„Strategy will compensate the talent.
The talent will never compensate the strategy.“

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Marco Pierre White2
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„But the doctrine of compensation is not the doctrine of indifferency.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

1840s, Essays: First Series (1841), Compensation
Context: Men suffer all their life long, under the foolish superstition that they can be cheated. But it is as impossible for a man to be cheated by any one but himself, as for a thing to be and not to be at the same time. There is a third silent party to all our bargains. The nature and soul of things takes on itself the guaranty of the fulfilment of every contract, so that honest service cannot come to loss. If you serve an ungrateful master, serve him the more. Put God in your debt. Every stroke shall be repaid. The longer the payment is withholden, the better for you; for compound interest on compound interest is the rate and usage of this exchequer.
The history of persecution is a history of endeavours to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand. It makes no difference whether the actors be many or one, a tyrant or a mob. A mob is a society of bodies voluntarily bereaving themselves of reason, and traversing its work. The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast. Its fit hour of activity is night. Its actions are insane like its whole constitution. It persecutes a principle; it would whip a right; it would tar and feather justice, by inflicting fire and outrage upon the houses and persons of those who have these. It resembles the prank of boys, who run with fire-engines to put out the ruddy aurora streaming to the stars. The inviolate spirit turns their spite against the wrongdoers. The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison, a more illustrious abode; every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side. Hours of sanity and consideration are always arriving to communities, as to individuals, when the truth is seen, and the martyrs are justified.
Thus do all things preach the indifferency of circumstances. The man is all. Every thing has two sides, a good and an evil. Every advantage has its tax. I learn to be content. But the doctrine of compensation is not the doctrine of indifferency. The thoughtless say, on hearing these representations, — What boots it to do well? there is one event to good and evil; if I gain any good, I must pay for it; if I lose any good, I gain some other; all actions are indifferent.
There is a deeper fact in the soul than compensation, to wit, its own nature. The soul is not a compensation, but a life. The soul is. Under all this running sea of circumstance, whose waters ebb and flow with perfect balance, lies the aboriginal abyss of real Being. Essence, or God, is not a relation, or a part, but the whole. Being is the vast affirmative, excluding negation, self-balanced, and swallowing up all relations, parts, and times within itself. Nature, truth, virtue, are the influx from thence. Vice is the absence or departure of the same.

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„To compensate absence with memory.“

—  Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824

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„If freedom is short of weapons, we must compensate with willpower.“

—  Adolf Hitler Führer and Reich Chancellor of Germany, Leader of the Nazi Party 1889 - 1945

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„People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.“

—  Harper Lee, book To Kill a Mockingbird

Pt. 1, ch. 10
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„The purpose of bureaucracy is to compensate for incompetence and lack of discipline.“

—  James C. Collins American business consultant and writer 1958

Source: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't

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„No other success can compensate for failure in the home.“

—  David O. McKay President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1873 - 1970

Quoted from J. E. McCullough, Home: The Savior of Civilization [1924], 42; Conference Report, Apr. 1935, p. 116.

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„Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.“

—  Norman Schwarzkopf United States Army general 1934 - 2012

Quoted in "The Military Quotation Book" (2002) by James Charlton, p. 83
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„Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.“

—  Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - -495 BC

Probably apocryphal. This quotation does not appear in any print translation of Sun Tzu. The first citation in Google Books is from 2002; no citation in Google Books occurs in a translation of Sun Tzu.
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„Strategy Is not a to-do list.“

—  Steve Blank American businessman 1953

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„Change is not a destination as hope is not a strategy.“

—  Rudy Giuliani American businessperson and politician, former mayor of New York City 1944 - 2001

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„Decapitation is a fanciful strategy.“

—  John Mearsheimer, book The Tragedy of Great Power Politics

Source: The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (2001), Chapter 4, The Primacy of Land Power, p. 109

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„It is a very rare thing for a man of talent to succeed by his talent.“

—  Joseph Roux 1834 - 1905

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„The capacity for personal freedom is a rare talent. Talent exists to be used.“

—  Matthew Stover, book Blade of Tyshalle

We do not ask sheep to be wolves; we, the wolves, do not ask ourselves to be sheep. Sheep can make such rules as happen to suit them--but it's foolishly naive to expect wolves to obey."
Blade of Tyshalle (2001)

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