Some of the unconventional wisdom collected by William R. Host, CMP, and Brooke Ayne Portmann, PhD, for their “The Inn in Culture and Time” project.

“Summit meetings tend to be like panda matings. The expectations are always high, and the results usually disappointing.”Robert Orben, magician and comedy writer

“My attendees come to town with $10 and the Ten Commandments in their pockets — and they don't break either one.” — religious conference organizer

“The brain will absorb only what the butt can endure.” — unknown

“I think they should consider giving Oscars for meetings: Best Meeting of the Year, Best Supporting Meeting, Best Meeting Based on Material from Another Meeting.” — William Goldman, screenwriter, novelist.

“Football is a mistake. It combines the two worst elements of American life: violence and committee meetings.”George F. Will, columnist and political commentator

“When I was a graduate student at Harvard, I learned about showers and central heating. Ten years later, I learned about breakfast meetings. These are America's three great contributions to civilization.”Mervyn A King, professor, London School of Economics

“A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.” — Fred Allen, comedian, vaudeville juggler

“This place certainly reeks of hospitality and good cheer. Or maybe it's this cheese.”Jean Harlow, actress

More Quotes of Note

“Failure to plan, on your part, does not constitute an emergency, on my part” — unknown, submitted by Rita Pierson, California Physical Therapy Association

The ABCs of meetings: Assume nothing; Be prepared for anything; and Confirm everything” — unknown, submitted by Louise Danielenko, CMP