The W. Edwards Deming Institute Blog

W. Edwards Deming Quotes from Seminars and Consulting Engagements

See our overview page for important background information.

Also the W. Edwards Deming quotes database provides the ability to easily search for quotes and view quotes by category/topic.

Sourced Quotes from Deming Seminars

There’s the movers and shakers and the moved and shaken.

W. Edwards Deming, Deming Seminar, Alexandria, Virginia, 19-22 January 1992

A bad system will beat a good person every time.

February 1993 Deming Four Day seminar in Phoenix, Arizona (via the notes of Mike Stoecklein).

Blame the process, not the people.

W. Edwards Deming, Deming Seminar, Alexandria, Virginia, 19-22 January 1992

If everyone did their best 95% of problems would remain

W. Edwards Deming, Deming Seminar, Alexandria, Virginia, 19-22 January 1992
Also see: 94% Belongs to the System

During the meeting, our division president asked Dr. Deming, “Is there hope for GM?”
Dr. Deming’s reply: “Sometimes you have to wait for people to die.”

Via Eric Budd – “In attempting to understand why he might say something like this, I ran across this quote, ‘A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.’ (Max Planck, Nobel Prize winner, originator of the quantum theory, Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers). I presume that something along this lines is what Dr. Deming was communicating.”

Aim of schooling: Maintain the yearning for learning that students begin with.

W. Edwards Deming, Deming Seminar, Alexandria, Virginia, 19-22 January 1992

We need a system where everybody wins.

W. Edwards Deming, Deming Seminar, Alexandria, Virginia, 19-22 January 1992

Abolish ranking of people next Monday.

W. Edwards Deming, Deming Seminar, Alexandria, Virginia, 19-22 January 1992

Grades have to do with control, not education.

W. Edwards Deming, Deming Seminar, Alexandria, Virginia, 19-22 January 1992



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.