| Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.
| The smaller the function, the greater the management.
| The Law of Triviality... briefly stated, it means that the time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.
| The man whose life is devoted to paperwork has lost the initiative. He is dealing with things that are brought to his notice, having ceased to notice anything for himself.
| Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
| 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.
| Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich.
| When any organizational entity expands beyond 21 members, the real power will be in some smaller body.
| Expenditures rise to meet income.
| Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse.
| Delay is the deadliest form of denial.
| It is better to be a has-been than a never-was.
| The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take.
| Time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.
| Men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married.
| The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.
| In politics people give you what they think you deserve and deny you what they think you want.