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“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
Laurence J. Peter
“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”
Laurence J. Peter, The Peter Principle
“The problem with temptation is that you may not get another chance.”
Laurence Peter
“Aristotle's axiom: The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.”
Laurence J. Peter, Peter's People and Their Marvelous Ideas
“Speak when you are angry, and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret.”
Lawrence Peter
“You can always tell a real friend: when you've made a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.”
Laurence J. Peter
“A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he crosses the street.”
Laurence J. Peter
“A censor is an expert in cutting remarks. A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to.”
Laurence Peter
“You can always tell a real friend; when you've made a fool of yourself, he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.”
Laurence J. Peter
“Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.”
Laurence J. Peter
“In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.”
Laurence J. Peter, The Peter Principle
“There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought”
Laurence J. Peter
“Before publishers' blurbs were invented, authors had to make their reputations by writing.”
Laurence J. Peter
“If two wrongs don't make a right, try three.”
Laurence J. Peter
“An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.”
Laurence J. Peter
“Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.”
Laurence J. Peter
“Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.”
Laurence J. Peter
“You don't need to take a persons advice to make him feel good, just ask him for it.”
Laurence J. Peter
“The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance.”
Laurence J. Peter
“The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure.”
Laurence J. Peter
“Two things reduce prejudice: education and laughter.”
Dr. Laurence J. Peter
“Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before Father Time takes it away.”
Laurence J. Peter
“The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it.”
Laurence J. Peter
“A man doesn't know what he knows until he knows what he doesn't know.”
Laurence J. Peter
“America is a country that doesn't know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there.”
Laurence J. Peter
“Good followers do not become good leaders.”
Laurence J. Peter, The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong
“An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart he would have been not to have taken it.”
Laurence J. Peter
“The man who is always waving the flag usually waives what it stands for.”
Laurence J. Peter
“Humility is the embarrassment you feel when you tell people how wonderful you are.”
Laurence J. Peter
“It is wise to remember that you are one of those who can be fooled some of the time.”
Laurence J. Peter

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