In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.
(Laurence J. Peter (1919-1990), U.S. Canadian author. The Peter Principle, ch. 1 (1969).
The so-called Peter Principle; compare with the Paula Principle: "women stay below their level of competence, because they hold back from promotion." (Liz Filkin, quoted in Observer (London, Oct. 19, 1986)).)
(Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980), U.S. socialite; daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt. As quoted in A Dictionary of Contemporary American History, by Stanley Hochman and Eleanor Hochman (1993).
Said in 1948 on the defeat of Republican Thomas H. Dewey in that year's Presidential election, by incumbent President Harry S. Truman. In 1944, Dewey had been defeated by Longworth's kinsman, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.)
Towns find it as hard as houses of business to rise again from ruin.
(Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. In The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. IV, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971). Narrator, in Pierrette, originally named Pierrette Lorrain, in Le Siècle (1840); included in the Comédie humaine as a Scène de la Vie de Province (1843).)