quotations about ability
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
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
Every man loves what he is good at.
THOMAS SHADWELL, A True Widow
We rate ability in men by what they finish, not by what they attempt.
NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections
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
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
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
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
What we lack in natural abilities may usually be made up by industry; a dwarf may keep pace with a giant if he will only move his legs fast enough.
G. D. PRENTICE, The People's Press, Mar. 26, 1885
To become an able man in any profession, there are three things necessary -- nature, study, and practice.
ARISTOTLE, attributed, Day's Collacon
The abilities of man have not been exhausted; nothing has been done by him that cannot be better done; there is no effort of science or art that may not be exceeded, no depth of philosophy that cannot be deeper sounded, no flight of imagination that may not be passed by strong and soaring wing.
JEAN PAUL, The Spirit of the Age, vol. 1-2
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.
In the last analysis, ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity.
AMBROSE BIERCE, The Devil's Dictionary