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bureaucracy

Cynical Definitions

n. The engine that keeps the wheels of progress turning ... backwards.

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n. The application of order to prevent active chaos, resulting in inactive chaos.

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Cynical Quotations

If you're going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't.

— Admiral Hyman Rickover

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We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.

— Wernher von Braun

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The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.

— Eugene McCarthy

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Any sufficiently advanced bureaucracy is indistinguishable from molasses.

— Unknown

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Bureaucracies are implemented to prevent people from doing stupid things. A side effect is that they also keep people from doing smart things.

— Guy Smith

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