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Published Tuesday, April 08, 2014 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Apr 08 2014

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In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.
-Laurence J. Peter

All useful work is done by individuals who haven't yet reached their level of incompetence.
-Laurence J. Peter

Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.
-Laurence J. Peter

The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it.
-Laurence J. Peter

Incompetence plus incompetence equals incompetence.
-Laurence J. Peter

In most hierarchies, super-competence is more objectionable than incompetence.
-Laurence J. Peter

An incompetent attorney can delay a trail for years or months. A competent attorney can delay one even longer.
-Evelle J. Younger

Burning dinner is not incompetence but war.
-Marge Piercy

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
-George Bernard Shaw

Education is the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.
-John Maynard Keynes

God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos; He will set them above their betters.
-H.L. Mencken

I don't have time to distinguish between the unfortunate and the incompetent.
-General Curtis LeMay

I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.
-John Cleese

I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as incompetent as some of the men who are already there.
-Maureen Reagan

I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent.
-Edith Sitwell

Incompetence is a double-edged banana.
-John Perry Barlow

Laziness has become the chief characteristic of journalism, displacing incompetence.
-Kingsley Amis

Life is not a static thing. The only people who do not change their minds are incompetents in asylums, who can't, and those in cemeteries.
-Everett Dirksen

Maybe a vague president and an incompetent and somewhat corrupt administration is what the nation needs.
-P.J. O'Rourke

Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.
-Robert J. Hanlon

Obscurity is the refuge of incompetence.
-Robert A. Heinlein

One of the chief features of incompetence is an inability to see it in oneself.
-Kim Stanley Robinson

Only the incompetent wait until the last extremity to use force, and by then, it is usually too late to use anything, even prayer.
-H. Beam Piper

Our citizens have the right to protection from the incompetency of public employees who hold their places solely as the reward of partisan service. (1885)
-Grover Cleveland

Public office is the last refuge of the incompetent.
-Boies Penrose

The English think incompetence is the same thing as sincerity.
-Quentin Crisp

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

The supreme crime of the church today is that everywhere and in all its operations and influences it is on the side of sloth of mind; that it banishes brains, it sanctifies stupidity, it canonizes incompetence.
-Upton Sinclair

The two-party system has given this country the war of Lyndon Johnson, the Watergate of Nixon and the incompetence of Carter. Saying we should keep the two-party system simply because it is working is like saying the Titanic voyage was a success because a few people survived on life rafts.
-Eugene McCarthy

There's nothing wrong with being incompetent. It just means you don't have to do as much.
-Charles Manson

Unfortunately there was one thing that the white South feared more than Negro dishonesty, ignorance, and incompetency, and that was Negro honesty, knowledge, and efficiency.
-W.E.B. DuBois

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
-Isaac Asimov


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