Firebugs dragging their gasoline bottles Are approaching the Academy of Arts, with a grin. And so, instead of embracing them, Let us demand the freedom of the elbow To knock the bottles out of their filthy hands. Even the most blockheaded bureaucrat, Provided he loves peace, Is a greater lover of the arts Than any so-called art-lover Who loves the arts of war.
There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem.1968 Sex, Death and Money, preface.
A bureaucrat is one who has the power to say “no” but none to say “yes”. Bureaucrats can find an infinite number of reasons for rejecting any proposed change, but can find none for accepting it.Ackoff (2006) A little book of f-laws: 13 common sins of management. p.12
In a free society, the ‘vision thing’ is left to private individuals; civil servants are kept on a tight leash, because free people understand that a ‘visionary’ bureaucrat is a voracious one and that the grander the government... the poorer and less free the people.“His Rhetoric, Our Reality,” Antiwar.com, January 26, 2005.
The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it's goodbye to the Bill of Rights.H.L. Mencken, “A Time to be Wary” (1933), collected in A Carnival of Buncombe.
The Roman Catholic Church is headed by a mediocre Bavarian bureaucrat once tasked with the concealment of the foulest iniquity, whose ineptitude in that job now shows him to us as a man personally and professionally responsible for enabling a filthy wave of crime. Ratzinger himself may be banal, but his whole career has the stench of evil a clinging and systematic evil that is beyond the power of exorcism to dispel. What is needed is not medieval incantation but the application of justice and speedily at that.Christopher Hitchens, The Great Catholic Cover-Up "The Slate", March 15, 2010