"Laurence Johnston Peter" was a Canadian educator and "hierarchical organization/hierarchiologist", best known to the general public for the formulation of the Peter Principle.

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

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

Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.

In spite of the cost of living, it's still popular.

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.

A pessimist is a man who looks both ways before crossing a one way street.

Everyone rises to their level of incompetence.

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

Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to believe.

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

Speak when you are angry--and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret.

Every man serves a useful purpose: A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor.

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

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

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

If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.

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

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

Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing our parents' shortcomings.

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

A bore is a fellow talking who can change the subject back to his topic of conversation faster than you can change it back to yours.

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

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

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

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.

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