Category Archives: Maxims

de la Bédoyère’s Maxims No 11

1 Words are like carpenter’s tools. Keep them sharp and use them precisely. 2 Words are like carpenter’s tools. You do not need many of them, but you must have enough to suit them to the job in hand. 3 … Continue reading

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de la Bédoyère’s Maxims No 10

1 It may be a great benefit to be a jack of all trades and a master of none. The specialist bores one very deep hole, the generalist knows how the holes relate to each other. Which is why so … Continue reading

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de la Bédoyère’s Maxims No 9

We cannot judge a man’s virtues since we do not know his starting point. And the best we can do with our own is to make a crude judgment about whether we are progressing or regressing. Optimism is a survival … Continue reading

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de la Bédoyère’s Maxims No 8

The greatest iniquities are committed in the name of obedience.   Obedience is an evolutionary adaptation; society needs the majority to be conformists just as it needs a minority – the people who excel – to lead it.   If … Continue reading

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de la Bédoyère’s Maxims, No 7

We have evolved to act on first impressions: without them we might have had no second impressions. It has been estimated that we make thousands of unconscious judgments within the first moments of meeting. Many are wrong. It is well … Continue reading

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de la Bédoyère’s Maxims, No 6

Bureaucrats understand their function, but they do not understand the purpose of their function. For the bureaucrat ‘I think therefore I am’ becomes ‘I refuse therefore I am’. It is only necessary to move from market forces to a bureaucracy … Continue reading

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de la Bédoyère’s Maxims, No 5

  Experts, even with rows of initials after their names to prove it, consistently know less than they pretend or believe that they know. You cannot judge how much an expert knows by what he chooses to tell you – … Continue reading

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