Laurence J. Peter

Dr. Laurence J. Peter (September 16, 1919 - January 12, 1990) was an educator and "hierarchiologist," best known to the general public for the formulation of the Peter Principle

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Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.
Don't believe in miracles -- depend on them.
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.
A rut is a grave with the ends knocked out.
America is a country that doesn't know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there.
An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart he would have been not to have taken it.
Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.
Cleaning anything involves making something else dirty, but anything can get dirty without something else getting clean.
Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.
Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.
Don't knock the rich. When did a poor person give you a job?
Don't worry about middle age ?????
Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.
Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.
Every man serves a useful purpose A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor.
Every man serves a useful purpose: A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor.
Everyone rises to their level of incompetence.
Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.
Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.
Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car.
If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk
If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?
If at first you don't succeed, lie, lie again.
If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.
In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.
In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.
In spite of the cost of living, it's still popular.
It is wise to remember that you are one of those who can be fooled some of the time.
Make three correct guesses consecutively and you will establish a reputation as an expert.
Man cannot live by incompetence alone.
Men now monopolize the upper levels depriving women of their rightful share of opportunities for incompetence.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to believe.
Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.
Political success is the ability, when the inevitable occurs, to get credit for it.
Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing our parents' shortcomings.
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.
Slump, and the world slumps with you. Push, and you push alone.
Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.
Speak when you are angry--and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.
The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it.
The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance.
There are two kinds of failures those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
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.

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