A Quote by Daniel Patrick Moynihan on competence and government

The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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A Quote by Blaise Pascal on admiration, competence, and confession

Look somewhere else for someone who can follow you in your researches about numbers. For my part, I confess that they are far beyond me, and I am competent only to admire them.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Written to Fermat, In G. Simmons Calculus Gems, New York: McGraw Hill Inc., 1992.

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on achievement, competence, disillusionment, enemies, existence, failure, force, ideas, incompetence, logic, mind, observation, reason, sacrifice, society, virtue, and world

I want you to observe, that those who cry the loudest about their disillusionment, about the failure of virtue, the futility of reason, the impotence of logic - are those who have achieved the full, exact, logical result of the ideas they preached, so mercilessly logical that they dare not identify it. In a world that proclaims the non-existence of the mind, the moral righteousness of rule by brute force, the penalizing of the competent in favour of the incompetent, the sacrifice of the best to the worst - in such a world, the best have to turn against society and have to become it's deadliest enemies.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 729)

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on achievement, certainty, choice, competence, existence, happiness, honesty, independence, integrity, justice, knowledge, life, mind, morality, pride, purpose, reason, rest, self-esteem, and worth

My morality, the morality of reason, is contained in a single axiom: existence exists - and in a single choice: to live. The rest proceeds from these. To live, man must hold three things as the supreme and ruling values of his life: Reason - Purpose - Self-esteem. Reason, as his only tool of knowledge - Purpose, as his choice of the happiness which that tool must proceed to achieve - Self-esteem, as his inviolate certainty that his mind is competent to think and his person is worth of happiness, which means: is worthy of living. These three values imply and require all of man's virtues, and all his virtues pertain to the relation of existence and consciousness: rationality, independence, integrity, honesty, justice, productiveness, pride.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 936)

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on competence, ethics, gold, justice, life, money, morality, people, value, and work

. . . there's nothing of any importance in life - except how well you do your work. Nothing. Only that. Whatever else you are, will come from that. It's the only measure of human value. All the codes of ethics they'll try to ram down your throat are just so much paper money put out by swindlers to fleece people of their virtues. The code of competence is the only system of morality that's on a gold standard

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 98)

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on competence, religion, and world

INADMISSIBLE, adj. Not competent to be considered. Hearsay evidence is inadmissible . . . but there is no religion in the world that has any other basis than hearsay evidence.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Alexander Pope on competence, health, lies, peace, pleasure, reason, and words

Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense, Lie in three words,-health, peace, and competence.

Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)

Source: Essay on Man. Epistle iv. Line 79.

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