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Ability Quotes

The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do.

Author: Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)

Profession: American Author, Founder of Success Magazine

Analyzing what you haven't got as well as what you have is a necessary ingredient of a career.

Author: Grace Moore


Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.

Author: John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

Profession: British Religious Leader, Prelate, Writer

Ability is sexless.

Author: Christabel Pankhurst


Man cannot live by incompetence alone.

Author: Laurence J. Peter


The boy was as useless as rubber lips on a woodpecker.

Author: Earl Pitts


Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work.

Author: John G. Pollard


When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.

Author: John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Profession: British Critic, Social Theorist

No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.

Author: John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Profession: British Critic, Social Theorist

The principle of all successful effort is to try to do not what is absolutely the best, but what is easily within our power, and suited for our temperament and condition.

Author: John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Profession: British Critic, Social Theorist

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.

Author: Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

Profession: German Philosopher

Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.

Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist

A genius can't be forced; nor can you make an ape an alderman.

Author: Thomas Somerville


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.

Author: Sir William Temple (1628-1699)

Profession: British Diplomat, Essayist

He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.

Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist