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Incompetence

  • The sheriff's an eager beaver who couldn't build a dam if his life depended on it.

  • She was always holding God's bag of tricks upside down.

  • Carelessness with details sinks more careers than anyone will admit.

  • Olney is a clever man, but some of his subordinates remind me of a bunch of elephants trying to put a watch together.

  • The adversary she found herself forced to fight was not worth matching or beating; it was not a superior ability which she would have found honor in challenging; it was ineptitude ...

  • Science may carry us to Mars, but it will leave the earth peopled as ever by the inept.

  • I think the reason our traditional values are breaking down is because all our consumer goods conk out on us. I think broken appliances are like broken promises between America's corporations and American consumers. Automobiles and appliances are symbols of the American dream so when those things fall apart people lose confidence in the system.

  • It was a sort of cruel fun watching this guy bollix up his life, like watching a cat fight duct tape.

  • Here we are sitting in a shower of gold and nothing to hold up but a pitchfork!

  • He knows the name of a chair in dozens of languages, but he does not know how to sit down on even one.

    • Queen Christina,
    • in Margaret Goldsmith, Christina of Sweden: A Psychological Biography ()
  • ... he worked harder than almost any one I have known, but somehow it was always at getting ready to do the things that had to be done before you could do the thing that you had set out to do. He laboured dreadfully, as it were, a dreadfully long way from the beginnings of accomplishment.

  • A person who is careless about money is careless about everything, and untrustworthy in everything.

  • Never allow yourself to say, 'I can't do this or that, I am too old.' If you do, your convictions will engrave themselves on your face and bring stiffness to your limbs.