"Guidelines for bureaucrats: (1) When in charge, ponder. (2) When in trouble, delegate. (3) When in doubt, mumble."
"It is an inevitable defect, that bureaucrats will care more for routine than for results", The English Constitution (1867)
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."
"There is not one single social or economic principle or concept in the philosophy of the Russian Bolshevik which has not been realized, carried into action, and enshrined in immutable laws a million years ago by the white ant."
"A camel is a horse designed by a committee."
"The Arts Council doesn't believe in supporting amateurs, except in its own ranks."
"This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time."
"Let's find out what everyone is doing,
And then stop everyone from doing it."
"Money won't buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem."
"He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career", Major Barbara (1907)