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C. Northcote Parkinson Quotes

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Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

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Men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

It is better to be a has-been than a never-was.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

 

Delay is the deadliest form of denial.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

The smaller the function, the greater the management.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

Expenditures rise to meet income.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

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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.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions
on the point of collapse.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

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

In politics people give you what they think you deserve
and deny you what they think you want.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

The chief product of an automated society is a widespread
and deepening sense of boredom.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

When any organizational entity expands beyond 21 members,
the real power will be in some smaller body.
- 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

As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

The miracle is not that we do this work,
but that we are happy to do it.
- Mother Teresa

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

If in our daily life we can smile,
if we can be peaceful and happy,
not only we, but everyone will profit from it.
This is the most basic kind of peace work.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

A time for work, a time for play -
balance in all things.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Live boldly. Laugh Loudly. Love Truly.
Play as often as you can
Work as smart as you are able.
Share your heart as deeply as you can reach.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Nature is my manifestation of God.
I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
- Michael Jordan

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
- Henry David Thoreau

It isn't enough to talk about peace.
One must believe in it.
And it isn't enough to believe in it.
One must work at it.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives
is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.
- Brian Tracy

Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits
and then complain that he's not the man she married?
- Barbra Streisand

Your work is to discover your world
and then with all your heart give yourself to it.
- The Buddha

Choose a job you love,
and you will never have to work a day in your life.
- Confucius

Better learn balance. Balance is key.
Balance good, karate good. Everything good.
Balance bad, better pack up, go home. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

We work with the people not out of pity
but out of respect for their potential for growth and development,
both as individuals and as communities.
- Jimmy Yen

Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
- Satchel Paige

Work out your own salvation.
Do not depend on others.
- The Buddha

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau

After two weeks of working on a project,
you know whether it will work or not.
- Bill Budge

Work alone is noble.
- Thomas Carlyle

Every noble work is at first impossible.
- Thomas Carlyle

Any man today who returns from work,
sinks into a chair,
and calls for his pipe is a man with an appetite for danger.
- Bill Cosby

Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony;
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

We are free only if we face the challenge of freedom,
do the work of freedom, fight the fight of freedom
and die the death for freedom.
- Charles G. Adams

Many hands make light work.
- Proverb

A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover,
through the detours of art, those two or three great
and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.
- Albert Camus

When nature has work to be done,
she creates a genius to do it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Opportunity is missed by most people
because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
- Thomas Edison

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
- Vince Lombardi

To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.
- Pearl S. Buck

Men of lofty genius,
when they are doing the least work,
are most active.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Work is a necessity for man.
Man invented the alarm clock.
- Pablo Picasso

Nothing will work unless you do.
- Maya Angelou

Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply
about what you believe in.
When you stumble, keep faith.
When you're knocked down, get right back up.
And never listen to anyone who says
you can't or shouldn't go on.
- Hilary Clinton

There are two kinds of people,
those who do the work,
and those who take the credit.
Try to be in the first group;
there is less competition there.
- Indira Gandhi

The common denominator for success is work.
- John D. Rockefeller

The trick is in what one emphasizes.
We either make ourselves miserable,
or we make ourselves happy.
The amount of work is the same.
- Carlos Castaneda

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown
is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
- Bertrand Russell

What are you committed to?
Have you started, or are you still thinking about it -
and making excuses?
Do you work toward your goal each day?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.
- Henry J. Kaiser

Surround yourself with people who
take their work seriously,
but not themselves,
those who work hard and play hard.
- Colin Powell

Football is like life - it requires perseverance,
self-denial, hard work, sacrifice,
dedication and respect for authority.
- Vince Lombardi

There are no secrets to success.
It is the result of preparation,
hard work, and learning from failure.
- Colin Powell

The third certainty of life, after death and taxes,
is that nothing will work out the way you want.
Life is fully as bad as you think it is.
Choose to live joyfully anyway.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A leader is most effective when people barely know he exists.
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
his troops will feel they did it themselves.
- Lao Tzu

Work, look for peace and calm in work:
you will find it nowhere else.
- Dmitri Mendeleev

The choice is to work alone to be a little
more successful than the next person,
or to work together for the great betterment of humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually
get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.
- Robert Frost

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
- Horace


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