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    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.

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Life has been compared to a race, but the allusion improves by observing, that the most swift are usually the read more

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.

by Oliver Goldsmith Found in: Ability Quotes,
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If there be anything that can be called genius, it consists chiefly in ability to give that attention to a read more

If there be anything that can be called genius, it consists chiefly in ability to give that attention to a subject which keeps it steadily in the mind, till we have surveyed it accurately on all sides.

by Theodor Reik Found in: Ability Quotes,
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I shut my eyes in order to see.

I shut my eyes in order to see.

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The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the read more

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.

by Mahatma Gandhi Found in: Ability Quotes,
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I add this also, that natural ability without education has
oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education read more

I add this also, that natural ability without education has
oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without
natural ability.
[Lat., Etiam illud adjungo, saepius ad laudem atque virtutem
naturam sine doctrina, quam sine natura valisse doctrinam.]

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

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

by Orison Swett Marden Found in: Ability Quotes,
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Ability is of little account without opportunity.

Ability is of little account without opportunity.

by Napoleon Bonaparte Found in: Ability Quotes,
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Read my little fable:
He that runs may read.
Most can raise the flowers now,
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Read my little fable:
He that runs may read.
Most can raise the flowers now,
For all have got the seed.

by Lord Alfred Tennyson 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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