Top 10 Quotes by C Northcote Parkinson

C Northcote Parkinson

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.

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The vacuum created by a failure to communicate will quickly be filled with rumor, misrepresentations, drivel, and poison.
C Northcote Parkinson

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...

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The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom. C. Northcote Parkinso
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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.

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In the foundation and development of a successful enterprise there must be a single-minded pursuit of financial profit.
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Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.

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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.
C Northcote Parkinson

It is not the business of the botanist to eradicate weeds. Enough for him if he can tell us just how fast they grow.

C Northcote Parkinson
Deliberative bodies become decreasingly effective after they pass five to eight members.