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"Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by incompetence."
-Napoleon Bonaparte

(not apropos of anything in my life right now - was reminded of the quote by someone else's post.)

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cortneyofeden
Aug. 15th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
Teehee.

In this case, I'll take incompetence over malice. I think. Neither would be preferred, but that's a great quote. :)
tedgill
Aug. 15th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
I've found, in 30+ years of government service, that while incompetence is in much higher supply than malice, malice is always easier to deal with. It is directed at a target, it follows rules of logic , and it is generally self aware. Incompetence partakes in none of those virtues and is therefore much harder to predict and counteract.
tedgill
Aug. 15th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
Napoleon said that did he? I would never have guessed it. That one ranks among my primary rules for dealing with "Life". Many of the others come from the notebooks of Lazarus Long.
ajrose93
Aug. 15th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
Hee hee hee
You folks don't know me, and please pardon the intrusion -- but it struck me funny that isomeme's F-page featured two Napoleon quotes in one day. The Emperor (no, no, Napoleon, not isomeme) seems to have favored that "Never..." formulation, judging from the one I used (so's you don't haveta go look):

"Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake."

Woh! Synchronicitah! <-- (Cartman voice)

Anyway, hope you liked. Me gone! :D
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