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I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.

No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.
To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.
As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of being not to have lived.
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.
The king is the man who can.
Not many men have both good fortune and good sense.
People are so constituted that everybody would rather undertake what they see others do, whether they have an aptitude for it or not.
No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.
I have learnt that I am me, that I can do the things that, as one might put it, me can do, but I cannot do the things that me would like to do.
Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.
Wicked people are always surprised to find ability in those that are good.
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.
Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work.
Analyzing what you haven't got as well as what you have is a necessary ingredient of a career.
Every person is responsible for all the good within the scope of his abilities, and for no more, and none can tell whose sphere is the largest.
Life has been compared to a race, but the allusion improves by observing, that the most swift are usually the least manageable and the most likely to stray from the course. Great abilities have always been less serviceable to the possessors than moderate ones.
A genius can't be forced; nor can you make an ape an alderman.
The boy was as useless as rubber lips on a woodpecker.
Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.
I know I have the ability to do so much more than just stand in front of the camera the rest of my life.
I add this, that rational ability without education has more often raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability
The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed. If you pull it upon your shoulders, your feet are left bare; if you thrust it down to your feet, your shoulders are uncovered.
I thought he was a young man of promise, but it appears he is a young man of promises. [Speaking Of Winston Churchill]
The more you work hard, you make things easy
He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.
Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.
Man cannot live by incompetence alone.
The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the real value of things, and of the genius of the age in which we live.
Certainly we're not satisfied with just winning games. We've been playing some pretty good hockey, but we think we can play much better.
What you see, but can't see over is as good as infinite.