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C. Northcote Parkinson
(1909-1993) born on
Jul 30
Brtitish historian, philosopher. He was the formulator of "Parkinson's Law," the satiric dictum that "Work expands to fill the time available for its completion."
         
   
F
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.

R
When any organizational entity expands beyond 21 members, the real power will be in some smaller body.
A
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.
N
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. General recognition of this fact is shown in the proverbial phrase, "It is the busiest man who has time to spare."
K
In politics people give you what they think you deserve and deny you what they think you want.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
R: Parkinson's Law and Other Studies in Administration, 1957
A: "Parkinson's Law, or The Pursuit of Progress," "Directors and Councils," 1958.
N: In "Quotable Business," ed. Louis E. Boone, 1992.
K: Television interview, 19 Nov. 1990, ITV.
   


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