801. We trained hard. But it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up in teams we would be reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising and a wonderful method it can be for creating an illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation.
(Petronius Arbiter. Roman Governor of Bithynia 503CE)
(Thanks for comments. Now attributed to Charlton Ogburn 1957 but apparently frequently misattributed.)