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Famous Laurence Peter Quotations

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"Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them."
by Laurence J. Peter
"In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence."
by Laurence Peter
"Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience."
by Dr. Laurence J. Peter
"A bore is a fellow talking who can change the subject back to his topic of conversation faster than you can change it back to yours."
by Laurence J. Peter
"A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to"
by Laurence Peter
"A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he crosses the street"
by Laurence Peter
"A rut is a grave with the ends knocked out."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Against logic there is no armor like ignorance."
by Laurence J. Peter
"America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation"
by Laurence Peter
"America is a country that doesn't know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there."
by Laurence J. Peter
"An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today."
by Laurence J. Peter
"An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today"
by Laurence Peter
"An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart he would have been not to have taken it."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Cleaning anything involves making something else dirty, but anything can get dirty without something else getting clean."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Democracy is a process by which people are free to choose the man who will get the blame"
by Laurence Peter
"Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices"
by Laurence Peter
"Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before Father Time takes it away"
by Laurence Peter
"Every man serves a useful purpose: A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Every man serves a useful purpose A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Everyone rises to their level of incompetence."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Everyone is in awe of the lion tamer in a cage with half a dozen lions -- everyone but a school bus driver"
by Laurence Peter
"Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience"
by Laurence Peter
"Going to church doesn't make you any more a Christian than going to the garage makes you a car"
by Laurence Peter
"Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Humility is the embarrassment you feel when you tell people how wonderful you are."
by Laurence Peter
"If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk? by"
by Laurence Peter
"If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?"
by Laurence J. Peter
"If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk"
by Laurence J. Peter
"If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else."
by Laurence J. Peter
"In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence."
by Laurence J. Peter
"In spite of the cost of living, it's still popular."
by Laurence J. Peter
"It is wise to remember that you are one of those who can be fooled some of the time."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to believe."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing our parents' shortcomings."
by Laurence J. Peter
"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."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Slump, and the world slumps with you. Push, and you push alone."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Speak when you are angry--and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret."
by Laurence J. Peter
"The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it."
by Laurence J. Peter
"The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance."
by Laurence J. Peter
"There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought"
by Laurence Peter
"There are two kinds of failures those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought."
by Laurence J. Peter
"There are two kinds of egotists: Those who admit it, and the rest of us"
by 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."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and advertise."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Make three correct guesses consecutively and you will establish a reputation as an expert."
by Laurence J. 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."
by Laurence J. Peter
"The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Don't believe in miracles -- depend on them."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Political success is the ability, when the inevitable occurs, to get credit for it."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Reality is for people who can't face drugs."
by Laurence J. Peter
"Don't knock the rich. When did a poor person give you a job?"
by Laurence J. Peter


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