To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three men, two of whom are absent.
Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned
"Bureaucracy Scorned" in Newsweek, December 29, 1975.
If Columbus had an advisory committee, he would probably still be at the dock.
What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.
I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
Letter to William Ludlow (1824)
Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy
The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency
Not even computers will replace committees, because committees buy computers.
Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status
As soon as government management begins it upsets the natural equilibrium of industrial relations, and each interference only requires further bureaucratic control until the end is the tyranny of the totalitarian state.
I don't believe a committee can write a book. It can, oh, govern a country, perhaps, but I don't believe it can write a book.
The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of an expanding bureaucracy
If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a committee - that will do them in.
Committee — a group of men who individually can do nothing but as a group decide that nothing can be done.