Quotes by: C. Northcote Parkinson

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C. Northcote Parkinson
Cyril Northcote Parkinson in 1961
Born Cyril Northcote Parkinson
30 July 1909
Barnard Castle, County Durham, England, UK
Died 9 March 1993(1993-03-09) (aged 83)
Canterbury, Kent, England, UK
Occupation Naval historian
Nationality British
Education University of Cambridge
King's College London
Subject Naval history
Notable works Parkinson's Law (1957)
Notable awards Julian Corbett Prize in Naval History

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.
C. Northcote Parkinson
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.
C. Northcote Parkinson
Time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.
C. Northcote Parkinson
Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich.
C. Northcote Parkinson
The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take.
C. Northcote Parkinson
The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.
C. Northcote Parkinson
In politics people give you what they think you deserve and deny you what they think you want.
C. Northcote Parkinson
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.
C. Northcote Parkinson
When any organizational entity expands beyond 21 members, the real power will be in some smaller body.
C. Northcote Parkinson
The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.
C. Northcote Parkinson
Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse.
C. Northcote Parkinson
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