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Zero Sum Quotes


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

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

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

"Zero-zero is a big score." - Ron Atkinson

"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

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

"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

"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

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

"My name has zero value." - Colin Quinn

"I started with nothing. Zero." - Bikram Choudhury

"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

"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

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

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

"The only number that would ever be enough is 0. Zero pounds, zero life, size zero, double-zero, zero point. Zero in tennis is love. I finally get it." - Laurie Halse Anderson

"Let us think about 'zero-defect and zero effect'. Zero defect in production with no adverse effect on the environment." - Narendra Modi

"Zero G and I feel fine." - John Glenn

"One percent doubt is zero percent faith." - Oprah Winfrey

"I have absolutely zero interest in politics." - Jerry Hall

"My childhood taught me nothing... zero." - Lee Radziwill

"Abstraction is everybody's zero but nobody's nought." - Robert Smithson

"Clinton had absolutely zero honeymoon, none whatsoever." - Dee Dee Myers

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

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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"Trifles make the sum of life." - Charles Dickens

"Success is the sum of details." - Harvey S Firestone

"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

"There is no such thing as zero uncertainty." - Usama Fayyad

"Tombay's hopes, which were nil before, are absolutely zero now" - Murray Walker

"Creativity starts when you cut a zero from your budget." - Jaime Lerner

"Drop that zero and get with the hero!" - Vanilla Ice

"When you make yourself into zero, your power becomes invincible." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Twenty Percent of Zero is Better than Nothing." - Walt Kelly

"How do you write zero in Roman numerals?" - George Carlin

"For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia." - Donald Trump

"Statistically there is enough voter fraud to sway zero elections." - Aasif Mandvi

"In the 'Mass Effect' universe, there is zero ad libbing." - Jennifer Hale

"The reality is that zero defects in products plus zero pollution plus zero risk on the job is equivalent to maximum growth of government plus zero economic growth plus runaway inflation." - Dixie Lee Ray

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

"It's profoundly disorienting to go from zero to celebrity." - Patrick Rothfuss

"By the way, I have had zero press training." - Josh Trank

"God is the shortest distance from zero to infinity." - Alfred Jarry

"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

"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

"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

"[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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"Each of us is the sum of our scars." - Matthew Woodring Stover

"The sum of all your thoughts comprises your overall attitude." - John C Maxwell

"understanding' is merely the sum total of our misunderstandings," - Haruki Murakami

"Character is the sum and total of a person's choices." - P. B. Fitzwater

"The whole is simpler than the sum of its parts." - Willard Gibbs

"Love has no great influences upon the sum of life." - Samuel Johnson

"Love is worth the sum of itself, and nothing more." - Alice Hoffman

"We are all more than the sum of our sins," - Jeaniene Frost

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

"The Arctic expresses the sum of all wisdom: Silence." - Walter Bauer

"Our value is the sum of our values." - Joe Batten

"We measure our enjoyments by the sum expended." - Felix Adler

"The world is the sum-total of our vital possibilities." - Jose Ortega Y Gasset

"The sum total of all sums total is eternal." - Lucretius

"Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum." - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

"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

"The point about zero is that we do not need to use it in the operation of daily life. No one goes out to buy zero fish." - Alfred North Whitehead

"We prefer to talk about 100% renewable instead of zero carbon. When you say zero carbon, you are not positively defined." - William Mcdonough

"The great appeal of the doctrine that the mind is a blank slate is the simple mathematical fact that zero equals zero." - Steven Pinker

"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

"Four circles to the kissing come, The smaller are the benter. The bend is just the inverse of The distance from the centre. Though their intrigue left Euclid dumb There's now no need for rule of thumb. Since zero bend's a dead straight line And concave bends have minus sign, The sum of squares of all four bends Is half the square of their sum." - Frederick Soddy

"Bot a sentens to follow may suffice me: Sum tyme I follow the text als neir I may, Sum tyme I am constrenyt ane other way." - Gavin Douglas

"Whoever increases the sum of human joy, is a worshiper. He who adds to the sum of human misery, is a blasphemer." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"Man is not the sum of what he has already, but rather the sum of what he does not yet have, of what he could have." - Jean-Paul Sartre

"While my interest in natural history has added very little to my sum of achievement, it has added immeasurably to my sum of enjoyment in life." - Theodore Roosevelt

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

"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

"The muscle and the mind must become one. One without the other is zero" - Lee Haney

"The safest nuclear power or energy policy is to realize 'zero nuclear power." - Naoto Kan

"I want a Zero Tolerance policy on All The Patriarchal Bullshit." - Caitlin Moran

"I think it's important to understand that North Carolina has been ground zero for conservative backlash." - Eddie Glaude

"Many a zero thinks it is the ellipse on which the Earth travels." - Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

"Vulnerability is the absolute heartbeat of innovation and creativity. There can be zero innovation without vulnerability." - Brene Brown

"Whether I'm a hero or a zero doesn't really matter. It's all perception." - Lissie

"I'm glad whenever they cut interest rates, I wish interest rates were zero." - John Mccain

"I listen to music for emotion and I get zero emotion from rap." - Sebastian Bach

"The safest nuclear power or energy policy is to realize 'zero nuclear power.'" - Naoto Kan

"Go learn the language. Go take some acting lessons. Start from zero like everybody else." - Roselyn Sanchez

"Most of my freshman year at USC, I'd just been partying, and I had zero direction." - Topher Grace

"The individual incentive not to commit crime on Wall Street now is almost zero." - Matt Taibbi

"I have zero interest in sports of any kind - professional, college or international." - Jimmy Wales

"What works with your skin and eyes? Use that to zero in on your wardrobe." - Tom Ford

"I started from zero and went back to the basics in gymnastics." - Shawn Johnson

"I can zero in on subtle things because I'm holding the camera." - Patrice Leconte

"I don't know anything about music theory at all. Zero. But I don't really need to." - Amos Lee

"When markets are rallying, cash in the portfolio is a drag on performance, returning about zero." - Barry Ritholtz

"'Zero Dark Thirty' is a disturbing, fantastically-made movie. It will make you hate torture." - Michael Moore

"I don't want to be size zero and I'm glad I'm not." - Salma Hayek

"When the deeds that you do don't add up to zero." - Bob Dylan

"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

"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

"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

"Republicans - Reagan but also George W. Bush - believed in freedom, and they believed in America's role. To have the governing party speak in terms of a zero-sum world, or speak in terms of America's purpose as no more than grabbing the largest share possible in the short run, goes against our foreign policy tradition that goes back to 1900, really." - Daniel Fried

"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

"If two people stare at each other for more than a few seconds, it means they are about to either make love or fight. Something similar might be said about human societies. If two nearby societies are in contact for any length of time, they will either trade or fight. The first is non-zero-sum social integration, and the second ultimately brings it." - Robert Wright

"Positive rights are the right to shelter, the right to education, the right to health care, the right to a living wage. These things are - these are, I would call them, more properly, political rights rather than positive rights. And they are extremely tricky, because now we are dealing with things that are zero sum." - P J Orourke

"The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world." - Michael Pollan

"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

"Positive rights are the right to shelter, the right to education, the right to health care, the right to a living wage. These things are - these are, I would call them, more properly, political rights rather than positive rights. And they are extremely tricky, because now we are dealing with things that are zero sum." - P. J. O'Rourke

"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

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

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

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



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