Quotes by C. Northcote Parkinson

C. Northcote Parkinson

British naval historian and author

Alive from: 1909-1993

Category: History and sociology | Writers (Contemporary)

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    Expenditures rise to meet income.
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    Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. General recognition of this fact is shown in the proverbial phrase ''It is the busiest man who has time to spare.''
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    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.
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    An enterprise employing more than 1000 people becomes a self-perpetuating empire, creating so much internal work that it no longer needs any contact with the outside world.
    Source: Management Science Journal, October 1960
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    Delay is the deadliest form of denial.
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    Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.
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    Heat produced by pressure expands to fill the mind available from which it can pass only to a cooler mind.
    Source: Mrs. Parkinsons Law (1968)
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    It is not the business of the botanist to eradicate the weeds. Enough for him if he can tell us just how fast they grow.
    Source: The Economist (November 1955)
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    It is the essence of grantsmanship to persuade the Foundation executives that it was they who suggested the research project and that you were a belated convert, agreeing reluctantly to all they had proposed.
    Source: Parkinsons Laws in Medical Research, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, November 1962
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    Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich.
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    Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse.
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    Successful research attracts the bigger grant which makes further research impossible.
    Source: Parkinsons Laws in Medical Research, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, November 1962
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    The effectiveness of a telephone conversation is in inverse proportion to the time spent on it.
    Source: New York Times Magazine Now Parkinsons Telephone Law, 12 April 1964
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    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.
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    The man who is denied the opportunity of making decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to make.
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