The great philosophers have had a lot of things to say about a lot of things. However, many people do not know that these philosophers also had a lot to say about internal auditing. Following are some of their more relevant (if irreverent) quotations.
René Descartes: I think, therefore I test.
Voltaire: If internal audit dd not exist, it would be necessary to invent it.
Socrates: The unexamined life is not worth living. And, come to think of it, maybe you should also take a second look at that pile of shredded credit card receipts.
Martin Heidegger: The human essence can only fully comprehend the meaning of its life when faced with the certainty of its death, or a final report’s impending deadline.
Bertrand Russell: I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. However, I truly believe you have the worst controls I’ve ever seen.
Thomas Hobbes: Leisure is the mother of philosophy, and the father of an opportunity to study for the CIA.
St. Augustine: We are too weak to discover the truth by reason alone. Time for more testing.
Jean-Paul Sartre: Hell is other people’s workpapers.
Epicurus: The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Now, get that report done.
Plato: The human soul is a charioteer trying to drive, simultaneously, one bad horse and one noble one. Unfortunately, our random sample picked the bad one.
René Descartes: One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one fraudster or another.
Martin Heidegger: He who thinks great thoughts often makes great errors. Recount the inventory and get it right this time.
Socrates: The only thing I know is that I know nothing … and that your controls are abominable.
Confucius: It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Then again, that report was due last week.
And one last quote, and I swear I didn’t change a word.
William Kingdon Clifford: It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
Feel free to share any philosophical quotes about internal audit you may have come across.