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A certain combination of incompetence and indifference can cause almost as much suffering as the most acute malevolence.

Bruce Catton
Bruce Catton (1899-1978) American historian and journalist
A Stillness at Appomattox (1953)
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Regarding prison camps during the US Civil War.
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There is nothing more common than to hear of men losing their energy on being raised to a higher position, to which they do not feel themselves equal.

Karl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) Prussian soldier, historian, military theorist
On War [Vom Krieg], Book 1, ch. 3 (1832) [tr. J. Graham (1873)]
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“Violence,” came the retort, “is the last refuge of the incompetent.”

Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) Russian-American author, polymath, biochemist
“Bridle and Saddle,” Astounding (Jun 1942)

Retitled "The Mayors" in Foundation (1951). The phrase appears multiple times in the story. See Johnson.
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In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.

Lawrence J Peter
Lawrence J. Peter (1919-1990) American educator, management theorist
The Peter Principle, ch. 1 (1969)
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