Men who undertake considerable things, even in a regular way,
ought to give us ground to presume ability.
Everyone must row with the oars he has.
Life has been compared to a race, but the allusion improves by observing, that the most swift are usually the least manageable and the most likely to stray from the course. Great abilities have always been less serviceable to the possessors than moderate ones.
I shut my eyes in order to see.
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."
Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, "Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.
The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts.
Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.
Men take only their needs into consideration, never their abilities.
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.
The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
Behind every able man, there are always other able men.
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.
Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work.
As we advance in life, we learn the limits of our abilities.
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