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Quotes of incompetence

  1. But the technology was accessible, which suggests incompetence on the part of our counterintelligence community and the Clinton Administration, and may in fact rise to the level of treason. – Charles Foster Bass
  2. Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence – Napoleon Bonaparte
  3. The Republicans are running wild with our tax dollars and it's been a mistake to let this administration continue a policy of incompetence when it comes to Iraq. – Sherrod Brown
  4. Is puppy love the reason so many Americans are blind to the incompetence and waste of Republicans- who at a minimum are supposed to be good money managers- running Iraq reconstruction? – Margaret Carlson
  5. It has become almost a cliche to remark that nobody boasts of ignorance of literature, but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics. – Richard Dawkins
  6. A king, realizing his incompetence can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma. – Marlene Dietrich
  7. I am, as I've said, merely competent. But in an age of incompetence that makes me extraordinary. – Billy Joel
  8. In an age of incompetence I've been able to last in this crazy business. I actually know how to play my ax and write a song. That's my job. – Billy Joel
  9. You basically have a group of four spies who are chosen for a mission they feel for the fact of how competent they are and how their expertise and they're the right one for the job. But ultimately they find out they've been actually chosen for their incompetence – Matt LeBlanc
  10. The incompetence regarding body and vehicle armor rises almost to a level of criminal negligence. – John Olver
  11. Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence – Laurence J. Peter
  12. Man cannot live by incompetence alone. – Charlotte Whitton

Usage examples for incompetence

  1. Their statements and the belief that Austin, Lee, and I would repeat our opinions as to the incompetence of all Turks, and especially of those at Afule, alone prevented, as I now feel sure, any word of my escape being forwarded to Headquarters. – The Escaping Club by A. J. Evans
  2. They sat there, those two, getting themselves pleasantly communicative on gin and bitters, swapping stories of the incompetence of others and their own obscure virtues, until Mr. Spokesly realized he would have to see the paymaster and discover what was to happen to him. – Command by William McFee
  3. But a servant of the house, better knowing the ignorance, inability and incompetence of every one, will the more carelessly serve therein, mixing square with round. –  by
  4. The failure of the attack upon Queenston, October 13, was due largely to the incompetence of the commanding general. – Union and Democracy by Allen Johnson
  5. There was no end of jesting about the incompetence of the police, and the hunt for Salvat was followed all the more passionately by the general public, as the papers overflowed with the most ridiculous concoctions, predicting further explosions, and declaring even that all Paris would some morning be blown into the air. – The Three Cities Trilogy: Paris, Vol. 2 by Emile Zola
  6. " Whatever's the matter," said Bordman darkly, " it's incompetence somewhere!" – Sand Doom by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  7. Apart from that, his incompetence is a scandal, and I have wondered more than once how my father put up with it. – Shining Ferry by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  8. It was Constable Wiseman's firm conviction that Frank Merrill had escaped through the incompetence of the crown authorities, and there were moments in his domestic circle when he was bitter and even insubordinate on the subject. – The Man Who Knew by Edgar Wallace
  9. This invocation of fortune is a confession of the man's incompetence and inability to solve the problem of his life satisfactorily by his own exertions. – Practical Ethics by William DeWitt Hyde
  10. There would be only one household lifted from the weight of incompetence and wretchedness that burdened the world. – The Story Of Julia Page Works of Kathleen Norris, Volume V. by Kathleen Norris
  11. Or is it the result of ignorance, incompetence or indifference on the part of those appointed and paid to take care of men sentenced to " hard labor"? – The Subterranean Brotherhood by Julian Hawthorne
  12. But the Government of the day was to be turned out on the score of general incompetence – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  13. In this despatch David Dundas proclaimed his own incompetence – William Pitt and the Great War by John Holland Rose
  14. It proclaimed the rights of the nation, and its own incompetence in matters of taxation; and, become liberal from interest, and rendered generous by oppression, it exclaimed against arbitrary imprisonment, and demanded regularly convoked states- general. – History of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1814 by F. A. M. Miguet
  15. I employed him once, but had to discharge him for incompetence and he has threatened my life repeatedly. – The Silver Horde by Rex Beach
  16. Wishing to show the incompetence of the friars, he says: " The education of the people is entirely in their hands; it is enough to say that practically it does not exist." – The Friars in the Philippines by Ambrose Coleman
  17. No wonder the earl was astounded by the incompetence of Lord Galway and the Portuguese generals. – The Bravest of the Brave or, with Peterborough in Spain by G. A. Henty

Rhymes for incompetence