C. Northcote Parkinson

C. Northcote Parkinson

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Author Profession: British Historian
Born: June 30, 1909
Died: March 09, 1993
Birth Sign: Cancer

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The man whose life is devoted to paperwork has lost the initiative. He is dealing with things that are brought to his notice, having ceased to notice anything for himself.

Delay is the deadliest form of denial.

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

It is better to be a has-been than a never-was.

The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take.

When any organizational entity expands beyond 21 members, the real power will be in some smaller body.

Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse.

Expenditures rise to meet income.

The Law of Triviality... briefly stated, it means that the time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.

In politics people give you what they think you deserve and deny you what they think you want.

Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich.

Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.

The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.

The smaller the function, the greater the management.

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.

Time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.

Men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married.

The lecturer should give the audience full reason to believe that all his powers have been exerted for their pleasure and instruction. Michael Faraday quotes

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Let us be the ones who say we do not accept that a child dies every three seconds simply because he does not have the drugs you and I have. Let us be the ones to say we are not satisfied that your place of birth determines your right for life. Let us be outraged, let us be loud, let us be bold. Brad Pitt age

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