Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
Delay is the deadliest form of denial.
Where life is colorful and varied, religion can be austere or unimportant. Where life is appallingly monotonous, religion must be emotional, dramatic and intense. Without the curry, boiled rice can be very dull.
The smaller the function, the greater the management.
The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.
The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take.
Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich.
Expenditure rises to meet income.
Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse.
Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.
In politics people give you what they think you deserve and deny you what they think you want.
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.
When any organizational entity expands beyond 21 members, the real power will be in some smaller body.
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.
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.