Ability Quotes

Quotes regarding ability:

  • To be successful you have to be dumb enough to think you can change the world and smart enough to know how.
    o Clint Borgen.

  • A man must not deny his manifest abilities, for that is to evade his obligations.
    o The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.
    o John Henry Cardinal Newman

  • Ability is of little account without opportunity.
    o Napoleon Bonaparte

  • Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
    o John Wooden

  • Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.
    o Malcolm Forbes

  • An able man shows his spirit by gentle words and resolute actions.
    o Chesterfield

  • Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.
    o Sam Rayburn

  • Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.
    o Bertrand Russell

  • The trouble with the world is that the stupid are always cocksure and the intelligent are always filled with doubt.
    o Bertrand Russell

  • Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
    o Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.
    o The Peter Principle by Laurence J. Peter

  • The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.
    o Mahatma Gandhi

  • Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
    o Theodore Roosevelt

  • Every man loves what he is good at.
    o A True Widow by Thomas Shadwell

  • Everyone must row with the oars he has.
    o English Proverb

  • Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.
    o Baltasar Gracián

  • I am only one, but I am still one; I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
    o Edward Everett Hale

  • I don’t even know how to use a parking meter, let alone a phone box.
    o Diana, Princess of Wales (The Times 22 Aug 1994, replying to allegations that she had been making nuisance telephone calls.)

  • I think you are gonna find, when is over… I think you’re gonna find yourself one smilin’ mother er. The thing is Butch, right now, you’ve got ability. But painful as it may be, ability don’t last. And your days are just about over. Now that’s a hard mother in’ fact of life. But it’s a fact of life your ass is gonna hafta get realistic about. See this business is filled to the brim with unrealistic mother ers. Mother ers who thought their ass would age like wine. If you mean it turns to vinegar, it does. If you mean it gets better with age, it don’t. Besides Butch, how many fights you think you got left in you anyway? Two? Boxers don’t have an ‘old timer’s day.’ You came close, but you never made it, and if you were gonna make it, you woulda made it before now.
    o Marsellus Wallace

  • If it’s your limit, you can’t exceed it; If you exceed it, it’s not your limit.
    o Andrew Poon

  • I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.
    o Duke Ellington

  • In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.
    o János Arany

  • In the last analysis, ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity.
    o The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

  • Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.
    o Dialogues by Alfred North Whitehead

  • I thought it was impossible too before I did it.
    o Lance Armstrong

  • It is a great ability to be able to conceal one’s ability.
    o Maxims by François Alexandre Frédéric, duc de la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt

  • Martyrdom… is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.
    o The Devil’s Disciple by George Bernard Shaw

  • Men are often capable of greater things than they perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.
    o Horace Walpole

  • My chief want in life is someone who shall make me do what I can.
    o Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study.
    o Essays by Francis Bacon

  • Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
    o Pro Archia Poeta by Cicero

  • One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
    o Elbert Hubbard

  • One should oblige everyone to the extent of one’s ability. One often needs someone smaller than oneself.
    o Fables II ‘Le Lion et le Rat by Jean de La Fontaine

  • Our vanity desires that what we do best should be considered what is hardest for us.
    o Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

  • Perfection is giving your all, so those who think those who try their hardest and fail aren’t reaching perfection, they’re wrong, because if you try your hardest, you have reached perfection
    o Adam Murphy

  • The less their ability, the more their conceit.
    o Asher Ginsberg

  • The question “Who ought to be boss?” is like as “Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?” Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.
    o Henry Ford

  • The superior man is distressed by his want of ability.
    o Analects by Confucius

  • The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
    o Edward Gibbon

  • There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
    o Elbert Hubbard

  • They are able because they think they are able.
    o Vergil

  • There are no stupid questions, only stupid people.
    o Anonymous

  • We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.
    o Stevie Wonder

  • When one must, one can.
    o Proverb in many languages

  • Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.
    o Henry Ford

  • It’s no use saying we are doing our best. You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
    o Winston Churchill

  • I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
    o Henry David Thoreau

  • Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the things you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not…
    o Thomas H. Huxley

  • No man is without some quality, by the due application of which he might deserve well of the world; and whoever he be that has but little in his power should be in haste to do that little, lest he be confounded with him that can do nothing.
    o Dr. Johnson

  • We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
    o Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Every person is responsible for all the good within the scope of his abilities, and for no more.
    o Gail Hamilton

  • The possession of great powers no doubt carries with it a contempt for mere external show.
    o James A. Garfield

  • The art of using moderate abilities to advantage wins praise, and often acquires more reputation than actual brilliancy.
    o La Rochefoucauld

  • Ability is a poor man’s wealth.
    o Matthew Wren

  • The measure of capacity is the measure of sphere to either man or woman.
    o Elizabeth Oakes Smith

  • Natural ability can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation; but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural ability.
    o Schopenhauer

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