A man attains an elevated position only when his mediocrity prevents him from being a threat to others. And for this reason a democracy is never governed by the most competent, but rather by those whose insignificance will not jeopardize anyone else’s self-esteem.
I would rather have a competent extremist than an incompetent moderate.
Those who have competence in some measure… are the only human beings I can think of who will be worth the oil it will take to fry them in hell.
Of all the human qualities, the one I admire the most is competence. A tailor who is really able to cut and fit a coat seems to me an admirable man, and by the same token a university professor who knows little or nothing of the thing he presumes to teach seems to me to […]
The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it’s so rare.
Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.
Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.
He had already done this with his statement that lack of knowledge of what Quality is constitutes incompetence. It’s an old rule of logic that the competence of a speaker has no relevance to the truth of what he says, and so talk of incompetence was pure sand.
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
Obscurity and competence – that is the life that is best worth living.