Quotes about Ability

The world has arrived at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability, and something is bound to come of it.

Vannevar Bush

All science is concerned with the relationship of cause and effect. Each scientific discovery increases man's ability to predict the consequences of his actions and thus his ability to control future events.

Lawrence J Peters

Your are in charge. You have the ability to master you destiny.

Michael J. McCarthy

Cowardice ... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.

Ernest Hemingway

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

Ernest Hemingway

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

Robert Flaherty

Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea.

Lou Dorfsman

The worst of all diseases is a nervous ability.

Edward Dyson

Many blunder in business through inability or an unwillingness to adopt new ideas. I have seen many a success turn to failure also, because the thought which should be trained on big things is cluttered up with the burdensome detail of little things.

Philip Delaney

Self-respect is the root of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself

Abraham J. Heschel

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

Robert Frost

Education is the ability to meet life's situations.

Dr. John G. Hibben

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper. -Robert Frost.

Robert Frost

Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.

William Barclay

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.

Douglas Adams

Fame, we may understand, is no sure test of merit, but only a probability of such: it is an accident, not a property of a man.

Thomas Carlyle

The City's reluctance to take a stand on an issue like the British Gas pay row makes a mockery of corporate governance and shareholders' ability to influence annual general meetings. Institutions should be obliged to make public how they vote at such events. They should be obliged to provide customers with a record of how they vote on every kind of issue.

Patrick Donovan

We may not be able to offer long-term employment, but we should try to offer long-term employability.

Brian Corby

Since man does not create physical matter, those who handle material objects in the production process are not producers in that sense. Economic benefits result from the transformation of matter in form, location, or availability (intellectually or temporally). It is these transformations that create economic benefits valued by consumers, and whoever arranges such transformations contributes to the value of things, whether his hands actually come into contact with physical objects or not.

Thomas Sowell

The essence of wealth is the capacity to control the forces of nature, and the extent of wealth depends upon the level of technology and the ability to create new knowledge.

Julian Simon

Some great men owe most of their greatness to the ability of detecting in those they destine for their tools the exact quality of strength that matters for their work.

Joseph Conrad

Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.

Ray Knight

Friendship demands the ability to do without it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own. •Charlotte Bronte A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked. •Bernard Meltzer True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. •George Washington Friends are born, not made. •Henry Adams Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes. •Anonymous Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies. •Aristotle A friend loveth at all times. •Bible, Proverbs 17:17 Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship-never. •Charles Caleb Colton A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. •Ralph Waldo Emerson It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them •Ralph Waldo Emerson The only way to have a friend is to be one. •Ralph Waldo Emerson Real friendship is shown in times of trouble; prosperity is full of friends. •Euripides It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did. •F Scott Fitzgerald We do not regret the loss of our friends by reasons of their merit, but because of our needs and for the good opinion that we believed them to have held of us. •François Duc de La Rochefoucauld God gives us our relatives- thank God we can choose our friends. •Ethel Watts Mumford Love demands infinitely less than friendship. •George Jean Nathan Women can form a friendship with a man very well; but to preserve it-- to that end a slight physical antipathy must probably help. •Friedrich Nietzsche Hold a true friend with both your hands. •Nigerian Proverb Friendship is constant in all other things save in the office and affairs of love. •William Shakespeare The mere process of growing old together will make the slightest acquaintance seem a bosom friend. •Logan Pearsall Smith A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend. •Henry David Thoreau Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. •Bible, John 15:13 The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right. •Mark Twain Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce. •Voltaire Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. •Oscar Wilde Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends. •Virginia Woolf Chide a friend in private and praise him in public. •Solon Depend on no man, on no friend, but him who can depend on himself. He only who acts conscientiously towards himself will act so towards others, and vice versa. •Lavater Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, What! You, too? I thought I was the only one. •C. S. Lewis If you want enemies, excel others; if you want friends let others excel you. •Colton Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes; they were easiest to his feet. •John Seldon There's not so much danger in a known foe than in a suspected friend. •Nabb To lose a friend is the greatest of all losses. •Syrus True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost. •Charles Caleb Colton We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them. •Evelyn Waugh Who purposely cheats his friend, would cheat his God. •Lavater Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. •Samuel Butler A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud. •Ralph Waldo Emerson, If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world. •Blaise Pascal I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. •Plutarch There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between counsel of a friend and a flatterer. •Francis Bacon Friends, if we be honest with ourselves, we shall be honest with each other. •George Macdonald A friend is, as it were, a second self. •Cicero Friendship is Love without his wings! •Byron To give counsel as well as to take it is a feature of true friendship. •Cicero Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find. •Shakespeare That friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end. •Quarles He who has not the weakness of friendship has not the strength. •Joubert Every friend is to the other a sun, and a sunflower also. •Richter Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature. •Nathaniel Hawthorne The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words. •Buddha Friendship always benefits; love sometimes injures. •Seneca The mind is lowered through association with inferiors. With equals it attains equality; and with superiors, superiority. •The Hitopadesa Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer. •La Fontaine The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them; is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself. •Moliere One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim. •Henry Brook Adams A friend in need is a friend to be avoided. •Lord Samuel While your friend holds you affectionately by both your hands you are safe, for you can watch both of his. •Anonymous Even the best of friends cannot attend each other's funeral. •Kehlog Albran The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend. •Henry David Thoreau There are friendships to one who lives in society; thus our present grief arises from having friendships; observing the evils resulting from friendship, let one walk alone like a rhinoceros. •Buddha The best way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend. •Abraham Lincoln If a man does not make new acquaintances, as he advances through life, he soon will find himself alone. A man should keep his friendship in constant repair. •Samuel Johnson You should never second-guess the motives of your true friends. You don't even have to analyze their actions because you know, at bottom, that whatever they do or say or think flows in some fundamental way from the fact that they love you. •Star Jones True friends visit us in prosperity only when invited, but in adversity they come without invitation. •Theophrastus True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. •George Washington But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine. •Thomas Jefferson True friendship brings sunshine to the shade, and shade to the sunshine

Charlotte Bronte

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

Elbert Hubbard

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