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Men can do all things if they will.
- Leon Battista Alberti
To become an able man in any profession, there are three things necessary,--nature, study, and practice.
Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.
- Francis Bacon
He'll find a way.
- Sir James Matthew Barrie,
corp's belief in Tommy and Tommy's belief in himself
The world is like a board with holes in it, and the square men have got into the round holes, and the round into the square.
- Bishop George Berkeley,
as quoted in Punch, sources also attribute to Sydney Smith
He is able who thinks he is able.
- Buddha (Gautama Buddha)
Men who undertake considerable things, even in a regular way, ought to give us ground to presume ability.
- Edmund Burke,
Reflections on the Revolution in France
He could raise scruples dark and nice,
And after solve 'em in a trice;
As if Divinity had catch'd
The itch, on purpose to be scratch'd.
- ' Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
(pt. I, canto I, l. 163)
For as our modern wits behold,
Mounted a pick-back on the old,
Much farther off, much further he,
Rais'd on his aged Beast, could see.
- Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
(pt. I, canto II, l. 971)
No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.
- Andrew Carnegie
You are a devil at everything, and there is no kind of thing in the 'versal world but what you can turn your hand into.
- Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
Don Quixote (pt. I, bk. III, ch. XI)
An able man shows his spirit by gentle words and resolute actions.
- 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope
I add this also, that natural ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.
[Lat., Etiam illud adjungo, saepius ad laudem atque virtutem naturam sine doctrina, quam sine natura valisse doctrinam.]
- Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
Oratio Pro Licinio Archia (VII)
The dwarf sees farther than the giant, when he has the giant's shoulders to mount on.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Friend
(sect. I, essay VIII)
Ability doth hit the mark where presumption over-shooteth and diffidence falleth short.
- Nicholas Cusa
I pride myself in recognizing and upholding ability in every party and wherever I meet it.
- Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield
Could swell the soul to rage, or kindle soft desire.
- John Dryden, Alexander's Feast (l. 160)
He who has acquired the ability, may wait securely the occasion of making it felt and appreciated, and know that it will not loiter.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability.
- William Feather
Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you're right.
- Henry Ford
It is in the ability to deceive oneself that the greatest talent is shown.
- Jacques Anatole I. France (Jacques Anatole Thibault)
As we advance in life, we learn the limits of our abilities.
- James Anthony Froude,
Short Studies on Great Subjects--Education
The possession of great powers no doubt carries with it a comtempt for mere external show.
- James Abram Garfield
The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
- Edward Gibbon
Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.
- Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)
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