quotations about ability
In life, being unconscious of your ability is the ultimate disability.
GBENGA ADEBAMBO, "Life's lessons from Rio Olympic and Paralympic games - Part 4", The Guardian, October 22, 2016
If you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency.
JOSHUA REYNOLDS, Discourses
You don't know what your abilities are until you make a full commitment to developing them.
CAROL DWECK, "This simple shift in thinking can make you more successful, professor says", CNBC, June 13, 2016
We rate ability in men by what they finish, not by what they attempt.
NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections
But talent--if you don't encourage it, if you don't train it, it dies. It might run wild for a little while, but it will never mean anything. Like a wild horse. If you don't tame it and teach it to run on track, to pace itself and bear a rider, it doesn't matter how fast it is. It's useless.
ELIZABETH HAND, Illyria
Ability is the power of applying knowledge to practical purposes.
GEORGE FREDERICK GRAHAM, English Synonyms Classified and Explained
The art of using moderate abilities to advantage wins praise, and often acquires more reputation than actual brilliancy.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims
No matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.
CAROL S. DWECK, Mindset
Every man loves what he is good at.
THOMAS SHADWELL, A True Widow
The abilities of man must fall short on one side or other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed; if you pull it upon your shoulders, you leave your feet bare; if you thrust it down upon your feet, your shoulders are uncovered.
SIR WILLIAM TEMPLE, The Works of Sir William Temple
Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.
FRANCIS BACON, Essays
By loving them for more than their abilities we show our children that they are much more than the sum of their accomplishments.
EILEEN KENNEDY-MOORE, Smart Parenting for Smart Kids
When fortune wishes to bring mighty events to a successful conclusion, she selects some man of spirit and ability who knows how to seize the opportunity she offers.
NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI, attributed, Day's Collacon
The chief ability of an executive should be his ability to recognize ability.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
Every man who can be a first-rate something -- as every man can be who is a man at all -- has no right to be a fifth-rate something; for a fifth-rate something is not better than a first-rate nothing.
J. G. HOLLAND, Plain Talks on Familiar Subjects
Ability wins us the esteem of the true men; luck that of the people.
LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Maxims
Natural abilities 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 abilities.
ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER, attributed, Day's Collacon
Human ability is an unequal match for the violent and unforeseen vicissitudes of the world.
HUGH BLAIR, Sermons
As we advance in life, we learn the limits of our abilities.
JAMES ANTHONY FROUDE, Short Studies on Great Subjects
No matter how skillfully a man play the game of life, there is but one test of his ability--did he win?
CHARLES JAMES LEVER, The Martins of Cro' Martin