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Quotes of the Day for 16 September 2002 – Laurence J. Peter

The Canadian educator Laurence Johnston Peter was born on this day in 1919. During his career he had the opportunity to observe a wide range of bureaucracies, and his conclusion was the Peter Principle: "In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence." Here are a few of his other observations.

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The quotes:

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

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

Man can live without air for seconds, without water for days, without food for weeks, and without ideas for years.

Two can live as cheaply as one - if they both have good jobs.

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car.

If you can tell the difference between good advice and bad advice, you don't need advice.
     - Laurence J. Peter

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