The State, that craving rookery of committees and subcommittees.
—V. S. Pritchett (1900–97) British Short Story Writer, Biographer, Memoirist, Literary Critic
A committee is organic rather than mechanical in its nature: it is not a structure but a plant. It takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts, and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom in their turn.
—C. Northcote Parkinson (1909–93) British Historian, Scholar, Novelist, Satirist