Quotations on Ability

  • No man is without some quality, by the due application of which he might deserve well of the world; and whoever he be that has but little in his power should be in haste to do that little, lest he be confounded with him that can do nothing.—Dr. Johnson.
  • We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.—Longfellow.
  • Every person is responsible for all the good within the scope of his abilities, and for no more.—Gail Hamilton.
  • The possession of great powers no doubt carries with it a contempt for mere external show.—James A. Garfield.
  • The art of using moderate abilities to advantage wins praise, and often acquires more reputation than actual brilliancy.—La Rochefoucauld.

  • Ability is a poor man's wealth.—Matthew Wren.
  • The measure of capacity is the measure of sphere to either man or woman.—Elizabeth Oakes Smith.
  • Natural ability can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation; but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural ability.—Schopenhauer.
  • An able man shows his spirit by gentle words and resolute actions.—Chesterfield.