Keyword: Committees

Those most opposed to serving on committees are made chairmen.

Committee reports dealing with wages, salaries, fringe benefits, facilities, computers, employee parking, libraries, coffee breaks, secretarial support, etc., always call for dramatic expenditure increases.

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

(1908 – 2002) comedian, radio & television actor

Statistics have proven that the surest way to get anything out of the public mind and never hear of it again is to have a Senate Committee appointed to look into it.

(1879 – 1935) humorist & social commentator

Of all possible committee reactions to any given agenda item, the reaction that will occur is the one which will liberate the greatest amount of hot air.

To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three men, two of whom are absent.


1. Never arrive on time, or you will be stamped a beginner.
2. Don't say anything until the meeting is half over; this stamps you as being wise.
3. Be as vague as possible; this prevents irritating the others.
4. When in doubt, suggest that a subcommittee be appointed.
5. Be the first to move for adjournment; this will make you popular – it's what everyone is waiting for.

An original idea can never emerge from committee in the original.

A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling to do the unnecessary.

(1894 – 1956) American radio comedian

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

(1874 – 1936) English author & mystery novelist

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

An original idea can never emerge from committee in the original.

A committee is the only life form with 12 stomachs and no brain.

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

British clerk of the House of Commons

A committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing but together can decide that nothing can be done.

(1894 – 1956) American radio comedian

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

(1911 – 1969) American school superintendent, philosopher & humorist

A committee is twelve men doing the work of one.

(1932 – 2009) U.S. senator (Massachusetts)

The efficiency of a committee meeting is inversely proportional to the number of participants and the time spent on deliberations.

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.

(1928 – ) British journalist, writer & columnist

The number one book of the ages was written by a committee, and it was called the Bible.

(1884 – 1957) Russian-born American film producer

All committee reports conclude that “it is not prudent to change the policy (or procedure, or organization, or whatever) at this time.”

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