Quotations on Ability

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I never doubted my ability, but when you hear all your life you're inferior, it makes you wonder if the other guys have something you've never seen before. If they do, I'm still looking for it.
- Hank Aaron
(Keywords: Life, Ability, Wonder)

Every man's ability may be strengthened or increased by culture.
- John Abbott
(Keywords: Ability, Culture, Man, May)

My best work is often almost unconscious and occurs ahead of my ability to understand it.
- Sam Abell
(Keywords: Work, Ability, Unconscious)

There is only one thing which can master the perplexed stuff of epic material into unity; and that is, an ability to see in particular human experience some significant symbolism of man's general destiny.
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Keywords: Experience, Ability, Destiny, Man, Unity)

We worked on solving the problem of voice communications in a noisy military environment. We established military codes that are highly audible and invented selection tests for personnel who had a superior ability to recognize sound in a noisy background.
- M. H. Abrams
(Keywords: Ability, Environment, Military, Sound, Tests, Voice)

In my mind's eye, I visualize how a particular... sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.
- Ansel Adams
(Keywords: Ability, Chance, Eye, Feeling, Mind, Practice, Sense, Sight, Will)

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
(Keywords: Experience, Ability, Remarkable)

Your ability as republican volunteers, to rise to this challenge will mean that the two governments and others cannot easily hide from their obligations and their responsibility to resolve these problems.
- Gerry Adams
(Keywords: Ability, Challenge, Problems, Republican, Responsibility, Will)

Sinn Fein has demonstrated the ability to play a leadership role as part of a popular movement towards peace, equality and justice.
- Gerry Adams
(Keywords: Equality, Leadership, Peace, Ability, Justice, Play, Popular)

The attainment of the present status of Thailand has to depend on the ability or the actions of all the inhabitants of the country.
- Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Keywords: Ability, Actions, Country, Present)

I have witnessed how education opens doors, and I know that when sound instruction takes place, students experience the joys of new-found knowledge and the ability to excel.
- Daniel Akaka
(Keywords: Education, Experience, Knowledge, Ability, Sound, Students)

As soon as the legitimate Lebanese government is convinced that the conditions have ripened and that Lebanon is able to maintain stability on its own... Then, the Syrian forces will return to their homeland.
- Bashar al-Assad
(Keywords: Government, Stability, Will)

There must be such a thing as a child with average ability, but you can't find a parent who will admit that it is his child.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich
(Keywords: Ability, Will)

I think that Congress' ability to reason is fully equal to that of the judiciary.
- Samuel Alito
(Keywords: Ability, Congress, Reason)

I loved living and breathing theatre so much that I decided I had to find a way to bring my desire to act and my ability to support myself together. I'd run through the possibilities in Washington, so that meant moving to New York.
- Karen Allen
(Keywords: Ability, Act, Desire, Living, Possibilities, Support, Theatre, Washington)

Each of us has been put on earth with the ability to do something well. We cheat ourselves and the world if we don't use that ability as best we can.
- George Allen, Sr.
(Keywords: Ability, Earth, World)

People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.
- George Allen, Sr.
(Keywords: Men, Success, People, Ability, Succeed)

I must stress here the point that I appreciate clarity, order, meaning, structure, rationality: they are necessary to whatever provisional stability we have, and they can be the agents of gradual and successful change.
- A. R. Ammons
(Keywords: Change, Successful, Clarity, Meaning, Order, Stability, Stress)

The ability to reduce everything to simple fundamental laws does not imply the ability to start from those laws and reconstruct the universe.
- Philip Warren Anderson
(Keywords: Ability, Laws, Universe)

Our Founders warned against this. They said don't... that your liberty is only as secure as the people are. Because once they, um, get the ability to vote themselves entitlements from the largesse of the government, liberty is done; freedom is over with. We were warned. We are there.
- Sharron Angle
(Keywords: Government, People, Ability, Freedom, Liberty, Vote)

If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell.
- Lance Armstrong
(Keywords: Hope, Ability, Children, Choice, Fight, Hell, Options)

American people have the ability to laugh at themselves. It is one of the things that makes this country the great country that it is.
- Desi Arnaz
(Keywords: People, Ability, American, Country)

The difference between one man and another is not mere ability it is energy.
- Thomas Arnold
(Keywords: Ability, Difference, Energy, Man)

Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.
- Mary Kay Ash
(Keywords: Success, Honesty, Ability, Confidence)

The Internet provides very serious challenges to our ability to keep from children the kinds of things that are destructive to them.
- John Ashcroft
(Keywords: Ability, Children, Internet)

My power is the ability to control water molecules and form them into ice.
- Shawn Ashmore
(Keywords: Power, Control, Ability, Water)

As we've gotten more successful, there's a gap between the speed of our publishing pipeline and the speed of our receiving submissions pipeline. Our pipeline of leaks has been increasing exponentially as our profile rises, and our ability to publish is increasing linearly.
- Julian Assange
(Keywords: Successful, Ability, Publishing)

Get that right, then- if you get the quality right, then the marketability or whatever; your ability to sell videos or your ability to earn money or whatever, will follow naturally. But try to be creatively lead rather than market lead. And that's important to me.
- Rowan Atkinson
(Keywords: Money, Quality, Ability, Right, Will)

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
- Marcus Aurelius
(Keywords: Education, Virtue, Ability, Glory, Man)

Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.
- Marcus Aurelius
(Keywords: Life, Power, Ability, Mind, Nothing, Observation)

What women have to stand on squarely is not their ability to see the world in the way men see it, but the importance and validity of their seeing it in some other way.
- Mary Austin
(Keywords: Men, Women, Ability, Importance, Validity, World)

The fact is if we do our job right, if we keep worrying not about polls but about the jobs of the American people, about their health care, about their ability to educate their kids, stay in their homes and own their homes, send their kids to college, the basic pillars of a middle-class life, if we keep worrying about the future and building a stronger future for this country, these things will take care of themselves.
- David Axelrod
(Keywords: Health, Life, People, Ability, American, Building, Care, College, Country, Fact, Future, Job, Jobs, Kids, Right, Will)

In England, the profession of the law is that which seems to hold out the strongest attraction to talent, from the circumstance, that in it ability, coupled with exertion, even though unaided by patronage, cannot fail of obtaining reward.
- Charles Babbage
(Keywords: Talent, Ability, Circumstance, England, Law, Profession, Reward)

Head Start's ability to improve the educational skills and opportunities of Latino children will be an important component of America's future success.
- Joe Baca
(Keywords: Success, Ability, America, Children, Future, Will)

The Postal Service's unmatched ability to reach every household and business in America six days a week is a vital part of the nation's infrastructure.
- Joe Baca
(Keywords: Business, Ability, America, Nation, Service)

What comprises good performance? The ability through singing or playing to make the ear conscious of the true content and affect of a composition.
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
(Keywords: Performance, Ability, Content, Singing)

Frankly I've never really subscribed to these adjectives tagging me as an 'icon', 'superstar', etc. I've always thought of myself as an actor doing his job to the best of his ability.
- Amitabh Bachchan
(Keywords: Thought, Ability, Actor, Job)

Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Ability, Delight)

I consider my musical ability to be a gift from the Creator. It's not that I try to work hard or nothing like that, it's a gift, it was given to me, and I appreciate it.
- Erykah Badu
(Keywords: Work, Ability, Nothing)

I have the ability to sing with emotion and feeling, but if you say I sound like Billie Holiday, that's cool. Let's look at who Billie was: she was this person, this singer, this beautiful diva who could move the audience with the slightest gesture of her hand.
- Erykah Badu
(Keywords: Ability, Emotion, Feeling, Holiday, Sound)

I don't feel like I need to preach to the world or nothing like that. I just feel like I share what I say, and if listeners get it, they get it. And I never underestimate the audience's ability to feel me.
- Erykah Badu
(Keywords: Ability, Nothing, World)

Instinct is untaught ability.
- Alexander Bain
(Keywords: Ability, Instinct)

People who believe they have the power to exercise some measure of control over their lives are healthier, more effective and more successful than those who lack faith in their ability to effect changes in their lives.
- Albert Bandura
(Keywords: Faith, Power, People, Successful, Control, Ability, Effect, Exercise, Measure)

You have to have something worth saying and then the ability to say it- writing's a double skill, really.
- Iain Banks
(Keywords: Ability, Saying, Skill, Worth, Writing)

My family actually lived in the same village for about 400 years. They had great stability until the last century. People lived and intermarried in small villages.
- Roger Bannister
(Keywords: Family, People, Stability, Years)

Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.
- William Barclay
(Keywords: Ability, Endurance, Glory)

The ability of our people to think quickly and create great products in this whole new world of Internet open standards is not only essential to our success but is also one of the things that impresses me most about Netscape.
- Jim Barksdale
(Keywords: Success, People, Ability, Internet, Open, World)

We help people to begin truly healthful diets, and it is absolutely wonderful to see, not only their success, but also their delight at their ability to break old habits and feel really healthy for a change.
- Neal Barnard
(Keywords: Change, Success, People, Ability, Delight, Habits, Help, Old)

Pension reforms, like investment advice and automatic enrollment, will strengthen the ability of Americans to save and invest for retirement.
- Steve Bartlett
(Keywords: Ability, Advice, Americans, Investment, Retirement, Will)

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 Baruch
(Keywords: Character, Ability, Years)



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