Committee Quotes


Living movements do not come of committees. -Cardinal Newman

 

A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour. -Elbert G Hubbard

 

I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees. -G K Chesterton

 

A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours. -Milton Berle

 

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.- Laurence J Peter

 

If we are to survive, we must have ideas, vision, and courage. These things are rarely produced by committees. Everything that matters in our intellectual and moral life begins with an individual confronting his own mind and conscience in a room by himself. -Arthur Schlesinger, Jr

 

You can't build a strong corporation with a lot of committees and a board that has to be consulted every turn. You have to be able to make decisions on your own. -Rupert Murdoch

 

Much of the messy advertising you see on television today is the product of committees. Committees can criticize advertisements, but they should never be allowed to create them. -David Ogilvy

 

A committee is organic rather than mechanical in its nature: it is not a structure but a plant. It takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts, and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom in their turn.- C Northcote Parkinson

 

The State, that craving rookery of committees and subcommittees.- V S Pritchett

 

The greatest things are accomplished by individual people, not by committees or companies.- Fay Weldon

 

Any committee that is the slightest use is composed of people who are too busy to want to sit on it for a second longer than they have to. -Katherine Whitehorn

 

Deliberative bodies become decreasingly effective after they pass five to eight members. C Northcote Parkinson-

 

Muddle is the extra unknown personality in any committee. -Anthony Sampson

 

The vote by the Judiciary Committee reflects the fact that John Roberts is an exceptional nominee with a conservative judicial philosophy - a philosophy that represents mainstream America.-Jay Alan Sekulow

 

There have been a couple of instances prior to now where members of the House have filed resolutions calling for release of the sealed files which were developed during the course of our committee's investigation.-Louis Stokes

 

There were no gifts. Everything is properly accounted for. I provided testimony and evidence to the committee... This was all stuff that was previously known.-Robert Torricelli

 

They sit there in committees day after day, And they each put in a color and it comes out gray. And we all have heard the saying, which is true as well as witty, That a camel is a horse that was designed by a committee.-Allan Sherman

 

This has not been a legislative process worthy of the Senate. Members of the Judiciary Committee, as I just said, were implored to save their amendments for the floor. Then, when we got here, we were told no amendments could be accepted.-Russ Feingold

 

This is no job for a UN committee. It needs the same kind of unwavering dedication and the kinds of people that got us the first nuclear submarine and the first man on the moon.-Wilson Greatbatch

 

This is true only because the purposes and objectives of the Committee for Industrial Organization find economic, social, political and moral justification in the hearts of the millions who are its members and the millions more who support it.-John L. Lewis

 

This person should not be directly connected with the President Ford Committee nor should he be seen as a member of the liberal wing of the Republican Party. He should be someone like Laird or Rogers Morton.-Robert Teeter

 

Throughout its history, the international Olympic Committee has struggled to spread its ideal of fraternity, friendship, peace and universal understanding.-Juan Antonio Samaranch

 

To do so, we are creating a Fairness for Switzerland Committee that will not only disseminate some of the facts, but also protect a relationship that is important to all of us in North America.-Peter Munk

 

Today, everything has to be made by committee, and has to have special effects, but there's always room for good films.-Robert Duvall

 

Tonight, I am pleased to announce that I have secured $1 million from the Convention Host Committee to fund the beautification of Boston's neighborhoods.-Thomas Menino

 

Too many of my Senate colleagues overdid it. They stayed on too long - napping through committee hearings when they should have packed up and gone home.-Leverett Saltonstall

 

We always carry out by committee anything in which any one of us alone would be too reasonable to persist.-Frank Moore Colby

 

We are seeing at the Republican National Committee a phenomenon that is worth noting this week; maybe today, maybe tomorrow, maybe Wednesday, we will have a million first time donors since the president took office.-Ed Gillespie

 

We created the Cabinet Committee on the Environment to review the environmental implications of all government initiatives. I think what made us successful was the fact that it was a sustained approach. We did something new every year.-Brian Mulroney

 

We enter the government essentially in a hotel that is on fire. We're throwing people from the windows into the pool to save their lives and this is the evaluation of the Olympic diving committee: Well, the splash was too big.-Austan Goolsbee

 

We have a lot of rule changes. I am part of the competition committee. We spent a lot time evaluating the game, how do we make the game better for our fans.-Ron Jaworski

 

We have almost a city has probably two or three hundred committees. Every committee is dealing with just one problem and has nothing to do with the other problems.-Alvar Aalto

 

We know they are doing their job in committee, that they are brilliant men, smart men, and that they are on the job all the time. We're just human beings down here-all different. We take all these things into consideration. You can't help it.-John William McCormack

 

Last week in the Homeland Security Committee, Republicans were against port security; and today, one week after Democrats unveiled our Real Security Agenda, they're for it.-Jim Clyburn

 

Last year the National Sorry Day Committee consulted with stolen generations people in every State and Territory, and concluded that programmes set up in response to the Bringing Them Home Report are reaching only a small fraction of those they are intended to help.-Malcolm Fraser

 

Madam Speaker, I have spent more than half my life as a member of the Resources Committee. In that time I have supported numerous wilderness designations. In fact, I cannot recall ever opposing a wilderness bill.-Nick Rahall

 

May the spirit of devotion to duty which inspires us always dominate this Committee's conferences!-Gustav Krupp

 

Mr. Dingell is just plain Mr. Dingell. And when he gets to be chairman of the Commerce Committee, he doesn't let it go to his head. However, he thinks he would be a very, very good chairman.-John Dingell

 

Muddle is the extra unknown personality in any committee.-Anthony Sampson

 

My feeling has always been that 'Good Eats' would have never happened had it been left to a committee.-Alton Brown

 

Nothing is really media driven or committee driven, so you can actually just produce something.Bill Sienkiewicz

 

Now the interesting thing about the movie is that many of the questions it raised about the Warren Commission and its investigation were all investigated by our committee 13 years ago. We published our findings in 27 volumes of information and evidentiary material.-Louis Stokes

 

Obama's health care plan will be written by a committee whose head, John Conyers, says he doesn't understand it. It'll be passed by Congress that has not read it, signed by a president who smokes, funded by a Treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, overseen by a Surgeon General who is obese, and financed by a country that's nearly broke. What could possibly go wrong?-Rush Limbaugh

 

One of the great joys this year and the year before has been how all of the people in this body, men and women, Republicans and Democrats, have worked together so well with our chairman and the chairman of the full committee to address the issues of housing for our soldiers.-Robin Hayes

 

One of the ideas behind doing this acoustic record is that I didn't want to have to produce it by committee.-Robyn Hitchcock

 

Our championship committee pledged to review entry conditions and to assess how women golfers might compete on equal terms with men for a place in the Open.-Peter Dawson

 

Our greatest privilege and responsibility as leaders of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs is to provide our veterans with a system that cares for their wounds and ensures that they have an opportunity to succeed.-Steve Buyer

 

Out of the agony and travail of economic America the Committee for Industrial Organization was born.-John L. Lewis

 

Over the past year, several cases of human rights abuses, specifically sexual exploitation and abuse, by individuals involved in U.N. peacekeeping operations have raised the suspicions of many Members of Congress and members of the International Relations Committee.-Michael McCaul

 

People just want to hear some common sense... and I bring to bear the experience in local government and state government and national government - I was the first woman in history on the Senate Finance Committee - not to mention the diplomatic international experience.-Carol Moseley Braun

 

'Referring the matter to a committee' can be a device for diluting authority, diffusing responsibility and delaying decisions.-Antony Jay

 

So that the failures to pass a civil rights bill isn't because of Black Power, isn't because of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; it's not because of the rebellions that are occurring in the major cities.-Stokely Carmichael

 

So, you know, I think that Democrats are being more successful in Congress and I'm really going to be proud of the role I will play tomorrow as ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee when this bill passes.-Jane Harman

 

I am persuaded, that if any attempt is made to improve the education of the poor, and such an unmanly spirit should guide the resolution of a society or committee for that purpose, it would render the design abortive.-Joseph Lancaster

 

I assure this committee that, if I am confirmed, I will be strictly independent of all political influences... essential to that institution's ability to function effectively and achieve its mandated objectives.-Ben Bernanke

 

I became chairman of the inmates committee. Got into a lot of trouble. Was accused of fomenting a riot. Was accused of plotting to kill the warden.-Clifford Irving

 

I didn't serve on a committee that dealt with foreign policy.-Geraldine Ferraro

 

I have had national security background, 10 years on the Intelligence Committee, the last two years as chair.-Bob Graham

 

I have no personal vendetta against Clarence Thomas. I seek only to provide the committee with information which it may regard as relevant.-Anita Hill

 

I have voted to make tough decisions in budgetary times, I've served on two recessionary budgets, my opponent has never served on any a budget committee where there was less money to spend than the year before.-Matt Gonzalez

 

I move to appoint a Committee to correspond with the neighboring colonies, on the present important Crisis.-Isaac Low

 

I only knew a few people, literally a handful of people, al of whom had been in the Party long before I was, all of whom were known by the FBI and were known to the Committee.-Edward Dmytryk

 

I think George Allen from Virginia was a distinguished governor, he's a distinguished senator and head of the Senatorial Campaign Committee and won some significant victories. He is a very attractive guy and would make a tremendous president.-Pat Robertson

 

I think that where I've watched a movie go wrong, it's usually because the dread committee has been interfering with it.-John Le Carre

 

I want to make it clear publicly that I expect more candor from this Administration during the next four years, particularly with members on the Foreign Relations Committee so that we can maintain a bipartisan foreign policy.-George Voinovich

 

I was sent there by the Free Congress Committee, headed by Paul Weyrich. Fred Smith and I were sent down as observers, with reporters' credentials, so we could witness the events.-Dixie Lee Ray

 

I will not be making appointments to a committee that is not bipartisan.-Nancy Pelosi

 

I'm a member of the US committee o the United Nations.-Betty Hill

 

I'm chairing a UNESCO committee on how to improve global Internet communications for science; help third-world people get onto the Net so they can be part of the process.-Joshua Lederberg

 

I'm pleased the committee recommended no action, as I know I did nothing wrong.-Karen McCarthy

 

I've never worked in politics, never been a member of an official committee or a political party.-Naguib Mahfouz

 

I've said many a time that I think the Un-American Activities Committee in the House of Representatives was the most un-American thing in America!-Harry S. Truman

 

If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock.-Arthur J. Goldberg

 
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