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    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.

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Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that's good taste.

Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that's good taste.

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Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

by John Wooden Found in: Ability Quotes,
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The carpenter is not the best who makes more chips than all the rest.

The carpenter is not the best who makes more chips than all the rest.

by Arthur Guiterman Found in: Ability Quotes,
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Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.

Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.

by Josh Billings Found in: Ability Quotes,
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They are able because they think they are able.

They are able because they think they are able.

by Virgil Found in: Ability Quotes,
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'Tis skill not strength that governs a ship.

'Tis skill not strength that governs a ship.

by Thomas Fuller, M.d. Found in: Ability Quotes,
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The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you read more

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.

by Sir William Temple Found in: Ability Quotes,
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We shall generally find that the triangular person has got into
the square hole, the oblong into the triangular, read more

We shall generally find that the triangular person has got into
the square hole, the oblong into the triangular, and a square
person has squeezed himself into the round hole.

by Sydney Smith Found in: Ability Quotes,
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