Ability Quotes

Ability is a set of unique talent, skills, and natural capacity that enables a person to perform a task with desirable results or outcome. We develop abilities through experiences, education, genetics, or from observing others.

We need abilities to survive in this world. Abilities could range from intelligence, verbal, critical thinking, technical skills, personal abilities when dealing with stress and/ or abstract reasoning.

Browse through a collection of ability quotes from famous philosophers, writers and others.

Steven Redhead- Be a visionary

Steven Redhead- Be a visionary

Be a visionary, focused upon your ability to create your desires within your reality. Steven Redhead ...
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John Wooden- Don't measure yourself by accomplishments

John Wooden- Don’t measure yourself by accomplishments

Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.      John Wooden ...
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Will Smith- The first step is you have to say that you can

Will Smith- The first step is you have to say that you can

The first step is you have to say that you can. Will Smith ...
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Ty Howard- Good enough is never good enough

Ty Howard- Good enough is never good enough

Good enough is never good enough, when extraordinary is expected and is the standard. Ty Howard ...
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My disability has opened my eyes to see my true abilities-- Robert M. Hensel

My disability has opened my eyes to see my true abilities– Robert M. Hensel

My disability has opened my eyes to see my true abilities.      Robert M. Hensel ...
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Being comfortable isn't the way to learn- Thomas Wellnowski

Being comfortable isn’t the way to learn- Thomas Wellnowski

Being comfortable isn't the way to learn to expand your abilities.      Thomas Wellnowski ...
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Your potential is the sum of all the possibilities- Charles Stanley

Your potential is the sum of all the possibilities- Charles Stanley

Your potential is the sum of all the possibilities God has for your life.      Charles Stanley ...
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Charm is The Ability to Be Interested In Other People-Richard Avedon

Charm is The Ability to Be Interested In Other People-Richard Avedon

Charm is the ability to be truly interested in other people. Richard Avedon ...
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It Takes Character to Keep You On Top- Zig Ziglar

It Takes Character to Keep You On Top- Zig Ziglar

Ability can take you the top, but it takes character to keep you there. Zig Ziglar Getting to the top ...
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe-Each man has his own fortune in his hands

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe-Each man has his own fortune in his hands

Each man has his own fortune in his hands; as the artist has a piece of rude matter, which he ...
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Charles Erwin Wilson- A Good Boss

Charles Erwin Wilson- A Good Boss

A good boss makes his men realize they have more ability than they think they have so that they consistently ...
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Brad Henry- You Can Accomplish Anything

Brad Henry- You Can Accomplish Anything

Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place. Have faith in your own abilities, work hard, and there ...
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Norman Vincent Peale- Have Faith and Believe In Yourself

Norman Vincent Peale- Have Faith and Believe In Yourself

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot ...
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Toba Beta- Believe In Something Wrong

Toba Beta- Believe In Something Wrong

Human has the ability to believe in something wrong as if it is true. Toba Beta ...
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Pierre Charron- The Easiest Way To Cheat Others ​

Pierre Charron- The Easiest Way To Cheat Others ​

The easiest way to be cheated is to believe yourself to be more cunning than others. Pierre Charron ...
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Benjamin Franklin Quote On Age and Ability

Benjamin Franklin Quote On Age and Ability

Beware of the young doctor and the old barber. Benjamin Franklin ...
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Hayley Williams-  The Ability To Break and Build Self

Hayley Williams- The Ability To Break and Build Self

I have the ability to build myself up or break myself down. I stay positive. Strength comes from within. Hayley ...
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John Wooden Quote On Ability

John Wooden Quote On Ability

Don't let what you can't do stop you from doing what you can do.    John Wooden    ...
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Franklin D. Roosevelt- Men Are Prisoners of Their Mind

Franklin D. Roosevelt- Men Are Prisoners of Their Mind

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. Franklin D. Roosevelt ...
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Zig Ziglar- Forget About Excuses

Zig Ziglar- Forget About Excuses

Put all excuses aside and remember this: YOU are capable. Zig Ziglar ...
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Stuart Duncan- Autism is Not a Disability

Stuart Duncan- Autism is Not a Disability

Autism is not a disability, it's a different ability. Stuart Duncan      ...
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Miguel Angel Ruiz- Thoughts on Attention

Miguel Angel Ruiz- Thoughts on Attention

Attention is the ability we have to discriminate and to focus only on that which we want to perceive. Miguel ...
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Margaret Mead -The Assumption That Men were Created Equal

Margaret Mead -The Assumption That Men were Created Equal

The assumption that men were created equal, with an equal ability to make an effort and win an earthly reward, ...
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Sarah Paulson- Humans Are Capable of Doing Anything

Sarah Paulson- Humans Are Capable of Doing Anything

Anything is possible, and the truth is any human being at any given moment, no matter how good they are ...
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Henry S. Haskins Quote On Inner Strength

Henry S. Haskins Quote On Inner Strength

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.      Henry S ...
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Stephen King- Being Scared Of Alzheimer's​

Stephen King- Being Scared Of Alzheimer’s​

What really scares me is Alzheimer's or premature senility, losing that ability to read and enjoy and to write. And ...
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Brian Tracy on limitation of abilities

Brian Tracy on limitation of abilities

The only real limitation on your abilities is the level of your desires. If you want it badly enough, there ...
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Brian Tracy- The Master Skill of Success

Brian Tracy- The Master Skill of Success

Your ability to set goals and to make plans for their accomplishment is the master skill of success.      Brian Tracy ...
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Darryl Anka Quote On Abundance

Darryl Anka Quote On Abundance

Abundance is the ability to do what you need to do, when you need to do it.    Darryl Anka   ...
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Jack Brown Quote On Happiness

Jack Brown Quote On Happiness

Happiness is not the absence of problems; but the ability to deal with them. Jack Brown ...
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John W. Gardner- One Man Can Do Anything

John W. Gardner- One Man Can Do Anything

The cynic says, “One man can’t do anything”. I say, “Only one man can do anything. John W. Gardner ...
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Michael Milken- Finance Can Change The World

Michael Milken- Finance Can Change The World

Finance can change the world and create millions of jobs by empowering people with ability. Michael Milken ...
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Michael Dell- Success and Failure Within Companies

Michael Dell- Success and Failure Within Companies

Companies will succeed and fail based on their ability to translate data...into insights and actions and products and services. Michael ...
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Albert Einstein- Everyone is a Genius

Albert Einstein- Everyone is a Genius

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend ...
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Michael Bloomberg- Don't Let Anyone Get You Down

Michael Bloomberg- Don’t Let Anyone Get You Down

Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities and don’t let the bastards get you down. Michael ...
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Steve Case Quote On Ability and Positive Attitude

Steve Case Quote On Ability and Positive Attitude

You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why ...
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Steve Case -Vision Without Ability

Steve Case -Vision Without Ability

In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination. Steve Case ...
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Yiddish Proverb On Arrogance and Ability

Yiddish Proverb On Arrogance and Ability

If you can't bite, better not show your teeth. Yiddish Proverb ...
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Chinese Proverb- Strength From Difficulties

Chinese Proverb- Strength From Difficulties

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. Chinese Proverb ...
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Oprah Winfrey- God's Plan For You

Oprah Winfrey- God’s Plan For You

What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine. Oprah Winfrey ...
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quote On Accepting Advice

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quote On Accepting Advice

To accept good advice is but to increase one's own Ability. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ...
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Oscar Wilde- On True Wealth

Oscar Wilde- On True Wealth

Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from ...
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Whoopi Goldberg- Believing in All Possibilities

Whoopi Goldberg- Believing in All Possibilities

I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities. Whoopi Goldberg ...
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Jerry Rice- Doing What Others Won't

Jerry Rice- Doing What Others Won’t

Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't. Jerry Rice ...
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Robert Hernandez- It Takes More Than Skills To Do Something

Robert Hernandez- It Takes More Than Skills To Do Something

It's not about having the skill to do something. It's about having the will, desire and commitment to be your ...
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Robert Frost Quote On Education

Robert Frost Quote On Education

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. Robert Frost ...
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Lawrence G. Lovasik- True Strength Of Character

Lawrence G. Lovasik- True Strength Of Character

Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to Forgive Quickly. Lawrence ...
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Leo Tolstoy Quote On Happiness

Leo Tolstoy Quote On Happiness

Happiness is in your ability to love others. Leo Tolstoy ...
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Oprah Winfrey- Great Victory Belongs To You

Oprah Winfrey- Great Victory Belongs To You

It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from. The ability to triumph beings with you. Always. Oprah ...
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Abraham Hicks-Using Imagination To Take Logical Steps

Abraham Hicks-Using Imagination To Take Logical Steps

Your ability to imagine will help the next logical steps come to you faster. Use your imagination until your big ...
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Celestine Chua Quote On Developing Talent

Celestine Chua Quote On Developing Talent

It takes 10,000 hours to develop talent. How many hours have you clocked today ? Celestine Chua ...
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Edward G. Seubert- A Young Man With Ability and Determination To Work

Edward G. Seubert- A Young Man With Ability and Determination To Work

The young man of native ability, the will to work and good personality will, in the long run, get the ...
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 Lisa Lutz Quote On Adapt and Change

 Lisa Lutz Quote On Adapt and Change

Our ability to adapt is amazing. Our ability to change isn't quite as spectacular.  Lisa Lutz ...
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Stephen Hawking Quote On Intelligence and Change

Stephen Hawking Quote On Intelligence and Change

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. Stephen Hawking ...
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Jim Rohn- Life Will Get Better By Making Changes

Jim Rohn- Life Will Get Better By Making Changes

Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. Jim Rohn ...
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Nolan Ryan- To Enjoy Success

Nolan Ryan- To Enjoy Success

Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Nolan Ryan ...
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Billy Lawrence- Ability To Change Life's Direction

Billy Lawrence- Ability To Change Life’s Direction

One of the things I'm proud of is my ability to change directions if something's not working. Billy Lawrence ...
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Hal Elrod- Change or Create Anything in Your Life

Hal Elrod- Change or Create Anything in Your Life

You have the ability to change or create anything in your life, starting now. Hal Elrod ...
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Jack D. Schwager- Key Characteristic of A Successful Investor

Jack D. Schwager- Key Characteristic of A Successful Investor

The ability to change one's mind is probably a key characteristic of the successful investor. Dogmatic and rigid personalities rarely, ...
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 Rodman Philbrick- Using Imagination To Change Life

 Rodman Philbrick- Using Imagination To Change Life

I believe that we have the ability to change our lives using our imaginations. Imagination is a muscle—the more you ...
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Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote On The Barrier of Success

Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote On The Barrier of Success

The barrier between success is not something which exists in the real world: it is composed purely and simply of ...
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Guy Finley- Creating Precious Moments

Guy Finley- Creating Precious Moments

Each moment of life is only as precious as is our ability to attend to it. Guy Finley ...
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Thomas Edison- Doing Things That We Are Capable Of Doing

Thomas Edison- Doing Things That We Are Capable Of Doing

If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves. Thomas Edison ...
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Susan Cain- Everyone Can Shine

Susan Cain- Everyone Can Shine

Everyone shines, given the right lighting. Susan Cain ...
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Eileen Caddy- Having Strength and Ability To Complete Goals

Eileen Caddy- Having Strength and Ability To Complete Goals

You are never asked to do more than you are able without being given the strength and ability to do ...
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David Allio- Use Your Talent and Gifts To Accomplish Something Valuable

David Allio- Use Your Talent and Gifts To Accomplish Something Valuable

If you have real abilities prove them. Accomplish something of value with your gifts and talents. David Allio ...
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Douglas Adams- Having The Ability To Learn From The Experience of Others

Douglas Adams- Having The Ability To Learn From The Experience of Others

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable ...
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M. Wren- Ability is a Poor Man’s Wealth

M. Wren- Ability is a Poor Man’s Wealth

Ability is a poor man’s wealth. M. Wren ...
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Zig Ziglar- Use Your Ability

Zig Ziglar- Use Your Ability

You are the only person on earth who can use your ability. Zig Ziglar ...
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Baltasar Gracian- Ability Revealing Itself

Baltasar Gracian- Ability Revealing Itself

Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment. Baltasar Gracian ...
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Edgar W. Work- Failure To Use Talent

Edgar W. Work- Failure To Use Talent

The real tragedy of life is not in being limited to one talent, but in the failure to use the ...
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Virgil Quote On Ability and Mindset

Virgil Quote On Ability and Mindset

They are able because they think they are able. Virgil ...
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Edgar A. Whitney Quote On Neglecting Talent

Edgar A. Whitney Quote On Neglecting Talent

No talent can survive the blight of neglect. Edgar A. Whitney ...
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Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote On Trying New Things

Oliver Wendell Holmes Quote On Trying New Things

Alas for those who never sing, but die with all their music in them. Oliver Wendell Holmes ...
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John Ruskin- Expect a Masterpiece From Love and Skills

John Ruskin- Expect a Masterpiece From Love and Skills

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. John Ruskin ...
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Duke Ellington- Problems Are Opportunities ​

Duke Ellington- Problems Are Opportunities ​

A problem is a chance for you to do your best. Duke Ellington ...
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F.D. Van Amburgh- Having More Ability Than Ambition

F.D. Van Amburgh- Having More Ability Than Ambition

Contrary as it may seem, most people have more ability for their work than they have ambition to do it ...
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Cicero Quote On Education and Ability

Cicero Quote On Education and Ability

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability. Cicero ...
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Dolly Parton- We Cannot Direct The Winds

Dolly Parton- We Cannot Direct The Winds

We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails. Dolly Parton ...
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Napoleon Bonaparte Quote On Using Ability

Napoleon Bonaparte Quote On Using Ability

Men take only their needs into consideration, never their abilities. Napoleon Bonaparte ...
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 Zig Ziglar- Making a Difference

 Zig Ziglar- Making a Difference

It’s not what you’ve got; it’s what you use that makes a difference.  Zig Ziglar ...
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F.D. Van Amburgh- Ability and Talent Will Show in Your Work

F.D. Van Amburgh- Ability and Talent Will Show in Your Work

If you possess marked ability, it will show in your work. Capable people do not need to talk about themselves ...
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Helen Keller On Praying

Helen Keller On Praying

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks ...
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Mother Teresa Quote On Being Faithful

Mother Teresa Quote On Being Faithful

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. Mother Teresa ...
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Mary Lou Retton- Becoming The Best Version of Yourself

Mary Lou Retton- Becoming The Best Version of Yourself

As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can: by making the best ...
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Napoleon Bonaparte Quote on Ability and Opportunity

Napoleon Bonaparte Quote on Ability and Opportunity

Ability is of little account without opportunity. Napoleon Bonaparte ...
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Liane Cardes- Continuous Effort is the Key to Unlock Potential

Liane Cardes- Continuous Effort is the Key to Unlock Potential

Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential. Liane Cardes ...
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Lucille Bal- Not Knowing Ability

Lucille Bal- Not Knowing Ability

Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that’s good taste ...
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Mahatma Gandhi- The Power of Believing In Yourself

Mahatma Gandhi- The Power of Believing In Yourself

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. if I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do ...
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Les Brown Quote On Low Expectations

Les Brown Quote On Low Expectations

No one rises to low expectations. Les Brown ...
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Dr. Joyce- Persistence in Successful People

Dr. Joyce- Persistence in Successful People

Studies indicate that the one quality all successful people have is persistence. They’re willing to spend more time accomplishing a ...
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Victor Hugo- The power of Ideas

Victor Hugo- The power of Ideas

No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo ...
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F.D. Van Amburgh Quote On Ambition and Ability

F.D. Van Amburgh Quote On Ambition and Ability

Ambition may have to advertise, but ability advertises itself. F.D. Van Amburgh ...
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Dizzy Dean Quote On Ability and Bragging

Dizzy Dean Quote On Ability and Bragging

It isn’t bragging if you can do it. Dizzy Dean ...
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Dale Carnegie Quote On Life

Dale Carnegie Quote On Life

For better or worse, you must play your own instrument in the orchestra of life. Dale Carnegie ...
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Roy L. Smith Quote On Discipline and Ability

Roy L. Smith Quote On Discipline and Ability

Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability. Roy L. Smith ...
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George Herbert Allen- Determined To Succeed

George Herbert Allen- Determined To Succeed

People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most men succeed because they ...
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Booker T. Washington- Do Something Uncommon

Booker T. Washington- Do Something Uncommon

Do a common thing in an uncommon way. Booker T. Washington ...
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Abraham Maslow Quote On Being Unfulfilled

Abraham Maslow Quote On Being Unfulfilled

If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the ...
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John Gardner- Most Talent Remains Undeveloped

John Gardner- Most Talent Remains Undeveloped

The maturing of any complex talent requires a happy combination of motivation, character, and opportunity. Most talent remains undeveloped. John ...
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow- Judging Ourselves By Accomplishments

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow- Judging Ourselves By Accomplishments

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done ...
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A.N. Whitehead Quote On Intelligence

A.N. Whitehead Quote On Intelligence

Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended. A.N ...
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F.D. Van Amburgh- The Most Favorable Income

F.D. Van Amburgh- The Most Favorable Income

The most interesting income you will receive from doing good work is the increased ability to do better work. F.D ...
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John Wooden- Make it to The top with Character and Ability

John Wooden- Make it to The top with Character and Ability

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. John Wooden ...
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Lawrence Welk- Using Your Talent To The Fullest

Lawrence Welk- Using Your Talent To The Fullest

To be granted some kind of usable talent and to be able to use it to the fullest extent of ...
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Confucius Quote On Abilities

Confucius Quote On Abilities

The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men ...
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Elbert Hubbard- The Ability To Discover Ability

Elbert Hubbard- The Ability To Discover Ability

It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test ...
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Orison Swett Marden- Ability To Fulfill Your Purpose​

Orison Swett Marden- Ability To Fulfill Your Purpose​

The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do. Orison Swett ...
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Henry David Thoreau-  Elevate Your Life

Henry David Thoreau- Elevate Your Life

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. Henry ...
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Stevie Wonder- The Difference is How We Use Ability

Stevie Wonder- The Difference is How We Use Ability

We all have ability. The difference is how we use it. Stevie Wonder ...
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Red Auerbach- Do What You Do Best

Red Auerbach- Do What You Do Best

Just do what you do best. Red Auerbach ...
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Francis Bacon Quote On Natural Ability

Francis Bacon Quote On Natural Ability

Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study. Francis Bacon ...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote On Employment

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote On Employment

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. Ralph Waldo Emerson ...
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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe- Work Quote

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe- Work Quote

Our work is the presentation of our capabilities. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe ...
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Robert Half - Having The Ability To Recognize Ability

Robert Half – Having The Ability To Recognize Ability

There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.  Robert ...
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Geoffrey Gaberino quote on measuring yourself

Geoffrey Gaberino quote on measuring yourself

The real contest in life is always between what you've done and what you're capable of doing. You measure yourself ...
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Lou Holtz Quote On Ability, Motivation, ​and Attitude

Lou Holtz Quote On Ability, Motivation, ​and Attitude

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. Lou ...
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Christie Hartman- Don't Confuse Confidence with Arrogance

Christie Hartman- Don’t Confuse Confidence with Arrogance

Don't confuse confidence with arrogance. Arrogance is being full of yourself, feeling you're always right, and believing your accomplishments or ...
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Charles Schwab- Evoke Enthusiasm in People

Charles Schwab- Evoke Enthusiasm in People

I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among my people, the greatest asset I possess, and the way to develop ...
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William James Quote: Weapon Against Stress

William James Quote: Weapon Against Stress

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. William James ...
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