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A bureaucracy is sure to think that its duty is to augment official power, official business, or official members, rather than to leave free the energies of mankind; it overdoes the quantity of government, as well as impairs its quality. The truth is, that a skilled bureaucracy is, though it boasts of an appearance of science, quite inconsistent with the true principles of the art of business.
~ Walter Bagehot

 

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A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office a Republican wants.
~ Alben W. Barkley

 

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A bureaucrat is a person who cuts red tape sideways.
~ J. Mccabe

 

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A multitude of little superfluous precautions engender here a population of deputies and sub-officials, each of whom acquits himself with an air of importance and a rigorous precision, which seemed to say, though everything is done with much silence, ''Make way, I am one of the members of the grand machine of state.''
~ Marquis De Custine

 

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Any sufficiently advanced bureaucracy is indistinguishable from molasses.
~ Anonymous

 

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Bureaucracy is not an obstacle to democracy but an inevitable complement to it.
~ Joseph A. Schumpeter

 

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Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.
~ Mary Mccarthy

 

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Endless meetings, sloppy communications and red tape steal the entrepreneur's time.
~ James L. Hayes

 

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Government proposes, bureaucracy disposes. And the bureaucracy must dispose of government proposals by dumping them on us.
~ P. J. O'Rourke

 

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I always get back to the question, is it really necessary that men should consume so much of their bodily and mental energies in the machinery of civilized life? The world seems to me to do much of its toil for that which is not in any sense bread. Again, does not the latent feeling that much of their striving is to no purpose tend to infuse large quantities of sham into men's work?''
~ William Allingham

 

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If the copying machines that came along later had been here during the war, I'm not sure the allies would have won. We'd all have drowned in paper.
~ Alan Dickey

 

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If we did not have such a thing as an airplane today, we would probably create something the size of N.A.S.A. to make one.
~ H. Ross Perot

 

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If you're going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy; God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won t.
~ Hyman G. Rickover

 

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In the US we find the label requirements are crazy. It is almost as if we had to label a bookcase with the warning 'do not eat this bookcase -- it can be harmful to your health'.
~ Bjorn Bayley

 

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It seems to me that there must be an ecological limit to the number of paper pushers the earth can sustain, and that human civilization will collapse when the number of, say, tax lawyers exceeds the world's total population of farmers, weavers, fisherpersons, and pediatric nurses.
~ Barbara Ehrenreich

 

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No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!
~ Ronald Reagan

 

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Nothing can be more contemptible than to suppose Public Records to be true.
~ William Blake

 

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Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held.
~ Aldous Huxley

 

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Poor fellow, he suffers from files.
~ Aneurin Bevan

 

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So many signatures for such a small heart.
~ Mother Teresa

 

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