Performance Quotes

The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it. To some men of early performance it is useless. To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job.

Thomas Hardy

History is filled with examples of men and women who rendered highly effective performance without the conventional badges of accomplishment in terms of certificates, diplomas, or degrees. Diplomas and tests are useful servants, but Congress has mandated the commonsense proposition that they are not to become masters of reality.

Warren Earl Burger

Sports constantly make demands on the participant for top performance, and they develop integrity, self-reliance and initiative. They teach you a lot about working in groups, without being unduly submerged in the group.

Byron R. White

An ounce of performance is worth more than a pound of preachment

Elbert Hubbard

All promise outruns performance.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise.

William Dean Howells

Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality.

Harold Geneen

Promises may fit the friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.

Benjamin Franklin

Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something.

Frank Zappa

We thus make a fundamental distinction between the competence (the speaker-hearer's knowledge of his language) and performance (the actual use of language in concrete situations).

Noam Chomsky

Clearly, the pleasures wines afford are transitory ñ but so are those of the ballet, or of a musical performance. Wine is inspiring and adds greatly to the joy of living.


If you want to have a better performance than the crowd, you must do things differently from the crowd.

Sir John Templeton

An arts education helps build academic skills and increase academic performance, while also providing alternative opportunities to reward the skills of children who learn differently.

Gavin Newsom

Men whose only concern is other people's opinion of them are like actors who put on a poor performance to win the applause of people of poor taste; some of them would be capable of good acting in front of a good audience. A decent man plays his part to the best of his ability, regardless of the taste of the gallery.

Nicolas Chamfort

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