An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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.


Fred A. Allen (1894-1957, American radio comic)


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


Milton Berle (1908-2002, American actor, entertainer)


A technical objection is the first refuge of a scoundrel.


Heywood Broun (1888-1939, American journalist, novelist)


A committee is an animal with four back legs.


John Le Carre


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


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.


Barnett Cock (British scientist)


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


Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925, American editor, essayist)


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


Terrence Deal


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


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


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


Justice Arthur Goldberg


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


Richard Harkness


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


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


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


A collection of a hundred Great brains makes one big fathead.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


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


Lord Milverton


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 (1909-1993, British historian, political scientist, formulator of Parkinson's Law)


The State, that craving rookery of committees and subcommittees.


V. S. Pritchett (1900-1997, British author, critic)


A committee of one gets things done.


Joe Ryan


Muddle is the extra unknown personality in any committee.


Anthony Sampson


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 (1913-1993, American physician, educator)


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


Author Unknown


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


Author Unknown


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 (1926-, British journalist)


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