"Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in men” has been credited to David Sarnoff (1891-1971), the longtime head of the Radio Corporation of America, since at least 1964. The exact quotation has not been located; “men” is often replaced with the word “people.”
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Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in man. ~Author Unknown
Wikipedia: David Sarnoff
David Sarnoff (Belarusian: Даві́д Сарно́ў, Russian: Дави́д Сарно́в, February 27, 1891 – December 12, 1971) was an American businessman and pioneer of American commercial radio and television. Throughout most of his career he led the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in various capacities from shortly after its founding in 1919 until his retirement in 1970.
There seems little reason to doubt General David Sarnoff’s axiom that “competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people.”
28 January 1965, Newark (OH) Advocate, “My Personal Prejudices” by Sydney J. Harris, pg. 4, col. 6:
Every system has its merits and drawbacks; the chief drawback of our system was tersely expressed by Gen. Sarnoff, head of RCA, when he observed: “Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in men.”
By Eugene Lyons
New York, NY: Harper & Row
“Competition brings out the best in products, and the worst in men,” he once quipped — and he did not exempt himself from this dictum.
Boone & Kurtz Contemporary Marketing
By David L. Kurtz
Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning
“Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people.” —David Sarnoff (1891–1971)
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