A committee is organic rather than mechanical in its nature: it is not a structure but a plant. It takes root and grows, it flowers, wilts, and dies, scattering the seed from which other committees will bloom in their turn.
—C. Northcote Parkinson (1909–93) British Historian, Scholar, Novelist, Satirist
The State, that craving rookery of committees and subcommittees.
—V. S. Pritchett (1900–97) British Short Story Writer, Biographer, Memoirist, Literary Critic