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The bureaucracy is a circle from which one cannot escape. Its hierarchy is a hierarchy of knowledge. The top entrusts the understanding of detail to the lower levels, whilst the lower levels credit the top with understanding of the general, and so all are mutually deceived. - Karl Marx


A bureaucracy is sure to think that its duty is to augment official power, official business, or official members, rather than to leave free the energies of mankind; it overdoes the quantity of government, as well as impairs its quality. The truth is, that a skilled bureaucracy is, though it boasts of an appearance of science, quite inconsistent with the true principles of the art of business. - Walter Bagehot


Bureaucracy is not an obstacle to democracy but an inevitable complement to it. - Joseph A. Schumpeter


If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't. - Hyman George Rickover


Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies. - Honore de Balzac


Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. - Franz Kafka


Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status. - Dr. Laurence J. Peters


Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism. - Mary McCarthy


The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency. - Eugene Joseph McCarthy