Competition Proverbs

By | April 16, 2017

Sayings about Competition

People will ignore their misfortunes and their interests when they are in competition with their pleasures. ~ French Proverb

No dew ever competed with the sun. ~ Zulu Proverb

Competition is the whetstone of talent. ~ Traditional Proverb

Compete, don’t envy. ~ Moroccan Proverbs

The world would not make a racehorse of a donkey. ~ Irish Proverbs

Slow but sure wins the race. ~ Traditional Proverb

On your own donkey it is quicker than on someone else’s racehorse.  ~ Yugoslavian Proverb

Quotations about Competition

Competition is, in general, a contest or rivalry between two or more entities, organisms, animals, individuals, economic groups or social groups, etc., for territory, a niche, for scarce resources, goods, for mates, for prestige, recognition, for awards, for group or social status, or for leadership and profit. It arises whenever at least two parties strive for a goal which cannot be shared, where one’s gain is the other’s loss. ~ An excerpt from Wikipedia. Read more!

Saying about Competition

The person who figures out how to harness the collective genius of his or her organization is going to blow the competition away. ~ Walter Wriston

The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage. ~ Arie de Geus

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. ~ Marcus Garvey

Never compete with someone who has nothing to lose. ~ Baltasar Gracian

The reason why men who mind their own business succeed is that they have so little competition. ~ Evan Esar

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other. ~ Walter Elliot

the collective genius of his or her organization is going to blow the competition away. ~ Walter Wriston

Differentiate your products, provide great service and don’t even think about trying to compete with Wal-Mart on Price. ~ Michael Bergdahl

I just tried to keep my cool and continue with my race plan: to win. ~ Mark Spitz

Competition is in the genes of all living things. Watch a flower compete for its share of sunlight or watch the goldfish in your aquarium. Infants and small children compete without knowing it. Remember how the queen bee wins? Competition is the spice of life and the soul of progress. How else can quality rise to the top? ~ Charles T. Clark

Competition, which is said to be “the life of trade,” when pushed too far, is no less the death of it–and of the soul. ~ Christian Nestell Bovee

You must take the compromise to win, or else nothing. That means: you race or you do not. ~ Ayrton Senna

The biggest things are often the easiest to do because there is so little competition. ~ William Van Horne

It is impossible to win the race unless you venture to run, impossible to win the victory unless you dare to battle. ~ Richard M. DeVos

Competition is a complex thing. It brings out the best and the worst in all participants. It refines the technique and sharpens the mind, body and spirit. ~ Herb Perez

You get out in front — you stay out in front. ~ AJ Foyt

World records are only borrowed. ~ Sebastian Coe

If you can’t win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record. ~ Evan Esar

Up, you mighty race, accomplish what you will. ~ Marcus Garvey

Men often compete with one another until the day they die; comradeship consists of rubbing shoulders jocularly with a competitor. ~ Edward Hoagland

Competitions are for horse, not artist. ~ Bela Bartok

A competitor will find a way to win. Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves just that much harder. Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up. It’s all a matter of pride. ~ Nancy Lopez

When a man can do better than everyone else in the same walk, he does not make any very painful exertions to outdo himself. The progress of improvement ceases nearly at the point where competition ends. ~ William Hazlitt

Competition is for dogs and horses. ~ Geri Halliwell

Competition is warfare. Mostly it is played by prescribed rules–there is a sort of Geneva Convention for competition–but it’s thorough and often brutal. ~ Andrew S. Grove

Although competition is beneficial from a social point of view, individually each of us would prefer to be loosened from its grip. ~ Richard L. Stroup

Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed — there’s so little competition. ~ Elbert Hubbard

Competition means decentralized planning by many separate persons. ~ Friedrich Hayek

The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself. ~ Washington Allston

Competition is a rude yet effective motivation. ~ Toba Beta

Our life is not really a mutual helpfulness; but rather, it’s fair competition cloaked under due laws of war; it’s a mutual hostility. ~ Thomas Carlyle

Competition, in and of itself, is neither good nor bad. If a person or group seeks a desired objective to the exclusion of such higher ethics as truth and fairness, the seeking indeed is unhealthy. However, if a person or group seeks a desired objective while remaining true to high ethical standards, the pursuit will be a healthy growth experience. ~ Philip Solomons

There are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group because there is less competition there. ~ Indira Gandhi

This dream that men shall cease to waste strength in competition and shall come to pool their powers of production is coming to pass all over the earth. ~ Jane Addams

Competition, founded upon the conflicting interests of individuals, is in reality far less productive of wealth and enterprise than co-operation, involving though it does the constant apparent sacrifice of the individual to the common interests. ~ Robert Hugh Benson

Focus on competition has always been a formula for mediocrity. ~ Daniel Burrus

I feel sorry for those who live without competition … fat, dumb, and unhappy in cradle-to-grave security. ~ Donald M. Kendall

Competition is a process or variety of habitual behavior that grows out of a habit of mind. ~ Willard Beecher

Thank God for competition. When our competitors upset our plans or outdo our designs, they open infinite possibilities of our own work to us. ~ Gil Atkinson

World trade means competition from anywhere; advancing technology encourages cross-industry competition. Consequently, strategic planning must consider who our future competitors will be, not only who is here today. ~ Eric Allison

To free the mind from the habit of competition, we must see in detail the process by which the mind is ensnared by competition. ~ Marguerite Beecher

The price which society pays for the law of competition, like the price it pays for cheap comforts and luxuries, is also great; but the advantages of this law are also greater still, for it is to this law that we owe our wonderful material development, which brings improved conditions in its train. ~ Andrew Carnegie

All dealings among men are a contest in which some will succeed and others fail. And some are failing quite spectacularly. ~ Brandon San

Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people. ~ David Sarnoff

Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, always shaving away at costs. ~ Henry Ford

It is better for a woman to compete impersonally in society, as men do, than to compete for dominance in her own home with her husband, compete with her neighbors for empty status, and so smother her son that he cannot compete at all. ~ Betty Friedan

I found that competition was supposed to be a menace and that a good manager circumvented his competitors by getting a monopoly by artificial means. ~ Henry Ford

Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Becoming number one is easier than remaining number one. ~ Bill Bradley

Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress. ~ Herbert Hoover

All you have to do is play better than the other guy and things go well. If you don’t play better than the other players then somebody takes your place. Now a lot of guys, in this day and time with the transient nature of the sport, as soon as the competition gets too good, they want out. ~ Bill Parcells

Slow but steady wins the race. ~ Aesop

Competition is the spice of sports; but if you make spice the whole meal you’ll be sick. ~ George Leonard


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