The ideal committee is one with me as the chairman, and two other members in bed with the flu.
Author: Lord Milverton
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.
Author: C. Northcote Parkinson (1909-1993)
Profession: British Historian, Political Scientist
The State, that craving rookery of committees and subcommittees.
Author: V. S. Pritchett (1900)
Profession: British Author, Critic
A committee of one gets things done.
Author: Joe Ryan
Muddle is the extra unknown personality in any committee.
Author: Anthony Sampson
When committees gather, each member is necessarily an actor, uncontrollably acting out the part of himself, reading the lines that identify him, asserting his identity. We are designed, coded, it seems, to place the highest priority on being individuals, and we must do this first, at whatever cost, even if it means disability for the group.
Author: Lewis Thomas (1913-)
Profession: American Physician, Educator
A camel looks like a horse that was planned by a committee.
A committee is a body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.
A committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing, but who, as a group, can meet and decide that nothing can be done.
A committee is a group of the unwilling chosen form the unfit, to do the unnecessary.
dump a good idea on a meeting table. It will belong to the meeting.
Any committee that is the slightest use is composed of people who are too busy to want to sit on it for a second longer than they have to.
Author: Katharine Whitehorn (1926)
Profession: British Journalist