William H. Whyte Quotes

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William H. Whyte Quotes

The onlooker had better wipe the sympathy off his face. What he has seen is a revolution, not the home of little cogs and drones. What he has seen is the dormitory of the next managerial class.
— William H. Whyte —

But the process should not be confused with science. When tests are used as selections devices, they're not a neutral tool; they become a large factor int he very equation they purport to measure. For one thing, the tests tend to screen out - or repel - those who would upset the correlation. If a man can't get into the company in the first place because he isn't the company type, he can't very well get to be an executive and be tested in a study to find out what kind if profile subsequent executives should match. Long before personality tests were invented, of course, plenty of companies proved that if you only hire people of a certain type, then all your successful men will be people of that type. But no one confused this with the immutable laws of science.

— William H. Whyte

Most are interested in the philosophical only to the extent of finding out what the accepted view is in order that they may accept it and get on to the practical matters.

— William H. Whyte

The spectacle of people following current custom for lack of will or imagination to do anything else is hardly a new failing.

— William H. Whyte

Thoreau once said if you see a man approach you with the obvious intent of doing you good, you should run for your life; it is hard to restrain the impulse in talking with social engineers.

— William H. Whyte

If you want to seed a place with activity, put out food.

— William H. Whyte

It's not right to put water before people and then keep them away from it.

— William H. Whyte

Trees are contagious; as soon as one neighborhood or street is planted, citizen pressure builds up for action from the next street.

— William H. Whyte

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