Competence Quotes

Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence.

Napoleon Bonaparte

A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.

John J. Pershing

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.

Robert A. Heinlein

Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.

Dr. Laurence J. Peter

If a leader demonstrates competency, genuine concern for others, and admirable character, people will follow.

T. Richard Chase

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

George Bernard Shaw

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

Isaac Asimov

I would rather have five energetic and competent enemies than one fool friend.

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Any event, once it has occurred, can be made to appear inevitable by a competent historian.

Lee Simonson

I don't have time to distinguish between the unfortunate and the incompetent.


Avoid competency traps. Do not stay only where you are good at things, Go out and be challenged.

Andrew Creighton

The real tragedy is the tragedy of the man who never in his life braces himself for his one supreme effort-he never stretches to his full capacity, never stands up to his full stature

Enoch Arnold Bennett

The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.

Elbert Hubbard

A competent portraitist knows how to imply the profile in the full face.

Aldous Huxley

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.

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