Laurence J. Peter Quotes

Laurence J. Peter

US educator & writer (1919 - 1988)

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Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.

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

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

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Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.

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

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A bore is a fellow talking who can change the subject back to his topic of conversation faster than you can change it back to yours.

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Cleaning anything involves making something else dirty, but anything can get dirty without something else getting clean.

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Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.

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

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

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

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The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it.

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

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If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?

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Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to believe.

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Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.

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Every man serves a useful purpose: A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor.

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Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.

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

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Everyone rises to their level of incompetence.

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Real, constructive mental power lies in the creative thought that shapes your destiny, and your hour-by-hour mental conduct produces power for change in your life. Develop a train of thought on which to ride. The nobility of your life as well as your happiness depends upon the direction in which that train of thought is going.

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