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Laurence J Peter

1919-1990 ,  Canadian writer & educator
Laurence J PeterCanadian educator and hierarchiologist best known to the general public for the formulation of the Peter principle (see below).

In 1966, he moved to California, where he became an Associate Professor of Education, Director of the Evelyn Frieden Centre for Prescriptive Teaching, and Coordinator of Programs for Emotionally Disturbed Children at the University of Southern California.

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Peter principle: In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.

Incompetence plus incompetence equals incompetence.

Maybe the atheist cannot find God, for the same reason a thief cannot find a policeman.

Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.

If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.

Television has changed the American child from an irresistible force into an immovable object.

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

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

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

Prejudice is one of the world's greatest labor-saving devices; it enables you to form an opinion without having to dig up the facts.

There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.

Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.

Don't believe in miracles - depend on them.

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

The reason crime doesn't pay is that when it does, it is called a more respectable name.

In spite of warnings, nothing much happens until the status quo becomes more painful than change.

Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.

Humility is the embarrassment you feel when you tell people how wonderful you are.

It's strange that men should take up crime when there are so many legal ways to be dishonest.

Expert: a man who makes three correct guesses consecutively.

America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation.

Would the boy you were be proud of the man you are?

I inherited my ability from both parents; my mother's ability for spending money, and my father's ability for not earning it.

The problem with temptation is that you may not get another chance.

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.

When I want your opinion I'll give it to you.

The devil could change. He was once an angel and may be evolving still.

Middle age is when it takes longer to rest than to get tired.

An optimist expects his dreams to come true; a pessimist expects his nightmares to.

Political success is the ability, when the inevitable occurs, to get credit for it.

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Noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog; it feeds the hand that bites it.

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If two wrongs don't make a right, try three.


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