The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare.
Competence always contains the seeds of incompetence.
Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.
The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.
The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.
He has lulled himself into a false sense of competence.
Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence
A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.
Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.
It is a good idea to shop around before you settle on a doctor. Ask about the condition of his Mercedes. Ask about the competence of his mechanic. Don't be shy! After all, you're paying for it.
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
I would rather have five energetic and competent enemies than one fool friend.
Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise - specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine
Any event, once it has occurred, can be made to appear inevitable by a competent historian.
I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent.
Laziness has become the chief characteristic of journalism, displacing incompetence
A competent portraitist knows how to imply the profile in the full face.
Burning dinner is not incompetence but war
Morally, a philosopher who uses his professional competence for anything except a disinterested search for truth is guilty of a kind of treachery
Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense, Lie in three words, - health, peace, and competence
Obscurity and competence - that is the life that is best worth living
A human being feels able and competent only so long as he is permitted to contribute as much as, or more, than he has contributed to him.
It isn't the incompetent who destroy an organization. It is those who have achieved something and want to rest upon their achievements who are forever clogging things up.