Laurence J. Peter

Laurence J. Peter

Laurence Johnston Peter (September 16, 1919 – January 12, 1990) was a Canadian educator and "hierarchiologist" best known to the general public for the formulation of the Peter principle which became one of the most profound principles of management from the University of Southern California.

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It's better to have loved and lost than to have to do forty pounds of laundry a week.

Speak when you are angry - and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret.

Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her, before Father Time takes it away.

Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.

Heredity is what sets the parents of a teenager wondering about each other.

An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart he would have been not to have taken it.

America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation.

America is a country that doesn't know where it is going, but is determined to set a speed record getting there.

Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.

Don't believe in miracles - depend on them.

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.

The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure.

Lead follow or get out of the way.

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.

Everyone rises to their level of incompetence.

A man convinced against his will is not convinced.

The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance.

Competence like truth beauty and contact lenses is in the eye of the beholder.

Going to church doesn't make you any more a Christian than going to the garage makes you a car.

Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.

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