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ABILITY
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[ Also see Accomplishments Achievement Action Capacity Character Cleverness Competence Efficiency Excellence Finesse Genius Helplessness Inability Occupations Perseverance Power Quality Skill Statesmanship Strength Talent Vocations ]

There is no need to show your ability before everyone.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)

Every person is responsible for all the good with the scope of his abilities, and for no more, and none can tell whose sphere is the largest.
      - Gail Hamilton (pseudonym of Mary Abigail Dodge),
        Country Living and Country Thinking--Men and Women

We are often able because we think we are able.
      - Joel Hawes

A dwarf on a giant's shoulders sees farther of the two.
      - George Herbert

A Dwarfe on a Gyants shoulder sees further of the two.
  [A dwarf on a giant's shoulder sees farther of the two.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Consider well what your strength is equal to, and what exceeds your ability.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

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.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.
      - Helen Adams Keller

Ability wins us the esteem of the true men: luck that of the people.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Some persons of weak understanding are so sensible of that weakness, as to be able to make a good use of it.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The art of using moderate abilities to advantage wins praise, and often acquires more reputation than actual brilliancy.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

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.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.
  [Fr., C'est une grande habilete que de savoir cacher son habilete.]
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maximes
         (245)

What we do upon some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are; and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.
      - Canon Henry P. Liddon

To the very last, he [Napolean] had a kind of idea, that, namely, of "la carriere ouverte aux talents"--the tools to him that can handle them.
      - John Gibson Lockhart, Sir Walter Scott,
        in the "London and Westminister Review"

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Kavanagh
         (ch. I)

Ability involves responsibility; power to its last particle, is duty.
      - Alexander Maclaren

Ability involves responsibility. Power t its last particle of duty.
      - Ian Maclaren (pseudonym of John Watson)

Men are men before they are lawyers, or physicians, or merchants, or manufacturers; and if you make them capable and sensible men, they will make themselves capable and sensible lawyers or physicians.
      - John Stuart Mill

Ability is of little account with opportunity.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

Exigencies create the necessary ability to meet and to conquer them.
      - Wendell Phillips

No man's abilities are so remarkably shining as not to stand in need of a proper opportunity, a patron, and even the praises of a friend to recommend them to the notice of the world.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

A Traveller at Sparta, standing long upon one leg, said to a Lacedaemonian, "I do not believe you can do as much." "True," said he. "but every goose can."
      - Plutarch,
        Laconic Apothegms--Remarkable Speeches of Some Obscure Men

Able people can do more.
      - Proverb, (Chinese)

One thing, however, I must premise, that without the assistance of natural capacity, rules and precepts are of no efficacy.
  [Lat., Illud tamen in primis testandum est, nihil praecepta atque artes valere nisi adjuvante natura.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus),
        Prooemium (I, 4)


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