Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.

— Laurence J. Peter

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Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.

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Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.

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Don't believe in miracles -- depend on them.

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Don't believe in miracles - depend on them.

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An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.

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When in doubt or danger, run in circles, scream and shout.

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Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before Father Time takes it away.

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If two wrongs don't make a right, try three.

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Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.

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There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought

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Everyone rises to their level of incompetence.

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Real, constructive mental power lies in the creative thought that shapes your destiny, and your hour-by-hour mental conduct produces power for change in your life. Develop a train of thought on which to ride. The nobility of your life as well as your happiness depends upon the direction in which that train of thought is going.

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About Laurence J. Peter

Quotes 150 sayings
Nationality Canadian
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

You can always tell a real friend: when you've made a fool of yourself he doesn't feel you've done a permanent job.

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The habitually punctual make all their mistakes right on time.

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If at first you don't succeed, you may be at your level of incompetence already.

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The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure.

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Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.

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In spite of warnings, nothing much happens until the status quo becomes more painful than change.

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Two things reduce prejudice: education and laughter.

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Noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog; it feeds the hand that bites it.

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Incompetence plus incompetence equals incompetence.

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In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.

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The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance.

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Computers can solve all kinds of problems except the unemployment problem they create.

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Slump, and the world slumps with you. Push, and you push alone.

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Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell, and advertise.

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If at first you don't succeed, lie, lie again.

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There is no stigma attached to recognizing a bad decision in time to install a better one.

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It's better to have loved and lost than to have to do forty pounds of laundry a week.

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Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.

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Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.

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. . . if you can tell the difference between good advice and bad advice, you don't need advice.

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Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing our parents' shortcomings.

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Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.

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Egypt: Where the Israelites would still be if Moses had been a bureaucrat.

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America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation.

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Competition in academia is so vicious because the stakes are so small.

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If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?

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Humility is the embarrassment you feel when you tell people how wonderful you are.

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In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence .

.. in time every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties ... Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.

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An optimist expects his dreams to come true; a pessimist expects his nightmares to.

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Television has changed the American child from an irresistable force to an immovable object.

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Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work.

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A philosopher is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn't there. A theologian is the man who finds it.

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Few of us ever test our powers of deduction, except when filling out an income tax form

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America is a country that doesn't know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there.

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We hate to have some people give us advice because we know how badly they need it themselves.

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Heredity is what sets the parents of a teenager wondering about each other.

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Men now monopolize the upper levels... depriving women of their rightful share of opportunities for incompetence.

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