Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.

The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong
Incompetence knows no barriers of time or place.
Some people think that Japan's success is due to cartels and collaboration. It is not. In the industries in which Japan is internationally successful, it has many fiercely competitive local rivals.

Economist (1990)
Competition is warfare. Mostly it is played by prescribed rules ó there is a sort of Geneva Convention for competitionóbut it's thorough and often brutal.

New Yorker (1997)
Cheap labor is not going to be the way we compete in the United States. It's going to be brain power.

Interview (1995)
The best judgment we can make about managerial competence does not depend on what people say, but simply what the record says.
I found that there were these incredibly great people at doing certain things, and you couldn't replace one of these people with 50 average people. They could just do stuff that no number of average people could do.

Quoted in 'Steve's Two Jobs,' Time (Michael Krantz; October 18, 1999)


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."