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Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees
by Laurence J. Peter

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees
have to be appointed to do the work.
- Laurence J. Peter

Speak when you are angry -
and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.
- Laurence J. Peter PHOTO

Facts are stubborn things,
but statistics are more pliable.
- Laurence J. Peter

There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.
- Laurence J. Peter

 

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why
the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
- Laurence J. Peter

You can always tell a real friend: when you've made
a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.
- Laurence J. Peter

Heredity is what sets the parents of a teenager wondering about each other.
- Laurence J. Peter

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Work is accomplished by those employees who have not
yet reached their level of incompetence.
- Laurence J. Peter

Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses,
is in the eye of the beholder.
- Laurence J. Peter

The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway
is usually a poor judge of distance.
- Laurence J. Peter

Going to church doesn't make you any more a Christian
than going to the garage makes you a car.
- Laurence J. Peter

Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time
when the quo has lost its status.
- Laurence J. Peter

If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind,
what is the significance of a clean desk?
- Laurence J. Peter

Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.
- Laurence J. Peter

When in doubt or danger, run in circles,
scream and shout.
- Laurence J. Peter

A man convinced against his will is not convinced.
- Laurence J. Peter

If you don't know where you're going,
you will probably end up somewhere else.
- Laurence J. Peter

Make three correct guesses consecutively and you will
establish a reputation as an expert.
- Laurence J. Peter

Don't believe in miracles - depend on them.
- Laurence J. Peter

Television has changed the American child from an irresistable
force to an immovable object.
- Laurence J. Peter

In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.
- Laurence J. Peter

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.
- Laurence J. Peter

Everyone rises to their level of incompetence.
- Laurence J. Peter

A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he crosses the street.
- Laurence J. Peter

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you
hear but forgetting where you heard it.
- Laurence J. Peter

America is a country that doesn't know where it is
going but is determined to set a speed record getting there.
- Laurence J. Peter

Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.
- Laurence J. Peter

America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation.
- Laurence J. Peter

Men now monopolize the upper levels...
depriving women of their rightful share of opportunities for incompetence.
- Laurence J. Peter

Democracy is a process by which people are free to
choose the man who will get the blame.
- Laurence J. Peter

A censor is an expert in cutting remarks.
A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to.
- Laurence J. Peter

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes.
- Laurence J. Peter

It's better to have loved and lost than to have to
do forty pounds of laundry a week.
- Laurence J. Peter

The seaman tells stories of winds, the ploughman of bulls;
the soldier details his wounds,
the shepherd his sheep.
- Laurence J. Peter

If two wrongs don't make a right, try three.
- Laurence J. Peter

Nobody can be perfect unless he admits his faults,
but if he has faults how can he be perfect?
- Laurence J. Peter

The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure.
- Laurence J. Peter

An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart
he would have been not to have taken it.
- Laurence J. Peter

There are two kinds of egotists: Those who admit it,
and the rest of us.
- Laurence J. Peter

Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell,
and advertise.
- Laurence J. Peter

Expert: a man who makes three correct guesses consecutively.
- Laurence J. Peter

A man doesn't know what he knows until he knows what he doesn't know.
- Laurence J. Peter

The great question is not whether you have failed,
but whether you are content with failure.
- Laurence J. Peter

Slump, and the world slumps with you.
Push, and you push alone.
- Laurence J. Peter

As a matter of fact is an expression that precedes
many an expression that isn't.
- Laurence J. Peter

Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly
intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.
- Laurence J. Peter

Education is a method whereby
one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.
- Laurence J. Peter

Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before
Father Time takes it away.
- Laurence J. Peter

Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing
our parents' shortcomings.
- Laurence J. Peter

It was also my idea that the advisory committees of
the Academy should replace the legal committees of the German Reichstag,
which was gradually fading into the background in the Reich.
- Hans Frank

Much of the messy advertising you see on television
today is the product of committees.
Committees can criticize advertisements,
but they should never be allowed to create them.
- David Ogilvy

Even better, there were established two separate committees
deciding on state film funding.
- Andrzej Wajda

A surprising number of government committees will make
important decisions on fundamental matters with less
attention than each individual would give to buying a suit.
- Herman Kahn

I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found
no statues of committees.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

You can't build a strong corporation with a lot of
committees and a board that has to be consulted every turn.
You have to be able to make decisions on your own.
- Rupert Murdoch

First of all, let it be remembered that I speak as
an ex-Communist and one who has not testified before
Congressional Committees,
nor written works on the Communist conspiracy.
- Dorothy Day

I am convinced that in the arts, committees are useless.
- Walter Legge

I also served on many government committees.
- Leo Baekeland

We have almost a city has probably two or three hundred committees.
Every committee is dealing with just one problem and
has nothing to do with the other problems.
- Alvar Aalto

The greatest things are accomplished by individual people,
not by committees or companies.
- Fay Weldon

Democracy is not about making speeches.
It is about making committees work.
- Alan Bullock

Without bureaus, committees, officials or emissaries
to manufacture sentiment in his favor,
without intrigue or effort on his part,
Grant is the candidate whose supporters have never threatened to bolt.
- Roscoe Conkling

If we are to survive, we must have ideas,
vision, and courage.
These things are rarely produced by committees.
Everything that matters in our intellectual and moral
life begins with an individual confronting his own
mind and conscience in a room by himself.
- Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

Among the weeds choking out growth and good government
are the hundreds of boards,
commissions, and advisory committees that have sprouted over the years.
They devour time, money, and energy far beyond any
real contribution they make.
- Mitch Daniels

Or the Department of Education and another ministry
were worried about duplication of effort,
so what did they do? They set up two committees to
look into duplication and neither knew what the other was up to.
It really is a world beyond parody.
- Rory Bremner

They sit there in committees day after day,
And they each put in a color and it comes out gray.
And we all have heard the saying, which is true as well as witty,
That a camel is a horse that was designed by a committee.
- Allan Sherman

Only under conditions of revolutionary crises do you
have the highest level of self-organization;
this is the Soviet type of organization,
which is to say, workers' councils, people's councils,
call them what you want, popular committees.
- Ernest Mandel

The Nobel award occasions a unique celebration of the
vision of science by the public at large.
The prestige the prize confers today is largely due
to the extraordinary diligence of the Nobel committees.
- Kenneth G. Wilson

As Mayor, I will fully support my Arts Commission and
its professional selection committees so that they
can commission a full range of public art that is daring and,
when appropriate, daringly traditional.
- Gavin Newsom

A committee is organic rather than mechanical in its nature:
it is not a structure but a plant.
It takes root and grows, it flowers,
wilts,
and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees
will bloom in their turn.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

They cannot count on the press and they cannot count
on Congressional committees to bring the problems of
the scientific community to their own attention,
or to police the scientific community.
- Serge Lang


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