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Quotes by Laurence J. Peter
(1919 - 1990)

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AspirationsWe are members of a strange species that devotes its energies to climbing the ladder of success in order to make money to buy things we don't like.
BeliefOh, what a tangled web we weave / When first we practice to believe.
BureaucracyBureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.
ChristiansGoing to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car.
CompexitySome problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.
ConfusionIf you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.
DebtWe pay the debts of the last generation by issuing bonds payable by the next generation.
DemocracyDemocracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.
EconomistsAn economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
EducationEducation is a method wherby one acquires a higher grade of predjudices.
ExpertiseMake three correct guesses consecutively and you will establish a reputation as an expert.
FailureThere are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
FlatteryYou can flatter any man by telling him he's the kind of man who can't be flattered.
FriendshipYou can always tell a real friend; when you've made a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you’ve done a permanent job.
Human relationsThe man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance.
IncompetenceThe incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it.
Money managementTwo can live as cheaply as one - if they both have good jobs.
OpinionWhen I want your opinion I'll give it to you.
OpportunityEqual opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.
OptimismAn optimist is one who makes the best of it when he gets the worst of it.
plagiarismIf you steal ideas from one person, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's research.
PsychiatryPsychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing our parents' shortcomings.
Rich and poorWhat troubles the poor is the money they can't get, and what troubles the rich is the money they can't keep.
sociologistA sociologist is a scientist who blames crime on everything and everyone, except the person who commits it.
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