Monday, September 16, 2013

A Cluttered Desk



A Cluttered Desk

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” —NOT an Einstein Quote!

This quote is actually one of Lawrence Peter’s, author of The Peter Principle. For the uninitiated, the Peter Principle states that “In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence”. The cluttered desk quote can be found on page 339 of the book Peter’s Quotations, yet if one does a Google search on the quote there is no mention of Lawrence Peter for several pages.

This column is just as much about what Einstein didn’t say as it is about what he did say. Einstein has said enough brilliant things that it is not necessary to manufacture quotes. Maybe you have seen a quote attributed to Einstein and would like to know if it's really his. If so, just e-mail me at douglasclark64@gmail.com and I'll feature it in a future column.

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  3. Thanks. I posted this meme and attributed it to Lawrence Peter and got many flame replies that it is an Einstein quote.

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  4. Some more investigation on the quote here:

    https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/09/02/clutter/

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