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n. An organizational structure having the primary objective of perpetuating itself.
n. The engine that keeps the wheels of progress turning … backwards.
n. The application of order to prevent active chaos, resulting in inactive chaos.
If you’re going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won’t.
— Admiral Hyman Rickover
We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.
— Wernher von Braun
The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.
— Eugene McCarthy
Any sufficiently advanced bureaucracy is indistinguishable from molasses.
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