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  • If a person keeps faithfully busy each hour of the working day, he can count on waking up some morning to find himself one of the competent ones of his generation.
    William James
  • Izzi and I exchange a glance at that—his sheer competence is unnerving.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Ean masterfully mounted his horse, and I was happy that he was as competent as he’d led me to believe.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Luke took the sword and held it with the careless competence of someone who had handled blades all their life; sometimes it was hard for Alec to remember that Luke had been a Shadowhunter once, but he remembered now.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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  • It was a fierce level of commitment and competence that Mae had never seen from someone her age or near her age, and Mae was thereafter loyal in a way she’d never known she could be.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Yvette was by far the most competent of my coworkers, and she and I would often work together on any electrical job requiring proficiency with tools.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Meanwhile, the judge sent George to Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa for a competency examination.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • A semiofficial estimate of the wolf population of Keewatin had already been made by the competent authorities on the basis of information received from the usual trapper-trader sources, and the given figure was thirty thousand wolves.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • And yet I’ve witnessed nothing to suggest that he’s anything but a competent, knowledgeable physician.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • She is one of those people who are completely calm and competent, and as a result no one ever messes with her.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You

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  • Dorian’s Eyllwe was just competent enough that he understood the gist of it to be: "His Highness certainly knows how to keep women entertained."
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • I know that Dell’s not a very competent person.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • I stood at the podium next to my client while the judge went through a lengthy question-and-answer session to ensure that Johnny Wayne was competent to enter a guilty plea, that he understood what was going on, and that he wasn’t under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Denny proved competent, but not so good with the customers.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • The man with no name was there and he smiled peacefully and quietly and untangled the dogs with his gentle competence and pulled them out straight and got them going again, then stood back as we went by and I tried once more to touch him but could not.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • Claude understands that he ought to resent them, but he admires their competence and manners, the clean efficiency with which they move.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • She drove the school bus as proudly and as competently as Junior Johnson drives his stock cars.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The others here were obviously competent, disciplined, and professional.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • He’s supposed to be a very brave type, very competent.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But everybody knows the Government’s not that competent" Luke started inching toward the back door, just in case.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • "She seems very competent," I said, thinking of her efficient treatment of the young man Jamie’s injuries.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He was a company man, a thoroughly competent young person who had likely never, in his life thus far, had to depart from the playbook he’d been given and had memorized.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • It was a myth you couldn’t function on opiates: shooting up was one thing but for someone like me —jumping at pigeons beating from the sidewalk, afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder practically to the point of spasticity and cerebral palsy—pills were the key to being not only competent, but high-functioning.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • She shortened the stirrups quickly, competently.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • d take somebody mighty used to the dark to make a competent witness…
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • I would do it in a friendly way for I liked the boy, who was serious and competent by nature.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Vera came forward in a competent manner.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • I am merely concerned for the competence of our technology.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • It was nice to be the competent one for a change.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • To make him prove, not that he was competent, but that he was far better than everyone else.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Competence was attractive.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • They were pink, fat, friendly, very competent and sweated profusely.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • That second week was very hard for a lot of guys, and my memory is clear: the instructors preached competence in all techniques and exercises.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Meanwhile, they shall be at the command of any gentleman, inclined and competent, to take the unprofitable labour off my hands.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It is no mean happiness, therefore, to be seated in the mean: superfluity come sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Oh, as for the composition of the letter, there is nothing to be said; but as regards the competency of the document, I certainly have doubts.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Mammy said that before he left with Noor to join the jihad against the Soviets, back in 1980, it was Ahmad who had dutifully and competently minded these things.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Regardless, I suppose it was mildly competent, what you two did.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Since everyone we knew (except Mrs. Flowers, of course) could sew competently, praise was rarely handed out for the commonly practiced craft.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • He may be too proud to let any one take him out of a place that he is competent to fill, and fills well and with respect.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Long John Silver unearthed a very competent man for a mate, a man named Arrow.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • There are many competent Healers here.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • When you’ve recovered, we will test your competency in arms and magic.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Is my sin a failure of virtue, or of competence? I knew Rome was burning, but I had just enough water to scrub the floor, so I did what I could.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • He was a patentee of the Openshaw unbreakable tire, and his business met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire upon a handsome competence.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • And so it turned out; Mr. Hosea Hussey being from home, but leaving Mrs. Hussey entirely competent to attend to all his affairs.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Dr. Cruz radiated competence, and the Clanica Santa Maraa, the modern hospital in Puntarenas, was spotless and efficient.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • I do not expect you to speak our language like an elf-that would take a lifetime-but I do expect you to achieve unconscious competence.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • You are younger; yet I do not suppose, possessed as you are of a competent fortune, that an early marriage would at all interfere with any future plans of honour and utility that you may have formed.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He did them silently, patiently and competently.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
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