Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
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 that he has.
Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right.
There are few, if any, jobs in which ability alone is sufficient. Needed, also, are loyalty, sincerity, enthusiasm and team play.
If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.
When ability exceeds ambition, or ambition exceeds ability, the likelihood of success is limited.
There is nothing of permanent value (putting aside a few human affections), nothing that satisfies quiet reflection, except the sense of having worked according to one’s capacity and light to make things clear and get rid of cant and shams of all sorts.
A man with ability and the desire to accomplish something can do anything.
Latent abilities are like clay. It can be mud on shoes, brick in a building or a statue that will inspire all who see it. The clay is the same. The result is dependent on how it is used.
Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.
Ability has nothing to do with opportunity.
The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed.
We should be on our guard against the temptation to argue directly from skill to capacity, and to assume when a man displays skill in some feat, his capacity is therefore considerable.
No man's abilities are so remarkably shining as not to stand in need of a proper opportunity, a patron, and even the praises of a friend, to recommend them to the notice of the world.
Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work.
Ability wins us the esteem of the true men; luck that of the people.
The art of using moderate abilities to advantage often brings greater results than actual brilliance.
It is always pleasant to be urged to do something on the ground that one can do it well.
A man’s ability cannot possibly be of one sort and his soul of another. If his soul be well-ordered, serious and restrained, his ability also is sound and sober. Conversely, when the one degenerates, the other is contaminated.
Ad Lucilium epistulae morales
The young man of native ability, the will to work and good personality will, in the long run, get the equivalent of a college education in the tasks he will set for himself. If he has ability and determination, he will find ways to learn and to get ahead.
The fine points that are uncovered in our work as a result of close study, diligent care, constant application and always trying to improve our methods represent the best and most valuable knowledge we get in business-and the sum total of that attentive attitude is what we call skill.
Many people have the ambition to succeed; they may even have special aptitude for their job. And yet they do not move ahead. Why? Perhaps they think that since they can master the job, there is no need to master themselves.
Not because of an extraordinary talent did he succeed, but because he had a capacity of a level for business and not above it.
Men are often capable of greater things than they perform. They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.