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Ability Quotes

Dictionaries have defined 'ability' as the power to do something, of either physical or mental origin. Each and everybody of us are born into world, possessing some abilities. Not everybody possesses all the abilities to successfully complete every task but all of us have a few special or unique ability to pull off a few specific tasks. A software engineer, who excels in writing codes for the ultra innovative software, may not have the ability to cook delicious food and an excellent world famous chef, for sure, won't be able to write those codes. Like 'the parable of the sower', people and their abilities are usually and heavily conditioned by the situations and society, they living in. Go through the quotes to get more insights about ability.

Mahatma Gandhi

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.

John F. Kennedy

We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last.

Andrew Jackson

Democracy shows not only its power in reforming governments, but in regenerating a race of men and this is the greatest blessing of free governments.

Friedrich Nietzsche

A subject for a great poet would be God's boredom after the seventh day of creation.

Alan Watts

No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.

Jon Stewart

I can't sing. Never been able to sing. I can't do voices very well. Every impression I do sounds the same. I can't dunk. Man, would I give anything to dunk. Just once.

Toni Morrison

I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.

Alexis de Tocqueville

The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.

Robert Browning

The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: Try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate!.

Eudora Welty

A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one's ability to persuade.

Walt Disney

I believe in being an innovator.


The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.

Thomas Paine

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.

Lou Holtz

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

William Butler Yeats

But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

Robin Williams

You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.

Jimmy Carter

You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.

Toni Morrison

If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.

Steven Wright

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.

Horace Mann

Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power.

Warren G. Bennis

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

Alexander Hamilton

A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.

Nelson Mandela

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had because they didn't have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?

Mel Brooks

Anybody can direct, but there are only eleven good writers.


You cannot open a book without learning something.

Billie Jean King

I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.

Sun Tzu

For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.

Golda Meir

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

P. G. Wodehouse

Every author really wants to have letters printed in the papers. Unable to make the grade, he drops down a rung of the ladder and writes novels.

Erich Fromm

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

Eudora Welty

Greater than scene is situation. Greater than situation is implication. Greater than all of these is a single, entire human being, who will never be confined in any frame.

Wayne Gretzky

“I heard people say, 'Why would he want to do this?' My answer is 'Why not?' It is what I love. It's what I know.”.

Francis Bacon

A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.

Alexis de Tocqueville

Grant me thirty years of equal division of inheritances and a free press, and I will provide you with a republic.

Walter Scott

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

Charles Kingsley

Except a living man, there is nothing more wonderful than a book.

Adolf Hitler

Great liars are also great magicians.

Francis Bacon

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

Marcel Proust

A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.

Arthur Ashe

I have tried to keep on with my striving because this is the only hope I have of ever achieving anything worthwhile and lasting.

Walter Scott

For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.

Garrison Keillor

God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is, he's stuck with so many bad actors who don't know how to play funny.

Albert Schweitzer

A man can do only what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.

Brian Tracy

Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing. If you're willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.

Malcolm De Chazal

The beautiful remains so in ugly surroundings.

Karl Marx

Capital is money, capital is commodities. By virtue of it being value, it has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs.


Goals are always in demand. There will always be a market for a striker who is fast, scores goals regularly and is strong. I've scored more than 100 goals and people know what they are buying.

John D. Rockefeller

The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun.

Chevy Chase

All my children inherited perfect pitch.

Thomas Hobbes

A man's conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous.

Alexis de Tocqueville

Consider any individual at any period of his life, and you will always find him preoccupied with fresh plans to increase his comfort.

Anatole France

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.

Laurence Sterne

An actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand.

Cameron Diaz

Every casting director I've met is a woman.

Ronald Reagan

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.

Thomas More

Ask a woman's advice, and whatever she advises, Do the very reverse and you're sure to be wise.

Toni Morrison

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.

Theodore Roosevelt

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Andrew Jackson

I've got big shoes to fill. This is my chance to do something. I have to seize the moment.

Andrew Carnegie

You must capture and keep the heart of the original and supremely able man before his brain can do its best.

Robert Frost

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

Bill Watterson

Genius is never understood in its own time.


I never think at all when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them both well.

George Harrison

The Beatles saved the world from boredom.

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Lou Holtz

It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.

George Burns

Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, a good cigar and a good woman - or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.

Marcel Proust

A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.


Choose a subject equal to your abilities; think carefully what your shoulders may refuse, and what they are capable of bearing.

Hillaire Belloc

Any subject can be made interesting, and therefore any subject can be made boring.

Warren G. Bennis

The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.

Gwen Stefani

It was such a turning point to find that I had a talent and I had something to contribute, somewhere.

Frederick Douglass

Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.


Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.

Dan Quayle

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.


Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us; and endeavor to excel them, by avoiding what is faulty, and imitating what is excell

Walter Scott

Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.

Laurence J. Peter

Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.

John Lennon

The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn't the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

People of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities.


It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

Erich Fromm

The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science.

Charlie Chaplin

To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it.


Pele is the greatest player in football history, and there would only be one Pele in the world.

Jim Morrison

Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you.


The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.

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Louisa May Alcott

It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women.

Hillaire Belloc

It is the best of all trades, to make songs, and the second best to sing them.

Wallace Stevens

In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all.

Elbert Hubbard

I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.

Hillary Clinton

The challenge is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible.

Keira Knightley

I have seen the TV reports on the horrendous drought in East Africa and I know how desperate things have become, so I am happy to be able to do something to help.


I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.

Adam Smith

The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.

Mae West

One and one is two, and two and two is four, and five will get you ten if you know how to work it.

Zig Ziglar

People who have good relationships at home are more effective in the marketplace.