Quotations The Best Quotes About Ability  

204 votes 42 voters 4.9k views 51 items

List Rules Must be a famous or well-known quote. Vote for the Ability sayings that strongly resonate with you, and downvote any you didn't like.

A list of the best ability quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous ability quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic ability quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational ability quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about ability?" and "What are inspirational ability quotes?"

This list includes notable ability quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest ability quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite ability sayings get to the bottom of the list.
list ordered by

9 0
When it is a question of God's almighty Spirit, never say, I can't. Oswald Chambers

7 0
Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

6 0
The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all. Desiderius Erasmus

10 1
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability. Cicero

8 1
I add this, that rational ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability. Cicero

7 1
Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study. Francis Bacon

9 3
Ability without honor is useless. Cicero

6 1
As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities. James Anthony Froude

6 1
Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. Ralph Waldo Emerson

6 1
To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill. Charles Caleb Colton

8 3
People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never. Ralph Waldo Emerson

6 2
The question Who ought to be boss? is like as Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet? Obviously, the man who can sing tenor. Henry Ford

4 0
You are the only person on earth who can use your ability. Zig Ziglar

5 2
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right! Henry Ford

5 2
Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. Malcolm Forbes

3 0
The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains Napoleon Bonaparte

5 3
The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary. Thomas Edison

4 2
It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test. Elbert Hubbard

4 2
It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing Prison or Harvard. We hire a man, not his history. Henry Ford

3 1
I thought he was a young man of promise, but it appears he is a young man of promises. -- Speaking Of Winston Churchill Arthur Balfour

3 1
The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. Edward Gibbon

3 1
Ability is of little account without opportunity. Napoleon Bonaparte

2 0
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. John Ruskin

3 2
When my horse is running good, I don't stop to give him sugar. William Faulkner

3 2
He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles. Henry David Thoreau

2 1
The principle of all successful effort is to try to do not what is absolutely the best, but what is easily within our power, and suited for our temperament and condition. John Ruskin

2 1
It's pretty hard to be efficient without being obnoxious. Kin Hubbard

2 1
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2 1
Life has been compared to a race, but the allusion improves by observing, that the most swift are usually the least manageable and the most likely to stray from the course. Great abilities have always been less serviceable to the possessors than moderate ones. Oliver Goldsmith

2 1
As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of being not to have lived.

2 1
Our work is the presentation of our capabilities. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2 1
People are so constituted that everybody would rather undertake what they see others do, whether they have an aptitude for it or not. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

1 0
Man cannot live by incompetence alone. Laurence J. Peter

1 0
No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort. John Ruskin

1 0
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. John Wooden

1 0
Natural abilities 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 abilities. Arthur Schopenhauer

1 0
All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one...characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers.

1 0
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. Henry David Thoreau

2 2
To know how to hide one's ability is great skill. Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld

1 1
The really unhappy person is the one who leaves undone what they can do, and starts doing what they don't understand; no wonder they come to grief. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

0 0
What you see, but can't see over is as good as infinite. Thomas Carlyle

0 0
The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the real value of things, and of the genius of the age in which we live. Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld

0 0
The king is the man who can. Thomas Carlyle

0 0
The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do. Orison Swett Marden

0 0
The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts. Booker T. Washington

0 0
No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor. Andrew Carnegie

0 0
God does not ask about our ability, but our availability.

0 0
Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability. George Bernard Shaw

0 0
The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed. If you pull it upon your shoulders, your feet are left bare; if you thrust it down to your feet, your shoulders are uncovered. William Temple

1 2
They are able because they think they are able. Virgil