Keyword: Committees

If you leave the room, you're elected.

There is a tendency for the person in the most powerful position in an organization to spend all his time serving on committees and signing letters.

A committee is twelve men doing the work of one.

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

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


A committee of three gets things done if two don’t show up.

A decision is what a man makes when he can’t get anyone to serve on a committee.

(1911 – 1993) columnist & novelist

A committee can make a decision that is dumber than any of its members.


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

(1908 – 2002) comedian, radio & television actor

A camel is a horse designed by a committee.

(1906 – 1988) Greek-British designer of cars

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

(1874 – 1936) English author & mystery novelist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(1908 – 1990) American statesman, jurist & attorney

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.

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.

Those who express random thoughts to legislative committees are often surprised and appalled to find themselves the instigators of law.

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

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