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Sooner or later everyone has to sit down to a banquet of consequences. Robert Louis Stevenson
Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made. Franz Kafka
We should be tough on a bureaucracy that fails to turn aid money into critical services for the poor. William Easterly
In the end, a man’s motives are secondary to his accomplishments. Fred Thompson
Nothing is steadfast but the will, nothing endures but one’s achievements. Yoshida Shoin
At times we used questionable means to achieve our noble ends. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
Whoever places greater emphasis upon the product rather than the process, upon an all-sanctifying end rather than upon the means for achieving it, is opening the doors of anarchy Sidney Hook
It is an inevitable defect, that bureaucrats will care more for routine than for results. Walter Bagehot
I fear that the public at home expect too prompt results. George S. Patton
I would not hold that we must judge by the favorable or adverse result alone whether an undertaking was just or unjust. Theodore Beza
We can not permit ourselves to be narrowed and dwarfed by slogans and phrases. It is not the adjective, but the substantive, which is of real importance. It is not the name of the action, but the result of the action, which is the chief concern. Calvin Coolidge
Too often ... in statecraft the object is to reach an agreement, which is only sometime—not always—the way to reach a result. Ralph E. Flanders
Academic freedom is simply a way of saying that we get the best results in education and research if we leave their management to people who know something about them. Robert M. Hutchins
A mere excuse for idleness; it has never achieved, and will never achieve any results of the slightest value. Benjamin Jowett
People expect quick results. Tadeusz Mazowiecki
When the object is to raise the permanent condition of a people, small means do not merely produce small effects; they produce no effect at all. John Stuart Mill
Intelligence work has one moral law—it is justified by results. John le Carre
I who am not a specially brave man have had to sustain the sinking courage of these professional fighters in critical times. When it was proposed to station [Gen. Henry W.] Halleck here in general command, he insisted, to use his own language, on the appointment of a general-in-chief who should be held responsible for results. We appointed him and all went well enough until [John] Pope's death, when he broke down—nerve and pluck all gone—and has ever since evaded all possible responsibility—little more since then than a first-rate clerk. Abraham Lincoln
We [Republicans] have to fight this battle [against slavery] upon principle alone, so I hope those with whom I am surrounded have principle enough to nerve themselves for the task, and leave nothing undone that can fairly be done to bring about the right result. Abraham Lincoln
Never scorn the connection between deeds and their results Chogyal Phakpa
Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship. Harry S Truman
Results rarely specify their causes unambiguously…. If we are forced to infer a process only from its … results, then we are usually stymied or reduced to speculation about probabilities. Stephen Jay Gould
Social science has been established not to set policy but to measure its results. Daniel P. Moynihan
In all pioneer movements, they underwent a period of experimentation in which mistakes were made which, eventually, according to their proponents, might have led to valuable findings and encouraging results … Charles Edward Terry
The ballots don’t make the results—the counters make the results. William Marcy Tweed
Democracy is not a result. Democracy is a process. Lee H. Hamilton
In this era of instant communications, the people want instant results. James L. Oberstar
Mobilize people and resources to get results, Not small results but big results. Spend 80% of your time doing development work. Only 20% your time doing administrative work. Never be bureaucrats. Always be leaders. Marc Ravalomanana
Every advantage in the past is judged in the light of the final issue. Demosthenes
There are plenty of team players in government who do whatever the leader says. There are too few difficult members, who have complicated minds, unusual perspectives, the toughness to withstand the party-line barrages and a practical interest in producing results. David Brooks
I can guarantee 100% effort, but I cannot guarantee 100% results. Yasser Arafat
We are spending a lot of money on our schools. We’ve got to make ourselves accountable for the results. Dannel Malloy
What really counts are good endings, not flawed beginnings. Ibn Taymiyya
Ideologically, we were opposed to the bailout and we still are. We don’t believe in results. Donald T. Regan
The insistence on a perfect cure often results in no betterment whatsoever. Theodore Roosevelt
Measures not men William Pitt the Younger
Eviction is a cause, not just a condition of poverty. Matthew Desmond
The Pentagon has expended stupendous sums. Yet when it comes to promised results—–disorder curbed, democracy promoted, human rights advanced, terrorism suppressed—–the United States has precious little to show. Andrew J. Bacevich
All that I care about are results. Paul Ryan
Don't mistake activity with achievement. John Wooden