People of great ability do not emerge, as a rule, from the happiest background. So far as my own observation goes, I would conclude that ability, although hereditary, is improved by an early measure of adversity and improved again by a later measure of success.
It is now well known, however, that men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married.
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. General recognition of this fact is shown in the proverbial phrase "It is the busiest man who has time to spare."
The smaller the function, the greater the management.
Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich.
Parkinson's Fourth Law: The number of people in any working group tends to increase regardless of the amount of work to be done.
Expenditures rise to meet income.
Administrators make work for each other so that they can multiply the number of their subordinates and enhance their prestige.
The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.
The onset of one religion can be resisted only by another.
Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse. C. Northcote Parkinso
No king or minister could have instructed Newton to discover the law of gravity, for they did not know and could not know that there was such a law to discover. No Treasury official told Fleming to discover penicillin. Nor was Rutherford instructed to split the atom by a certain date...
When any organizational entity expands beyond 21 members, the real power will be in some smaller body.
Delay is the deadliest form of denial.
Deliberative bodies become decreasingly effective after they pass five to eight members.
Expenditures rise to meet income. C. Northcote Parkinso
The mind reels at the multiplication of books intended to justify the author's promotion from assistant to associate professor.
The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take. He becomes fussy about filing, keen on seeing that pencils are sharpened, eager to ensure that the windows are open (or shut) and apt to use two or three differe
Imagination is essential and it comes first, for without imagination we are aimless.
In the foundation and development of a successful enterprise there must be a single-minded pursuit of financial profit.
The void created by the failure to communicate is soon filled with poison, drivel and misrepresentation.
Expenditure rises to meet income.
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.
The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom. C. Northcote Parkinso
The basic quality for the diplomat is not intelligence but loyalty.
Parkinson's First Law: Work expands to fill the time available.
If there is a way to delay an important decision, the good bureaucracy, public or private, will find it.
The nice thing about standards is, there are so many to choose from. Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.
Expansion means complexity and complexity decay. C. Northcote Parkinso
Where life is colorful and varied, religion can be austere or unimportant. Where life is appallingly monotonous, religion must be emotional, dramatic and intense. Without the curry, boiled rice can be very dull.