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    Laurence J. Peter Quotes

    American educator & writer

    Quotes by Laurence J. Peter

    • Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.
    • America is a country that doesn't know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there.
    • An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
    • An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart he would have been not to have taken it.
    • Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.
    • Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.
    • Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.
    • Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.
    • Every man serves a useful purpose: A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor.
    • Humility is the embarrassment you feel when you tell people how wonderful you are.
    • If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?
    • If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.
    • In spite of the cost of living, it's still popular.
    • It is wise to remember that you are one of those who can be fooled some of the time.
    • Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.
    • Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing our parents' shortcomings.
    • Real, constructive mental power lies in the creative thought that shapes your destiny, and your hour-by-hour mental conduct produces power for change in your life. Develop a train of thought on which to ride. The nobility of your life as well as your happiness depends upon the direction in which that train of thought is going.
    • Speak when you are angry--and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.
    • The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it.
    • The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance.
    • There is no stigma attached to recognizing a bad decision in time to install a better one.
    • Everyone rises to their level of incompetence.
      "The Peter Principle"
    • Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to believe.
      misquoting Sir Walter Scott
    • Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.
      The Peter Principle (1969), chapter 1
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