Random Quote Generator Organised chaos

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Here you will find a set of five randomly selected quotations, sourced predominantly from the excellent collection at goodreads. Each set is based around a common theme, as in GAMSAT. To practise for Section II, give yourself five minutes thinking time and then allow 30 minutes writing time for an essay (or other writing piece) based on the quotations. For some feedback, you may wish to consider posting your completed essay in the PagingDr Essay Practice and Critique thread. To get another set, simply reload the page.


Common Theme: bureaucracy


1: “But in Africa bureaucrats are usually too proud to accept a bribe, something I admire when I'm not the one being arrested.”

Tahir Shah, In Search of King Solomon's Mines

2: “Bureaucracies force us to practice nonsense. And if you rehearse nonsense, you may one day find yourself the victim of it.”

Laurence Gonzales, Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things

3: “I sighed. I hated the maze of bureaucracy with a passion, but I've found the best way to deal with it is to smile and act stupid. That way, no one gets confused.”

Kim Harrison, Dead Witch Walking

4: “Willpower subverts passion. Bureaucracy subverts willpower. Idiocy subverts bureaucracy.”

Bauvard, Evergreens Are Prudish

5: “Unnatural death always provoked a peculiar unease, an uncomfortable realization that there were still some things that might not be susceptible to bureaucratic control.”

P.D. James, The Lighthouse

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