"Men enter local politics solely as a result of being unhappily married."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."C. Northcote Parkinson on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."C. Northcote Parkinson on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."C. Northcote Parkinson on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."C. Northcote Parkinson on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."C. Northcote Parkinson on Joseph Stalin
"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."
"In politics people give you what they think you deserve and deny you what they think you want."
"The chief product of an automated society is a widespread and deepening sense of boredom."
"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."