A bureaucracy is sure to think that its duty is to augment official power, official business, or official members, rather than to leave free the energies of mankind; it overdoes the quantity of government, as well as impairs its quality. The truth is, that a skilled bureaucracy is, though it boasts of an appearance of science, quite inconsistent with the true principles of the art of business.
Author: Walter Bagehot Nationality: English
b. 3 February 1826
- d. 28 March 1877
Any sufficiently advanced bureaucracy is indistinguishable from molasses.
Author: Anonymous Nationality: English
Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
Author: Honoré de Balzac Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799
- d. 18 August 1850
Bureaucracy is nothing more than the hardening of an organization's arteries.
Author: William P. Anthony Nationality: French
Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible. He who has trusted where he ought not will surely mistrust where he ought not.
Author: Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach Nationality: Czechoslovakian
b. 13 September 1830
- d. 12 March 1916
Eugene McCarthy despaired, 'The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency.'
Author: Bob Dole Nationality: American
b. 22 July 1923
I see myself as a comic but the acting helps sell tickets for gigs.
Author: Alan Davies Nationality: English
b. 06 March 1966
The only thing that saves us from bureaucracy is inefficiency.
An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.
Author: Eugene McCarthy Nationality: American
b. 29 March 1916
- d. 10 December 2005
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. Politicians and taxpayers have assumed - with occasional phases of doubt, that a rising total in the number of civil servants must reflect a growing volume of work to be done. Cynics, in questioning this belief, have imagined that the multiplication of officials must have left some of them idle or all of them able to work for shorter hours. But this is a matter in which faith and doubt seem equally misplaced. The fact is that the number of the officials and the quantity of the work are not related to each other at all. The rise in the total of those employed is governed by Parkinson's Law and would be much the same whether the volume of the work were to increase, diminish, or even disappear. The importance of Parkinson's Law lies in the fact that it is a law of growth based upon an analysis of the factors by which that growth is controlled.
Author: C. Northcote Parkinson Nationality: English
b. 30 July 1909
- d. 09 March 1993
Congress, the press, and the bureaucracy too often focus on how much money or effort is spent, rather than whether the money or effort actually achieves the announced goal.
Author: Donald Henry Rumsfeld Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1932
Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
Author: Franz Harrington Nationality: Austrian
b. 3 July 1883
- d. 3 June 1924
Religion, to me, is a bureaucracy between man and God that I don't need.
Author: Bill Maher, Jr. Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
Government proposes, bureaucracy disposes. And the bureaucracy must dispose of government proposals by dumping them on us.
Author: P. J. O'Rourke Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.
Author: Mary Therese McCarthy Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1912
- d. 25 October 1989
I have always been of the opinion that we have no right to impose our ideals upon other nations, no matter how strange it may seem to us that they enjoy the kind of life they lead, how slow they may be in utilizing the resources of their countries, or how much opposed their ideals may be to ours. Our intolerant attitude is most pronounced in regard to what we like to call "our free institutions." Modern democracy was no doubt the most wholesome and needed reaction against the abuses of absolutism and of a selfish, often corrupt, bureaucracy. That the wishes and thoughts of the people should find expression, and that the form of government should conform to these wishis is an axiom that has pervaded the whole Western world, and that is even taking root in the Far East. It is a quite different question, however, in how far the particular machinery of democratic government is identical with democratic institutions. To claim as we often do, that our solution is the only democratic and the ideal one is a one-sided expression of Americanism. I see no reason why we should not allow the Germans, Austrians, and Russians, or whoever else it may be, to solve their problems in their own ways, instead of demanding that they bestow upon themselves the benefactions of our régime.
Author: Franz Boas Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1858
- d. 21 December 1942
A man who uses power to do evil is in theory judged to have been conscious of his acts and to be as fit for punishment as a perpetrator of premeditated murder. But the technocrat is not trained on that level. He understands events within the logic of the system. The greatest good is the greatest logic or the greatest appearance of efficiency or responsibility for the greatest possible part of the structure.
Author: John Ralston Saul Nationality: Canadian
b. 19 June 1947