Laurence J. Peter biography

Laurence J. Peter

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1919 – 1990

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Who was Laurence J. Peter?

Laurence Johnston Peter was a Canadian educator and "hierarchiologist", best known to the general public for the formulation of the Peter Principle.

Famous Quotes:

  • Don't believe in miracles -- depend on them.
  • Political success is the ability, when the inevitable occurs, to get credit for it.
  • Men now monopolize the upper levels depriving women of their rightful share of opportunities for incompetence.
  • Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.
  • Man cannot live by incompetence alone.
  • Make three correct guesses consecutively and you will establish a reputation as an expert.
  • If at first you don't succeed, lie, lie again.
  • Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.
  • In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.
  • Don't knock the rich. When did a poor person give you a job?

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Born
Sep 16, 1919
Vancouver
Also known as
  • Laurence Peter
  • Dr. Laurence Johnston Peter
  • Lawrence Peter
Nationality
  • United States of America
Education
  • Washington State University
Died
Jan 12, 1990

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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