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Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status. Laurence J. Peter
Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned. Milton Friedman
A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer. Dean Acheson
You can have a revolution wherever you like, except in a government office; even were the world to come to an end, you'd have to destroy the universe first and then government offices. Karel Capek
A Royal Commission is a broody hen sitting on a china egg. Michael Foot
Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies. Honore de Balzac
Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism. Mary McCarthy
Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl. Benjamin Jowett
If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't. Hyman Rickover
A committee is an animal with four back legs. John le Carre
The nearest approach to immortality on earth is a government bureau. James F. Byrnes
Our military forces are an arm of government, just like the Department of Social Welfare, although probably less able to inflict widespread harm David Lange
Bureaucracy and social harmony are inversely proportional to each other. Leon Trotsky
The British civil service ... is a beautifully designed and effective braking mechanism. Shirley Williams
We are living in an era of transformation where we will all have to reckon with a number of revolutionary changes and challenges for the public sector. In the move towards globalization, the public is becoming more and more knowledgeable about their rights and requirements. As such, the need to revisit our traditional ways of offering public services is inescapable, if we want to ensure the establishment of a more caring public service. Ahmad Sulliman Jeewah
Any bureaucracy must be restrained by law. Jerrold Nadler
It is imperative to build a contingent of public servants who are politically reliable, professionally competent, and clean and honest, and have a good work style. Wen Jiabao
Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government job. Milton Friedman
With bad laws and good civil servants it's still possible to govern. But with bad civil servants even the best laws can't help. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
There is no reason to believe that business managers, put in control of service institutions, would do better than the ‘bureaucrats’. Indeed, we know that they immediately become bureaucrats themselves. Peter Drucker
Those who hold positions and receive official stipends are incapable of the utmost in loyalty and patriotic service. Yoshida Shoin
The fact that you needed to know was not known at the time that the now known need to know, was known. Therefore, those that needed to advise and inform the Home Secretary perhaps felt the information he needed as to whether to inform the highest authority of the known information was not yet known and therefore there was no authority for the authority to be informed because the need to know was not, at that time, known or needed. Jonathan Lynn; Antony Jay
It took a firm hand, sometimes a fist, to imbue a bureaucracy this vast with effective compassion. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
With jurisdiction over the issue of abortion and the purity and safety of food, was the only place in America where both motherhood and apple pie were controversial. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
There can be no complete and permanent reform of the civil service until public opinion emancipates congressmen from all control and influence over government patronage . . . No proper legislation is to be expected as long as members of Congress are engaged in procuring offices for their constituents Rutherford B. Hayes
We may well doubt whether our organization is not too complicated, too expensive; whether offices and officers have not been multiplied unnecessarily and sometimes injuriously to the service they were meant to promote. Thomas Jefferson
We cannot continue our leadership in the world as the largest debtor nation the world has ever known. Hillary Clinton
The perfect bureaucrat … is the man who manages to make no decisions and escape all responsibility. Brooks Atkinson
People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. Adam Smith
It’s more difficult to get people on board at the Federal level than it is locally. David Paulson
We both got caught on making a bureaucracy work on things that were much bigger than that which they had ever worked on. Kathleen Blanco
Success can not be administrated. Arleigh Burke
I am furious with the tragically misplaced priorities and criminal neglect of this government …. Bush, Cheney, Chertoff, Brown and Rice should be tried for criminal negligence. Laura Berg
The persistence of public officials varies inversely with the importance of the matter on which they are persisting Bernard Levin
Should bureaucratic ways prevail and paper reign supreme? Should red tape and the Status Quo become our nation’s dream? James H. Boren
Guidelines for bureaucrats: (1) When in charge, ponder. (2) When in trouble, delegate. (3) When in doubt, mumble. James H. Boren
It is an inevitable defect, that bureaucrats will care more for routine than for results. Walter Bagehot
The power which a multiple millionaire, who may be my neighbor and perhaps my employer, has over me is very much less than that which the smallest "functionaire" possesses who wields the coercive power of the state, and on whose desecration it depends whether and how I am allowed to live or to work. Friedrich A. Hayek
It is easier to waste time on bureaucratic reorganization than it is to accomplish anything concrete. Tom Ridge
Compared to publicity…internal checks upon bureaucratic misbehavior…have but negligible value. Francis E. Rourke
When you put new security measures in place there is a greater time lag than before. Asa Hutchinson
Big is bad - the corollary of Schumacher's small is beautiful. The centralized state, particularly the mass-society state of the 20th century, is inherently a failure: it is authoritarian and anti-liberty, imposing checks and laws on all individual actions; it is hierarchical and arbitrary, with power at the top and subservience for the great majority below; it is bureaucratic in order to function at all, but it functions poorly nonetheless because bureaucracies are always inefficient and clumsy and self-perpetuating; it is undemocratic, because it is too big to allow direct face-to-face decision making and substitutes various forms of representation, all of which take power from the individual. Kirkpatrick Sale
He [the king] must also appoint other officials, men of integrity, who are wise, firm, well able to collect money, and well tried. Manu
In Russia bureaucracy as the ruling class is master of production and produce, and the Russian workers are an exploited class. Anton Pannekoek
Any government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul. Anonymous
If you didn’t write it down, you didn’t say it. Anonymous
When you say fiscal responsibility, it seems to me that you really mean rich people keeping their money. Alice Adams
When you say fiscal responsibility, it seems to me that you really mean rich people keeping their money. Alice Adams
a delusion and a sham ... an empty menace to the great interest, made to answer the clamor of the ignorant and the unreasoning. Nelson W. Aldrich
International business may conduct its operations with scraps of paper, but the ink it uses is human blood. Eric Ambler
Bureaucracy is widespread in the unemployed movement.... There is direct appointment and removals of Unemployed Council functionaries by the Party committees. These functionaries are responsible not to the masses but to the Party committees. Israel Amter
The Civil Service is a self-perpetuating oligarchy, and what better system is there? Robert Temple Armstrong
No government under heaven could have prevented a people from ruin ... when they were exhausting their valuable resources in paying for superfluities, and running themselves in debt to foreigners, and to each other for articles of folly and dissipation. Benjamin Austin
May you prosper, grow, advocate and get under people’s skins. Bruce Babbitt
Instead of fighting terrorism, we were fighting bureaucratic inertia, an implacable enemy. Robert Baer
A bureaucracy is sure to think that its duty is to augment official power, official business, or official members, rather than leave free the energies of mankind. Walter Bagehot
In a monarchy, the bureaucratic world oppresses and plunders the people for the greater benefit of the privileged propertied classes as well as for its own benefit, and all that is done in the name of the monarch; in a republic, the same bureaucracy does exactly the same thing, but in the name of the will of the people. ;, .d. monarchy;, .d. bureaucracy;, .d. oppression;, .d. republics;, .d. democracy;, In a monarchy, the bureaucratic world oppresses and plunders the people for the greater benefit of the privileged propertied classes as well as for its own benefit, and all that is done in the name of the monarch; in a republic, the same bureaucracy does exactly the same thing, but in the name of the will of the people. Mikhail Bakunin
As routine business must always be dispatched, there is always a fluctuating number of supernumeraries who cannot be dispensed with, and yet are liable to dismissal at a moment's notice. All of these naturally are anxious to be "established clerks." And thus Bureaucracy, the giant power wielded by pigmies, came into the world. Honore de Balzac
I've been Secretary of the Treasury for 147 days, and in that 147 days I've written $133 billion worth of hot checks. Lloyd Bentsen
In the larger life of society, the people are made to submit to the orders of those who were originally meant to serve them—the government and its agents. Alexander Berkman
The bureaucracy is what we all suffer from.. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
The city’s [civil service] workforce must be considered part of the solution, not the problem. Michael Bloomberg
These are the instructions you are getting today. It is only fair to tell you, however, that they may be changed tomorrow. And ten days later they may be changed back to the instructions you are getting now. Lemuel Boles
I don't see anything wrong with overworking bureaucrats. I have yet to see the first one drop dead. Tony Bouza
The task of weaning various people and groups from the national nipple will not be easy. The sound of whines, bawls, screams and invective will fill the air as the agony of withdrawal pangs finds voice. Linda Bowles
What’s breaking into a bank compared with founding a bank? Bertolt Brecht
Federal bureaucracies are creatures of Congress, not the executive. David Brinkley
If everyone in government would refuse to sign everything they couldn't read, everything would grind to a screeching halt. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
People complain about bureaucracy. You haven't seen bureaucracy until you've seen bureaucracy in China. Ronald H. Brown
Is there ever enough money to do what you want to do? Nora Mead Brownell
The right way to deal with the bureaucracy is to get close to it—to use it. McGeorge Bundy
I don't think they [Congress] ought to balance their budget on the backs of the poor. George W. Bush
The Post Office Department is like a great root spreading many feet underground and nourishing the mighty oak. It is the tap root of civilization. Joseph Cannon
[Describing himself:] ... a redtape Talking-machine, and unhappy Bag of Parliamentary Eloquence. Thomas Carlyle
Everybody always wants more staff. That’s why the federal government gets so overloaded. Jimmy Carter
I'm surprised that a government organization could do it that quickly. Jimmy Carter
… a dangerous, unexampled, desperate resort. Langdon Cheves
I started to walk the halls of HUD. I went into every office and every cubicle. I met a lot of people. I soon realized that they all realized that they were staying and I was going. It’s just that none of us knew when. Henry Cisneros
We discover that the fortunes realized by our manufacturers are no longer solely the reward of sturdy industry and enlightened foresight, but that they result from the discriminating favor of the government. Grover Cleveland
Must we always look for the political opinions of our businessmen precisely where they suppose their immediate pecuniary advantage to be found? Grover Cleveland
Big bureaucracies in business and government—they fail too. Bill Clinton
Deficits aren't always bad if you invest the money. Bill Clinton
In every society the permanent government is more change averse than the changing government. Bill Clinton
It is commonly our Scots way to do little business but squeeze up high prices, whereas it would much more real advantage to enlarge the business, have the profit, though small upon it, yet many smalls to make a great. John Cockburn of Ormiston
Government and business should remain distinct and separate, one directed from Washington, the other from New York. Calvin Coolidge
The British Government Montagu Corry
No agency … wants an issue on the agenda unless it has an efficient and acceptable solution for it. Martha Crenshaw
The military always asks for more [appropriations] than it gets. William J. Crowe Jr.
I confess to a prejudice against officialism and a dread of bureaucracy. Eugene V. Debs
Whatever was required to be done, the Circumlocution Office was beforehand with all the public departments in the art of perceiving—how not to do it. No public business of any kind could possibly be done at any time without the acquiescence of the Circumlocution Office. Its finger was in the largest public pie, and in the smallest public tart. Charles Dickens
A government of statesmen or of clerks? Of Humbug or of Humdrum? Benjamin Disraeli
A society run by bureaucrats issuing diktats can’t function, because there is no recourse to these apparatchiks. There is no remedy for reform. Anatoly Dobrynin
When we like our new rulers we call them public servants. When we are mad at them we call them bureaucrats; but it is the business of self-government to see that they remain servants of the public instead of becoming its masters. John Dos Passos
There must be an ecological limit to the number of paper pushers the earth can sustain. Barbara Ehrenreich
Our national finances are in a ruinous state. Hans Eichel
I have several times suggested that what I call the “Establishment” in this country is today more powerful than ever before. By “Establishment” I do not mean only the centers of official power – though they are certainly part of it – but rather the whole matrix of official and social relations within which power is exercised ... the “Establishment” can be seen at work in the activities of, not only the Prime Minister, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Earl Marshal, but of such lesser mortals as the Chairman of the Arts Council, the Director-General of the BBC, and even the editor of the Times Literary Supplement, not to mention dignitaries like Lady Violet Bonham Carter. Henry Fairlie
The government uses words that make almost no sense to those of us in ordinary life. Martin L. Gross
There must be some flexibility in the budget. You cannot have too much discipline. William Frenzel
There's only so much that you can tighten your belt before you squeeze yourself to death. Richard A. Gephardt
We have bureaucracy that doesn't really understand what the people want. Gennadi I. Gerasimov
... an impossible organization to administer ... just an amorphous lump. Gilbert W. Fitzhugh
When they talk about belt-tightening in Washington, they are talking about tightening our belts. James J. Florio
Government officials tend to become an obstacle when you try to do something new. Soichiro Honda
The moment responsibilities of any community, particularly in economic and social questions, are shifted from any part of the nation to Washington, then that community has subjected itself to a remote bureaucracy.... It has lost ... control of its own destiny. Herbert Hoover
With the best will, no one can be an official and a man. Henrik Ibsen
I can't speak for the OPC. I'm all balled up on all these initials. Harold L. Ickes
Cutting off the flow of capital is like cutting off the flow of oxygen. Virtue alone will not produce oxygen. Jesse Jackson
The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale Thomas Jefferson
I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson
We can cut the Defense Department budget because we’ve got bombs running out of our ears. Lyndon B. Johnson
Expenditures have to keep rising to keep up with the population [growth]. Lyndon B. Johnson
Would you rather have us be a second rate nation or should we spend a little money? Lyndon B. Johnson
Gobbledygook! [The word was born.] Maury Maverick
In certain corrupt conditions of a State, conspicuous success is more dangerous than failure. Herbert Maxwell
A nation is not in danger of financial disaster merely because it owes itself money. Andrew Mellon
Those who make the most and loudest speeches about deficit reduction are least likely to vote against spending. George J. Mitchell
The needs of people are more important than the constraints of bureaucracy. Eddie C. Moore
Is paving asphalt more important than cancer research. James P. Moran
They work for bureaucracies and they become bureaucratized themselves. Pat Murphy
I had a nightmare: A surplus of bureaucracy in a country which just liquidated illiteracy. Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
No official yet born on this earth is wise enough or generous enough to separate good ideas from bad ideas, good beliefs from bad. Walter Lippmann
No centralized bureaucracy, or so-called "paternal government," yet invented on earth, has been anything but a failure, or is it like to be anything else Charles Kingsley
The surpluses of the [19]90s were the result of a growing economy. They were not the result of government policy. Andrew Card
When we consider that this government is charged with the external and mutual relations only of these states; that the states themselves have principal care of our persons, our property, and our reputation, constituting the great field of human concerns, we may well doubt whether our organization is not too complicated, too expensive; whether offices or officers have not been multiplied unnecessarily, and sometimes injuriously to the service they were meant to promote. Thomas Jefferson
It is a huge bureaucracy. It is so inept. But it does function. Elizabeth Neuffer
For some time past I have conscious that I was wasting my own time and the public money on doing work that produces no result. George Orwell Blair
White men have too many chiefs. Nez Perce Indian Tribe
Even if bureaucratic sloth can be eliminated, it still takes time to build things. John B. Taylor
The safest refuge when dealing with urgent, ticklish problems is sought in shirking responsibility, in gaining time by the formation of Committees, with the requisite Sub-Committees to tackle the problem. It is the well-known practice of Promise, Pause, Prepare, Postpone and end by letting things alone Peter de Noronha
It’s not the government’s job to bail out speculators. George W. Bush
The moment approaches when we shall no longer be able to pay cash for shipping and other supplies.... I believe that von will agree that it would be wrong in principle and mutually disadvantageous in effect, if at the height of this struggle, Great Britain were to be divested of all saleable assets so that after victory was won with our blood, civilization saved, and time gained for the United States to be fully armed against all eventualities, we should stand stripped to the bone. Such a course would not be in the moral or economic interests of either of our countries.... You may be assured that we shall prove ourselves ready to suffer and sacrifice to the utmost for the Cause, and that we glory in being its champion. The rest we leave to you and to your people, being sure that ways and means will be found which future generations on both sides of the Atlantic will approve and admire. Winston Churchill
With any bureaucracy, an accountable bureaucracy, we need the press and we need critics to keep us on our toes…. we do wish the press to continue to report and continue to criticize because it is only in that way that the government can continue to improve and meet the aspirations of an increasingly affluent society. Anson Chan
Russia is a big country. It has a big bureaucracy. Yegor T. Gaidar
Different units of our bureaucracy have different cultures and each thinks that his is the best. John Ashcroft
Superfluous bureaucracies and the system of file-keeping and paper-shuffling that is enforced by them … are totally alien to Islam Ruhollah Khomeini
The Civil Service rewards those who do no more than sit at their desks and say no. Oscar Arias
It is increasingly clear that the fate of the universe will come to depend more and more on individuals as the bungling of bureaucracy permeates every corner of our existence. Edna O'Brien
Human use of one resource runs squarely against human use of another resource. Daniel Hamburg
The necessities of a nation in every stage of its existence will be found at least equal to its resources. Alexander Hamilton
In the performance of your duties, neither be over-zealous, nor indifferent. When you do not know of a thing, say so plainly. In the narration of facts, refrain from poetising. Umar I; Umar Ibn Al-Khattab
Wait for them to die Anibal Cavaco Silva
Men have now arrived at such a high pitch of civilization that all institutions which act in any way to obstruct or thwart the development of individuals, and compress men together into vast uniform masses, are far more hurtful than in earlier ages of the world. Alexander von Humboldt
Excessive bureaucracy is distracting, time-consuming, and destructive to creativity. Jerome Isaac Friedman
The academic mind, as we know, is sometimes capable of assuming an aggressive attitude. The official mind, on the contrary, is and has to be, expert in the art of self- defense. Ronald Fisher
The policy of the public authorities of never taking an initiative, and always waiting to be urged to do their duty, is fatal in a ward where there is no initiative among the citizens. Jane Addams
Of the Continental nuisance called "Bureaucracy,"--if this should alarm any reader,--I can see no risk or possibility in England. Thomas Carlyle
I know why elected officials want to spend money. It’s great. I can get a vote from you if I give you some money. OK but that doesn’t help your children. It just helps you. Michael Bloomberg
It’s bullshit. When people are dying, bureaucracy should be thrown out. I saw a guy kill himself at the Superdome. Two policemen have committed suicide. Ray Nagin
The Federal Government did not know about the people at the New Orleans Convention center until today. Michael Brown
The nation’s disaster mechanisms do not seem to be in the hands of those who know how to use them. New York Daily News
We have an illness in France which bids fair to play havoc with us; this illness is called bureaumania [Often translated as bureaucracy.] Vincent de Gournay
Bureaucracy is simultaneously the most crippling of Indian diseases and the highest of Indian art forms. Shashi Tharoor
Forecasting by bureaucrats tends to be used for anxiety relief rather than for adequate policy making. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Those of you who end up in public service will come to appreciate the difficulty of wielding the extraordinary power of the government effectively and fairly. Much of this power is housed in the many departments and agencies that are charged with carrying out specific functions of government. Those who do not have daily interactions with a government agency may not realize just how much influence bureaucracies wield. Paul S. Atkins
Without general elections, without unrestricted freedom of press and assembly, without a free struggle of opinion, life dies out in every public institution, becomes a mere semblance of life, in which only the bureaucracy remains as the active element. Rosa Luxemburg
This is why I hate governments. It is always the rule, the fine print, carried out by the fine print men. There's nothing to fight, no wall to hammer with frustrated fists. John Steinbeck
Unlike private enterprise which quickly modifies its actions to meet emergencies — unlike the shopkeeper who promptly finds the wherewith to satisfy a sudden demand — unlike the railway company which doubles its trains to carry a special influx of passengers; the law-made instrumentality lumbers on under all varieties of circumstances at its habitual rate. By its very nature it is fitted only for average requirements, and inevitably fails under unusual requirements. Herbert Spencer
The function of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, as I understand it, is to resist all demands for expenditure made by his colleagues and, when he can no longer resist, to limit the concession to the barest point of acceptance. Philip Snowden Ickornshaw
Every individual is continually exerting himself to find out the most advantageous employment for whatever capital he can command. It is his own advantage, indeed, and not that of the society, which he has in his view. But the study of his own advantage naturally, or rather necessarily leads him to prefer that employment which is most advantageous to the society. Adam Smith
Our two greatest problems are gravity and paper work. We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming. Wernher von Braun
In a corporate state, all attempts to reduce bureaucracy increase it. Theodore Dalrymple
Presidents may go to the seashore or to the mountains. Cabinet officers may go about the country explaining how fortunate the country is in having such an administration, but the machinery at Washington continues to operate under the army of faithful non-commissioned officers, and the great mass of governmental business is uninterrupted. William Howard Taft
You are for kings the ears with which they hear, the eyes with which they see, the tongues with which they speak, the hands with which they strike. Abd al Hamid al-Katib
Deficits of that size are foreign to my thinking. Mike Harcourt
Bureaucracies cling to their office space, their secretaries [assistants], their official cars, and their every allotted dollar and personnel position with a tenacity that drowning men might well envy. Richard Holbrooke
The chances of catastrophe grow as organizations grow in number and size, and as internal communications become more time consuming and less intelligible. Richard Holbrooke
Each agency has … acquired certain “pet projects” which its senior officials promote. These are often carried out by despite concern and even opposition by mid-level officials of other agencies as part of a tacit trade off: “We’ll let you do your thing if you let us do ours. Such deals … are almost never explicit, but are nonetheless well understood by the participants. Richard Holbrooke
I found the clerks mainly earnest, mainly honest, anxious to do the right thing — very hard working, very attentive. I do not refer to swell officials — the men who wear the decorations, get the fat salaries. I refer to the average clerks, the obscure crowd, who after all run the government: they are on the square. Walt Whitman
Competence is the creed of the technocrat who makes sure the gears mesh but doesn't for a second understand the magic of the machine. George W. Bush
Bureaucracy always seeks the path of least disclosure. Darrell P. W. Evans
The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty. Eugene McCarthy
Without general elections, without unrestrained freedom of press and assembly, without a free struggle of opinion, life dies out in every public institution…in which only the bureaucracy remains as the active element. Rosa Luxemburg
The State is a collection of officials, different for difference purposes, drawing comfortable incomes so long as the status quo is preserved. The only alteration they are likely to desire in the status quo is an increase of bureaucracy and the power of bureaucrats. Bertrand Russell
A bureaucracy always tends to become a pedantocracy. John Stuart Mill
Some faces may change in the top-heavy, bloated bureaucracy of Washington and all the state governments, but the bureaucracy will remain intact. Rich Turner
The main thing is the ‘rule of corruption’: helping the horse both to race and also to get a mouthful of hay. It’s what all civil servants are secretly thinking. Our expectations for our civil servants are far too high, far too grandiose. The pressure is more than their flesh-and-blood bodies can stand. Wang Xiaofang
The U.S. government has at least 15 official definitions of the word "rural”. All these definitions matter; they’re used by various agencies to parcel out $37 Billion-Plus in federal money for “rural development”. And each one of them is different. David A. Fahrenhold
The most important rule of bureaucracy is never be wrong and alone. Eric Schlosser
To safeguard the people's money what we call red tape is tied around all government activity until the really efficient honest public servant has a somewhat difficult time, but we are still laboring under the theory that the majority of the world is dishonest. Eleanor Roosevelt
Generous, effective, and broadly accessible social welfare policies do not require large government bureaucracies staffed with armies of public servants. Kimberly J. Morgan
Making the bureaucracy accountable to the President in any comprehensive and enduring way is impossible. Making it alert to his preferences is possible in those cases where Presidents put loyal and competent subordinates in charge of making decisions. James Q. Wilson
For most career bureaucrats, the most important reference points are other career officials; they are bureaucratic loyalists rather than Presidential loyalists. Elliott Abrams
The deliberate introduction of distortion and fuzziness to improve the competitive position of one's own agency or division is an unavoidable and dominant feature of the bureaucratic landscape James R. Schlesinger
When I first became a civil servant, I had to fill out a form. The form did not ask whether or not I was a citizen of America but I had to certify that I was a Democrat. John Kenneth Galbraith
The only way to deal with bureaucrats is with stealth and sudden violence. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
In a free society, the ‘vision thing’ is left to private individuals; civil servants are kept on a tight leash, because free people understand that a ‘visionary’ bureaucrat is a voracious one and that the grander the government... the poorer and less free the people. Ilana Mercer
Without general elections, without freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, without the free battle of opinions, life in every public institution withers away, becomes a caricature of itself, and bureaucracy rises as the only deciding factor. Rosa Luxemburg
What is decided must be implemented and implemented without any departmental interpretation Vladimir Putin
Budget issues consume bureaucrats because an adequate budget which is generally defined as an increase over the previous … year, is a reflection of the operational capacity, current health, importance, and future prospects of an organization. James J. Wirtz
no political influence could save a man who deserved punishment and none could win unworthy promotion. Theodore Roosevelt
As routine business must always be dispatched, there is always a fluctuating number of supernumeraries who cannot be dispensed with, and yet are liable to dismissal at a moment's notice. All of these naturally are anxious to be "established clerks." And thus Bureaucracy, the giant power wielded by pigmies, came into the world.. Honore de Balzac
Bureaucracy is the epoxy that greases the wheels of progress. James H. Boren
Bureaucracy is ever desirous of spreading its influence and its power. You cannot extend the mastery of the government over the daily working life of a people without at the same time making it the master of the people's souls and thoughts. Herbert Hoover
Bureaucracy destroys initiative. There is little that bureaucrats hate more than innovation, especially innovation that produces better results than the old routines. Improvements always make those at the top of the heap look inept.. Frank Herbert
Once genius is submerged by bureaucracy, a nation is doomed to mediocrity.. Richard Nixon
If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't.. Hyman Rickover
When you come before us and tell us that we are to disturb your business interests, we reply that you have disturbed our business interests by your course. We say to you that you have made the definition of the business man too limited in its application. The man who is employed for wages is as much a business man as his employer. William Jennings Bryan
One of the enduring truths of the nation's capital is that bureaucrats survive. Gerald R. Ford
Red tape surrounded and almost smothered us; we as a nation were about to suffocate. Gerald R. Ford
All bureaucracies have to be weeded and watched. Mario Cuomo
There are, perhaps, few men who can for any great length of time enjoy office and power without being more or less under the influence of feelings unfavorable to the faithful discharge of their public duties. Their integrity may be proof against improper considerations immediately addressed to themselves, but they are apt to acquire a habit of looking with indifference upon the public interests and of tolerating conduct from which an unpracticed man would revolt. Office is considered as a species of property, and government rather as a means of promoting individual interests than as an instrument created solely for the service of the people. Andrew Jackson
The bureaucracy needs to do more than one thing at a time. It’s appropriate to save people with helicopters, but it can’t be done to the exclusion of everything else. Bobby Jindal
Government can’t work if lawmakers don’t give Government agencies the funds they need to do their work. Phillip Randolph Lee
There are so many elements of the Department of Defense that have to sign off to do anything, that any one of them was able to stop something. The only person who could make something happen was the Secretary of Defense. Robert M. Gates
There are many ways for the Federal bureaucracy to undermine the leadership of the nation. Daniel J. Balz