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I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.

G. K. Chesterton, writer

A committee is a body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.


Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings.

George Will, journalist

No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.


Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.

John Kenneth Galbraith, economist

A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour.

Elbert Hubbard, writer

A camel looks like a horse that was planned by a committee.


If you want to kill any idea in the world today, get a committee working on it.

Charles Franklin Kettering,

Meetings are a symptom of bad organization. The fewer meetings the better.

Peter Drucker, consultant

Committee--a group of men who keep minutes and waste hours.

Milton Berle, comedian

A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.

Milton Berle, comedian

I hate being placed on committees. They are always having meetings at which half are absent and the rest late.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, writer

When you talk about changing the rules, that takes time, and it always involves more than just a committee.

Al Edwards, politician

Can any of you seriously say the Bill of Rights could get through Congress today? It wouldn't even get out of committee.

F. Lee Bailey, lawyer

If you want to kill any idea in the world, get a committee working on it.

Charles Kettering, inventor

dump a good idea on a meeting table. It will belong to the meeting.


A committee is a group of the unwilling chosen form the unfit, to do the unnecessary.


We always carry out by committee anything in which any one of us alone would be too reasonable to persist.

Frank Moore Colby, educator

A conference is a gathering of people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.

Fred A. Allen,

A technical objection is the first refuge of a scoundrel.

Heywood Broun, journalist

I'm a member of the US committee o the United Nations.

Betty Hill, celebrity

Democracy is not about making speeches. It is about making committees work.

Alan Bullock, historian

People just want to hear some common sense... and I bring to bear the experience in local government and state government and national government - I was the first woman in history on the Senate Finance Committee - not to mention the diplomatic international experience.

Carol Moseley Braun, politician

If the many allegations made to this date are true, then the burglars who broke into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate were, in effect, breaking into the home of every citizen.

Sam Ervin, politician

If you see a snake, just kill it - don't appoint a committee on snakes.

Ross Perot, businessman

If the Palestinian Olympic Committee or Palestinian Federation provide good facilities to the athletes then maybe I can become better than these Bahraini or Qatari athletes.

Nader al-Masri, athlete

JP Morgan always has higher capital liquidity, that is partially to make up for mistakes and problems and obviously it's a tough economy. We support an oversight committee, we supported some of the compensation, new compensation rules, though we already follow most of them. We support a lot of it.

Jamie Dimon, businessman

Many of the earmark request forms are actually filled out by lobbyists and then just turned in by the member's staff to the appropriations committee.

Jeff Flake, politician

The wisdom of crowds works when the crowd is choosing the price of an ox, when there's a single numeric average. But if it's a design or something that matters, the decision is made by committee, and that's crap. You want people and groups who are able to think thoughts before they share.

Jaron Lanier, artist

Well, this is an unfortunate part of the UN institution. It's the - the theater of the absurd. It doesn't only cast Israel as the villain; it often casts real villains in leading roles: Gadhafi's Libya chaired the UN Commission on Human Rights; Saddam's Iraq headed the UN Committee on Disarmament.

Benjamin Netanyahu, leader

If you're running for president, you've got to do a lot of things to line up a candidacy. I've not done any of those things. It's not my plan. My plan is to be a good chairman of the House Budget Committee and fight for the fiscal sanity of this nation.

Paul Ryan, politician

The vast amount of waste and sheer stupidity in government - from the Pentagon to the Food and Drug Administration - could fill committee agendas for years.

Tom Coburn, politician

We enter the government essentially in a hotel that is on fire. We're throwing people from the windows into the pool to save their lives and this is the evaluation of the Olympic diving committee: Well, the splash was too big.

Austan Goolsbee, public servant

If I am confirmed, I am confident that my colleagues on the Federal Open Market Committee and I will maintain the focus on long-term price stability as monetary policy's greatest contribution to general economic prosperity and maximum employment.

Ben Bernanke,

I assure this committee that, if I am confirmed, I will be strictly independent of all political influences... essential to that institution's ability to function effectively and achieve its mandated objectives.

Ben Bernanke,

The Appropriations Committee in the Senate is out of control, out of control on spending.

John Ensign, politician

I move to appoint a Committee to correspond with the neighboring colonies, on the present important Crisis.

Isaac Low, businessman

If we win, we'll make history, and I'll serve you on the Agriculture Committee.

George Nethercutt, politician

We know they are doing their job in committee, that they are brilliant men, smart men, and that they are on the job all the time. We're just human beings down here-all different. We take all these things into consideration. You can't help it.

John William McCormack, politician

Dick Clarke, who was head of counter-terrorism in the National Security Council, pushed constantly for the Principals Committee, which is the key national security group of top officials to take up the issue of terrorism.

Sidney Blumenthal, journalist

And yes, there's a simplicity to writing books because you're not a member of a team, so you make all the decisions yourself instead of deferring to a committee.

Bernard Cornwell, novelist

The Committee supports the idea that there should be, within the University of California, a campus which puts particular emphasis on the education of undergraduates within the framework of a College system.

Abraham Robinson, mathematician

The heaping together of paintings by Old Masters in museums is a catastrophe; likewise, a collection of a hundred Great Brains makes one big fathead.

Carl Jung, psychiatrist

I know, of course, how important it is not to keep a business engagement, if one wants to retain any sense of the beauty of life.

Oscar Wilde, dramatist

Any committee that is the slightest use is composed of people who are too busy to want to sit on it for a second longer than they have to.

Katharine Whitehorn, journalist

A committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing, but who, as a group, can meet and decide that nothing can be done.


When committees gather, each member is necessarily an actor, uncontrollably acting out the part of himself, reading the lines that identify him, asserting his identity. We are designed, coded, it seems, to place the highest priority on being individuals, and we must do this first, at whatever cost, even if it means disability for the group.

Lewis Thomas, scientist

Muddle is the extra unknown personality in any committee.

Anthony Sampson, writer

The State, that craving rookery of committees and subcommittees.

V. S. Pritchett, writer

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.

C. Northcote Parkinson, historian

The ideal committee is one with me as the chairman, and two other members in bed with the flu.

Lord Milverton,

One of the reasons why the Ten Commandments are so short and to the point is the fact they were given direct and did not come out of committees.

H. G. Hutcheson,

Committee: A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit to do the unnecessary.

Richard Harkness,

Whoever invented the meeting must have had Hollywood in mind. I think they should consider giving Oscars for meetings: Best Meeting of the Year, Best Supporting Meeting, Best Meeting Based on Material from Another Meeting.

William Goldman, novelist

Meetings are a great trap. Soon you find yourself trying to get agreement and then the people who disagree come to think they have a right to be persuaded. However, they are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.

John Kenneth Galbraith, economist

The real process of making decisions, of gathering support, of developing opinions, happens before the meeting or after.

Terrence Deal,

A committee is an animal with four back legs.

John Le Carre, writer

With her high pale brow under her faded brown hair, she was like a rock washed clean by years of her husband's absences at conventions, dinners, committee meetings or simply at the office.

Louis Auchincloss, novelist

If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.

Arthur Goldberg, judge

Throughout its history, the international Olympic Committee has struggled to spread its ideal of fraternity, friendship, peace and universal understanding.

Juan Antonio Samaranch, celebrity

Committee - a group of men who individually can do nothing but as a group decide that nothing can be done.

Fred Allen, comedian

The review committee has left it to NASA to determine the scope of these alleged incidents.

Ellen Ochoa, astronaut

Obama's health care plan will be written by a committee whose head, John Conyers, says he doesn't understand it. It'll be passed by Congress that has not read it, signed by a president who smokes, funded by a Treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, overseen by a Surgeon General who is obese, and financed by a country that's nearly broke. What could possibly go wrong?

Rush Limbaugh, entertainer

There were no gifts. Everything is properly accounted for. I provided testimony and evidence to the committee... This was all stuff that was previously known.

Robert Torricelli,

I will not be making appointments to a committee that is not bipartisan.

Nancy Pelosi, politician

For the year after I left government service, I worked as a consultant to the Republican National Committee because the lawyers advised that was the proper way for me to comply with ethics regulations and continue to advise the President.

Karen Hughes, politician

The vote by the Judiciary Committee reflects the fact that John Roberts is an exceptional nominee with a conservative judicial philosophy - a philosophy that represents mainstream America.

Jay Alan Sekulow, lawyer

The Times' new credibility committee report that was issued on Monday very specifically said they will be putting in a policy that reporters must get permission from their department heads to appear on television, which I think is a really good thing.

Daniel Okrent, editor

When you do a movie in the studio system, there's a committee. A committee of six or seven people you answer to. There's two or three producers, a studio executive and one or two people above that studio executive.

Thomas Lennon, actor

One of the ideas behind doing this acoustic record is that I didn't want to have to produce it by committee.

Robyn Hitchcock, musician

Tonight, I am pleased to announce that I have secured $1 million from the Convention Host Committee to fund the beautification of Boston's neighborhoods.

Thomas Menino, politician

The review process was conducted in an extremely bipartisan manner. Minority members of the Judiciary Committee were responsible for the invitation of 1/3 of the witnesses who appeared.

Jo Bonner, politician

The committee's finding that China stole sensitive technology from U.S. weapons research labs is alarming.

Charles Foster Bass, politician

In 1975 I was among a group of blacks who formed the Black Americans in Support of Israel Committee.

David Dinkins, politician

Anybody can decide if they have got the money to fight a case if they don't like a particular thing, and they complain to the watch committee, local council or whatever.

Timothy West, actor

Last year the National Sorry Day Committee consulted with stolen generations people in every State and Territory, and concluded that programmes set up in response to the Bringing Them Home Report are reaching only a small fraction of those they are intended to help.

Malcolm Fraser, politician

I have had national security background, 10 years on the Intelligence Committee, the last two years as chair.

Bob Graham, politician

This is no job for a UN committee. It needs the same kind of unwavering dedication and the kinds of people that got us the first nuclear submarine and the first man on the moon.

Wilson Greatbatch, inventor

The SSRC committee turned attention from team research for building a model of the United States to doing one for world trade in order to investigate the international transmission mechanism.

Lawrence R. Klein, economist

I was sent there by the Free Congress Committee, headed by Paul Weyrich. Fred Smith and I were sent down as observers, with reporters' credentials, so we could witness the events.

Dixie Lee Ray, politician

That's because the International Olympic Committee has a policy of never replacing medals.

Mary Lou Retton, athlete

The fact is that we as a party at the Republican National Committee registered 3.4 million new voters in the past two years and brought them into the political process. The president won by 3.5 million votes.

Ed Gillespie, politician

We are seeing at the Republican National Committee a phenomenon that is worth noting this week; maybe today, maybe tomorrow, maybe Wednesday, we will have a million first time donors since the president took office.

Ed Gillespie, politician

Thanks to the high standing which science has for so long attain and to the impartiality of the Nobel Prize Committee, the Nobel Prize for Physics is rightly considered everywhere as the highest reward within the reach of workers in Natural Philosophy.

Guglielmo Marconi, scientist

I didn't serve on a committee that dealt with foreign policy.

Geraldine Ferraro, politician

At a magazine, everything you do is edited by a bunch of people, by committee, and a lot of them are, were, or think of themselves as writers. Part of that is because magazines worry about their voice.

Chuck Klosterman, critic

In the Armed Services Committee, we endeavored to put forth proposals that would help alleviate some of that stress, both for the troops and for their families.

John M. McHugh, politician

For a long time in American history, people didn't even come up before the Senate. They didn't come before the Judiciary Committee, and up until about 1923, something like that.

Fred Thompson, politician

If people knew of ethics violations, they should have sent them to the Ethics Committee. If you think there was serious ethics violation that ought to be looked at, you don't hold it back for retaliatory purposes.

Barney Frank, politician

As the Pentagon makes plans for the largest troop rotation since World War II, I will work with the Armed Services Committee to help make this proposal a reality.

Mike Rogers, politician

It is by such means as the prize offered by your Committee that the attention of the world will be focused and that men and women will be inspired to greater efforts in the interest of peace.

Frank B. Kellogg, politician

Jim, I'm not aware of any formal requests from the Senate Judiciary Committee for these kinds of documents.

Alberto Gonzales, public servant

This person should not be directly connected with the President Ford Committee nor should he be seen as a member of the liberal wing of the Republican Party. He should be someone like Laird or Rogers Morton.

Robert Teeter, politician

At that time a senator who was on the Joint Committee of Atomic Energy said rather quietly, 'You know, we're having a little problem with waste these days.' I didn't know what he meant then, but I know now.

David R. Brower, environmentalist

The Intelligence Committee will also examine present counterintelligence programs for the Department of Energy, the National Laboratories, and the Department of Defense.

Charles Foster Bass, politician

As a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, I will be participating in several hearings on the startling revelations contained in the report.

Charles Foster Bass, politician

According to the committee's findings, a network of mobile missiles carrying the newest warheads could be tested by China this year and deployed as early as 2002.

Charles Foster Bass, politician

In its report, the Cox Committee concludes that China is using stolen U.S. design information to speed up its deployment of a new nuclear missile force.

Charles Foster Bass, politician

The committee discloses that even after the U.S. government learned of the diversion of U.S. designs for nuclear warheads in late 1995, the Clinton Administration failed to take steps immediately to improve security.

Charles Foster Bass, politician

The Cox Committee found that the Chinese military acquired many of the technologies over the past seven years, although many of them had been targeted for acquisition for more than a quarter century.

Charles Foster Bass, politician

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