiency of commercialism, the waste, the extravagance, and the poverty.” ~ Ellen Wilkinson
  12. “An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.” ~ Eugene McCarthy

  13. “Wall Street sees a social fabric or social contract as inefficiencies, which need to be removed.” ~ David Korten
  14. “The only thing that saves us from bureaucracy is its inefficiency.” ~ Eugene McCarthy
  15. “The inability to envision a certain kind of person doing a certain kind of thing because you’ve never seen someone who looks like him do it before is not just a vice. It’s a luxury. What begins as a failure of the imagination ends as a market inefficiency: when you rule out an entire class of people from doing a job simply by their appearance, you are less likely to find the best person for the job.” ~ Michael Lewis
  16. “There is no remedy for the inefficiency of public management.” ~ Ludwig von Mises

  17. “Freud had a gene for inefficiency, and I think I have a gene for efficiency.” ~ Albert Ellis
  18. “The average man has a carefully cultivated ignorance about household matters – from what to do with the crumbs to the grocer’s telephone number – a sort of cheerful inefficiency which protects him.” ~ Crystal Eastman
  19. “Markets have built in inefficiencies, serious inefficiencies which are well known.” ~ Noam Chomsky
  20. “For the skeptic there remains only one consolation: if there should be such a thing as superhuman law it is administered with subhuman inefficiency.” ~ Eric Ambler

  21. “We accept, without sufficient consideration, a system that breeds inefficiencies and actually encourages the creation of shortages.” ~ Jacque Fresco
  22. “Watch with awe and amazement at how quickly an engineer will become totally annoyed by inefficiency.” ~ Rands
  23. “To announce that there must be no criticism of the president… is morally treasonable to the American public.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
  24. “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

  25. “A vital function of the free market is to penalize inefficiency and misjudgment and to reward efficiency and good judgment. By distorting economic calculations and creating illusory profits, inflation will destroy this function.” ~ Henry Hazlitt
  26. “South Africa does not have a poverty problem. Poverty is a result of denialism of the way corruption taxes poor people, the inefficiencies that undermine poor people’s opportunities and our refusal to admit that we are part of the problem.” ~ Mamphela Ramphele
  27. “Yet, when these facts are seen side by side with other facts in the case, it is difficult not to become lost in superstitious awe. Their very absurdity seems to prohibit the use of the words ‘chance’ and ‘coincidence.’ For the sceptic there remains only one consolation: if there should be such a thing as superhuman Law, it is administered with sub-human inefficiency.” ~ Eric Ambler
  28. “Grief is not productive. It simply represents an inefficiency in accepting change of status.” ~ Greg Bear

  29. “An efficient and valuable man does what he can, whether the community pay him for it or not. The inefficient offer their inefficiency to the highest bidder, and are forever expecting to be put into office. One would suppose that they were rarely disappointed.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
  30. “Automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” ~ Bill Gates
  31. “Even if your company’s financial condition can withstand the inefficiency of quality service, your brand likely won’t.” ~ Jim Blasingame
  32. “Snark from nerds is a leading indicator that I’m wasting their time and when I find it, I ask questions until I understand the inefficiency so I can change it or explain it.” ~ Rands

  33. “Every struggle, whether won or lost, strengthens us for the next to come. It is not good for people to have an easy life. They become weak and inefficient when they cease to struggle. Some need a series of defeats before developing the strength and courage to win a victory.” ~ Victorio
  34. “The linear ‘Take – Make – Dispose’ system, which depletes natural resources and generates waste, is deeply flawed and can be productively replaced by a restorative model in which waste does not exist as such but is only food for the next cycle” ~ Ellen MacArthur
  35. “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
  36. “Only the schools’ inefficiency can account for creativity surviving after age 25.” ~ George Leonard

  37. “There is an intrinsic linkage between socialism and economic inefficiency.” ~ Peter L. Berger
  38. “I’ve never been satisfied with myself, ever. But I feel good about myself, because I’m truthful. I don’t corrupt myself. I’m also a perfectionist. I’m very impatient. I’ve got energy and drive and I can’t stand inefficiency in people. And I can’t stand dumb people. Why surround yourself with people who are going to tie you down? I don’t suffer fools.” ~ Jack LaLanne
  39. “I loathed poverty and I would have liked to put my hands on the party who said that poverty is an honorable estate. It is an indication of inefficiency and nothing more. There is nothing honorable or fine about it.” ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs
  40. “The reason societies with democratic governments are better places to live in than their alternatives isn’t because of some goodness intrinsic to democracy, but because its hopeless inefficiency helps blunt the basic potential for evil.” ~ Nathan Myhrvold

  41. “The problems that are arising at Johannesburg International Airport are because of the growth of volume, not because of inefficiencies at the Airport. But, the growth in movement of goods by air means that cargo capacity needs to be improved. And I am quite certain that we will do it.” ~ Thabo Mbeki
  42. “We trained hard … but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.” ~ Charlton Ogburn
  43. “[The healthcare bill is a] headlong rush into socialism….we will not stand for the Obama-Pelosi-Reid hijacking of our freedom and democracy so they can impose their socialist ‘utopia’ of higher taxes, restricted access, inferior quality, and deadly inefficiency on the best health care system in the world….You and the RNC are all that stand between the Democrats’ scheme to take more of your hard-earned income to pay for this unsustainable, freedom destroying entitlement and an opportunity to work for real, truly bipartisan step-by-step solutions.” ~ Michael Steele
  44. “My own experience from a decade ago taught me I cannot trust the UN. But it is a world body and we have to live with it and tolerate it. But I can’t hide my feelings about its inefficiency and its not being productive.” ~ Paul Kagame

  45. “The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system.” ~ Barack Obama
  46. “We’ve never thought too deeply about the roles things like forgetting or partisanship or inefficiency or ambiguity or hypocrisy play in our political or social life. It’s been impossible to get rid of them, so we took them for granted, and we kind of thought, naively, that they’re always the enemy.” ~ Evgeny Morozov
  47. “Once you realize there’s less logic in human institutions than you once thought, you see the narrative potential in just about everything around you. Sometimes, in fact, it seems as if the human world runs on inefficiency and erratic behavior.” ~ Jeff VanderMeer
  48. “The real case against socialism is not its economic inefficiency, though on all sides there is evidence of that. Much more fundamental is its basic immorality.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

  49. “Freud had a gene for inefficiency, and I think I have a gene for efficiency. Had I not been a therapist, I would have been an efficiency expert.” ~ Albert Ellis
  50. “Stable markets, unstable world. Efficiency. Everybody hears about it. It’s enough to make you want to be pro-inefficiency and pro-corruption.” ~ Arundhati Roy
  51. “We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. Presumably the plans for our employment were being changed. I was to learn later in life that, perhaps because we are so good at organizing, we tend as a nation to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization.” ~ Charlton Ogburn
  52. “The pharmaceutical industry isn’t the only place where there’s waste and inefficiency and profiteering. That happens in much of the rest of the health care industry.” ~ Marcia Angell

  53. “Modern industry seems to be inefficient to a degree that surpasses one’s enduring powers of imagination. Its inefficiency therefore remains unnoticed.” ~ E. F. Schumacher
  54. “It is like using a smoke screen, the same thing for an individual. The topic here is Islam. If French politicians are no longer talking about Islam, they know they will have to talk about something else, which brings the spotlight on their inefficiency. They will have to talk about domestic social and economic issues and they will have to justify their foreign policy, which is obviously something they need to avoid at all costs.” ~ Tariq Ramadan
  55. “Worker ownership within a state capitalist, semi-market system is better than private ownership but it has inherent problems. Markets have well-known inherent inefficiencies. They’re very destructive.” ~ Noam Chomsky
  56. “Deeper state intervention in an economy means that bureaucratic waste, inefficiency and corruption are more likely to hold back growth.” ~ Ian Bremmer

  57. “You have no idea how much of the inefficiency of mankind comes from thinking about the wrong-doings of others, and of ourselves. There is nothing more miserable than to feel that by some mistake in life you have not amounted to what you might have, and that your misfortunes all hinge on that mistake.” ~ Emma Curtis Hopkins
  58. “You know, 600,000 millionaires get a Social Security check every month. I think there’s enough waste and inefficiency.” ~ Richard Lamm
  59. “Because it is a monopoly, government brings inefficiency and stagnation to most things it runs; government agencies pursue the inflation of their budgets rather than the service of their customers; pressure groups form an unholy alliance with agencies to extract more money from taxpayers for their members. Yet despite all this, most clever people still call for government to run more things and assume that if it did so, it would somehow be more perfect, more selfless, next time.” ~ Matt Ridley
  60. “The prize for ultimate inefficiency goes to America. We have built in so many checks and balances that our ‘leaders’ are the most thoroughly hogtied of any on Earth.” ~ Nathan Myhrvold

  61. “The rush to books and universities is like the rush to the public house. People want to drown their realization of the difficulties of living properly in this grotesque contemporary world, they want to forget their own deplorable inefficiency as artists in life.” ~ Aldous Huxley
  62. “In this country protection has always, to some extent, existed; but at some times it has been efficient, and at others not; and our tendency toward freedom or slavery has always been in the direct ratio of its efficiency or inefficiency.” ~ Henry Charles Carey
  63. “How many good books suffer neglect through the inefficiency of their beginnings!” ~ Edgar Allan Poe

  64. “Government-to-government foreign aid promotes statism, centralized planning, socialism, dependence, pauperization, inefficiency, and waste. It prolongs the poverty it is designed to cure. Voluntary private investment in private enterprise, on the other hand, promotes capitalism, production, independence, and self-reliance.” ~ Henry Hazlitt
  65. “It is the inefficiency and sham of … our schools … that save us from being dashed on the rocks of false doctrine instead of drifting down the midstream of mere ignorance.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

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