Laurence J. Peter quotes
Laurence J. Peter
Birthdate: 16. September 1919
Date of death: 12. January 1990
Other names: Laurence Peter, L. J. Peter, Laurence Johnston Peter
Laurence Johnston Peter was a Canadian educator and "hierarchiologist" best known to the general public for the formulation of the Peter principle.
Quotes Laurence J. Peter
„On second thought, maybe the atheist cannot find God, for the same reason a thief cannot find a policeman.“
p. 44 http://books.google.com/books?id=W6bPGIL-_-8C&pg=PA44&dq=%22On+second+thought,+maybe+the+atheist%22: Sometimes misattributed to Francis Thompson, whose quote "An atheist is a man who believes himself an accident" Peter was commenting on.
p. 107 (The Mathematics of Incompetence)
p. 333 https://openlibrary.org/books/OL7725710M/Peter's_Quotations
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Source: Peter's People and Their Marvelous Ideas
p. 20 cited in: James Ike Schaap (2011) " The Peter Principle: Is This Forty-Year-Old Universal Phenomenon in Decline or Growing? http://www.jgbm.org/page/1%20James%20Ike%20Schaap%20.pdf"
p. 25: Statement of the Peter Principle
„Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.“
Entry for September 24; as quoted in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1993), ed. Suzy Platt, Library of Congress, ISBN 0880297689, p. 78
„Some Blockett-type employees actually believe that they have received a genuine promotion; others recognize the truth. But the main function of a pseudo-promotion is to deceive people outside the hierarchy. When this is achieved, the maneuver is counted a success.“
p. 38: This phenomenon is called by Peter "percussive sublimation", or "being kicked upstairs".