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.
No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.
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.
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