If you’re going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy; God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won t.
—Hyman G. Rickover (1900-86) American Naval Engineering Officer
Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
—Franz Kafka (1883–1924) Austrian Novelist, Short Story Writer
Bureaucracy is not an obstacle to democracy but an inevitable complement to it.
—Joseph Schumpeter (1883–1950) Austrian-American Political Economist, Sociologist
If we did not have such a thing as an airplane today, we would probably create something the size of N.A.S.A. to make one.
—Ross Perot (1930–2019) American Businessman
A bureaucracy is sure to think that its duty is to augment official power, official business, or official members, rather than to leave free the energies of mankind; it overdoes the quantity of government, as well as impairs its quality. The truth is, that a skilled bureaucracy is, though it boasts of an appearance of science, quite inconsistent with the true principles of the art of business.
—Walter Bagehot (1826–77) English Economist, Journalist
By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.
—Robert Frost (1874–1963) American Poet