Laurence J. Peters Biography | Inspiration Quotations | Motivation Quotes

Laurence J. Peter
Laurence J. Peter

Laurence J. Peter Motivational Quotations:

  • “Only mediocrities rise to the top in a system that won't tolerate wave making.”

  •  “Don't believe in miracles - depend on them.”

  •  “A man doesn't know what he knows until he knows what he doesn't know.”

  •  “The modern child will answer you back before you've said anything.”

  •  “Fools rush in where wise men fear to trade.”

  •  “Political success is the ability, when the inevitable occurs, to get credit for it.”

  •  “Many an optimist has become rich simply by buying out a pessimist.”

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

  •  “He laughs best whose laugh lasts.”

  •  “Two things reduce prejudice: education and laughter.”

  •  “Middle age is when it takes longer to rest than to get tired.”

  •  “You don't need to take a persons advice to make him feel good, just ask him for it.”

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

  •  “The problem with temptation is that you may not get another chance.”

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

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

  •  “The cave-dweller's wife complained that he hadn't dragged her anywhere in months.”

  •  “It is wise to remember that you are one of those who can be fooled some of the time.”

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

    Laurence J. Peter


  • “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.”
  •  “A free press is one that prints a dictator's speech but doesn't have to.”

  •  “The reason crime doesn't pay is that when it does, it is called a more respectable name.”

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

  •  “Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before Father Time...”

  •  “Prejudice is one of the world's greatest labor-saving devices; it enables you to form an opinion without having to dig up the facts.”

  •  “It's strange that men should take up crime when there are so many legal ways to be dishonest.”

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

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

  •  “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.”

  •  “My problem is I say what I'm thinking before I think what I'm saying.”

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

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

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

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

  •  “Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.”

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

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

  •  “There are two kinds of egotists: Those who admit it, and the rest of us”

  •  “When I want your opinion I'll give it to you.”

  •  “If the outcome is good, what's the difference between motives that sound good and good, sound motives?”

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

  •  “The man who believes he can do it is probably right, and so is the man who believes he can't.”

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

  •  “Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.”

  •  “May your happiest days of the past be your saddest days of your future.”

  •  “An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart he would have been not to have taken it.”

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

  •  “The machinery of government is a vast series of interlocking hierarchies riddled through and through with incompetence.”

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

  •  “A true friend will see you through when others see that you are through.”

  •  “Don't knock the rich. When did a poor person give you a job?”

  •  “The advantage of modern means of communication is they enable you to worry about things in all of the world”

  •  “Would the boy you were be proud of the man you are?”

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

  •  “Nobody can be perfect unless he admits his faults, but if he has faults how can he be perfect?”

  •  “Expert: a man who makes three correct guesses consecutively.”

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

  •  “I inherited my ability from both parents; my mother's ability for spending money, and my father's ability for not earning it.”

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

    Laurence J. Peter

  •  “The devil could change. He was once an angel and may be evolving still.”

  •  “Reality is for people who can't face drugs.”

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

  •  “Middle age is when anything new in the way you feel is most likely a symptom.”

  •  “Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.”

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

  •  “Two can live as cheaply as one - if they both have good jobs.”

  •  “Middle age is when you stop criticizing the older generation and start criticizing the younger one.”

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

  •  “Before publishers' blurbs were invented, authors had to make their reputations by writing.”

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

  •  “A rut is a grave with the ends knocked out.”

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

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

  •  “The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it.”

  •  “Everyone rises to their level of incompetence.”

  •  “A lawyer is a man who helps you get what is coming to him.”

  • “In most hierarchies, supercompetence is more objectionable than incompetence.”

  • “All science is concerned with the relationship of cause and effect. Each scientific discovery increases man's ability to predict the consequences of his actions and thus his ability to control future events.”

  • “Everyone is in awe of the lion tamer in a cage with half a dozen lions-everyone but a school bus driver.”

  •  “do it now. There may be a law against it tomorrow.”

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

  •  “The man who is always waving the flag usually waives what it stands for.”

  •  “They lead only as the carved wooden figurehead leads the ship.”

  •  “Don't worry about middle age: you'll outgrow it.”

  •  “A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he crosses the street.”

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

  •  “Many live by their wits but few by their wit.”

  •  “There are two sorts of losers - the good loser, and the one who can't act.”

  •  “Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.”

  •  “The seaman tells stories of winds, the ploughman of bulls; the soldier details his wounds, the shepherd his sheep.”

  •  “Poetry is that which is lost in translation.”

  •  “Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame. Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices. In spite of the cost of living, it's still popular.”

  •  “Ignorance once dispelled is difficult to reestablish.”

  •  “You shouldn't punish others for your own choices.”

  •  “We are members of a strange species that devotes its energies to climbing the ladder of success in order to make money to buy things we don't like.”

  •  “You could generally inform a real close friend: when you have manufactured a idiot of on your own he does not truly feel you've finished a long lasting job.”

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

  •  “It usually takes two people to make one of them angry.”

  •  “The habitually punctual make all their mistakes right on time.”

  •  “If we lacked imagination enough to foresee something better, life would indeed be a tragedy.”

  •  “Incompetence plus incompetence equals incompetence.”

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

  •  “The unexpected always happens.”

  •  “Home is where the college student home for the holidays isn't.”

  •  “When a person puts his best foot forward and gets it stepped on, that's life.”

  •  “Give a child enough rope and he will trip you up.”

  •  “There are more pretty photographs of women than there are photographs of pretty women.”

  •  “Marriage is a good deal like taking a bath-not so hot once you get accustomed to it.”

  •  “No committee could ever come up with anything as revolutionary as a camel - anything as practical and as perfectly designed to perform effectively under such difficult conditions.”

  •  “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.”

  •  “Middle age is when the best exercise is one of discretion.”

  •  “A man convinced against his will is not convinced.”

  •  “As the farmer said, "I'm not greedy, all I want is the land next to mine.”

  •  “Ignorance is the mother of research.”

  •  “A bore is a person who lights up the room simply by leaving it.”

  •  “When you see yourself quoted in print and you’re sorry you said it, it suddenly becomes a misquotation.”

  •  “The surest sign that you haven't any sense is to argue with one who hasn't.”

  •  “There are some men who in a fifty-fifty proposition insist on getting the hyphen too.”

  •  “Cleaning anything involves making something else dirty, but anything can get dirty without something else getting clean.”

  •  “Every man serves a useful purpose: a miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor.”

  •  “Peter's Principle: In an organization, each person rises to the level of his own incompetence.”

  •  “As a matter of fact is an expression that precedes many an expression that isn't.”

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

  •  “Most hierarchies are nowadays so cumbered with rules and traditions, and so bound in by public laws, that even high employees do not have to lead anyone anywhere, in the sense of pointing out the direction and setting the pace. They simply follow precedents, obey regulations, and move at the head of the crowd. Such employees lead only in the sense that the curved wooden figurehead leads the ship.”



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