Quotes: ability

Quotes: ability

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.

A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is an ability to articulate human relationships.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

During my eighty-seven years, I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of face within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.

A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.

Ability without honor is useless.

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind. It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow's viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences.

The barrier between success is not something which exists in the real world: it is composed purely and simply of doubts about ability.

A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.

A famous person is often remembered for the ability to take from mankind rather than for his ability to give to mankind.

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

Ability is a poor man's wealth.

Ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity. Ability is of little account without opportunity.

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.

All of life is a risk; in fact we're not going to get out alive. Casualness leads to casualties. Communication is the ability to affect other people with words.

Am I old-fashioned? I think I might be. I am a lucky woman, because I was born with a priceless gift... the ability to laugh at the misfortunes of others.

Americans, unhappily, have the most remarkable ability to alchemize all bitter truths into an innocuous but piquant confection and to transform their moral contradictions, or public discussion of such contradictions, into a proud decoration, such as are given for heroism on the battle field.

An attack upon our ability to tell stories is not just censorship - it is a crime against our nature as human beings. Being competent means the ability to control and operate the things in the environment and the environment itself.

Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.

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.

Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.

Children also have artistic ability, and there is wisdom in there having it! The more helpless they are, the more instructive are the examples they furnish us; and they must be preserved free of corruption from an early age. Consider the postage stamp, my son. It secures success through its ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.

Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.

Destiny is an absolutely definite and inexorable ruler. Physical ability and moral determination count for nothing. It is impossible to perform the simplest act when the gods say ''no.'' I have no idea how they bring pressure to bear on such occasions; I only know that it is irresistible.

Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.

Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.

Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent.

Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him. Every man's ability may be strengthened or increased by culture.

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

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

Exigencies create the necessary ability to meet and conquer them.

Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work body and soul.

From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need.

Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent - the power to do the right thing the first time.

God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers. Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

I add this, that rational ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.

I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.

I always thought I could play pro ball. I had confidence in my ability, You have to. If you don't who will?

I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.

I claim to be an average man of less than average ability. I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith. I have faith in the United States and our ability to make good decisions based on the facts.

I learned that a great leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do and like it.

I rose by sheer military ability to the rank of corporal.

I said something which gave you to think I hated cats. But gad, sir, I am one of the most fanatical cat lovers in the business. If you hate them, I may learn to hate you. If your allergies hate them, I will tolerate the situation to the best of my ability.

I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability. I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on.

I've got a woman's ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.