Committees Quotes

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A camel is a horse designed by a committee.
A committee is an animal with four back legs.
Muddle is the extra unknown personality in any committee.
A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.
A committee is a group that takes minutes and wastes hours.
A cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured, and then quietly strangled.


If you ever live in a country run by a committee, be on the committee.
The only good thing ever done by a committee was the King James Version.
The psychology of committees is a special case of the psychology of mobs.
If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it.


A committee can't succeed if everybody's on board but nobody's at the wheel.
Not even computers will replace committees because committees buy computers.
Committee work is like a soft chair — easy to get into, but hard to get out of.
A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.
Committees are consumers and sometimes sterilizers of ideas, rarely creators of them.
A committee is a group of the unfit, appointed by the unwilling, to do the unnecessary.
Outside of traffic, there is nothing that has held this country back as much as committees.
What is a committee?  A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.
To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three men, two of whom are absent.
Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings.


Committee—A group of men who individually can do nothing but as a group decide that nothing can be done.
We always carry out by committee anything in which any one of us alone would be too reasonable to persist.
A committee is a collection of the unfit chosen from the unwilling by the incompetent to do the unnecessary.
It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.

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Any committee that is the slightest use is a committee of people who are too busy to want to sit on it for a second longer than they have to.
When committees gather, each member is necessarily an actor, uncontrollably acting out the part of himself, reading the lines that identify him, asserting his identity.
A committee is organic rather than mechanical in its nature: it is not a structure but a plant. It takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts, and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom in their turn.
Having served on various committees, I have drawn up a list of rules: Never arrive on time; this stamps you as a beginner. Don't say anything until the meeting is half over; this stamps you as being wise. Be as vague as possible; this avoids irritating the others. When in doubt, suggest that a subcommittee be appointed. Be the first to move for adjournment; this will make you popular; it's what everybody is waiting for.