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1. "Una vez fuimos a Tel Aviv a pasar la fiesta de Pésaj y, por la mañana temprano, cuando todos aún dormían, me vestí y me fui a jugar solo a una placita donde había un banco o dos, un columpio, una zona infantil y tres o cuatro árboles jóvenes donde ya cantaban los pájaros. Al cabo de unos meses, en Año Nuevo, volvimos a ir a Tel Aviv y la plaza ya no estaba allí. La habían trasladado, con los pequeños árboles, el columpio, el banco, los pájaros y la zona infantil, al otro lado de la calle. Me quedé desconcertado: no comprendía por qué Ben Gurión y las autoridades competentes permitían hacer algo así."
Author: Amos Oz
2. "I feel incompetent to perform duties... which have been so unexpectedly thrown upon me."
Author: Andrew Johnson
3. "Healing wasn't always the best thing. Sometimes a hole was better left open. Sometimes it healed too thick and too well and left separate pieces fused and incompetent. And it was harder to reopen after that."
Author: Ann Brashares
4. "Look, I don't see why bad artists - I mean artists who are obviously incompetent... - why they should be presented hypocritically as good artists just because they're supposed to be advancing the frontiers of freedom of expression or... ...demonstrating that there should be no limit on subject matter."
Author: Anthony Burgess
5. "Even a competent lawyer may not be able to mount an adequate defense against the state, with all its resources, if he has next to nothing for investigation and effectively works for starvation wages."
Author: Anthony Lewis
6. "America does not need gorgeous halls and concert rooms for its musical development, but music schools with competent teachers, and many, very many, free scholarships for talented young disciples who are unable to pay the expense of study."
Author: Anton Seidl
7. "Having good intentions isn't enough when actions fail; you also need some bad intentions so that you look competent."
Author: Bauvard
8. "The incompetent always present thmeselves as experts, the cruel as pious, sinners as devout, usurers as benefactors, the small minded as patriots, the arrogant as humble, the vulgar as elegant, and teh feeble-minded as intellectual."
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
9. "Government is inherently incompetent, and no matter what task it is assigned, it will do it in the most expensive and inefficient way possible."
Author: Charley Reese
10. "You can't quit!" I shouted. "I need you. How am I going to know what to do unless you tell me? I'm lost without you, Lane!" "You'll be better off without me," he insisted. "You're abandoning me!" "I'm doing this for you, Moon," Lane said firmly. "Tell the press you fired me. Tell them I'm incompetent. They'll blame me for everything that's gone wrong. This will deflect the criticism away from you. I'm doing this to save your presidency, Moon. Part of the job of a presidential adviser is to protect the president." "You protect the president by quitting?" "Yes, if necessary." I begged Lane to reconsider, but nothing I said would convince him to stay. When I realized that, I hugged Lane, we wished each other well, and he walked out of the Oval Office."
Author: Dan Gutman
11. "In the months since Challenger, Baedecker had found it hard to believe that the country had ever flown so frequently and competently into space. The long hiatus of earthbound doubt in which nothing flew had become the normal state of things to Baedecker, mixing in his own mind with a dreary sense of heaviness, of entropy and gravity triumphant."
Author: Dan Simmons
12. "The old man was peering intently at the shelves. 'I'll have to admit that he's a very competent scholar.'Isn't he just a librarian?' Garion asked, 'somebody who looks after books?'That's where all the rest of scholarship starts, Garion. All the books in the world won't help you if they're just piled up in a heap."
Author: David Eddings
13. "Our favourite item was the balcony that overlooked the sea because it had an awning that you lowered by pressing an electric switch. The switch had two settings. You could either turn it to AUTO, in which case the awning lowered itself whenever the sun came out, or you could set it to MANUEL [sic], in which case, we assumed, a small, incompetent Spanish waiter came and did it for you."
Author: Douglas Adams
14. "So many people can now write competent stories that the short story is in danger of dying of competence."
Author: Flannery O'Connor
15. "Probably it is true enough that the great majority are rarely capable of thinking independently, that on most questions they accept views which they find ready-made, and that they will be equally content if born or coaxed into one set of beliefs or another. In any society freedom of thought will probably be of direct significance only for a small minority. But this does not mean that anyone is competent, or ought to have power, to select those to whom this freedom is to be reserved. It certainly does not justify the presumption of any group of people to claim the right to determine what people ought to think or believe."
Author: Friedrich Hayek
16. "In my opinion," said Lydgate, "legal training only makes a man more incompetent in questions that require knowledge of another kind."
Author: George Eliot
17. "Even the humblest Party member is expected to be competent, industrious, and even intelligent within narrow limits, but it is also necessary that he should be a credulous and ignorant fanatic whose prevailing moods are fear, hatred, adulation, and orgiastic triumph. In other words it is necessary that he should have the mentality appropriate to a state of war. It does not matter whether the war is actually happening, and, since no decisive victory is possible, it does not matter whether the war is going well or badly. All that is needed is that a state of war should exist."
Author: George Orwell
18. "It is good to be faithful. It is better to be faithful and competent."
Author: Harold B. Lee
19. "Theological formation is the gradual and often painful discovery of God's incomprehensibility. You can be competent in many things, but you cannot be competent in God."
Author: Henri J.M. Nouwen
20. "I've read your summary.""And?""It's not incompetent."Be still, my heart, so I don't faint from such faint phrase. "Did you expect it to be written in crayon?"
Author: Ilona Andrews
21. "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."
Author: Isaac Asimov
22. "If this work seems so threatening, this is because it isn't simply eccentric or strange, but competent, rigorously argued, and carrying conviction."
Author: Jacques Derrida
23. "What American people and what the markets want is a fair and level playing-field, where the rules are clearly elucidated, where the referees are competent, and where we know that the game is not rigged."
Author: James Chanos
24. "What I'm really addicted to is getting people to understand that if their kids aren't competent readers coming out of middle school, it's really going to be hard for them in high school."
Author: James Patterson
25. "Politicians, it's like they're competing to be the most incompetent. Well, guess what? They're all winners to me. And by winners I mean losers."
Author: Jarod Kintz
26. "A lot of very competent people sometimes make errors."
Author: Jim Clyburn
27. "The oldest problem in economic education is how to exclude the incompetent. A certain glib mastery of verbiage-the ability to speak portentously and sententiously about the relation of money supply to the price level-is easy for the unlearned and may even be aided by a mildly enfeebled intellect. The requirement that there be ability to master difficult models, including ones for which mathematical competence is required, is a highly useful screening device."
Author: John Kenneth Galbraith
28. "Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent."
Author: John Maynard Keynes
29. "They (the novelists) became the voice of the citizen against the ubiquitous raison d'état, which reappeared endlessly to justify everything from unjust laws and the use of child labour to incompetent generalship and inhuman conditions on warships.The themes they popularized have gradually turned into the laws which, for all their flaws, have improved the state of man."
Author: John Ralston Saul
30. "She was furious, with the kind of fury peculiar to the nonpaying client. Those who can't afford private attorneys . . . assumed legal aid was incompetent. Do-gooders were simply losers in disguise."
Author: Laura Lippman
31. "The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it."
Author: Laurence J. Peter
32. "New Labour was the most short-sighted, self-serving, incompetent, useless, and ineffective government that Britain has ever known. Make no mistake, Labour's economic policies were a national security liability."
Author: Liam Fox
33. "I knew in my gut that there was something wrong with a system that couldn't fire its incompetents, and I had my share of incompetent college teachers."
Author: Luke Ford
34. "Because of their DNA, most men loved a damsel in distress. Every time a man sees a pretty lass in trouble, even the boorish slob-of-a-man transforms into a chivalrous knight-in-shining-armour. This was why most women (no matter how strong, competent or resourceful) were forced to act shy, demure and helpless so that their men could feel like strong grizzly bears or ferocious mountain lions."
Author: Mallika Nawal
35. "Explain to me, please, why in our literature and art so often people absolutely incompetent in this field have the final word."
Author: Mstislav Rostropovich
36. "I do not support peace in the Middle East. And I do not support Arafat. He is a stupid, incompetent fool!"
Author: Muammar Al Gaddafi
37. "Absolutely not. I'm an expert in procrastination, but the last thing I want you to think is that I'm incompetent, too. Because I'm actually pretty good at what I do." -Jo"
Author: Nicholas Sparks
38. "Basicamente los sermones me parecian una terapia de grupo a cargo de un terapeuta incompetente que se remitia a una teoria psicologica inventada por vacas."
Author: Orson Scott Card
39. "When I say that I am convinced of these things I speak with too much pride. Far off, like a perfect pearl, one can see the city of God. It is so wonderful that it seems as if a child could reach it in a summer's day. And so a child could. But with me and such as me it is different. One can realise a thing in a single moment, but one loses it in the long hours that follow with leaden feet. It is so difficult to keep 'heights that the soul is competent to gain.' We think in eternity, but we move slowly through time; and how slowly time goes with us who lie in prison I need not tell again, nor of the weariness and despair that creep back into one's cell, and into the cell of one's heart, with such strange insistence that one has, as it were, to garnish and sweep one's house for their coming, as for an unwelcome guest, or a bitter master, or a slave whose slave it is one's chance or choice to be."
Author: Oscar Wilde
40. "Doctor Spielvogel, it alleviates nothing fixing the blame - blaming is still ailing, of course, of course - but nonetheless, what was it with these Jewish parents, what, that they were able to make us little Jewish boys believe ourselves to be princes on the one hand, unique as unicorns on the one hand, geniuses and brilliant like nobody has ever been brilliant and beautiful before in the history of childhood - saviors and sheer perfection on the one hand, and such bumbling, incompetent, thoughtless, helpless, selfish, evil little shits, little ingrates, on the other!"
Author: Philip Roth
41. "Keep your friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent"
Author: Robert Greene
42. "In both religion and science, some people are dishonest, exploitative, incompetent and exhibit other human failings."
Author: Rupert Sheldrake
43. "I shall state silences more competently than ever a better man spangled the butterflies of vertigo."
Author: Samuel Beckett
44. "By competent evidence, is meant such as the nature of the thing to be proved requires; and by satisfactory evidence, is meant that amount of proof, which ordinarily satisfies an unprejudiced mind, beyond any reasonable doubt."
Author: Simon Greenleaf
45. "As I believe I have said, everyone in prison is an innocent man. Oh, they read the scripture the way those holy rollers on TV read the Book of Revelations. They were the victims of judges with hearts of stone and balls to match, or incompetent lawyers, or police frame-ups, or bad luck. They read the scripture, but you can see a different scripture in their faces. Most cons are a low sort, no good to themselves or anyone else, and their worst luck was that their mothers carried them to term."
Author: Stephen King
46. "I once called the head of a network a liar. In hindsight, I should have called him an incompetent liar."
Author: Steven Levitan
47. "Mubarak was so paranoid that anyone he perceived as competent became a threat to him."
Author: Wael Ghonim
48. "A crowd whose discontent has risen no higher than the level of slogans is only a crowd. But a crowd that understands the reasons for its discontent and knows the remedies is a vital community, and it will have to be reckoned with. I would rather go before the government with two people who have a competent understanding of an issue, and who therefore deserve a hearing, than with two thousand who are vaguely dissatisfied.But even the most articulate public protest is not enough. We don't live in the government or in institutions or in our public utterances and acts, and the environmental crisis has its roots in our lives. By the same token, environmental health will also be rooted in our lives. That is, I take it, simply a fact, and in the light of it we can see how superficial and foolish we would be to think that we could correct what is wrong merely by tinkering with the institutional machinery. The changes that are required are fundamental changes in the way we are living."
Author: Wendell Berry
49. "If we apply our minds directly and competently to the needs of the earth, then we will have begun to make fundamental and necessary changes in our minds. We will begin to understand and to mistrust and to change our wasteful economy, which markets not just the produce of the earth, but also the earth's ability to produce. We will see that beauty and utility are alike dependent upon the health of the world. But we will also see through the fads and the fashions of protest. We will see that war and oppression and pollution are not separate issues, but are aspects of the same issue. Amid the outcries for the liberation of this group or that, we will know that no person is free except in the freedom of other persons, and that man's only real freedom is to know and faithfully occupy his place - a much humbler place than we have been taught to think - in the order of creation.(pg.89, "Think Little")"
Author: Wendell Berry
50. "We can teach a lot of things, but if the teacher can't relate by talking to a group of friendly students, he'll never be a competent teacher."
Author: William Glasser

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When our government is spoken of as some menacing, threatening foreign entity, it ignores the fact that, in our democracy, government is us."
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