Keyword: Committees

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

A committee is twelve men doing the work of one.

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

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

(1911 – 1993) columnist & novelist

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


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

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

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

Those most opposed to serving on committees are made chairmen.

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

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

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

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

(1908 – 1990) American statesman, jurist & attorney

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

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

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

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

(1908 – 2002) comedian, radio & television actor

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

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.

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

(1894 – 1956) American radio comedian

There are four things that hold back human progress – ignorance, stupidity, committees and accountants.

(1797 – 1875) American accountant

A camel is a horse designed by a committee.

(1906 – 1988) Greek-British designer of cars
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