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Zero Sum Game Quotes


"Life is a zero sum game." - George Carlin

"We have the data to prove to men that gender equality is not a zero-sum game, but a win-win." - Michael Kimmel

"In the zero-sum budget game, every dollar spent on this problem [illegal immigration] must be taken from somewhere else....No, we should not tolerate people immigrating illegally. But we need to treat this issue honestly and fairly." - Leon Panetta

"We act like a zero-sum society, when in reality there is a lot of non zero-sum fat to be skimmed off to everyone's mutual advantage." - Howard Raiffa

"It is sort of a bit of a caricature of capitalism, that it's always this zero-sum game where you have winners and losers. Silicon Valley, the technology industry at its best, creates a situation where everybody can be a winner." - Peter Thiel

"As to the latter point - that by having a child in America you are somehow starving a child in Bangladesh - remember that agricultural economics is not a zero-sum game. Farmers want to make a living, so as demand increases, so does production. Not only that, but agricultural productivity has increased so rapidly that in some countries the government pays farmers not to plant crops in an effort to keep food prices from dropping." - J. Budziszewski

"Competition for status is a zero sum game" - Richard Layard, Baron Layard

"Psychologist Nathaniel Branden speaks of a benevolent sense of life possible to those with rational, productive values, vividly contrasted with the coercive parasitic group-culture of mystics and altruists we live in, where people all around you seem a burdensome annoyance, a threat to your survival. Having been told from childhood that life is a zero-sum game in which you owe everything to others, at some level you worry all the time that someday the bastards will collect. And collect they do, every April 15th. Why do you think they call it collectivism?" - L Neil Smith

"The world of shelf space is a zero-sum game: One product displaces another." - Chris Anderson

"Death is a zero sum game for which there is no cure." - S Jay Olshansky

"The discussion of derivatives in the political world has become a zero sum game." - Jim Himes

"In a zero-sum game, the problem is entirely one of distribution, not at all one of production." - Kenneth Waltz

"The move from scarcity thinking to abundance thinking, from zero-sum competition to one-hundred-sum collaboration, is not just a "nice" or "moral" idea. In the twenty-first century, it's plain good sense. Scarcity says, "I'm going to keep all my ideas to myself and sell more than anyone else." Abundance says, "By mentoring, coaching, and sharing all our best ideas, we're going to create a powerful tide that raises all our ships-and we'll all sell more as a result." - Daniel Burrus

"If you have technological progress, that will encourage more capitalist system. On the other hand, if you don't, if things are stalled, you end up with much more of a zero sum type thing, where there's no progress and basically everybody's gain is somebody else's loss." - Peter Thiel

"Is the sum of all payments received by all players (at the end of the game) always zero.... All games which are actually played for entertainment are of this type. But the economically significant schemes are most essentially not such. There the sum of all payments, the total social product, will in general not be zero.... We shall call games of the first mentioned type zero-sum games, and those of the latter type non-zero-sum games." - John Von Neumann

"Active management is a zero-sum game before cost, and the winners have to win at the expense of the losers." - Eugene Fama

"If the economy is not expanding, the redistribution of income becomes a zero-sum game. And therefore, all the class struggle - and it becomes much more vicious." - Manmohan Singh

"Leadership isn't a zero sum game. When one of us shines it doesn't diminish the others, it reflects on all of us." - John Reid

"But the stock market is not 1:1-it is not a zero sum game. So those deaf,dumb and blind economists can't find the capital flows." - Andy Kessler

"My guiding principle is that prosperity can be shared. We can create wealth together. The global economy is not a zero-sum game." - Julia Gillard

"Global education is not a zero-sum game. The rise of universities in Asia will be a benefit to the entire world." - Richard Levin

"Much of our national debate proceeds as if China and America were locked in a zero-sum game in which one's loss is precisely the other's gain." - Eric Liu

"Global education is not a zero-sum game. The rise of universities in Asia will be a benefit to the entire world." - Rick Levin

"American leadership looks to the world and just as Lincoln did sees the family of man. Humanity is not a zero-sum game." - Jeff Flake

"On the political front, of course it's a zero-sum game. If it's all white males holding positions, you bring 10 women in, then it's, 'Women are coming!' Get 10 blacks and it's, 'Blacks are coming!' 'Hispanics are coming!' Zero-sum game. The seatmates might change but the chairs don't move. In the economy, the number of chairs can actually increase." - Jesse Jackson

"One problem with politics is that it is a zero sum game, i.e. politicians argue how to cut the pie smaller and smaller, by reshuffling pieces of the pie. I think this is destructive. Instead, we should be creating a bigger pie, i.e. funding the science that is the source of all our prosperity. Science is not a zero sum game." - Michio Kaku

"Neutrinos ... win the minimalist contest: zero charge, zero radius, and very possibly zero mass." - Leon M. Lederman

"The income effects in an economy always sum to zero." - Arthur Laffer

"It is not a zero sum game. The simple idea of the gains from trade lies at the heart of the modern and the ancient economy, not the power of capital. There is nothing else to it." - Matt Ridley

"The person that is buying a share of stock is convinced he knows something that the other person who's selling it to him does not know. There's no zero sum game in Wall Street." - Bernard Madoff

"Building a startup community is not a zero-sum game in which there are winners and losers: if everyone engages, they and the entire community can all be winners." - Brad Feld

"Programming is not a zero-sum game. Teaching something to a fellow programmer doesn't take it away from you. I'm happy to share what I can, because I'm in it for the love of programming." - John Carmack

"We believe that economics does not necessarily have to be a zero-sum game; it can be a win-win proposition for everyone involved so long as they have the tools in which to succeed." - Ron Kind

"A lot of people, including business leaders, think the future belongs to China. Globalization is not a zero-sum game, but we need to hone our skills to stay in play." - Jon Meacham

"In a world where global politics is no longer a zero-sum game, it is - or should be - counterintuitive to pursue one's interests without considering the interests of others." - Hassan Rouhani

"International politics is no longer a zero-sum game but a multi-dimensional arena where cooperation and competition often occur simultaneously. Gone is the age of blood feuds. World leaders are expected to lead in turning threats into opportunities." - Hassan Rouhani

"Life is like a game of chess...there are many moves possible, but each move determines your next move...where you wind up is the sum total of all your past moves...but first you have to make some kind of move." - Mort Walker

"Treatment of the apparently whimsical fluctuations of the stock quotations as truly non stationary processes requires a model of such complexity that its practical value is likely to be limited. An additional complication, not encompassed by most stock market models, arises from the manifestation of the market as a nonzero sum game." - Richard Arnold Epstein

"Life is the sum of your choices." - Albert Camus

"War is grounded in the notion of triumph and defeat. It is zero-sum." - Bruce Jackson

"Zero-sum thinking is an obsession of mine, but mostly in economics." - P. J. O'Rourke

"Zero-sum thinking is an obsession of mine, but mostly in economics." - P J Orourke

"The game isn't over till the clock says zero." - Paul Pierce

"I don't look at business as a zero-sum game. I don't. I've never seen it play out that way in our industry, and I think you innovate and you add value, deliver value back to customers, and you get value back from the world." - Marc Benioff

"When you are in a relationship, you are aware that it might end. You might grow apart, find someone else, simply fall out of love. But a friendship isn't a zero-sum game, and as such, you assume that it will last forever, especially an old friendship. You take its permanence for grandted, whuch might be the very thing so dear about it." - Emily Giffin

"At least half of the popular fallacies about economics come from assuming that economic activity is a zero-sum game, in which what is gained by someone is lost by someone else. But transactions would not continue unless both sides gained, whether in international trade, employment, or renting an apartment." - Thomas Sowell

"We still find, especially in parts of academe, the damaging notion that everything is a struggle for power, or being empowered, or hegemony, or oppression: and that all competition is a zero-sum game. This is not more than repetition of Lenin's destructive doctrine. Intellectually, it is reductionism; politically, it is fanaticism." - Robert Conquest

"You become a character in a meta-drama into which your own dramatizing has pitched you. The rewards can be fantastic, the punishments dismal; it's a zero sum game, and its guarantor of value, its marker is that you pretend you play it solo, preserving the myth that you alone are the wellspring of your creativity." - Tony Kushner

"Being rich is a good thing. Not just in the obvious sense of benefitting you and your family, but in the broader sense. Profits are not a zero sum game. The more you make, the more of a financial impact you can have." - Mark Cuban

"True partisans draft legislation that gives themselves everything and their enemies nothing. They love bills that repulse and even disgust the other side. Today's politics have become an all-or-nothing, black-or-white, zero-sum game - it's not a contact sport but a blood sport." - Jim Cooper

"For the several thousands of years before they became firefighters and physicians, women were sirens, enchantresses, snares. At times it seems as if female powerlessness is male self-preservation in disguise. And for millennia, this has made for a zero-sum game: A woman's intelligence was a man's deception." - Stacy Schiff

"The funny thing about advertising is that it's not a zero-sum game... Historically, in the digital ad world, pie has gotten larger and it's possible for everyone to win, and it's perfectly possible that will continue to be true for quite some time." - Eric Schmidt

"This is not a zero-sum game. We know that if we provide access and education, particularly where there are gaps in the market, we will create more jobs, we will create more growth, and we will create more activity in the U.S. market, which will be good for our economy." - Karen Mills

"There's a false notion that success is a zero sum game. To win in our careers we have to give up family. To work hard we have to sacrifice sleep. To accomplish we must take (or borrow or steal) from somewhere else in our lives. It's just not the case." - Maynard Webb

"I went from zero to my own hero" - Katy Perry

"We are the sum total of our experiences." - Thomas Gilovich

"In justice is all virtues found in sum." - Aristotle

"We are the sum of the Father's love for us" - Pope John Paul Ii

"Everyone in the world disagrees with me, including some managers, but I think managing in the American League is much more difficult for that very reason (having the designated hitter). In the National League, my situation is dictated for me. If I'm behind in the game, I've got to pinch hit. I've got to take my pitcher out. In the American League, you have to zero in. You have to know exactly when to take them out of there. In the National League, that's done for you." - Jim Leyland

"Being negative is not how we make progress, and the most important things are not zero sum," - Larry Page

"If you're searching for "work/life balance" you'll always be disappointed because "balance" connotes a zero-sum equation." - Stewart D. Friedman

"It is time that scientists and other public intellectuals observed that the contest between faith and reason is zero-sum." - Sam Harris

"Game recognize game in The Bay mane." - JT the Bigga Figga

"Many guys see relationships with women as a zero-sum game: If she wins, he loses. Marriage is the ultimate contest: Her job is to get him to capitulate to marriage. So many men see marriage as the "end of freedom," the end of boyhood. That's why bachelor parties are supposed to revel in that boyish irresponsibility "one last time." So many guys figure, "Why rush into something that means basically that you'll be a prisoner forever?"" - Michael Kimmel

"The purpose of teachers should be to add to the sum of human knowers rather than the sum of human knowledge." - Stuart Sherman

"You can sum up the game of baseball in one word: 'You never know.'" - Joaquin Andujar

"I can sum it up like this: Thank God for the game of golf." - Arnold Palmer

"When one's expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have" - Stephen Hawking

"Last time I checked, lifting theory has a PR of zero." - Steve Shaw

"Cigarette sales would drop to zero overnight if the warning said "CIGARETTES CONTAIN FAT." - Dave Barry

"Michael Cera was born in Canada in 1988 at the tender age of zero." - Michael Cera

"I wasn't the greatest reporter in the world, but I wasn't starting at zero." - Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr.

"You play crotch roulette, you're gonna hit double zero once in a while." - Tucker Max

"With a bike you go from zero to a hundred in terms of mobility." - Robin Williams

"I've known my mom since I was zero years old. She is quite dope." - Kanye West

"Six minus six is zero. Spears are good for subtraction Ella said" - Rick Riordan

"I lean toward a flat tax. But I want to make it real flat, like ZERO." - Ron Paul

"There's zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas." - Susan Cain

"I have zero interest in these Capitol people. They are only distractions from the food." - Suzanne Collins

"I have always struggled, with the sole intention of ceasing to struggle. Result: zero." - Emile M Cioran

"There comes a point when you have to realize that the sum of all your blood, sweat, and tears will ultimately amount to zero." - Max Brooks

"Gambling has a zero-sum economic effect in its market and, like legalizing cocaine, the socio-economic costs of legalizing gambling overwhelm the benefits" - John Warren Kindt

"We know what happens when Europeans start dividing themselves up and emphasizing their differences and seeing a competition between various countries in a zero sum way." - Barack Obama

"In the great non zero sum games of history, if you're part of the problem, then you'll likely be a victim of the solution." - Robert Wright

"Money is power, freedom, a cushion, the root of all evil, the sum of blessings." - Carl Sandburg

"The sum total of each man's giving determines the standard of man's civilization." - Walter Russell

"Shout out to asian girls, let the lights dim some(dim sum)." - Drake

"They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge." - Thomas Reed

"You can sum up this sport in two words: You never know." - Lou Duva

"Generosity consists not the sum given, but the manner in which it is bestowed" - Mahatma Gandhi

"The Present is the living sum-total of the whole Past." - Thomas Carlyle

"You can sum up what has killed capitalism in four words: too big to fail." - Gerald Celente

"It's the sum of many parts which grow to be something great." - Oliver Bierhoff

"Synergy: The combined effect of individuals in collaboration that exceeds the sum of their individual effects." - Stephen Covey

"The value of a company is the sum of the problems you solve." - Daniel Ek

"Every one of us is the sum total of his own thoughts" - Earl Nightingale

"Today's game is always different from yesterday's game." - Red Smith

"Play the game, never let the game play you." - Tupac Shakur

"It's the old shell game." - Dan Rather

"I'll tell you what - if you attend a Cowboy-Redskins game, you better not leave 'til that clock hits zero..." - Joe Gibbs

"In a game, just losing is almost as satisfying as just winning... In life the loser's score is always zero." - W H Auden

"In a game, just losing is almost as satisfying as just winning.... In life the loser's score is always zero." - W H Auden

"I've always been taught that basketball is a team game and greater than the sum of its parts." - Len Elmore

"And for those of you who want to start any trouble, I have a zero tolerance policy. . . ." - Simone Elkeles

"A creative idea plus a fresh network is the best way to go from zero to millions." - Jonah Peretti

"My, but it 's nice an' cold this mornin'! The thermometer 's done fell up to zero!" - Alice Hegan Rice

"The sum total of all the cells in an organism is one person; so each soul is like one cell and the sum of them is God, and beyond that is the Absolute." - Swami Vivekananda

"Throughout history, every government that's printed money, the money has eventually gone to its ultimate value which is zero. Remember? The confederate dollar went to zero. The continental went to zero. That's what happens when you have a bank that's allowed to print as much money as it wants to." - Robert Kiyosaki

"What the public expects to encounter in an actress passed 70 is the sum of her experience, not her beauty." - Leslie Caron

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The part is greater than its role in the whole." - Tom Atlee

"Utterly bleak and black is not the sum of realism. All the other colors are real, too." - Lois Mcmaster Bujold

"The zero-sum world [the movie The Social Network] portrayed has nothing in common with the Silicon Valley I know, but I suspect it's a pretty accurate portrayal of the dysfunctional relationships that dominate Hollywood." - Peter Thiel

"[The] zero-sum caricature [applies] much more accurately to socialism, which stifles the creation of new wealth and thus fosters a dog-eat-dog struggle over existing material resources." - George Gilder

"In Japanese society, the competitiveness is within a traditional respecting framework. The Japanese will not compete if that competition involves violence or if it is a zero sum gain - if you win, someone has to lose." - Shinobu Yaguchi

"At the end of the day, the task I have is just like anyone else, to prove myself through my product or work. I've really found this to be true, the name advantage is a zero sum gain." - James Redford

"There are a couple of watersheds in human evolution. Most people are comfortable thinking about tool use and language use as watersheds. But the ability to play non-zero-sum games was another watershed." - Jonathan Haidt

"The conflict between religion and science is inherent and (very nearly) zero-sum. The success of science often comes at the expense of religious dogma; the maintenance of religious dogma always comes at the expense of science." - Sam Harris

"The whole purpose was to say that it doesn't have to be a zero sum. It's not the environment or jobs. You can have both. You can help the auto industry achieve that if you have investment in plants." - Jennifer Granholm

"Most financiers, corporate lawyers, lobbyists, and management consultants are competing with other financiers, lawyers, lobbyists, and management consultants in zero-sum games that take money out of one set of pockets and put it into another." - Robert Reich

"Get the winners into the game." - Bear Bryant

"The game isn't over till it's over." - Yogi Berra

"You have got to love the game." - Lionel Messi

"The game cannot be won, only played." - Will Smith

"Play against the Game, not your opponent." - Bud Wilkinson

"Play the game with a smile." - Earl Monroe

"Half this game is 90 percent mental." - Danny Ozark

"The money game is not like any other game. You cannot choose whether you'll play, for the money game is the only game in town." - Venita VanCaspel

"Instead of playing the game "Making Life Wonderful", we often play the game called "Who's Right". Do you know that game? It's a game where everybody loses." - Marshall B. Rosenberg

"Half the game is 90% mental." - Yogi Berra

"Results, are the name of the game..." - Jim Rohn

"Business is more exciting than any game." - Kitty O'Neill Collins

"Obsession is a young man's game." - Michael Caine

"Friendships are forgotten when the game begins." - Alvin Dark

"This is what I find most magnetic about successful givers: they get to the top without cutting others down, finding ways of expanding the pie that benefit themselves and the people around them. Whereas success is zero-sum in a group of takers, in groups of givers, it may be true that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts." - Adam Grant

"As we think of power in the 21st century, we want to get away from the idea that power's always zero sum - my gain is your loss and vice versa. Power can also be positive sum, where your gain can be my gain." - Joseph Nye

"As we think of power in the 21st century, we want to get away from the idea that power's always zero sum - my gain is your loss and vice versa. Power can also be positive sum, where your gain can be my gain." - Joseph Nye

"As we think of power in the 21st century, we want to get away from the idea that power's always zero sum - my gain is your loss and vice versa. Power can also be positive sum, where your gain can be my gain." - Joseph Nye

"I have zero idea of what my involvement with 'The Lying Game' is going to be. I'm a character that may or may not be permanently involved." - Tyler Christopher

"A star can win any game; a team can win every game." - Jack Ramsay

"Golf is just a game - and an idiotic game most of the time." - Mark Calcavecchia

"Prepare for every game like you just lost your last game." - Lon Kruger

"I have a plan of action, but the game is a game of adjustments." - Mike Krzyzewski

"When you watch the game, be a student of the game." - Don Meyer

"Italians can't win the game against you, but you can lose the game against the Italians." - Johan Cruijff

"Any game where a man 60 can beat a man 30 ain't no game." - Burt Shotton

"You play to win the game...Hello. You play to win the game." - Herman Edwards

"We came out to get Game 1 but we also want to get Game 2" - Marcus Camby

"You watch the game, you don't see Busquets. You watch Busquets, you see the whole game." - Vicente Del Bosque

"My game is me. I didn't try to pattern my game after nobody." - Ray Lewis

"Poker is a skill game pretending to be a chance game." - James Altucher



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