Competition Quotes

What’s so great about Sundance is that they only accept such a small handful of films per year for dramatic competition, so you know when you’re going to Sundance that you’re going to see top-quality projects.

— Aaron Paul

Before competition, I start to question things. I don’t know why it happens, but you’ve got to control it so you don’t get too far out of the race.

— Adam Peaty

I had a hard time treating my field as if it’s horse racing, putting actors in competition against each other. I see how the industry and the studios feel it’s important, but I don’t really have a feeling for being in competition. I want to feel sympathetic and close to others, not opposed to them.

— Alan Arkin

Financial news services and other media organizations get press releases 15 minutes before they are distributed to the general public, fueling a furious competition among the news services to rewrite them for their subscribers during their window of exclusivity.

— Alex Berenson

It was a natural process, because when we go to the ring we are human beings, but once you feel the punches and the competition that’s when the beast comes out and takes hold of us.

— Alexis Arguello

One is lucky to be born in a place where no one is doing it, because then you can say, ‘Well, obviously I can write better than everyone else in high school.’ You have no idea of the competition.

— Alice Munro

I don’t see myself as competing with other actresses. I mean, I went through a time when I was in New York, and I was going to lots of auditions and trying to get parts, but even then, you’re not really competing with the other actresses. There is a competition going on, but it’s not like something you can win in that way.

— Annette Bening

There is not a lot of money in competition dancing. There never has been it’s all about winning the trophies, really. It’s not like golf.

— Anton du Beke

It’s important to be successful, and not just because there is competition, but also because it leads to better work for you.

— Arjun Kapoor

The focus of our public discourse has been on how American companies are competing with Japanese, German, and other foreign companies. What this allows us to ignore is how each of those American companies is really in competition with the families of the workers. That’s the real competition.

— Arlie Russell Hochschild

I don’t see Arijit Singh as a competition at all. That’s because we both have a very different style of singing. In fact, I really appreciate what he’s been able to bring to the playback singing industry.

— Armaan Malik

When I’m later in the competition, I get antsy. I’m seeing everybody else go and achieve things. It’s like I’m just twiddling my thumbs.

— Ashton Eaton

What is excellence? It is about going a little beyond what we expect from ourselves. Part of the need for excellence is imposed on us externally by our customers. Our competition keeps us on our toes, especially when it is global in nature.

— Azim Premji

To survive, China had to open up to the West. It could not survive otherwise. This was after many millions have died of hunger in a country that was like North Korea is today. Once we became part of global competition, we had to agree to some rules. It’s painful, but we had to. Otherwise there was no way to survive.

— Ai Weiwei

The Olympic Games are highly commercialised. They purport to follow the traditions of an ancient athletics competition, but today it is the commercial aspect that is most apparent. I have seen how, through sport, cities and corporations compete against each other for financial gain.

— Ai Weiwei

I see the Beijing National Stadium as an architectural project. I accepted Herzog and De Meuron’s invitation to collaborate on the design, and our proposal won the competition. From beginning to end, I stayed with the project. I am committed to fostering relationships between a city and its architecture.

— Ai Weiwei

Antitrust law isn’t about protecting competing businesses from each other, it’s about protecting competition itself on behalf of the public.

— Al Franken

In Britain, because I live here, I can also run into problems of envy and competition. But all this is just in a day’s work for a writer. You can’t put stuff out there without someone calling you a complete fool. Oh, well.

— Alain de Botton

Most high-income people in our country do not realize that their incomes are being subsidized by their protection from competition from highly skilled people who are prevented from immigrating to the United States. But we need such skills in order to staff our productive economy, so that the standard of living for Americans as a whole can grow.

— Alan Greenspan

There is a charm in making a stew, to the unaccustomed cook, from the excitement of wondering what the result will be, and whether any flavour save that of onions will survive the competition in the mixture.

— Annie Besant

Americans’ addiction to sports, with the NFL at the top, is based on the excitement generated by the potential for the unexpected great play which can only happen with honest competition from great athletes.

— Arlen Specter

During my time I had some very difficult years, and I had very pronounced competition, all by men.

— Ada Yonath

The only thing that’s changed is the competitiveness of the series. It’s only become harder to win in our series as the years have gone by. Competition breeds good things, and that’s what’s happened here.

— Al Unser

So the premise of ‘The Submission’ is that there’s an anonymous competition to design a 9/11 memorial and it’s won by an American Muslim, an architect born and raised in Virginia, and his name is Mohammad Khan.

— Amy Waldman

The architect, Peter Arens who is the monstrous carbuncle architect, not merely did his design which had won a public competition never get built but his practice suffered financially for some years.

— Anthony Holden

The success of one film may convince the filmmaker to try repeat his successes and get into a competition with himself. One cannot dwell on periodic successes. You have to look at it as a temporary, passing thing.

— Asghar Farhadi

The chances of Israeli science competing with big American science are small. For almost 15 years, we had no competition.

— Aaron Ciechanover

Competition is the final price determinant and competitive prices may result in profits which force you to accept a rate of return less than you hoped for, or for that matter to accept temporary losses.

— Alfred P. Sloan

We’re involved in racing because there’s that element of competition. But there’s that desire to push yourself beyond the natural comfort zone and the boundaries that are preset if you like, and to be better than the rest.

— Allan McNish

People have been talking about competition among insurers, and what they really need to be talking about is competition in the delivery of health care as well.

— Angela Braly

East and West, most societies have come to believe that competition will produce more prosperity for more people than a planned economy. I share that belief.

— Anthony Lewis

Get more competition into the New Hampshire marketplace, and then we’ll find that there will be insurers that will compete on convenience as compared to cost.

— Ann McLane Kuster

We need to be aware of all aspects: To check how they travel, how they eat, the competition conditions.

— Alberto Juantorena

Then I received support from the Government to compete for my country, and to represent Cuba in competition.

— Alberto Juantorena

My main point in this regard was to compete for my country and my people and to receive the support of the entire Cuban society, to carry my flag in whatever competition I was in, the Olympic Games, Pan-American Games.

— Alberto Juantorena

I am always fighting inside the Council to get the message across that at each competition venue, we should send somebody to inspect and to make sure the athletes will be looked after in a correct manner.

— Alberto Juantorena

Europe should stick to an open economy, to competition and we should refuse protectionism. It will not save one single job in the long run to protect non-competitive industries.

— Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Competition among insurers would bring down the cost of health care insurance, just as it brings down the cost of car or homeowners insurance.

— Andrew P. Harris

I was always a show girl. My parents were wonderful. There wasn’t a lot going on where we lived, but they ferried me to classes and competitions all over the place. When I was 12, I came to London as a finalist in a singing competition and I was completely wide-eyed.

— Anna Maxwell Martin

If competition for Kaggle’s top talent becomes fierce enough among banks, insurance companies, hedge funds – we hope the world’s best data scientists will earn more than $50 million per year, just like the world’s best hedge fund managers.

— Anthony Goldbloom

The tension between centrality, on the one hand, and competition, on the other, is probably the oldest of all market structure issues.

— Arthur Levitt

When you know who your customers are, that can give you an edge on the competition.

— Alain Bouchard

At the end of the competition, I played the Liszt concerto and I felt my head was on the block. Well, I won.

— Andre Boucourechliev

Whereas there’s a wealth of galleries in Australia, everyone’s got a gallery in Australia or wants your work. Because the art scene is smaller in Indonesia, there’s not so much competition.

— Andrew Jack

I’m a free market person, a free trader. But if we had a market in California, there would be competition.

— Anna Eshoo

When you look at a company that’s already succeeded or is at the very top of its game, it isn’t necessarily when it’s executing well. It tends to be peacetime – you’ve defeated the competition, you have the highest margins, the highest multiple.

— Ben Horowitz

One arm might handicap me a little in competition, but I just work with what changes I know I have to make, and I’m pretty used to it now. It mainly depends on the wave conditions… I only get half the waves everyone else rides, so mine have to be good!

— Bethany Hamilton

If you have 50 different plug types, appliances wouldn’t be available and would be very expensive. But once an electric outlet becomes standardized, many companies can design appliances, and competition ensues, creating variety and better prices for consumers.

— Bill Gates

When you introduce competition into the public school system, most studies show that schools start to do better when they are competing for students.

— Bill Cosby

In the long run, your human capital is your main base of competition. Your leading indicator of where you’re going to be 20 years from now is how well you’re doing in your education system.

— Bill Gates

If you got anything to you at all as an athlete and a competitor, you don’t care what the circumstances are. You still got competition.

— Bill Parcells

Even though I enjoy that head-to-head competition part, one of the things that drove me to long track was if I won or if I lost I want to know it’s all on my shoulders and it didn’t have anything to do with anybody else.

— Bonnie Blair

No matter what the competition is, I try to find a goal that day and better that goal.

— Bonnie Blair

Nature is based on harmony. So it says if we want to survive and become more like nature, then we actually have to understand that it’s cooperation versus competition.

— Bruce Lipton

There’s a theory that says that life is based on a competition and the struggle and the fight for survival, and it’s interesting because when you look at the fractal character of evolution, it’s totally different. It’s based on cooperation among the elements in the geometry and not competition.

— Bruce Lipton

In New York, the former lack of real competition allowed taxis to extract excessive charges, regardless of the poor service.

— Barry Ritholtz

Before competition, as I stand in shoulder pads and cleats, my helmet in my left hand, adrenaline flowing and my heart raging under my right, I never forget the ills of America, but for a moment I envision its potential, remember its prosperity, and give thanks to God for the land He has placed me in and the people I love who live in it.

— Benjamin Watson

By fostering competition, leveling the playing field, and increasing transparency, we can bring America’s health care sector into the 21st century.

— Bill Flores

The lack of portability and competition has long been a problem in America’s insurance market, yet Obamacare took no significant steps to open up the market between state lines.

— Bill Flores

I would draw a really big distinction between competition, or potential competition, and a conflict of interest. A conflict of interest implies wrongdoing, whereas competition is really healthy.

— Bill Maris

Today, the competition is considerably more intense.

— Bobby Rahal

In 1982 when I showed up, the average age of the drivers in the series was something like 40, 41. The crowds were small. There was not much prize money. The competition wasn’t very tight.

— Bobby Rahal

I remember Mick Jagger asking me ‘hey, how do you guys feel about us coming over here and taking all the play from you guys?’ I said ‘Well, in a way, you have eliminated all my competition.

— Bobby Vinton

Nowadays young people have great choice of occupations, hobbies, etc, so chess is experiencing difficulties because of the high competition. Now it’s hard to make living in chess, so our profession does attract young people.

— Boris Spassky

I think it was when I was 12 when I entered a singing competition. I sang my own original song for an audience of 1,000 people.

— Birdy

A good career is a long-lasting career. When you’re there in every competition doing a good job you’re a part of an elite, and that’s the most important thing.

— Blanka Vlasic

Race, what is that? Race is a competition, somebody winning and somebody losing. Blood doesn’t run in races! Come on!

— Beah Richards

The professionalism of wire service reporters is constantly being tested because reporters know that if they’re late or sloppy on a story, it will show up because the competition is likely to be not late and not sloppy.

— Bob Greene

Incumbents don’t like it, but political competition is a good thing. Incumbents usually outspend challengers by better than 3 to 1. Super PACs, which tend to support challengers, have nullified some of this advantage.

— Bradley A. Smith

You can’t put yourself into competition with a magazine like ‘Vogue.’ You have to create something new, something different.

— Carine Roitfeld

I think it’s okay to feel jealous, but it’s how you deal with it that’s the important thing. You have to be happy for your friends when they do well because you want them to do well. It’s not a competition.

— Carrie Underwood

I don’t design cars. I’m not a designer. I know what I desire to be built, I know what the end result is, the horsepower, the competition we’ll be working against – but I leave it to the people who work with me to put it all together. I don’t do anything.

— Carroll Shelby

The Affordable Care Act has been designed to provide health security by driving competition, lowering premiums, and protecting families.

— Charles B. Rangel

When a company identifies how to integrate the processes needed to give the consumer a sense of job completion, it can blow away the competition. A product is easy to copy, but experiences are very hard to replicate.

— Clayton M. Christensen

When you’re thinking about your next product or current product and wondering how to make it different so you don’t have competition, understand the job the customer needs to get done.

— Clayton Christensen

From the beginning of time, business has cozied up to government and gotten restrictions on competition and subsidies and stuff.

— Charles Koch

When a company is not being guided by the products they make and what the customers need, but by how they can manipulate the system – get regulations on their competitors, or mandates on using their products, or eliminating foreign competition – it just lowers the overall standard of living and hurts the disadvantaged the most.

— Charles Koch

For most athletes, there’s a focus on your own fitness, but I have to rely on my horse, too. I’ve been very lucky so far, and it hasn’t presented a problem, but you can never count on a competition going as planned until you’re there and actually doing it.

— Charlotte Dujardin

Every competition I do, I never know if it’s the last one.

— Charlotte Dujardin

We need legislation that encourages increased competition and tort reform and combats fraud, waste, and abuse. This would drive down health care costs, provide more ‘bottom line’ for our small businesses and lead to more private sector job growth.

— Chris Gibson

For ‘Around the World in 80 Plates’ we got to travel all over, having what was like a cross between a culinary competition and races. And in each country we had a chef Ambassador. We went to London, Barcelona, Bologna, Hong Kong, Thailand, Morocco… It was amazing.

— Curtis Stone

You have to compete with others in the field. Sometimes the competition gets pretty fierce because you’re competing for funds or grants to do your work, the financial work.

— Clyde Tombaugh

Imports create competition and keep domestic industry more responsive to consumers. In the United States, we import everything consumers want. So why not pharmaceuticals?

— Chuck Grassley

In my fifty years of experience and memory, I have seen the most amazing increase in the standard of living of a people ever achieved anywhere in the world. This is why I am so sure that our system of free competition and industrial development is sound and must be preserved.

— Charles E. Wilson

We can’t worry about competition. Besides, you aren’t competing with anyone but yourself. They have nothing to do with whether you make a good movie or not.

— Chris Wedge

If every other store in town is paying workers $9 an hour, one offering $8 will find it hard to hire anyone – perhaps not when unemployment is high, but certainly in normal times. Robust competition is a powerful force helping to ensure that workers are paid what they contribute to their employers’ bottom lines.

— Christina Romer

You don’t get a mix of ovals and road/street course racing with this level of competition and speed anywhere other than Indy Car, and I think that’s why it has remained a popular choice for so many young drivers.

— Charlie Kimball

Well, it’s still another two-day competition, so it’s really important to show that you’re ready. Every meet is really important right now. You’ve got to keep showing you can hit.

— Carly Patterson

I started classical and operatic lessons when I was 8 and become an operatic singer and went to competition. I write my own music. A lot of the songs, growing up, I was into writing dark stories and poems, and one day I started putting melodies to them.

— Cassie Steele

For me, half the joy of achieving has been the struggle and the fight, the pitting myself against the world and all its competition – and winning.

— Conrad Veidt

A good game will always snatch my attention. No matter the sport, the spirit of competition and audience is nostalgic and relaxing to me.

— Chuck Inglish

I have no problem with battling for a position. I have no problem trying to beat somebody out. It’s a sport, competition, so I’m used to it.

— Chris Bell

I’m what you call a good, old-fashioned working actor who has had delusions of grandeur for my entire career and has known what I want to do, but there’s a lot going on out there. There are a lot fewer films being made, and there’s a lot of competition.

— Chris Diamantopoulos

Anytime you have a difficult encounter with your child, there is a good chance that at least one of these factors is bringing out the worst in him or her: transitions, time pressure, competition for your attention, conflicting objectives.

— Cathy Rindner Tempelsman

I was on the sideline with a knee injury and when I came back, I wanted to play at the best level I could. And that’s the case for a lot of players, they want the chance to play against the best competition.

— Claudio Reyna

I love competition and really going for it and doing my best, but losing isn’t really upsetting to me. I feel like if I do lose, the other person really deserved it.

— Corbin Bleu

One of the first times I came to New York was for a modeling and talent competition, IMTA, which I won. I came with a group, like a modeling school from Fresno.

— Christopher Gorham

Many of those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom have come through the wrestling ranks. We need to honor them and win this decision to have wrestling – the world’s oldest sport – remain a part of the most prestigious athletic competition in the world, the Olympics.

— Dan Gable

There will be a competition for the memorial. And then it can be developed with trees, with planting. It can become a very beautiful place protected from the streets, because it is below. And it can be something very moving and very private.

— Daniel Libeskind

Cannes is the oldest film festival in the world, and I’ve long dreamed of having one of my films there in competition. It’s a dream that lay dormant for a long time I stopped believing in it.

— Denis Villeneuve

The larger the state, the more callous it becomes… the colder its heart. It is also true that the bigger the corporation, the more callous its heart. But unlike the state, corporations have competition and have no police powers.

— Dennis Prager

The dynamic of fathers and sons seems to be more around competition regarding things such as knowledge, accomplishments, expertise.

— Deborah Tannen

I think there’s something wrong with me – I like to win in everything I do, regardless of what it is. You want to race down the street, I want to beat you. If we’re playing checkers, I want to win. You beat me, it’s going to bother me. I just enjoy competition.

— Derek Jeter

For me, competition is good that is what keeps me on my toes and keeps me going. I am always trying to better my own work, do better than my earlier films… do films that are challenging and exciting for me.

— Deepika Padukone

If I’d married someone in show business, there’d be too much competition.

— Dolly Parton

Competition makes things come out right. Well, what does that mean in health care? More hospitals so they compete with each other. More doctors compete with each other. More pharmaceutical companies. We set up war. Wait a minute, let’s talk about the patient. The patient doesn’t need a war.

— Donald Berwick

Some people don’t like competition because it makes them work harder, better.

— Drew Carey

One of these topics we talk about with the team on our ‘Competition Wednesday’ is iron sharpening iron. That’s the process we go through to get each other ready, and that’s why we have some periods where we get to compete against one another.

— Dan Quinn

There are horses people use for competition, and if they don’t perform well or go lame, then people ask the vet to put them down to get the insurance money. And my vet knows I love horses, so he gives them to me.

— Daryl Hannah

I’m letting competition drive me, and when competition drives me, I don’t think anyone can compete with me.

— Daniel Cormier

I never dislike anyone that I am in competition with. I welcome the challenge. Besides, I get along with just about everyone.

— Dante Hall

The only way I survived at school was by doing impersonations of teachers and pupils. That led to me winning a talent competition when I was 16 the prize was three or four gigs in working men’s clubs. I was just showing off: at the time, I thought that’s what acting was.

— Douglas Hodge

It’s not good to focus on one person or two persons about being your rivals. The important thing is just to train hard and be ready for the competition and to prepare for the races so that in case of anything that comes out, you are able to handle it.

— David Rudisha

We’re shaking loose viruses and dislodging them from their natural ecological limitations, places where they aren’t very abundant and have competition, even within a single animal. We introduce them into a new, rich habitat called the human population, where they can flourish more abundantly and cause more trouble.

— David Quammen

If people use Chrome, we make less money on our service and that’s fine by us because that is fair competition. I wouldn’t put Google on a pedestal for competition, but they aren’t telling users not to use OpenDNS.

— David Ulevitch

Hence we did not foster competition in our school, on the contrary.

— Dora Russell

Music is not a contest, it’s not a competition, so giving out trophies seems a little bit like the sporting world I left behind when I was a kid.

— Dave Pirner

While I was there I became deeply interested in photography, and indeed the most noteworthy event in my early life was winning first, third, fourth and seventh prizes in an international competition for college and high school students.

— Douglass North

Advertising as the printed form of selling would seem… ultimately to be justified in so far as it serves as a means of increasing legitimate human wants, as an agency of fair and economic competition in the distribution of goods, and as a stimulant to social progress.

— Daniel Starch

In Poland we still believe – and this certainly applies to my government – that greater competitiveness, and greater growth and savings are possible in an economy which is as sparely regulated as possible, where freedom, competition and private ownership are key values.

— Donald Tusk

With less competition to fear, companies are emboldened to raise their mark-ups and profits. That lifts share prices and thus the wealth of already wealthy shareholders.

— Edmund Phelps

It’s a difficult competition against silence, because silence is a perfect language, the only language which says with no words.

— Eduardo Galeano

The Champions League is the one thing missing from my career. When I look at the history of the competition and the people that have taken part, the top, top players have all won it. For many, it is why they have been regarded as top players.

— Eden Hazard

I loved being on Broadway, but performing has become exhausting, and I just don’t want to live in New York anymore. I’m just sick of the competition in New York, the feeling that I always have to rehearse to keep up my performance. I don’t feel like rehearsing, even though it should be my favorite thing in the world to do.

— Elaine Stritch

Markets work when people can evaluate the prices and risks of different products, then pick the ones that work best for them. But when the terms of the deal are hidden, competition doesn’t work. And customers aren’t the only ones who are hurt.

— Elizabeth Warren

Every time you go for more competition, some people don’t like it, but that’s the way it is.

— Enrique Pena Nieto

Pemex becomes a productive company of the state, but it will have competition and can make associations with the private sector.

— Enrique Pena Nieto

The pressure people put on themselves and the rivalry between the teams is much more marked. And I think that’s a good thing. As long as that rivalry remains within the spirit of competition, it con only spur everyone on.

— Eric Cantona

All you now do is pursue your private objectives within society. Instead of us being a community, everybody is asked to seek their own personal ends. It’s called competition. And competition is antagonism.

— Edward Bond

The problem with TV now is that there’s so much competition, that you’re always on the chopping block.

— Elisha Cuthbert

I started singing at the Met when I was seven, and the competition was so fierce that it really prepared me.

— Emmy Rossum

There’s so much competition for leisure time, more than ever.

— Eric Fellner

Competition on anything is good, because it makes everybody better.

— Eddy Cue

Well, nine times out of ten when you have 2 or 3 stars in a household you have an unfortunate amount of competition that’s not necessarily a healthy competition.

— Edwin Starr

When the sommelier Enrico Bernardo moved to Paris from Italy nearly two decades ago, the world of French gastronomy brutally rejected him. No matter that he had won the competition for best sommelier in Italy when he asked 30 restaurateurs for work in their wine cellars, all turned him down.

— Elaine Sciolino

In middle school, I was boy crazy and it was the worst! I would always lose, too. I was more into the competition than the boy by the end of it! I just wanted to win!

— Elizabeth Gillies

We’ve outpaced Japan and Europe in creating new jobs, but there’s major competition from India and China. It’s not enough to make income tax cuts permanent.

— Ernest Istook

Competition in armament, both land and naval, is not only a terrible burden upon the people, but I believe it to be one of the greatest menaces to the peace of the world.

— Frank B. Kellogg

Succeeding in network prime time has gotten tougher. Every day, several thousand homes are wired for cable, and more people are buying videodisks and video cassettes. That all represents competition.

— Fred Silverman

I’ve never been in a competition before, and I said I’m going to go. I think – I just love to sing.

— Fantasia Barrino

The Champions League is a big ambition, and all the footballers want to play in it it is a very important competition.

— Fernando Torres

I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating… because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition.

— Fidel Castro

In the end, the market will decide which is the better performer: dirty coal-fired power or clean wind and solar. Market-based competition. That doesn’t sound like communism to me.

— Frances Beinecke

The existing principle of selfish interest and competition has been carried to its extreme point and, in its progress, has isolated the heart of man, blunted the edge of his finest sensibilities, and annihilated all his most generous impulses and sympathies.

— Frances Wright

They will come to learn in the end, at their own expense, that it is better to endure competition for rich customers than to be invested with monopoly over impoverished customers.

— Frederic Bastiat

A good athlete always mentally replays a competition over and over, even in victory, to see what might be done to improve the performance the next time.

— Frank Shorter

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

A variety of factors contribute to the price of gasoline in the United States. These factors include worldwide supply, demand and competition for crude oil, taxes, regional differences in access to gasoline supplies and environmental regulations.

— Gary Miller

The thought that we’re in competition with Russians or with Chinese is all a mistake, and trivial. We are one species, with a world to win.

— George Wald

If I couldn’t compete, I wouldn’t ride. I don’t ride for fun I ride to prepare for the next competition, and everything that I do when I am in the saddle is always a calculated step in my path to the next win.

— Georgina Bloomberg

Everyone saying, ‘She’ll bring back women’s skating. This will be the one to watch at the Olympics.’ And they say things that are so far away, but really, you have to bring it back in and look at the next competition, the next day, what you want to accomplish because if you get too far ahead of yourself, you can trip yourself up.

— Gracie Gold

When it comes down to competition, it’s not always about the best skater, it’s about who skates the best in that competition.

— Gracie Gold

The Beatles had just come out, and everybody had a band. It was incredible competition out there.

— Gregg Allman

The PC is successful because we’re all benefiting from the competition with each other. If Twitter comes along, our games benefit. If Nvidia makes better graphics technology, all the games are going to shine. If we come out with a better game, people are going to buy more PCs.

— Gabe Newell

It hasn’t been hard getting nominated, but winning it is another thing. The competition is tough.

— Gary Burton

Hockey lends itself to special events, including the Olympic competition: a glorious tournament of the best players in the world, putting on their national jerseys and playing on big rinks with no-goon Olympic rules and referee enforcement.

— George Vecsey

A lot of people I went to college with felt like they wanted to pursue theater exclusively, so I don’t think that I really was in competition with people that I went to school with.

— Gillian Jacobs

The truth of basketball is done in competition and fundamentals and team, but there’s a lot of other junk that goes around the game.

— George Karl

Please, please, please, my dear competition. We can beat each other and fight each other as much as we want and argue, but do not predict how a system really works when you really don’t know and don’t want to know. Either be better informed, or don’t do it.

— Hasso Plattner

Real competition can drive up testosterone, which boosts libido.

— Helen Fisher

Of all human powers operating on the affairs of mankind, none is greater than that of competition.

— Henry Clay

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

— Henry Ford

As I talk with the Chinese on currency, I encourage them to move much more quickly with opening up their capital markets to competition, because I don’t believe the world is going to give them as much time as they would like.

— Henry Paulson

In China, export lobbies have fought for policies that favor their interests and limit foreign competition.

— Henry Paulson

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

— Herbert Hoover

I think there’s much more fashion competition in the more junior levels of the fashion department. And that’s exciting and stimulating to see, because it’s ‘Vogue’ it’s great to see people dressed originally and with great style and panache. It wouldn’t be ‘Vogue’ otherwise.

— Hamish Bowles

Putin is playing the long game. He has a strategic plan in mind: the Eurasian Union, which would be in competition to Europe.

— Hillary Clinton

On the actual competition days, you get about three or four hours of physical exertion – between an hour-long warm-up, recovery in-between runs, the training runs, and then the runs themselves.

— Hannah Kearney

Whoever claims that economic competition represents ‘survival of the fittest’ in the sense of the law of the jungle, provides the clearest possible evidence of his lack of knowledge of economics.

— George Reisman

In Europe, architects consider themselves artists. They think they’re special when they win a competition.

— Helmut Jahn

Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you.

— Henry J. Kaiser

The competition I played against was fantastic, but golf is a different game now. The courses have shrunk because the equipment has gotten better. They’re hitting the ball 10 to 15 percent farther because of the changes in the golf ball.

— Hollis Stacy

Because of the low photosynthetic efficiency and the competition of energy plants with food plants for agricultural land, we should not grow plants for biofuel production. The growth of such energy plants will undoubtedly lead to an increase in food prices, which will predominantly hit poorer people.

— Hartmut Michel

Unless a player goes in for intensive play and tournament competition, two racquets are sufficient.

— Helen Wills Moody

The Olympics have their own unique atmosphere and energy. People might say it’s just the same as any other competition, but don’t kid yourself. There’s a hunger for victory.

— Ilya Ilyin

It’s always a thrill to wear the flag and ride for Canada in any competition, but especially the Olympics.

— Ian Millar

I think now I’ll probably take a few days off and enjoy the competition and then sit down with a few people and work out what is next, work out what the next preparation will be and what competition will be next.

— Ian Thorpe

I’m an ambitious person. I never consider myself in competition with anyone, and I’m not saying that from an arrogant standpoint, it’s just that my journey started so, so long ago, and I’m still on it and I won’t stand still.

— Idris Elba

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

— Indira Gandhi

The competition between me and Bill Gates, probably: Who can spend money more effectively that can do better philanthropy.

— Jack Ma

See, as much as I love the game, golf was my vehicle to competition. And I love to compete.

— Jack Nicklaus

Number one, cash is king… number two, communicate… number three, buy or bury the competition.

— Jack Welch

I speak to you only as an American who happens to be an American Negro and one who is proud of that heritage. We ask for nothing special. We ask only that we be permitted to compete on an even basis, and if we are not worthy, then the competition shall, per se, eliminate us.

— Jackie Robinson

I’ve never felt any sense of competition with anybody, and we’re all friends we’re all good friends.

— Jim Henson

No, there’s not much competition between puppeteers in general because everybody’s working their own style.

— Jim Henson

Why should man’s first flight to the moon be a matter of national competition? Why should the United States and the Soviet Union, in preparing for such expeditions, become involved in immense duplications of research, construction and expenditure?

— John F. Kennedy

Every dollar of tax imposed on our exchanges in the shape of duties impairs, to that extent, our capacity to meet the severe competition to which we are exposed and nothing but a system of high protective duties, long continued, can prevent us from meeting it successfully. It is that which we have to fear.

— John C. Calhoun

Be loyal to those who are loyal to you. And respect everyone, even your enemies and competition.

— John Cena

You hit a wall at some stage when you don’t want it so bad, but you don’t know when that’s going to be – as far as competition or as far as health is concerned. Sometimes it’s just natural. You just taste it, and you want it so bad that you find other gears.

— John McEnroe

The rate of change is not going to slow down anytime soon. If anything, competition in most industries will probably speed up even more in the next few decades.

— John P. Kotter

Many of those who argue for vouchers say that they simply want to use competition to improve public education. I don’t think it works that way, and I’ve been watching this for a longtime.

— Jonathan Kozol

I always say that I need competition, and I need competition every week, and in Spain, I was at an amazing club, but I had four matches a year: Barcelona v Real Madrid, Real Madrid v Barcelona, and after that, we’d win 4-0, 5-0, 4-1, 6-1.

— Jose Mourinho

Many memory techniques involve creating unforgettable imagery, in your mind’s eye. That’s an act of imagination. Creating really weird imagery really quickly was the most fun part of my training to compete in the U.S. Memory Competition.

— Joshua Foer

The idea of competition, particularly in a creative atmosphere, is always there. And, if you don’t acknowledge that, you are doing yourself and the process a disservice.

— Jake Gyllenhaal

I started singing about three years ago, I entered a local singing competition called Stratford Idol. The other people in the competition had been taking singing lessons and had vocal coaches. I wasn’t taking it too seriously at the time, I would just sing around the house. I was only 12 and I got second place.

— Justin Bieber

What corporations fear is the phenomenon now known, rather inelegantly, as ‘commoditization.’ What the term means is simply the conversion of the market for a given product into a commodity market, which is characterized by declining prices and profit margins, increasing competition, and lowered barriers to entry.

— James Surowiecki

Intellectual-property rules are clearly necessary to spur innovation: if every invention could be stolen, or every new drug immediately copied, few people would invest in innovation. But too much protection can strangle competition and can limit what economists call ‘incremental innovation’ – innovations that build, in some way, on others.

— James Surowiecki

Competition is great. And as long as it’s friendly and not a malicious thing, then I think it’s cool.

— Janet Jackson

I kinda see everyone as competition. I’m a very competitive person. But I think that’s good. Competition is great. And as long as it’s friendly and not a malicious thing, then I think it’s cool.

— Janet Jackson

Instead of focusing the traditional planning cycles where companies benchmark their businesses against existing competition, teams need to be developed to foster internal change and disruption. Self-disruption is akin to undergoing major surgery, but you are the one holding the scalpel.

— Jay Samit

If there’s unemployment, having the government help reduce that unemployment, increase employment directly is a pretty good idea. It’s not driving out competition it’s not crowding out.

— Jeremy Grantham

Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.

— Jesse Owens

I had been offered fellowships to enter as a graduate student at either Harvard or Princeton. But the Princeton fellowship was somewhat more generous, since I had not actually won the Putnam competition… Thus Princeton became the choice for my graduate study location.

— John Forbes Nash, Jr.

Corporate competition is fierce, viewed by many as economic warfare where all is fair. But politics… now, this is something unique.

— John McAfee

The merger mania which goes on and on and on is the sign of the disappearance of competition. As we deregulate, the mergers increase, which means there’s less and less competition. At the national level, at the regional level, but also at the international level.

— John Ralston Saul

The Olympics are a wonderful metaphor for world cooperation, the kind of international competition that’s wholesome and healthy, an interplay between countries that represents the best in all of us.

— John Williams

I view my strongest competition as myself. You’re always trying to top yourself, rather than worrying about what other people are doing.

— John C. Reilly

I’ve always felt, and I think I’m qualified to say so because I’ve won a few awards, that it’s a terrible shame to put something in competition with something else to be able to sell something.

— John Hurt

Better to take smart risks and focus on winning because, if you don’t, your competition will!

— John Rampton

TV has taken a crazy turn, especially in the industry of food, where everything is either a competition show or a sort of reality show. We’ve lost the kind of shows that are, like, ‘Here’s how you do this,’ like the old Julia Child shows.

— Johnny Iuzzini

If you do things with a certain type of result and cause a certain type of reaction or effect, then you increase your market value. It’s very much a competition for the entertainment dollar, and that’s never been more clearly evident than in today’s NBA game.

— Julius Erving

Writers aren’t in competition with one another. It isn’t a zero sum game. If you have a good book, a good cover, a good product description, and a low price, you can sell well.

— J. A. Konrath

Competition for places can only benefit you. If you know you’ve got that much competition, then you’re just going to have to work that extra bit harder so you can catch the gaffer’s eye.

— Jamie Vardy

There is always going to be competition. When you play for a top club, you’re going to attract top players. It’s part and parcel of football.

— Jermain Defoe

Since 2000, it’s been a privilege and honor for me to be on the competition committee. And our main focus… is player safety.

— Jeff Fisher

Lyft treats people better than competition. So whether that’s drivers or passengers, that goes into the car experience. That’s why more and more people are choosing Lyft.

— John Zimmer

The US constitution’s First Amendment rights only cover Americans, but I believe that in a democracy the competition of ideas and free speech should combat beliefs that it does not agree with – more speech and debate, not censorship.

— Joichi Ito

The fans love the home runs, the home run competition between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

— Jose Canseco

Yes, agriculture subsidies are far too generous. They need to be reined in because they cater to special interests while distorting free market competition. Yes, the farm laws are an anachronistic mess.

— Juan Williams

During ‘Idol,’ I wasn’t expecting anything. I just wanted to survive the competition, but my album and my music are a big part of who I am. Hopefully it translates well and I keep growing as an artist.

— Jessica Sanchez

I’m playing a powerhouse singer who is big competition, but she’s also really down to earth and sweet. But the whole sweet thing goes away when she’s in competition mode. I love the show, so I’m very excited to be a part of it. I’m going to kill it on ‘Glee!’

— Jessica Sanchez

The benefit is competition, the thrill of playing in the Olympics, being an Olympian, playing against the best.

— Joe Sakic

The denominational world tries to pressure its members to focus on the birth of Christ, but in doing so layers of guilt are imposed, and competition gets complicated as one Christmas program tries to outdo the other.

— John Clayton

Health care comprises nearly 20 percent of our national economy, but outdated bureaucracy and red tape have stifled competition and raised costs. As a result, today more than 45 million are without any health coverage.

— John Shadegg

Reality is a genre that seems to be here to stay. I don’t know how many of the new shows will last, but the more competition you have, the harder that pie is to slice up.

— Jeff Probst

A lot of it had to do with when it’s released and what’s out in the marketplace, what’s its competition.

— Jerry Bruckheimer

Competition leads both drug companies and private regulators to be trustworthy. If they are not trustworthy, they die.

— John Stossel

My dad’s so likeable, you wouldn’t feel in competition with him. If any boyfriends have ever felt that, they’re long gone.

— Julia Sawalha

I concentrated on Rossini when I began, and I never really felt any competition. I sang in the best houses, and I believed I was always a first choice. I was lucky in a way – I never felt there was someone else who was getting the roles in another theatre and that we were competing.

— Juan Diego Florez

The time is coming when the pressure of population on the means of subsistence will be felt here as it is now felt in Europe and Asia. Then will the world enter upon a new stage of its history – the final competition of races, for which the Anglo-Saxon is being schooled.

— Josiah Strong

If I read not amiss, this powerful race will move down upon Mexico, down upon Central and South America, out upon the islands of the sea, over upon Africa and beyond. And can any one doubt that the results of this competition of races will be the ‘survival of the fittest?’

— Josiah Strong

The first time I went to Cannes, Gus Van Sant was there in competition with ‘Last Days.’

— Justin Kurzel

But we’re all so different, we’re different ages we’re not vying for the same roles. There’s no competition, there’s really kind of a sisterhood, on and off the set, you know?

— Jeanne Tripplehorn

Hairdressers don’t judge you. They pretty much accept everything because they’ve heard everything. They’re on your side, like a cheerleader, and there’s no competition. They don’t want to be you, and you don’t want to be them.

— Jennifer Flavin

Our only competition in the theater is boredom, because if I’m bored with a play, if I’m revolted by a play on stage, with the Broadway prices, especially today, I’m going to walk out and not come back and pay that price again.

— Jerome Lawrence

I love the freedom you feel on horseback, and enjoy the discipline of competition.

— Jessica Springsteen

I feel like, to have a career as an artist, you don’t need to meet the same criteria as you do to win a singing competition. They’re two very different animals.

— Judith Hill

The Voice’ is not just a singing competition. It really comes down to how you come off as a person and how you connect with America with your story, and being relatable to people.

— Judith Hill

When we say that the persistence of competition is ensured by fate, we mean that individual freedom is so guaranteed. The one thing to which fate binds us is liberty.

— John Bates Clark

The limit is not as narrow as it might be. I do not claim for this action, as it now goes on, an ideal degree of efficiency. What I do claim is that this type of competition already reveals its nature and its ultimate power to hold seeming monopolies in check.

— John Bates Clark

Open debate is our strongest tool in standing up to extremism. The far more dangerous avenue is to force extremist ideas underground, where they can fester without competition.

— Jonas Gahr Store

In the tail above the giant resonance, you can get not just one neutron emitted but two, three, four or five, and so there are a lot of things one can measure, looking at the competition with the emission of neutrons and protons and so on.

— John Henry Carver

Tax reform likely will be the first policy action in a Trump administration. A close second will be a thorough repeal and rewrite of Obamacare, restoring a freer market with true consumer choice and competition among providers.

— Lawrence Kudlow

As a free-market guy, I love competition. That includes political competition.

— Lawrence Kudlow

I always thought competition was for horse races and it never belonged in art. I never felt that competitive with other girl singers, really.

— Linda Ronstadt

I don’t try to be a threat to MicroSoft, mainly because I don’t really see MS as competition. Especially not Windows-the goals of Linux and Windows are simply so different.

— Linus Torvalds

There used to be three networks, and now there are 40 million networks. There’s a lot more competition out there, too. We would bring in 27 million people. Now, they’re lucky if they have 17. I looked at the ratings, for the first time in 25 years, just to see, and there were 130 shows on. There used to be maybe 30.

— Larry Hagman

When I broke in, in 1957, it was wide open. Now you’re up against strong competition.

— Larry King

Reggae, oh man. It’s the ultimate music. The positivity. The musicality. The whole cultural expressionism of it. The danceability. Just the cool factor. The melody factor. Some of it comes from a religious place. If there were a competition of who makes the best religious music, it would definitely be the Rastafarian reggae.

— Lupe Fiasco

First off, it’s wonderful how much people are supporting me and felt I should have stayed in the competition.

— LaToya London

Rooftop solar is the first true form of competition that utilities have ever faced, and that is why they’re attacking it.

— Lynn Jurich

Because we’re sponsored by competing breweries there is always competition. When we were both fighting for ninth or 10th place, nobody really cared except the two companies.

— Larry Dixon

Without competition, the spectacular development of technology that we have seen in the last one hundred years in this country would not have happened.

— Lee R. Raymond

For the last 15 years that I have been performing, all I ever wanted to do was transcend poetry to the world. See, it wasn’t enough for me to write a book. It wasn’t enough for me to join a slam competition, and while those things hold weight, it wasn’t the driving force that pushes the pen to the pad.

— Lemon Andersen

It’s not rage that drives me, it’s competition.

— Lennox Lewis

There are 20 million unemployed and what does the Constitution offer us in the Europe of 25, 27 and soon to be 30: policies of unrestricted competition to the detriment of production, wages, research and innovation.

— Laurent Fabius

The Eisenhower Memorial competition and project have stirred a remarkable polemic, the center of which is not President Eisenhower or Washington, D.C. but Mr. Gehry and the values he promulgates.

— Leon Krier

I believe the auto industry is a competition of human resources, competition of funding, competition of technology – and the competition is international.

— Li Shufu

For the exploitation of human greed, they have devised comparison and competition. Right from childhood on, we are indoctrinated to compare and compete, and there is a word, a phrase: ‘free and fair competition.’

— Lobsang Tenzin

I think it’s good to have competition. Now we have a third country that can launch astronauts, so it’s good for all of us. It makes us a little bit more competitive and wanting to be the leader.

— Leroy Chiao

What kept me going through all the years? More than anything, the love of and respect for competition. That’s what it comes down to for me. That’s why I do this.

— Lesley Visser

When you talk about the economic process of a society, sometimes we separate it into two stories. One is about monetary variables. But then, we very often assume the underlying arrangement, the other variable, is ‘perfect competition,’ which means people do whatever they are supposed to do.

— Leonid Hurwicz

During the 19th-century struggle for women’s rights in America, many saw a competition between rights for black people and those for women.

— Karen DeCrow

The more the division of labor and the application of machinery extend, the more does competition extend among the workers, the more do their wages shrink together.

— Karl Marx

I always have a book that I write during competition. I need it with me, just to read back and reflect and look forward. If I’m feeling anxious, it helps me.

— Katarina Johnson-Thompson

I’ve always believed in myself, and it’s such a long competition over two days, you can’t worry about what anyone else is doing.

— Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Our competition for American business is no longer in the next county or the next state, it’s around the world.

— Karl Rove

In the United States, female fisticuffs were marginalized, first as erotic vaudeville in the 19th century and later as serious competition developed in the first half of the 20th. Legal wars waged by boxers in the 1960s and ’70s won women the right to compete professionally nationwide.

— Katherine Dunn

From as young as I can remember, I always wanted to be a singer… My mum taught me ‘Going Down the Garden to Eat Worms’ for a competition when I was about 4.

— Katherine Jenkins

My training diet can be quite strict when I’m coming up to competition it’s a weight-making sport, of course. But I eat quite healthily anyway, and it’s less strict when out of competition.

— Katie Taylor

I have stayed positiv,e and I believe I am still improving in every competition I enter.

— Katie Taylor

With amateur boxing, you’re just entered into a competition. And to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. You’re not waiting around to get these fights organised.

— Katie Taylor

In the Republican Party, we talk all the time about the importance of free markets and open competition. It seems to me that if we don’t practice what we preach, we won’t have much credibility with others.

— Ken Cuccinelli

I like to be just an athlete, but if I go to competition and compete, I love to be a star, maybe.

— Kim Yuna

There was a lot of pressure on me when I signed ‘Dilwale,’ and though it did not do as well in India, overseas the business was crazy despite competition from another film.

— Kriti Sanon

I don’t consider myself a competition to anyone. There is ample space for everyone here. When there are directors who create characters for me, why should I feel bothered or insecure? When it comes to updating myself, I work very hard to relate to the emotions of characters I play.

— Kajal Aggarwal

When you’re young, you don’t think very far ahead. You just think in terms of the next day, the next week, the next competition. You don’t think about injuries that could threaten your long-term health.

— Katarina Witt

When I go out on the ice, I just think about my skating. I forget it is a competition.

— Katarina Witt

And I’ve always – the competition is one aspect of the job, but I think if you’re too busy worrying about the competition, you don’t focus enough on what you’re doing.

— Katie Couric

I feel comfortable around every driver out there and each driver is in charge of their own car, but you feel very secure racing the competition out there.

— Kurt Busch

Obamacare is socialism? Nope – as insurance companies vie to sell new policies, competition within private industry is growing rapidly, with the number of participating insurers growing by 26 percent between 2014 and 2015, and the number of products they offer growing by 66 percent.

— Kurt Eichenwald

I’ve always enjoyed drinking wine, ever since I was in college. My appreciation really took off when I began to visit Napa. I was toying with an idea of making wine in Napa, but it’s prohibitively expensive, and the competition is fierce.

— Kyle MacLachlan

When I was six, right before I started swimming, we went to a national competition here in Maryland and watched Michael Phelps swim, and I got to meet him afterwards, and I got his autograph. Fast forward nine years, and I’m at the Olympics with him, and it’s like: ‘Woah.’

— Katie Ledecky

I like visualizing a lot, so the night before a competition and right before, I will visualize myself. I’ll close my eyes, turn away from everybody, and just see myself doing exactly what I want to accomplish.

— Kacy Catanzaro

The stark reality facing us today is that without the labour reforms, workers will get neither the income nor jobs in the face of cut-throat global economic competition.

— Kim Young-sam

I was always talking about what I could and would do, and you would always make rhymes about the competion even though we werent thinking about competition.

— Kool Moe Dee

Research your idea. See if there’s a demand. A lot of people have great ideas, but they don’t know if there’s a need for it. You also have to research your competition.

— Magic Johnson

Regulation is necessary to protect our natural environment, keep our food and medicine safe, and ensure fair competition and fair treatment of our workers.

— Marco Rubio

Today’s leading real-world retailer, Wal-Mart, uses software to power its logistics and distribution capabilities, which it has used to crush its competition.

— Marc Andreessen

You may call me a Klansman if you will, but, potentially, every white man is a Klansman, as far as the Negro in competition with whites socially, economically and politically is concerned, and there is no use lying.

— Marcus Garvey

I am drawn to women who are independent and creative, which is problematic because it’s a struggle, a competition of careers. There’s jealousy.

— Marilyn Manson

I play football in training all the time with my male friends, who are also professionals. But playing together in competition? I just don’t see it. We have the ability, we have the technique, we have the tactical understanding, but there are physical limitations. You can’t get away from that.

— Marta

No one intimidates me because I’m not trying to do what you do, because I can’t do what you do. I can only do what Mary J. Blige can do, so that relaxes me right there, and it gets me out of the competition and that whole thing.

— Mary J. Blige

I’m a football fan, a sports fan, a fan of competition.

— Matthew McConaughey

You should be having more fun in high school, exploring things because you want to explore them and learning because you love learning-not worrying about competition.

— Maya Lin

I’m forever testing myself. As a person and as an actor, I have no sense of competition.

— Michael Caine

I have five boys in the family, and it’s constant competition, sport, humor, and practical jokes.

— Mitt Romney

I’ve never really done acting before, ’cause dancing was my first love. And then, I sort of fell into it from a talent competition and never really looked back.

— Maisie Williams

When I see an artist whose work I like at a party – I’m old now, so I can do this – I go right over and tell them how much I like their work. Instantly, I’m on their side. The act of saying it takes away the competition. The act of saying it makes me not hate them anymore, because they’re good.

— Marilyn Minter

I didn’t realize until I was doing commentary what a gladiator-like competition tennis is – other than no one dies. The crowd is waiting for the players to come, and they walk through the tunnel, and they get on the court, and they get out their rackets, their weapons, and now they start.

— Martina Navratilova

If a company is not a monopoly, then the law assumes market competition can restrain the company’s actions. No problem. If a monopoly exists, but the monopoly does not engage in acts designed to destroy competition, then we can assume that it earned and is keeping its monopoly the pro-consumer way: by out-innovating its competitors.

— Marvin Ammori

In 1984, the Federal Trade Commission released a report that explained why taxis could charge customers exorbitant prices for dismal service. The simple reason, according to the 176-page study: lack of competition in the market. The culprit: local governments.

— Marvin Ammori

I think in terms of family, in terms of relationships, in terms of work, competition to be the favorite, to be the noticed, to be the one – I don’t know if it exists for all personalities, but I know for sure it did with me.

— Marcia Gay Harden

As a Republican, I am all for competition.

— Michael Burgess

Brand-name drugs have no competition, since the government grants them very long, exclusive marketing rights.

— Marcia Angell

In America, when you bring an idea to market, you usually have several months before competition pops up, allowing you to capture significant market share. In China, you can have hundreds of competitors within the first hours of going live. Ideas are not important in China – execution is.

— Ma Huateng

The kind of society which we still have is maybe, in some cases, getting worse. Competition is becoming a virtue. Intense competition drives people to go more and more into self-interest. Even to see other folks as competition.

— Major Owens

We got government off the backs of the people of India, particularly off the backs of India’s entrepreneurs. We introduced more competition, both internal competition and external competition. We simplified and rationalized the tax system. We made risk-taking much more attractive.

— Manmohan Singh

I was a personal trainer for about a decade. I competed in powerlifting, and I did a bodybuilding competition. I was heavily entrenched in the personal training world.

— Matt McGorry

To me, everything’s competition.

— Mickey Rourke

By overhauling current rules and speeding the entry of competitors in the market, we encourage competition and provide our constituents with new choices and cheaper bills.

— Melissa Bean

It all started when I went to this model search in Charlotte when I was 18. That’s when I met all these agents and realized I could do it, and I won! I met a photographer at the competition who persuaded me to sign with a different agency than the one that was offered to me. So, I started with a small agency and eventually moved up to IMG.

— Martha Hunt

The problem of freedom in America is that of maintaining a competition of ideas, and you do not achieve that by silencing one brand of idea.

— Max Lerner

Soul is a colourless thing. I don’t think you have to be a black person to be automatically soulful. I respect Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake they do what they do. For me, my philosophy has always been ‘contribution before competition.’

— Maxwell

In gymnastics, everything is a competition. You want to have your hair look the best and your makeup look the best. You want to be the best, and you want to have the prettiest leotard.

— McKayla Maroney

Before competition, I always take an ice bath to make my body feel more refreshed. Then I always have coffee with a little cream and sugar. It’s a superstitious thing.

— McKayla Maroney

You can’t go wrong with major life and death stories when it comes to a competition, so I thought I’d have a go at writing one.

— Michael Winter

There’s a lot of girls in the division I really like, but I always feel like there’s this underlying sense of a potential matchup, potential competition. It adds a different element.

— Miesha Tate

Let’s embrace productive capitalism, not casino capitalism, by restoring transparency and true competition in the commodities markets.

— Maria Cantwell

Like many businessmen of genius he learned that free competition was wasteful, monopoly efficient. And so he simply set about achieving that efficient monopoly.

— Mario Puzo

Now a movie goes out to two, three thousand theaters and by Friday night at 10 o’clock they know if you are in or out. That desperate competition is, I think, horrendous. It’s awful.

— Mark Rydell

Because you want to have competition to drive down the price. You want innovation. You have the ability to get people to agree that it’s worth having a public plan. You could get private insurers to cover this population, but you couldn’t without giving the population leverage in the marketplace.

— Maria Cantwell

Beware the old man in young guy’s clothes. If he’s over 35 and comes to pick you up looking as though he’s headed for a skateboarding competition while you are dressed to go to a nice restaurant, this is not a good sign.

— Merrill Markoe

Honestly, I wish I’d known just how hard it is and how competitive the acting world is. I took my time I went at my own pace. That’s been helpful over the years, but also, I didn’t quite realize how incredible everyone else was going to be: the level of competition and everyone’s skill.

— Max von Essen

I mean, the competition is really created by the buzz around the Emmys. It’s a totally subjective thing.

— Michael C. Hall

Plagiarism has been around far longer than the Internet. In fact, I had a poem published in ‘Seventeen’ magazine when I was 15 years old. About a year later I was informed that there was a girl who used that same poem to win a statewide poetry competition in Alabama. It took months for people to put together that this had happened.

— Megan McCafferty

I think it is one of the fundamentals, not only of the European Union but also of free trade, that competition is fair.

— Margrethe Vestager

I want to come back and do talk. I want to do late-night talk the right way. Arsenio ain’t there anymore, and the late-night talk competition is weak. All them dudes is weak. I don’t even know who they are. Weirdos, and I don’t even care. I want to bring real fun back to late night where a real comedian is doing it.

— Mark Curry

I want to wage war against illiteracy, poverty, unemployment, unfair competition, communitarianism, delinquency.

— Nicolas Sarkozy

When you are racing in an able-bodied competition, you’re all equal and you go out there and try your best, and that’s what counts.

— Natalie du Toit

Airlines go in the long run at the competition to reason. For the passenger the competition is good, because each competitor tries to undercut the other one.

— Niki Lauda

I’ve always wanted to appear in a 3-D Movie, that’s always been a goal of mine. If you appear in a 3-D picture you are a shoo-in for an Oscar. There’s no competition.

— Nikki Cox

Deep inside, I was hoping I’d win: The competition was tough, but I learned from other’s mistakes.

— Nafisa Joseph

The time has come for the American government to recognize the damage that has occurred to our economy, and to take firm action to curtail what I believe is both unfair and illegal foreign competition.

— Norm Dicks

I want Infosys to be a company which is globally respected and in where people belonging to different nationalities, races and religious beliefs will work with intense competition but utmost courtesy, dignity and co-operation in adding greater value to our stakeholders day after day.

— N. R. Narayana Murthy

Of course, most people remember that I received the first perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastics competition.

— Nadia Comaneci

After retiring from competition in 1981, I did exhibitions and coached.

— Nadia Comaneci

Democracy presumes that we’re all created equal competition proves we are not, or else every race would end in a tie.

— Nancy Gibbs

I feel like my competition is everything else that’s competing for people’s attention, not just other print magazines, newspapers and cable. It’s your kid’s report card and the games you want to play, all the things that compete for people’s time.

— Nancy Gibbs

Running taught me valuable lessons. In cross-country competition, training counted more than intrinsic ability, and I could compensate for a lack of natural aptitude with diligence and discipline. I applied this in everything I did.

— Nelson Mandela

You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don’t make moves and when you don’t climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you’re not competition.

— Nicki Minaj

My dad and I compete on the pool table that’s the most important competition of our lives. The fact that I’m writing and it works for me is one of the great joys for him. We talk about writing, and it’s great.

— Nick Harkaway

Humanity will… be confronted with dangers of unprecedented character unless, in due time, measures can be taken to forestall a disastrous competition in such formidable armaments and to establish an international control of the manufacture and use of the powerful materials.

— Niels Bohr

I’ve been an athlete and competitor my whole life, and there’s nothing more that I get off on than competition.

— Nikki Bella

Competition got me off the farm and trained me to seek out challenges and to endure setbacks and in combination with my faith, it sustains me now in my fight with Alzheimer’s disease.

— Pat Summitt

As humans, we have evolved to compete… it is in our genes, and we love to watch a competition.

— Peter Diamandis

I think competition can make people stronger at whatever it is they’re competing on. If we’re competing in some athletic event for competitive swimmers, really intensely competing, it’s likely that both of us will become better, but it’s also quite possible we’ll lose sight of what’s truly valuable.

— Peter Thiel

Americans mythologize competition and credit it with saving us from socialist bread lines. Actually, capitalism and competition are opposites. Capitalism is premised on the accumulation of capital, but under perfect competition, all profits get competed away.

— Peter Thiel

Is there something about the gay experience, being gay and the gay experience, that pushes us even more than other people toward competition?

— Peter Thiel

Whereas a competitive firm must sell at the market price, a monopoly owns its market, so it can set its own prices. Since it has no competition, it produces at the quantity and price combination that maximizes its profits.

— Peter Thiel

Technologies like PayPal foster competition because they enable people to shift their funds from one jurisdiction to another, and I think that ultimately will lead to a world in which there’s less government power and therefore more individual control.

— Peter Thiel

Believe it or not, one of the first poets I was aware of was Yeats. I recited ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ at a verse speaking competition when I was eight or nine.

— Paul Muldoon

I started off as a juggler. I used to do a half-hour show on the weekends to make money as a kid. Then I went to Cleveland, Ohio in 1983 to the international jugglers competition junior division and came second. So that was my first job, being a juggler.

— Patrick Dempsey

I think the post-Rick-Perry Texas is a Texas that is more competitive between the Democrats and Republicans. I think the Republicans still have a huge advantage, but I think if we’re arguing that competition is good for the system, then I think a stronger two-party system in Texas is inevitable, and I think that it will happen.

— Pete Gallego

By the 1980s, practically no one under 60 in the real civilian world wore hats for anything except weddings, funerals or Ascot. Hats had been in competition with hair, and hair had won. Thirty years before that, Brits of all classes and ages wore hats all the time.

— Peter York

When you get older, unless you’re a huge star, the parts become less and the competition becomes greater. Because the guys left standing are the best.

— Peter Riegert

I truly don’t know why the boys are getting all the votes – it could be because they are really amazing, and that’s all there is to it. They’re really, really good and every single boy deserves to be in the competition right now, and so do the two girls.

— Pia Toscano

I don’t know if it’s just me or everyone, but the whole vibe with skiing is not so much thriving on competition against others as it is against myself and the clock.

— Picabo Street

I was really a little housewife with two small children, and I had a husband who really didn’t want his wife to work. He didn’t like the competition. That’s why I’m not married to him anymore.

— Pauline Trigere

I’d been ready too, because before Olympic Games, I wasn’t compete in big competition like, World Championship, like European Championship. I just competed in national competition.

— Olga Korbut

And I suggested to change very simple way to Olympic Games, in one competition, two different levels. Separate from, until sixteen, and after sixteen years old.

— Olga Korbut

Because up to sixteen years old you feel gymnastics more. You can show your emotion, grace, like woman gymnastics, not kid’s gymnastics. I feel I have good shape, and I can do it elements everything, but, it’s not competition for me.

— Olga Korbut

Once, in Australia, I ate 33 pancakes in 20 minutes, and I only did it because they said a girl could never enter the competition.

— Olivia Wilde

Indeed, we must foster cost-saving competition. And that means joining the marketplace of other industrialized countries – not just for the manufacturers who sell drugs, but for consumers as well.

— Olympia Snowe

In a world with weak aggregate demand, countries are engaging in a futile competition for a greater share of it. In the process, they are creating financial-sector and cross-border risks that will become increasingly apparent as countries exit their unconventional policies.

— Raghuram Rajan

Competition is like a treadmill. If you stand still, you get swept off. But when you run, you can never really get ahead of the treadmill and cover new terrain – so you never run faster than the speed that is set.

— Raghuram Rajan

Instead of abandoning competition and giving banks protected monopolies once again, the public would be better served by making it easier to close banks when they get into trouble. Instead of making banking boring, let us make it a normal industry, susceptible to destruction in the face of creativity.

— Raghuram Rajan

The public may admire a corporation for its impressive size. Who in the United States doesn’t? But when a business, however gigantic, gets smug enough to believe that it is sufficient only to match competition on trivial points instead of leading competition in valid matters, that business is becoming vulnerable to public disfavor.

— Raymond Loewy

Competition is always good, but I truly believe that ‘Lucha Underground’ has nothing to do with WWE or their programming. We are completely different, you know. And, in a way, we have more to offer.

— Rey Mysterio

Just as predatory animals follow a similar general design and behave in similar ways, so organizations, especially those in competition with one another, must follow certain design principles if they are to succeed and prevail.

— Robert Shea

Sure, I have advice for people starting to write. Don’t. I don’t need the competition.

— Robert B. Parker

My greatest competition is, well, me.

— R. Kelly

I’ve never, ever in my life touched a photographer. Some of the cruellest things I’ve ever said have been to photographers who are chasing me down the street, some of the sharpest, most efficient emotional barbs. And they know that in that moment, in that one-to-one wit competition, they just got smashed.

— Russell Crowe

Well, we know that people in Australia love the idea of both Impulse and Virgin Blue getting up and adding a bit of competition, and it’s fun to be able to deliver it.

— Richard Branson

I believe in the principle that if you have more competition, it will drive down the prices.

— Rick Scott

The U.K. has to keep investing in new technology, skills, and infrastructure to keep pace with international competition.

— Ridley Scott

A good boxing competition gives one the sight of fine men in their prime, trained to the ounce, showing the highest skill, pluck and endurance in carrying out their attack and defence under strict rules of fair play and good temper.

— Robert Baden-Powell

The real pride, the real present, is your health and your longevity. My whole career, I have never done anything where competition was involved with weight loss.

— Richard Simmons

The paradigm of competition is a race: by rewarding the winner, we encourage everyone to run faster. When capitalism really works this way, it does a good job but its defenders are wrong in assuming it always works this way.

— Richard Stallman

The mystery of Christopher Wheeldon deepens. Yes, he’s the most talented of the younger ballet choreographers – indeed, where’s the competition? Yes, he’s particularly good at nurturing dancers and identifying their essential qualities.

— Robert Gottlieb

When companies get together secretly to fix prices and attempt to eliminate competition, honest businessmen suffer. I think this is wrong.

— Robert Kennedy

The world of sports knows no religious, racial or political differences. Athletes, from whatever land they come, speak the same language. The lessons of competition are lessons for life.

— Robert Kennedy

While their competition is asleep, world-class leaders are up – and they’re not watching the news or reading the paper. They are thinking, planning and practicing.

— Robin S. Sharma

The EPA could act to open the transportation-fuel market to vigorous competition from natural gas as well as coal, biomass, and trash, by legalizing methanol. This would force oil prices down, expand the economy, and create millions of jobs.

— Robert Zubrin

Somehow, people act like I have no competition, but the thing is, the competition is so good that it forces me to be better than I even thought was possible.

— Ronda Rousey

Every year before a big competition, I get hurt doing stuff I should not be doing. One year it was my little brother’s 12th birthday. We all played hide-and-seek late at night. I climbed up a 30-foot tree, thinking he’d never catch me. I tripped and fell on one of the branches and I hit my head.

— Ryan Lochte

I have a discipline that has served me very well in my career and in my personal life… and that’s gotten stronger as I’ve gotten older. I’ve always felt if I don’t just have a natural knack for it, I will just out-discipline the competition if I have to – work harder than anybody else.

— Ryan Reynolds

Also, there are authors and publicists using the Internet to manipulate opinion, both positively for a work and negatively against the competition. I don’t do this and can’t stomach it, honestly.

— R. A. Salvatore

I think everyone can recognize the one-upmanship and the competition that go on wherever you are, especially among groups where the women don’t have to hold down office jobs and instead get in a total snit about who won the longest carrot contest or took first prize for summer chutney in the August fete.

— Rachel Johnson

When the government picked companies and gave them monopoly rights to frequencies in San Francisco and Los Angeles and New York and Chicago, it was picking the winners of the competition it wasn’t setting the terms of the competition.

— Robert McChesney

When the government allocates monopoly rights to frequency, and there are only a handful in each community, it’s picking the winners in the competition.

— Robert McChesney

So the competition isn’t once you got the license, running the station it’s getting the license.

— Robert McChesney

I think that one of the motivating factors was in my last year of law school: we had a competition, and I won the competition it was judged by several of the federal judges at the time. I got a tremendous amount of encouragement to pursue litigation from them at the time.

— Robert Shapiro

I feel like my biggest competition is myself. A lot of kids get caught up in the comparing game – comparing themselves with Michael Jackson, comparing themselves with Michael Jordan. You gotta be your best. You gotta overcome your own fears.

— Romeo Miller

You can’t say what the outcome of a competition is going to be, so now I am ready to accept any result that comes my way, if I give my best shot.

— Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

There is always anxiety before a competition and it was no different for me today. It was only in the third round, with about 40 targets left, that I realised I could match the world record score.

— Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

A friend told me about a Nike competition, where they give you one minute to do tricks with a basketball. I wasn’t going to go, but they were giving away free sneakers. I ended up coming in second place.

— Ramon Rodriguez

Competition, I think, is always a good thing.

— Renato Dulbecco

When movies work or a TV series, when they really work, it’s because of the collaborative effort. Competition is the death knell for anything, in my opinion. Especially in Hollywood. When actors are competing against each other, or when directors are competing against actors, it’s usually the beginning of the end.

— Rocky Carroll

And what it depends on, of course, is whether the story itself is worth the ethical compromise it requires and whether the competition is onto the story.

— Roger Mudd

The public is looking for free lunches, and the political competition for votes makes the politicians offer them free lunches.

— Robert Mundell

In our industry, there are so many competing companies and games, and they have people constantly out spying on competition. For example, Valve in Seattle tries to keep their location a secret.

— Rony Abovitz

You are the only you. That means you don’t lose roles to anybody else. There’s no competition, so they either want you or they don’t want you, and it’s not that they wanted someone else over you.

— Rachel Brosnahan

Free trade has been one of the tenets of the modern Mexican economy, and it’s through competition and free trade that we will continue to advance.

— Ricardo Salinas Pliego

They demanded a monopoly of the coasting trade, in order to get higher freights than they could get in open competition with the carriers of the world.

— Robert Toombs

We have a lot of rule changes. I am part of the competition committee. We spent a lot time evaluating the game, how do we make the game better for our fans.

— Ron Jaworski

When I was about 12, I spent the summer writing four plays on my dad’s old typewriter for a school play competition. And I wrote little comic bits at secondary school and at university.

— Rory Kinnear

I’m ambitious but I’m not particularly competitive. I’ll try to get roles, as I think it’s healthy to go for things, but… I think there’s too much competition between women already. It’s important to have female solidarity and support each other and other actresses.

— Rose Byrne

Isn’t it only appropriate that, in return for the free use of the public spectrum, broadcasters provide something substantial, something that wouldn’t otherwise be provided by marketplace competition?

— Reed Hundt

I think most producers and MCs are constantly in this competition, but it’s usually with yourself. It’s usually wanting to be innovative: wanting to catch yourself when you’re doing the same thing or throwing out the same art you’ve already done.

— Ryan Lewis

I think I tried to separate indoors and out. And so when he beat me indoors, I did not see that as letting anybody down, I saw it as a good head to head competition, and so it was. It was fine.

— Ralph Boston

I don’t see women and think of them as competition or with judgment. Women really move me. I feel connected to all kinds of women. I am angry because I think we’ve been mistreated throughout history in different countries, including America. I admire women.

— Salma Hayek

Our government needs to adopt a pro-market agenda that doesn’t pick winners and losers, but it invites competition and it levels the playing field for everyone.

— Sarah Palin

The problem with competition is that it takes away the requirement to set your own path, to invent your own method, to find a new way.

— Seth Godin

You know the best thing about competition? There’s this whole strategy game, and when it all works out its like solving that hard math equation. You finally get the answer and you’re so happy.

— Shaun White

My brother Billy was the joke teller. My brother Jim had a really sharp, cutting wit. And the teller of long stories, that was my brother Ed. As a child, I just absorbed everything they said, and I was always in competition for the laughs.

— Stephen Colbert

I think for me, the most fun competition that I’ve had was my first Worlds.

— Simone Biles

My mom, Nellie, got me a rosary at church. I don’t use it to pray before a competition. I’ll just pray normally to myself, but I have it there in case.

— Simone Biles

I didn’t really like the aloneness of doing stand-up. The comedians by nature weren’t very – I mean, they were sociable, but they hung out in cliques, and it’s very hard to get accepted lots of competition.

— Steve Buscemi

I’ve been in international competition, and now I know what the big boys can do. You don’t go out and just run. There’s an offense and a defense.

— Steve Prefontaine

There will always be something about two men in the ring – a mystique because it’s pure man-to-man competition. Because of the history boxing has and the tradition it holds, boxing will always have a that mystique.

— Sugar Ray Leonard

The value of small business contracting is indisputable. These firms bring healthy competition to the federal market to drive down prices. They are our nation’s innovators and job creators, and securing a federal contract helps them grow and offers more benefit to the economy.

— Sam Graves

Like patents – which also seek to protect the little guy – unions were started for all the right reasons. But like patents, they can be twisted into something that hurts innovation, competition, and ultimately consumers and the country as a whole.

— Sarah Lacy

From the fall of October, 1980 to March, 1984 I never lost a competition.

— Scott Hamilton

The Olympics are always a special competition, it is very difficult to predict what will happen.

— Sergei Bubka

If you allow for a purely capitalistic society, without any type of regulation at all, you will get one monopoly that will eat all of the smaller fish and own everything, and then you’ll have zero capitalism, zero competition – it would just be one giant company.

— Serj Tankian

I started writing sketches with Dennis Kelly, who I ended up writing ‘Pulling’ with. We entered a BBC competition and did quite well, then started writing bits for other people’s shows. You wheedle your way in, write pilots and eventually you end up writing a sitcom.

— Sharon Horgan

In New York and L.A., there is sort of that silent competition to be on the cutting edge of something. You end up having a conversation with how the world receives your work, especially if you are writing narrative, not fiction. Sometimes it is an awkward conversation. It’s like group therapy.

— Sloane Crosley

By the end of my first year at the Dogs, we’d won the competition, and I’d played some pretty good footy.

— Sonny Bill Williams

I loved tests because it was another form of competing, a healthy competition.

— Suzanne Farrell

The fashion industry is completely different from the acting industry, but definitely the same as well, because there’s cattiness and competition just like in the modeling world.

— Sara Paxton

I think it’s funny because on ‘Glee Project,’ there’s that added pressure, but with ‘Glee,’ there’s no element of competition. No one’s trying to dance better than anyone. But there’s that added pressure of, ‘So many people are going to watch ‘Glee’ this week. If I don’t nail this dance, I look like an idiot.’

— Samuel Larsen

People now, especially with the Internet, are connected. They have an expectation of behaviour, of accountability, avoiding conflict and fair and just competition.

— Sri Mulyani Indrawati

I know competition is there, and it can come my way by new, fresh faces that are around or are coming up. It pushes me to work hard. I know if I don’t work hard, I will be left behind. So, I continue to work hard.

— Shraddha Kapoor

I want to be the first lady to land a quadruple jump in competition. As I grow older, I know that my skating style will develop and mature.

— Sasha Cohen

Acting is a sport – especially working with Mark Rylance. There is competition involved. I have to be muscular, challenging, get audiences on side. It’s extraordinary how Globe audiences join in – it’s like competing at an event – I love it.

— Samuel Barnett

IT is now reaching out to fuels and chemicals, energy and clean tech, rockets, all kinds of bizarre industries that formerly didn’t face much competition.

— Steve Jurvetson

All competitors are fierce competitors Vodafone is the world’s second largest company. We fight it each day. Idea Cellular is big and successful, too. Competition is competition we are used to it.

— Sunil Mittal

We were in the market ahead of competition. We brought new products on the market ahead of competition. We rolled out our networks. We begged, borrowed, stole, put things out. And while they were never near perfect, they were first. And that gave us, to my mind, a lot of advantage.

— Sunil Mittal

The World Cup must remain the number one competition, because it is our only source of money and, with that money, we can develop football in the whole world.

— Sepp Blatter

What was the competition? Well, I remember this Puerto Rican who came out in a short skirt and a gun.

— Sarah Vaughan

So I think instead of focusing on the competition, focus on the customer.

— Scott Cook

I believe and support the feminist movement, but I am not generally interested in considering women’s rights in relation to equality with men, or in a competition with men, but rather within their own rights and feminine space.

— Shirin Neshat

The bottom line is that it’s the NFL, and there’s going to be competition wherever you go. That’s the way I look at it. I’ve had competition in high school. I’ve had competition in college, and that’s part of the game. That’s part of how you improve as a quarterback.

— Scott Tolzien

The bottom line, in the professional level, no matter where you go, there’s going to be competition. That’s what it is. At the end of the day, you’re trying to put team first and make each other better.

— Scott Tolzien

All my success seems to come straight away, and it’s not until later that I get to appreciate it. Like with ‘Popstars,’ I won the competition, and now I look back and go, ‘God, I was lucky to have number-one singles and albums.’

— Sophie Monk

Competition is normal at a big club, but I’ve never been worried about it.

— Stephan El Shaarawy

In America, if you want to make it as a golfer, you go to college on a scholarship. In Australia, you go to the airport with a plane ticket. The competition just isn’t there.

— Stuart Appleby

You can’t really class all reality shows together. For instance, ‘Top Chef’ is about talent and competition. ‘Big Brother’ is more like what happens when you get all those narcissistic personalities crammed in together… and there are limits to that.

— Sienna Guillory

I was happy working for the N.B.A., but to be honest, I decided that I’d probably get back into coaching. I missed the teaching, I missed the games, I missed the competition.

— Stu Jackson

I believe our health care system is in drastic need of innovative, patient-centered reforms that encourage competition and increase consumer choice, not the bloated bureaucracy, tax increases, rationing, and mandates in the president’s government takeover.

— Tim Griffin

In addition to the decline in competition, American politics today is characterized by a growing ideological polarization between the two major political parties.

— Thomas E. Mann

Our position should not be on how to eliminate the competition at all expenses, but we should focus on what we’re going to do in order to make sure that Americans turn to the road of prosperity with the trajectory of capitalism, because making a profit is not an evil.

— Tim Scott

A recession is very bad for publicly traded companies, but it’s the best time for startups. When you have massive layoffs, there’s more competition for available jobs, which means that an entrepreneur can hire freelancers at a lower cost.

— Timothy Ferriss

My first competition, I guess, singing-wise, I was six years old, and there’s a video of it, too. I’m just, like, stick straight. I’m not moving at all, and I’m just singing.

— Tori Kelly

The single best thing we can do is expand competition. Let people purchase health insurance across state lines. If you want to expand access, what you want to do is increase choices and drive down cost.

— Ted Cruz

The reality is, is that we love competition, at Apple. We think it makes us all better. But we want people to invent their own stuff.

— Tim Cook

When I was in kindergarten, I entered a competition and read 52 books in a week.

— Tom Rath

I am aware, as everybody has to be, that there’s more competition for one’s attention nowadays.

— Tom Stoppard

Everything around a writer, or musician in the record business, probably everything in all the United States or in all of western civilization, is about competition.

— T Bone Burnett

If you taste something, you’re not at the maximum of your ability. What I think about in competition is temperature and texture. It has nothing to do with taste or emotion.

— Takeru Kobayashi

Freediving can be extremely dangerous. It’s got an incredibly high fatality rate outside of competition. But there’s never been a fatality in competition. In terms of spear fishing and people who train by themselves, it’s the second most dangerous sport in the world after base jumping. If you black out by yourself, you drown.

— Tanc Sade

America has remained highly engaged in global affairs throughout decades of growing energy dependency, so it’s hard to imagine it would disengage if its quest for energy self-sufficiency failed – especially amidst a world of heightened resource competition.

— Thomas P.M. Barnett

When I first started acting, somebody once said to me that anything that is a problem that prevents you from getting a job will eventually be a strength. It works both ways. The odder you are, the harder it is to get work, but once you sort of establish it, you have no competition.

— Tom Noonan

Because I just like sports, I like athletics and I like competition.

— Trishelle Cannatella

I used to go play football matches in the morning, and I’d go straight from me football game to a dance competition.

— Tristan MacManus

The U.S.-China relationship, of course, has elements of both cooperation and competition.

— Thomas E. Donilon

In 1945, the world was in a shambles. American companies had no competition. So nobody really thought much about quality. Why should they? The world bought everything America produced. It was a prescription for disaster.

— W. Edwards Deming

I think it is absolutely essential in a democracy to have competition in the media, a lot of competition, and we seem to be moving away from that.

— Walter Cronkite

I think it’s really good that you have great competition among news networks, and for that matter all the networks in general. It’s bringing more and more people in to watching the news.

— Walter Isaacson

When you think of all the conflicts we have – whether those conflicts are local, whether they are regional or global – these conflicts are often over the management, the distribution of resources. If these resources are very valuable, if these resources are scarce, if these resources are degraded, there is going to be competition.

— Wangari Maathai

This is a business, and no one enters a race not to finish first. I wouldn’t say I’m in it for the competition, but I’m certainly not just in it to coast along. I want to be the best I possibly can be.

— Will Poulter

So long as the system of competition in the production and exchange of the means of life goes on, the degradation of the arts will go on and if that system is to last for ever, then art is doomed, and will surely die that is to say, civilization will die.

— William Morris

Whenever you face a man who’s playing your instrument, there’s a competition.

— Wynton Marsalis

Competition is all in numbers it’s a numbers game, but I looked at it like it’s a passion, and it’s art.

— Will Champlin

Politics means competition, especially in senior positions. If you don’t know that, you’re not especially suited to politics.

— Wolfgang Schauble

In business, the competition will bite you if you keep running, if you stand still, they will swallow you.

— Victor Kiam

Ukrainian business must really embrace global competition. We need to understand that competition for resources and clients is not with competitors from across the street or from another city, but with millions of businesses around the world.

— Victor Pinchuk

People I respect complimenting me on my work in fashion is more exciting to me than anything I ever achieved as a Spice Girl. I am now competing in an arena where I can hold my head high. I feel quite confident in what I’m doing now, much more than the singing. I was never going to give Mariah Carey any competition.

— Victoria Beckham

Traditional PCs face competition from specialty products like Palm Pilots and from the servers that provide the nodes in computer networks. Microsoft’s Windows CE hasn’t done too well in the specialty-device market, and its Windows NT faces strong competition for server customers.

— Virginia Postrel

The innovative process is a fragile one, dependent on a complex, often messy interplay of imagination, competition, and exchange. Curbing new ideas hurts not only individual creators but the audience for which they create and the posterity that inherits their legacy.

— Virginia Postrel

If you have a strong opponent, a competition is stimulating. I am generally most open to ideas when I have had a bad result. In chess, too, players specialise. This specialty then becomes an entry barrier.

— Viswanathan Anand

There are some aspects of work you need to keep working on and no matter what environment you are in. Continuous learning is very important. It’s what I call ‘competitive tension’, which is about having a competition around.

— Viswanathan Anand

I am so proud of being a Paralympian because I think the Games are a very good platform for disabled persons to perform themselves. Within the Paralympics movement, it’s not just talk about excellence it’s not just talk about the competition. It’s also talk about the equality and how your world accepts those disabled people.

— Yu Chui Yee

I have an ambition to write a great book, but that’s really a competition with myself. I’ve noticed that a lot of young writers, people in all media, want to be famous but they don’t really want to do anything. I can’t think of anything less worth striving for than fame.

— Zadie Smith

The company that creates one global social graph will be very important going forward. It will be Facebook, with maybe 2-3 local social networks able to sustain competition long term.

— Yuri Milner

DJs are in incredible competition, musically. And they are the most musically creative and sensitive people in all the music charts. I am amazed how they are.

— Yoko Ono

We are on pace this year to have a trade deficit that is larger than $800 billion. We have never faced that before, but we continue to put forward trade agreements like these that leave us naked to competition that is neither free nor fair.

— Xavier Becerra

When you love competition, you don’t want the market to consolidate.

— Xavier Niel

Golf is not my priority. I would hope people see me as a Christian man who loved his family, who loved being in the heat of competition and sometimes succeeded at it who understood that golf was his job and that he was very lucky to play it for a living.

— Zach Johnson

When I was 7, my dad asked his friend to teach me. I played my first tournament competition when I was 8. I remember I shot around 125.

— Yani Tseng
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