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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Nobody can be perfect unless he admits his faults but if he has faults how can he be perfect?

Men now monopolize the upper levels... depriving women of their rightful share of opportunities for incompetence.

Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing our parents' shortcomings.

If you don't know where you're going you will probably end up somewhere else.

When in doubt or danger, run in circles, scream and shout.

Television has changed the American child from an irresistable force to an immovable object.

Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.

A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he crosses the street.

Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes.

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.

Slump and the world slumps with you. Push and you push alone.

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.

Expert: a man who makes three correct guesses consecutively.

Early to bed early to rise work like hell and advertise.

As a matter of fact is an expression that precedes many an expression that isn't.

If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind what is the significance of a clean desk?

If two wrongs don't make a right try three.

In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.

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