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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: “If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't.”

Hyman G. Rickover

2: “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

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

Bauvard, Evergreens Are Prudish

4: “The atmosphere of officialdom would kill anything that breathes the air of human endeavour, would extinguish hope and fear alike in the supremacy of paper and ink.”

Joseph Conrad, The Shadow-Line

5: “What is all this? Get him out of here, devil take me!” And that one, imagine, smiles and says: “Devil take you? That, in fact, can be done!” And—bang!”

Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

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