The secratery quote

#1
Mods, if you think this belongs elsewhere please move it.

I am looking for for the exact wording of the quote about the committee secretary which goes along the lines of:

"It is the secretary's job to write what the committee thought if the committee members had thought what they were going to say before the they said it." Or words to that effect!

I have tried to google it, but malbec wine in sufficient quantities has made the research moot.

Thank you in advance
 
#4
Is it this one?

Now that the Cabinet has gone to its dinner,
The Secretary's there getting thinner and thinner,
Racking his brains to record and report
Just what he thinks they think they ought to have thought.

There are a couple of variations - try scrolling a little way down this link (clicky).

Best wishes

Don
 
#5
millhouse41 said:
Mods, if you think this belongs elsewhere please move it.

I am looking for for the exact wording of the quote about the committee secretary which goes along the lines of:

"It is the secretary's job to write what the committee thought if the committee members had thought what they were going to say before the they said it." Or words to that effect!

I have tried to google it, but malbec wine in sufficient quantities has made the research moot.

Thank you in advance
Probably not what you want but your question reminded me of this:-

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=jNKjShmHw7s

You need to watch it all (nearly).
 
#6
No help at all from me, but I've always liked this one:-

“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”
 
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