He wondered why ineptitude should exist and have its say.
Its proportions are inept.
By creating the contrast it will have made itself a part of the great ineptitude, its most ludicrous part.
We seem to recall something or other that this Howard Roark has built before, and it had the same ineptitude, the same pedestrian quality of an overambitious amateur.
He made his greatest effort and learned to keep silent, to keep the place others described as his place, to accept ineptitude as his master—and to wait.
Set up standards of achievement open to all, to the least, to the most inept—and you stop the impetus to effort in all men, great or small.
Did you want to scream, when you were a child, seeing nothing but fat ineptitude around you, knowing how many things could be done and done so well, but having no power to do them?
It would mean doing for you what I did for Peter Keating: lie, flatter, evade, compromise, pander to every ineptitude—in order to beg of them a chance for you, beg them to let you live, to let you function, to beg them, Roark, not to laugh at them, but to tremble because they hold the power to hurt you.