quote by Lee Iacocca

The kind of people I look for to fill top management spots are the eager beavers, the mavericks. These are the guys who try to do more than they're expected to do - they always reach.

— Lee Iacocca

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The kind of people I look for to fill top management spots are the eager beavers, the mavericks. These are the guys who try to do more than they're expected to do -- they always reach.


Except in a few well-publicized instances (enough to lend credence to the iconography painted on the walls of the media), the rigorous practice of rugged individualism usually leads to poverty, ostracism and disgrace. The rugged individualist is too often mistaken for the misfit, the maverick, the spoilsport, the sore thumb.

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Dirty Harry, for example. Clint Eastwood was not a rogue cop. He was a maverick cop, but he was a good guy.

Well, American composers are the best composers.

At this time in the world, we are where the energy is. We are the most diverse, the most iconoclastic, the most maverick, and the most skillful.

History will dictate what my legacy is. And 'maverick' is fine, because I am.


Living in Dallas, I root for the Mavericks and the Stars and the Cowboys, but I've always pulled for the Chicago Cubs. I enjoy watching them play.

Dallas Mavericks want me as a bald-headed 5' 8" guard with a 95" vertical.

Vince Carter respect my legs, ask Shawn Kemp.

In Lithuania, I am known as a poet, and they don’t care about my cinema.

In Europe they don’t know my poetry; in Europe, I am a filmmaker. But here, in the United States, I am only a maverick!

Heart is what drives us and determines our fate.

That is what I need for my characters in my books: a passionate heart. I need mavericks, dissidents, adventurers, outsiders and rebels, who ask questions, bend the rules and take risks.

The most successful people are mavericks who aren't afraid to ask why, especially when everyone thinks it's obvious.


Maverick is a word which appeals to me more than misfit. Maverick is active, misfit is passive.

I've seen that phenomenally successful people believe they can learn something from everybody. I call them 'mavericks with mentors.' Richard Branson, for instance, is a total maverick but he surrounds himself with incredibly successful, smart people and he listens to them.

When I got to the Mavericks people were all giving me advice - change this, change that - and one thing that I didn't do was fire anybody.

some people seem to graze like sheep in the placid pastures of their faith.

Some of them were born there and never broke away ... Others, after some wandering, found shelter there and are quiet and content. They look with a bland mystification at the mavericks.

The critical ingredient is a maverick mind.

Focus on trading vehicles, strategies and time horizons that suit your personality. In a nutshell, it all comes down to: Do your own thing (independence); and do the right thing (discipline).


I write movies about mavericks, about people who break rules, and I don't like movies about people who are pulverised for being mavericks.

It is impossible to be a maverick or a true original if you're too well behaved and don't want to break the rules. You have to think outside the box. That's what I believe. After all, what is the point of being on this earth if all you want to do is be liked by everyone and avoid trouble?

It used to be controversial whether smoking caused lung cancer, it used to be controversial whether HIV caused AIDS. Now, there are a few mavericks who deny those things. In the case of climate change, I think the debate is going the same way in that there is a strong consensus that it is a serious matter.

Yes, there are directors I admire, the mavericks. Altman. There are many good directors.

Our people do not want barren theories from their democracy.

Maury Maverick has expressed very quaintly, but clearly, what they really want when he says: 'We Americans want to talk, pray, think as we please and eat regular'.


Someone once described me as a maverick and that's what I would say.

I'm a maverick not by choice but by conviction.

The herd instinct seems to be the strongest human emotion, one that the race is constantly breeding off as the mavericks are liquidated. Happiness is running with the crowd.

Designers need to be mavericks, because the best way to design a successful object is to pretend that either it never existed or that people will be able to have a new behavior with it.

The films that I really enjoy now are films that are made by, for wont of a better word, mavericks.

Taking risks, breaking the rules, and being a maverick have always been important but today they are more crucial than ever.


Managing an advertising agency isn't all beer and skittles.

After fourteen years of it, I have come to the conclusion that the top man has one principle responsibility: to provide an atmosphere in which creative mavericks can do useful work.

Anyone who strays too far from the majority view or the conventional wisdom is bound to be labeled "arrogant," "a maverick," "a Wildman," "weird," or even "crazy."

If there is one maverick molecule in all the universe, then God is not sovereign. And if God is not sovereign, He is not God.

It's a culmination of your life of surfing when you turn and paddle in at Mavericks.

The whole Gorillaz concept is one for mavericks;

it's a way for people who never have a chance to work together being able to ally behind the cartoons.


Indeed, the construction of a global telegraph network was widely expected, by Briggs and Maverick among others, to result in world peace: 'It is impossible that old prejudices and hostilities should longer exist, while such an instrument has been created for the exchange of thought between all the nations of the earth.'

What I need for my characters in my books [is] a passionate heart.

I need mavericks, dissidents, adventurers, outsiders and rebels, who ask questions, bend the rules and take risks.

Somebody asked me what do you regret.

I said, well I was offered the role of Maverick in 'Top Gun' and I turned it down.

The whole world loves a maverick and the whole world wants the maverick to achieve something nobler than simple rebellion.