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I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
Oscar Wilde

The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.
Albert Einstein

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 he has.
Confucius

If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a
man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.
Henry Ford

Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
Zig Ziglar

I firmly believe that one of the hallmarks of a champion - any champion - is the ability to
absorb losses and regain confidence immediately.
John McEnroe

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.
Friedrich Nietzsche

At the age of eleven or thereabouts women acquire a poise and an ability to handle difficult
situations which a man, if he is lucky, manages to achieve somewhere in the later seventies.
P. G. Wodehouse

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.
Albert Einstein

If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get to other person's point of
view and see things from that person's angle as well as from your own.
Henry Ford

Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.
Michael Jordan

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

I have always defined politics to mean the science of govenment, perhaps the most
important science, because it involves the art and ability of people to live together.
Harry Truman

Ability is of little account without opportunity.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Take me as an example. I happen to have a talent for allocating capital. But my ability to use
that talent is completely dependent on the society I was born into. If I'd been born into a
tribe of hunters, this talent of mine would be pretty worthless. I can't run very fast. I'm not
particularly strong. I'd probably end up as some wild animal's dinner.
Warren Buffett

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than
education without natural ability.
Cicero

It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself.
American Beauty, 1999

The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to
one problem incessantly without growing weary.
Thomas A. Edison

Ability is a poor man's wealth.
John Wooden

He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't.
This is an inexorable, indisputable law.
Pablo Picasso

While the best methods of development are constantly changing, they're always built around
a central principle: They're meant to stretch the individual beyond his or her current abilities.
That may sound obvious, but most of us don't do it in the activities we think of as practice.
At the driving range or at the piano, most of us, as adults, are just doing what we've done
before and hoping to maintain the level of performance that we probably reached long ago.
Geoff Colvin

What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things
that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but
in other people's lives.
Oprah Winfrey

Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it,
whether you feel like it or not.
Elbert Hubbard

The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in
business - or almost anywhere else, for that matter.
Lee Iacocca

Tact is the ability to step on a man's toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.
Harry Truman

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.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

The test of a successful person is not an ability to eliminate all problems before they arise,
but to meet and work out difficulties when they do arise.
David J. Schwartz

I was loaded with sheer ability, spelled i-n-h-e-r-i-t-a-n-c-e.
Malcolm S. Forbes

I used to think that one of the great signs of security was the ability to just walk away.
Jack Nicholson

Let us not get so busy or live so fast that we can't listen to the music of the meadow or the
symphony that glorifies the forest. Some things in the world are far more important than
wealth; one of them is the ability to enjoy simple things.
Dale Carnegie

The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy
greater rewards in the long term, is the indispensable prerequisite for success.
Brian Tracy

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