Imagination is essential and it comes first, for without imagination we are aimless.
If there is a way to delay an important decision, the good bureaucracy, public or private, will find it.
The onset of one religion can be resisted only by another.
The matters most debated in a deliberative body tend to be the minor ones where everybody understands the issues.
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
It is now well known, however, that men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married.
Time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved. C. Northcote Parkinso
Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse. C. Northcote Parkinso
Expenditure rises to meet income.
Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.
The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom.
When any organizational entity expands beyond 21 members, the real power will be in some smaller body.
Parkinson's Law is a purely scientific discovery, inapplicable except in theory to the politics of the day. It is not the business of the botanist to eradicate the weeds. Enough for him if he can tell us just how fast they grow.
The smaller the function, the greater the management.
In the foundation and development of a successful enterprise there must be a single-minded pursuit of financial profit.
The nice thing about standards is, there are so many to choose from. Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.
The vacuum created by a failure to communicate will quickly be filled with rumor, misrepresentations, drivel, and poison.
The basic quality for the diplomat is not intelligence but loyalty.
Deliberative bodies become decreasingly effective after they pass five to eight members.
Delay is the deadliest form of denial.
Delay is the deadliest form of denial. C. Northcote Parkinso
A committee grows organically, flourishes and blossoms, sunlit on top and shady beneath, until it dies, scattering the seeds from which other committees will spring.
Parkinson's Fourth Law: The number of people in any working group tends to increase regardless of the amount of work to be done.
Perfection of planning is a symptom of decay. During a period of exciting discovery or progress, there is no time to plan the perfect headquarters.
Expansion means complexity and complexity decay. C. Northcote Parkinso
It is the busiest man who has time to spare.
Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich.
The void created by the failure to communicate is soon filled with poison, drivel and misrepresentation.
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. C. Northcote Parkinso
Administrators make work for each other so that they can multiply the number of their subordinates and enhance their prestige.