"Politics is the art of the possible” ("Die Politik ist die Lehre vom Möglichen") is an 1867 quotation that has been credited to German statesman Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898).
“Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible” has been credited to Javier Pascual Salcedo since at least 1989. Nothing else is known about either the quotation or about Salcedo.
10 November 1989, Mobile (AL) Register, pg. 4-B, col. 2 ad:
“Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible”
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3 July 1993, The Gleaner (Kingston, Jamaica), “High hopes, low language” by Desmond Henry, pg. 6, col. 1:
TREASURE BEACH: IF politics is the art of the possible, then bureaucracy must be the art of making the possible impossible.
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Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible. —JAVIER PASCUAL SALCEDO
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Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible. (Javier Pascual Salcedo)
12 April 2005, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO), “Quote, Unquote,” Metro, pg. 6, col. 4:
“Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible impossible.”
JAVIER PASCUAL SALCEDO
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