Saturday, January 08, 2011

I've heard variations on this before,

but not this particular one:
"Men are basically smart or dumb and lazy or ambitious. The dumb and ambitious ones are dangerous and I get rid of them. The dumb and lazy ones I give mundane duties. The smart ambitious ones I put on my staff. The smart and lazy ones I make my commanders." attributed to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and a few other German Generals. If anybody knows who said it first I'd love to know.

3 comments:

AM said...

Thanks for the linky love!

Keith said...

I've heard it about the dangers of Bureaucrats,

e.g. lazy and mendacious is less dangerous than idealistic and motivated

I've been looking for the source, and will happily accept Rommel

Thanks

Anonymous said...

I have heard a very similar quote attributed to Napoleon. Can't say that I've bothered to verify that, however...