Biologists will teach us that the survival of the species depends on cooperation, not competition.
I could do a good imitation of a competent young woman.
Any work is always improvable, you cannot really finish the work, you can only abandon it out of tiredness or incompetence.
Ladies and gentlemen, when you paint your lips, eyes, nails, hair, side-beards, or whatever, to look beautiful or handsome, don’t forget your up stairs, if you don’t go up there to put things in order, then, consider the former attributes null and void.
It’s easier to donate a few thousands to charity and think oneself noble than to base self-respect on personal standards of personal achievement. It’s simple to seek substitutes for competence-such easy substitutes: love, charm, kindness, charity. But there is no substitute for competence.
It’s easy to run to others. It’s so hard to stand on one’s own record. You can fake virtue for an audience. You can’t fake it in your own eyes. Your ego is your strictest judge. They run from it. They spend their lives running. It’s easier to donate a few thousand to charity and think oneself noble than to base self-respect on personal standards of personal achievement. It’s simple to seek substitutes for competence–such easy substitutes: love, charm, kindness, charity. But there is no substitute for competence.
Ability does catches my attention, but its a politeness in the person that I remember.
They looked more like day laborers than seamen.
When all help is stopped, when your loved ones started doubting your competence, when failure seems almost confirmed, but no matter what, if you make one more attempt, that final step will fetch you the victory.
Under a good administration, the Nile gains on the desert. Under a bad one, the desert gains on the Nile.