Quotes About Incompetence

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Arthur C. Clarke
“Never attribute to malevolence what is merely due to incompetence”
Arthur C. Clarke, 3001: The Final Odyssey

Lynn Kurland
“He can occasionally see to an enemy," she conceded. "If he manages to get his sword pointed in the right direction and the enemy does him the favor of falling upon it in precisely the right way.”
Lynn Kurland, Star of the Morning

Amit Kalantri
“The most dangerous irony is, people are angry with others because of their own incompetence.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Karl Marx
“And here it becomes evident that the bourgeoisie is unfit any longer to be the ruling class in society and to impose its conditions of existence upon society as an over-riding law. It is unfit to rule because it is incompetent to assure an existence to its slave within his slavery, because it cannot help letting him sink into such a state that it has to feed him instead of being fed by him. Society can no longer live under this bourgeoisie; in other words, its existence is no longer compatible with society.

The essential condition for the existence, and for the sway of the bourgeois class, is the formation and augmentation of capital; the condition for capital is wage-labor. Wage-labor rests exclusively on competition between the laborers. The advance of industry, whose involuntary promoter is the bourgeoisie, replaces the isolation of the laborers, due to competition, by their revolutionary combination, due to association. The development of modern industry, therefore, cuts from under its feet the very foundation on which the bourgeoisie produces and appropriates products. What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own grave diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable.”
Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto

Connie Willis
“Management cares about only one thing. Paperwork. They will forgive almost anything else - cost overruns, gross incompetence, criminal indictments - as long as the paperwork's filled out properly. And in on time.”
Connie Willis, Bellwether

Jeff Lindsay
“It happens; incompetence is rewarded more often than not.”
Jeff Lindsay, Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Thomas Love Peacock
“Is ours a government of the people, by the people, for the people, or a kakistocracy rather, for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools?”
Thomas Love Peacock

Criss Jami
“When focusing only on one's credentials one boasts his own incompetence in his capacity for discernment of the individual.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Laurence J. Peter
“In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.”
Laurence J. Peter, The Peter Principle

John Irving
“Six-Pack didn't despise George W. Bush to the degree that Ketchum did, but she thought the president was a smirking twerp and a dumbed-down daddy's boy, and she agreed with Ketchum's assessment that Bush would be as worthless as wet crap in even the smallest crisis. If a fight broke out between two small dogs, for example, Ketchum claimed that Bush would call the fire department and ask them to bring a hose; then the president would position himself at a safe distance from the dogfight, and wait for the firemen to show up. The part Pam liked best about this assessment was that Ketchum said the president would instantly look self-important, and would appear to be actively involved--that is, once the firefighters and their hose arrived, and provided there was anything remaining of the mess the two dogs might have made of each other in the interim.”
John Irving, Last Night in Twisted River

Steven Magee
“The most dangerous thing in life is an incompetent that has been given a gun and a law enforcement badge.”
Steven Magee

Jeff VanderMeer
“I didn’t answer her. All I could have said was I don’t know, a sentence that was becoming a kind of witness to our own ignorance or incompetence. Or both.”
Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation

Eraldo Banovac
“Superficial knowledge is potentially more dangerous than ignorance. It gives a false sense of security encouraging an ignorant man to persevere in his efforts that can result in huge damage.”
Eraldo Banovac

Frank Herbert
“One moment of incompetence can be fatal.”
Frank Herbert, Dune Messiah

“Worse than a corrupt government is an incompetent one, not least because having the second characteristic does not exclude the first one.”
Victor Bello Accioly

“The old 'qualities' of masculinity - a narrow focus on life, domestic incompetence signalling a mind on higher things, emotional reserve and acts of endurance - have become absurdities, signs more of incompetence, insensitivity, lack of intelligence than of strength.”
Rosalind Coward, Sacred Cows: Is Feminism Relevant To The New Millennium?

Steven Magee
“There is a lot of willful incompetence in solar industry that is in the process of coming to light.”
Steven Magee

Iain M. Banks
“[H]e was one of those people who got to the top of an organisation through luck, connections, the indulgence of superiors and that sort of carelessness towards others that the easily impressed termed ruthlessness and those of a less gullible nature called sociopathy. But sometimes, just through his sheer unthinking brusqueness and inability to think through the consequences of a remark, he said what everybody else was only thinking. A comic poet working in obscene doggerel.”
Iain M. Banks, The Algebraist

Steven Magee
“There is a lot of willful incompetence in the wireless radio frequency (RF) radiation industry that is in the process of coming to light.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“There is a dedication to willful incompetence in many corporate government departments.”
Steven Magee

Eraldo Banovac
“An incompetent person in a responsible position may cause huge damage. Such a person should act less and think more.”
Eraldo Banovac

Steven Magee
“There is a lot of willful incompetence in high altitude astronomy that is in the process of coming to light.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“One of my astronomy managers used to tell me that liquid nitrogen was harmless and was just liquid air. He would pour it onto his bare hands to demonstrate how safe he thought it was. I was later to realize that incompetence was a feature of high altitude astronomy.”
Steven Magee

“When men and women produce a baby together for the first time, it's an absolute festival of mutual incompetence.”
Annabel Crabb, The Wife Drought

“When men and women produce a baby together for the first time, it's an absolute festival of mutual incompetence.
From The Wife Drought”
Annabel Crabb

Steven Magee
“Corrupt and incompetent cops are making the world a dangerous place for good and honest police officers.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“When I see the promotion of nighttime street lighting to the masses, I realize the great level of incompetence that is present in governments, human health and the biological effects of light.”
Steven Magee, Toxic Light

Steven Magee
“Blatant harassment by the attending law enforcement officer has been the outcome of calling 911 for protection in the past.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“The blatant incompetence in corporate government law enforcement is truly embarrassing.”
Steven Magee

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