“Bureaucracy destroys initiative. There is little that bureaucrats hate more than innovation, especially innovation that produces better results than the old routines. Improvements always make those at the top of the heap look inept. Who enjoys appearing inept?” ~ Frank Herbert

“I sighed. I hated the maze of bureaucracy with a passion, but I've found the best way to deal with it is to smile and act stupid. That way, no one gets confused.” ~ Kim Harrison

“If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't.” ~ Hyman G. Rickover

“In our time... a man whose enemies are faceless bureaucrats almost never wins. It is our equivalent to the anger of the gods in ancient times. But those gods you must understand were far more imaginative than our tiny bureaucrats. They spoke from mountaintops, not from tiny airless offices. They rode clouds. They were possessed of passion. They had voices and names. Six thousand years of civilization have brought us to this.” ~ Chaim Potok

“Some third person decides your fate: this is the whole essence of bureaucracy.” ~ Kollontai Alexandra

“The greatest power of bureaucracies is to make the smart act stupid and the good to act evil.” ~ Raul Ramos y Sanchez

“Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.”  ~ Mary McCarthy