Bureaucracy Quotes

The nearest approach to immortality on earth is a government bureau.

Paperwork is the embalming fluid of bureaucracy, maintaining an appearance of life where none exists.

The I.R.S. just announced they’re going to hire an additional 2,079 bureaucrats. My opponent talks about fighting for the people against the powerful. But it works out a little differently under his plan. In his case, more audits for people, more power for the I.R.S. And that’s the heart of his agenda: a fundamental belief […]

The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it’s good-bye to the Bill of Rights.

A bureaucrat is the most despicable of men, though he is needed as vultures are needed, but one hardly admires vultures whom bureaucrats so strangely resemble. I have yet to meet a bureaucrat who was not petty, dull, almost witless, crafty or stupid, an oppressor or a thief, a holder of little authority in which […]

It is the invariable habit of bureaucracies, at all times and everywhere, to assume that every citizen is a criminal. Their one apparent purpose, pursued with a relentless and furious diligence, is to convert the assumption into a fact. They hunt endlessly for proofs, and, when proofs are lacking, for mere suspicions. The moment they […]

Skewered through and through with office-pens, and bound hand and foot with red tape.

Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.

Bureaucracy is the death of all sound work.

In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.