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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 ]

Men, like bullets, go farthest when they are smoothest.
  [Ger., Die Menschen gehen wie Schiesskugeln weiter, wenn sie abgeglattet sind.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Titan (zykel 26)

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

Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation can make up for the want of natural abilities.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

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.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

To the very last, he [Napoleon] had a kind of idea; that, namely, of la carriere ouverte aux talent--the tools to him that can handle them.
      - Sir Walter Scott

A dwarf is small even if he stands on a mountain; a colossus keeps his height, even if he stands in a well.
  [Lat., Parvus pumilio, licet in monte constiterit; colossus magnitudinem suam servabit, etiam si steterit in puteo.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Epistles

Every man loves what he is good at.
      - Thomas Shadwell

The force of his own merit makes his way--a gift that heaven gives for him.
      - William Shakespeare

There's in him stuff that puts him to these ends;
  For being not propped up by ancestry whose grace
    Chalks successors their way; nor called upon
      For high feats done to the crown; neither allied
        To eminent assistants; but, spider-like,
          Out of big self-drawing web, he gives us note;
            The force of his own merit makes his way;
              A gift that heaven gives for him, which buys
                A place next to a king.
      - William Shakespeare, King Henry VIII

Surely, sir,
  There's in him stuff that puts him to these ends;
    For, being not propped by ancestry, whose grace
      Chalks successors their way, nor called upon
        For high feats done to th' crown, neither allied
          To eminent assistants, but spiderlike
            Out of his self-drawing web, 'a gives us note,
              The force of his own merit makes his way,
                A gift that heaven gives for him, which buys
                  A place next to the king.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Norfolk at I, i)

The measure of capacity is the measure of sphere to either man or woman.
      - Elizabeth Oakes Smith (nee Prince)

We shall generally find that the triangular person has got into the square hole, the oblong into the triangular, and a square person has squeezed himself into the round hole.
      - Sydney Smith, Sketches of Moral Philosophy

Pigmies placed on the shoulders of giants see more than the giants themselves.
      - Didacus Stella, Lucan (vol. II, 10)

Ability is the art of getting credit for all the home runs somebody else hits.
      - Casey Stengel (Charles Dillon Stengel)

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.
      - Sir William Temple

Read my little fable:
  He that runs may read.
    Most can raise the flowers now,
      For all have got the seed.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, The Flowers

The wicked are always surprised to find ability in the good.
  [Fr., Les merchants sont toujours surpris de trouver de l'habilete dans les bons.]
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues, Reflexions

They are able because they think they are able.
  [Lat., Possunt quia posse videntur.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (V, 231)

Men are often capable of grreater things than they perform.--They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.
      - Horace (Horatio) Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford

Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
      - John Wooden

Ability is a poor man's wealth.
      - Matthew Wren

Who does the best that circumstance allows,
  Does well, acts nobly, angels could no more.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night II, l. 90)

Who does the best his circumstance allows, does well, acts nobly, angels cound no more.
      - Francis Brett Young

Ability in a man is knowledge which emanates from divine light.
      - Zoroaster

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