Judgment Matters

"With good judgment, little else matters. Without it, nothing else matters."
Noel Tichy
Author of 12 books on leadership, and Warren Bennis (founder of University of Southern California's Leadership Institute)

"Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day."
Jim Rohn, 1930-present
Motivational Speaker, American Entrepreneur, Business Philosopher

"It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment"
Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 BC-43 BC
Roman Lawyer, Writer, Scholar, Orator and Statesman

"Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You're able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment."
Ralph Marston, 1954-present
Writer, Motivator, Christian

"One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels."
Woodrow T. Wilson, 1856-1924
28th President of the United States

"That would be a good thing for them to carve on my tombstone: Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment"
Dorothy Parker, 1893-1967
American short-story Writer and Poet

"They, judgment and reason, have been grandjurymen since before Noah was a sailor."
William Shakespeare 1564-1616
Poet/Playwright, Greatest Writer of the English Language

"Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen."
Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519
Italian draftsman, Painter, Sculptor, Architect and Engineer whose genius epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal.

"Don't be buffaloed by experts and elites. Experts often possess more data than judgment. Elites can become so inbred that they produce hemophiliacs who bleed to death as soon as they are nicked by the real world."
Colin Powell, 1937-present
Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1989-1993

"Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used."
Dr. Carl Sagan, 1934-1996
American Astronomer, Writer and Scientist

"Success in life is the result of good judgment."
Anthony Robbins, 1960-present
Self help Writer, Speaker

"True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment."
James Russell Lowell, 1819-1891
American Poet, Critic, Essayist, Editor and Diplomat

"At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgment."
Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790
American Founding Father, Statesman, Scientist, Philosopher, Printer, Author and Inventor

"We praise or blame as one or the other affords more opportunity for exhibiting our power of judgment."
Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900
German classical Scholar, Philosopher, and Critic of culture

"Ev'n not all these, in one rich lot combined,
Can make the happy man, without the mind,
Where judgment sits clear-sighted, and surveys
The chain of reason with unerring gaze."
James Thomson, 1700-1748
Scottish Poet, Playwright

"Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. It embraces judgment, discernment, comprehension. It is a gestalt or oneness, and integrated wholeness."
Stephen R. Covey, 1932-present
Author, Trainer, Motivator

"He that of greatest works is finisher
Oft does them by the weakest minister.
So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown
When judges have been babes; great floods have flown
From simple sources, and great seas have dried
When miracles have by the greatest been denied."
William Shakespeare, 1654-1616
All's Well That Ends Well

"Sin bravely...We will never have all the facts to make a perfect judgment, but with the aid of basic experience we must leap bravely into the future."
Russell R McIntyre

"I have noted that persons with bad judgment are most insistent that we do what they think best."
Lionel Abel, 1911-2001
Playwright and Essayist, Teacher

"I know of no way of judging the future but by the past."
Patrick Henry, 1736-1799
American Founding Father, Governor of Virginia, Radical, Historian

"Undeserved praise causes more pangs of conscience later than undeserved blame, but probably only for this reason, that our power of judgment are more completely exposed by being over praised than by being unjustly underestimated."
Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900
German classical Scholar, Philosopher, and Critic of culture

"Parents - and teachers too - are woefully short-sighted when they try to protect the child from his mistakes, when they make the A?a'żE?right answerA?a'ża"? more important than the quest for knowledge and good judgment. For what is not learned within one's self cannot be learned from another."
Sydney J. Harris, 1917-1986
Journalist, Drama Critic, Teacher, Lecturer

"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials."
Lin Yutang, 1895-1976
Chinese Writer and Inventor, published also in English

"It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well nor the judgment to hold their tongues."
Jean de la Bruyere, 1645-1696
French satiric moralist

"Experience does not ever err; it is only your judgment that errs in promising itself results which are not caused by your experiments."
Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519
Italian draftsman, Painter, Sculptor, Architect and Engineer whose genius epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal

"Of all the intellectual faculties, judgment is the last to mature. A child under the age of fifteen should confine its attention either to subjects like mathematics, in which errors of judgment are impossible, or to subjects in which they are not very dangerous, like languages, natural science, history, etc."
Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860
German Philospher

"I can evaluate a player in a very short period of time because I'm very close to that game, very educated in that game and played the game for a long, long time. I wasn't just a guy with talent. I learned a lot about the game."
Kurt Russell, 1951-present

"Make your judgment trustworthy by trusting it. Cultivate regular periods of silence and meditation. The best time to build judgment is in solitude, when you can think out things for yourself without the probability of interruption."
Grenville Kleiser, 1868-1935
American Author

"When a top executive is selecting his key associates, there are only two qualities for which he should be willing to pay almost any price - taste and judgment. (Almost everything else can be bought by the yard.)"
John William Gardner, 1912-2002
President of Carnegie Corporation

"Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide."
Napoleon Boneparte, 1769-1821
Emperor of France

"Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from poor judgment."
Will Rogers, 1879-1935
Cowboy, Comedian, Social Commentator, Actor

"It is with our judgments as with our watches: no two go just alike, yet each believes his own."
Alexander Pope, 1688-1744
English Poet

"Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast."
William Penn, 1644-1718
Champion of Democracy and Religious Freedom, Founder of Province of Pennsylvania

"Men of ill judgment ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lost it."
Sophocles, 496-406 BC
Playwright, Greek Tragedian

"Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration."
Niccolo Machiavelli, 1469-1527
Italian Philosopher, Father of Modern Political Science, Musician, Poet, Playwright, Renaissance Man

"Rule # 1 -- 'Use your good judgment in all situations.' There will be no additional rules."
Nordstrom Employee Manual

"Remember, when the judgment's weak, the prejudice is strong."
K. O'Hara
American Poet

"There are few things wholly evil or wholly good. Almost everything, especially of government policy, is an inseparable compound of the two, so that our best judgment of the preponderance between them is continually demanded."
Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865
16th President of the United States

"Very often when you look at the moon, you see only a part of it, but you know there is a much larger object there. Very often we look (or converse) with a person, and we see or are aware of only a small sliver of their life and we may think that is all there is. Try to get to know more about the whole person!"

"You can't depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus."
Mark Twain, 1835-1910
Samuel Clemens, Author, Humorist

"Wise men say that there are three sorts of persons who are wholly deprived of judgment, - they who are ambitious of preferments in the courts of princes; they who make use of poison to show their skill in curing it; and they who entrust women with their secrets."
The Two Travellers (chap. ii, fable vi)

"One wise man's verdict outweighs all the fools'."
Robert Browning, 1812-1889
English Victorian Poet, Playwright

"The judgment may be compared to a clock or watch, where the most ordinary machine is sufficient to tell the hours; but the most elaborate alone can point out the minutes and seconds, and distinguish the smallest differences of time."
Bernard de Bovier de Fontenelle, 1657-1757
French Author

"I see men's judgments are
A parcel of their fortunes, and things outward
Do draw the inward quality after them
To suffer all alike."
William Shakespeare, 1564-1616
Antony and Cleopatra

"Of all the reasons CEO's cited for their bad judgment, the most common was that they misjudged the judgment of others."
Noel Tichy
Author of 12 books on leadership, and Warren Bennis (founder of University of Southern California's Leadership Institute)

"Wisdom is knowing what to do next, Skill is knowing how to do it, and Virtue is doing it."
David Starr Jordan, 1851-1931
President of Indiana and Stanford University, Educator, Peace Activist

"To bad all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair."
George Burns, 1896-1996
Comedian, Actor, Writer


"A hasty judgment is a first step to recantation."
Publilius Syrus, 1st Century BC
Syrian Slave, Latin Writer of Maxims

"The majority of people meet with failure because they lack the persistence to create new plans to take the place of failed plans."
Mark Victor Hansen, 1948-present
Motivational Speaker, Author, Trainer

"Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful when your own self-love might impair your judgment."
Seneca, 4 BC - 65 AD
Roman Philosopher, Statesman, dramatist

"Mad in the judgment of the mob, sane, perhaps, in yours."
Horace, 65 BC - 8 BC
Quintus Horatius Flaccus, Roman Poet

"The average man's judgment is so poor he runs a risk every time he uses it."
Edgar Watson Howe, 1853-1937
American Novelist, Magazine Editor

"Judgment is forced upon us by experience."
Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784
a/k/a Dr. Johnson, English Author
, Poet

"The judgment of a great people is often wiser than the wisest men."
Louis Kossuth, 1802-1894
President of Hungary, Freedom Fighter

"He that judges without informing himself to the utmost that he is capable cannot acquit himself of judging amiss."
John Locke, 1632-1704
English Philosopher

"O, how full of error is the judgment of mankind. They wonder at results when they are ignorant of the reasons. They call it fortune when they know not the cause, and thus worship their own ignorance."
Metastasio, 1698-1782
pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro, Italian Poet

"We praise or blame as one or the other affords more opportunity for exhibiting our power of judgment."
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, 1844-1900
German Philosopher, Existentialist

"In forming a judgment, lay your hearts void of foretoken opinions; else, whatsoever is done or said will be measured by a wrong rule; like them who have the jaundice, to whom everything appears yellow."
Sir Philip Sidney, 1554-1586
Elizabethan Age English Poet

"Take a step back, evaluate what is important, and enjoy life."
Teri Garr, 1944-present
Actress, Comedienne

"The ability to take pleasure in one's life is a skill and is a kind of intelligence. So intelligence is a hard thing to evaluate and it manifests itself in so many different ways. I do think the ability to know how to live a life and not be miserable is a sign of that. "
Todd Solondz, 1959-present
American Screenwriter

"As life went on and years went by
I saw the light in daddy's eyes
And felt the love in mama's hands
They kept us warm and kept us fed
Taught us how to look ahead
Now lookin' back, I understand"
Country Music Band
Lyrics from High Cotton

"Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences."
Norman Cousins, 1915-1990
Journalist, Author, Professor

"Like many FAR's, the rules involving oxygen requirements are aimed at preventing catastrophe. But what about effects that aren't immediately dramatic, but which could lead to slow-acting degredation of performance, especially over long periods of time? That call is left up to each individual pilot's good judgment."
Mark Phelps
AOPA Pilot

"What's important to us in life, we'll do. What's not important to us, we won't do."
Steve Spurrier, 1945-present
Football Player and Coach

"The self-knowledge that comes from asking and answering the questions of character can help leaders and aspiring leaders. It enables them to make better judgments about their own character and leadership."
Joseph L. Badaracco, Jr.
Professor, Author

"A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it."
Jim Rohn, 1930-present
American Entrepreneur, Author, Motivational Speaker

"Failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day."
Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970
English Logician and Philosopher

"Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen."
Leonardo da Vinci quotes, 1452-1519
Italian draftsman, Painter, Sculptor, Architect and Engineer

"In the common people there is no wisdom, no penetration, no power of judgment"
Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 BC-43 BC
Roman Lawyer, Writer, Scholar, Orator and Statesman

"A warrior is a hunter. He calculates everything. That's control. Once his calculations are over, he acts. He lets go. That's abandon. A warrior is not a leaf at the mercy of the wind. No one can push him; no one can make him do things against himself or against his better judgment. A warrior is tuned to survive, and he survives in the best of all possible fashions."
Carlos Castaneda, 1925-1988
Journey to Ixtlan, Peruvian Born American Author

"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change."
Charles Darwin, 1809-1882
English Naturalist, Geologist, Scientist

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
Robert Heinlein, 1907-1988
American Novelist, Science Fiction Writer

"We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect. The judgment of the intellect is only part of the truth."
Carl Gustav Jung , 1875-1961
Swiss psychiatrist, Psychologist and Founder of the Analytic Psychology

"I listen with attention to the judgment of all men; but so far as I can remember, I have followed none but my own."
Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592
French Philosopher and Writer

"We sometimes see a fool possessed of talent, but never of judgment."
Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld,
French Author

"Remember, the mind likes to assume it 'knows what it knows' but often its perceptions are just not accurate. Yet strong judgments are made all the time based on limited information...When we judge someone and then adopt an attitude toward them that shuts down other possibilities and locks us away from the insight of our hearts."
Doc Childre and Howard Martin

"A famously wise old man in a village was once asked how he came by his wisdom. 'I got it from my good judgment,' he answered. And where did his good judgment come from? 'I got it from my bad judgment'."
Sydney J. Harris, 1917-1986
Journalist, Drama Critic, Teacher

"The very thing that men think they have got the most of, they have got the least of; and that is judgment."
Henry Wheeler Shaw, 1818-1885
Pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek
Humorist, Journalist

"Nothing, it appears to me is of greater value in a man than the power of judgment; and the man who has it may be compared to a chest filled with books, for he is the son of nature and the father of art."
Pietro Aretino, 1492-1556
Italian Author, Playwright, Poet, Satirist

"Next to sound judgment, diamonds and pearls are the rarest things to be met with."
Jean de la Bruyere, 1645-1696
French Essayist and Moralist

"Every one complains of the badness of his memory but nobody of his judgment."
Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680
French Author

"O judgment, thou art fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason!"
William Shakespeare, 1654-1616
Julius Caesar

"The best informed man is not necessarily the wisest."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1906-1945
German Lutheran Pastor, Nazi Resistor

"It is characteristic of wisdom not to do deperate things."
Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862
Author, Poet, Naturalist, Tax Resistor