Laurence J. Peter Quotes

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Best 25 Quotes by Laurence J. Peter

“A man doesn't know what he knows until he knows what he doesn't know.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

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

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

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

“Speak when you are angry--and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.”

“The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure.”

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

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“The man who is always waving the flag usually waives what it stands for.”

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

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“So many think incorrectly that everything was created by the Creator in the beginning as it is seen. That not only the mountains, valleys, and waters, but also various types of minerals occurred together with the rest of the world.

And therefore it is said that it is unnecessary to investigate the reasons why they differ in their internal properties and their locations. Such considerations are very dangerous for the growth of all the sciences, and hence for natural knowledge of the Earth, particularly the art of mining

Though it is very easy for those clever people to be philosophers, having learnt by heart the three words 'God so created' and to give them in reply in place of all reasons.”

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

“You don't need to take a persons advice to make him feel good, just ask him for it.”

The Peter Principle Quotes

“As individuals we tend to climb to our levels of incompetence. We behave as though up is better and more is better, and yet all around us we see the tragic victims of this mindless escalation.”

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

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“Good followers do not become good leaders.”

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“He must examine his objectives and see that true progress is achieved through moving forward to a better way of life, rather than upward to total life incompetence.”

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“In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.”

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“In time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties.”

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“Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.”

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“You must determine where you are going in your life because you cannot get there unless you move in that direction. Random wandering will not move you forward.

It will instead disappoint and frustrate you and make you anxious and unhappy and hard to get along with (and then resentful, and then vengeful, and then worse).”

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