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Thomas J. Watson Quote: “If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.”

If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.

— Thomas J. Watson



Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Failure is a teacher; a harsh one, but the best.”

Failure is a teacher; a harsh one, but the best.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet.”

Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “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.”

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.

— Thomas J. Watson


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

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

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “The fastest way to succeed is to double your rate of failure.”

The fastest way to succeed is to double your rate of failure.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Our murmuring is the devil’s music.”

Our murmuring is the devil’s music.

— Thomas J. Watson


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

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

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Success is on the far side of failure.”

Success is on the far side of failure.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Sin has the devil for its father, shame for its companion, and death for its wages.”

Sin has the devil for its father, shame for its companion, and death for its wages.

— Thomas J. Watson



Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Knowledge without repentance will be but a torch to light men to hell.”

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

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “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.”

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.

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Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.”

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

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.”

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

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Christ went more willingly to the cross than we do to the throne of grace.”

Christ went more willingly to the cross than we do to the throne of grace.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Prayer delights God’s ear; it melts His heart; and opens His hand. God cannot deny a praying soul.”

Prayer delights God’s ear; it melts His heart; and opens His hand. God cannot deny a praying soul.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “It is a common mistake to think of failure as the enemy of success. Failure is a teacher-a harsh one, but the best. Pull your failures to pieces looking for the reason. Put your failure to work for you.”

It is a common mistake to think of failure as the enemy of success. Failure is a teacher-a harsh one, but the best. Pull your failures to pieces looking for the reason. Put your failure to work for you.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “A weak faith can lay hold on a strong Christ.”

A weak faith can lay hold on a strong Christ.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “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.”

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.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Eternity to the godly is a day that has no sunset; eternity to the wicked is a night that has no sunrise.”

Eternity to the godly is a day that has no sunset; eternity to the wicked is a night that has no sunrise.

— Thomas J. Watson



Thomas J. Watson Quote: “A man’s greatest care should be for that place where he lives longest; therefore eternity should be his scope.”

A man’s greatest care should be for that place where he lives longest; therefore eternity should be his scope.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Let us then ascribe the whole work of grace to the pleasure of God’s Will. God did not choose us because we were worthy, but by choosing us He makes us worthy.”

Let us then ascribe the whole work of grace to the pleasure of God’s Will. God did not choose us because we were worthy, but by choosing us He makes us worthy.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “The angel fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer that fetched the angel.”

The angel fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer that fetched the angel.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas and enthusiasm.”

The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas and enthusiasm.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “The toughest thing about the power of trust is that it’s very difficult to build and very easy to destroy. The essence of trust building is to emphasize the similarities between you and the customer.”

The toughest thing about the power of trust is that it’s very difficult to build and very easy to destroy. The essence of trust building is to emphasize the similarities between you and the customer.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “It is our work to cast care, and it is God’s work to take care.”

It is our work to cast care, and it is God’s work to take care.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Affliction may be lasting, but it is not everlasting.”

Affliction may be lasting, but it is not everlasting.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “First we practice sin, then defend it, then boast of it.”

First we practice sin, then defend it, then boast of it.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Knowledge is the eye that must direct the foot of obedience.”

Knowledge is the eye that must direct the foot of obedience.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Are there not millions of us who would rather go sleeping to hell; than sweating to heaven?”

Are there not millions of us who would rather go sleeping to hell; than sweating to heaven?

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “There is more evil in a drop of sin than in a sea of affliction.”

There is more evil in a drop of sin than in a sea of affliction.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Every time we’ve moved ahead in IBM, it was because someone was willing to take a chance, put his head on the block, and try something new.”

Every time we’ve moved ahead in IBM, it was because someone was willing to take a chance, put his head on the block, and try something new.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Praising God is one of the highest and purest acts of religion. In prayer we act like men; in praise we act like angels.”

Praising God is one of the highest and purest acts of religion. In prayer we act like men; in praise we act like angels.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?”

Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “We spend our years with sighing; it is a valleyof tears; but death is the funeral of all our sorrows.”

We spend our years with sighing; it is a valleyof tears; but death is the funeral of all our sorrows.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “The prayer that is faithless is fruitless.”

The prayer that is faithless is fruitless.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “God sweetens outward pain with inward peace.”

God sweetens outward pain with inward peace.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Once an organization loses its spirit of pioneering and rests on its early work, its progress stops.”

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

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “The pleasure of sin is soon gone, but the sting remains.”

The pleasure of sin is soon gone, but the sting remains.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “It is hard to carry a full cup without spilling, and a full estate without sinning.”

It is hard to carry a full cup without spilling, and a full estate without sinning.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “God takes away the world, that the heart may cleave more to Him in sincerity.”

God takes away the world, that the heart may cleave more to Him in sincerity.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “If a wicked man seems to have peace at death, it is not from the knowledge of his happiness, but from the ignorance of his danger.”

If a wicked man seems to have peace at death, it is not from the knowledge of his happiness, but from the ignorance of his danger.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “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.”

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.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “A wicked man in prayer may lift up his hands, but he cannot lift up his face.”

A wicked man in prayer may lift up his hands, but he cannot lift up his face.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “A manager is an assistant to his men.”

A manager is an assistant to his men.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “The right manner of growth is to grow less in one’s own eyes.”

The right manner of growth is to grow less in one’s own eyes.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “The world rings changes, it is never constant but in its disappointments. The world is but a great inn, where we are to stay a night or two, and be gone; what madness is it so to set our heart upon our inn, as to forget our home?”

The world rings changes, it is never constant but in its disappointments. The world is but a great inn, where we are to stay a night or two, and be gone; what madness is it so to set our heart upon our inn, as to forget our home?

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Though we as Christians are like Christ, having the first fruits of the spirit, yet we are unlike him, having the remainders of the flesh.”

Though we as Christians are like Christ, having the first fruits of the spirit, yet we are unlike him, having the remainders of the flesh.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “If you don’t genuinely like your customers, chances are they won’t buy.”

If you don’t genuinely like your customers, chances are they won’t buy.

— Thomas J. Watson


Thomas J. Watson Quote: “Affliction may be lasting, but it is not everlasting. Affliction was a sting, but withal a wing: sorrow shall soon fly away.”

Affliction may be lasting, but it is not everlasting. Affliction was a sting, but withal a wing: sorrow shall soon fly away.

— Thomas J. Watson

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