Ability Quotes


The first 15 of these 33 ability quotes were posted back in 2009…but I felt 15 was not enough.  The remaining quotes were just posted in Oct 2011.  Enjoy:

1) With average or even minimum ability, success is still very possible. -Jacob Gelt Dekker

2) I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. -Albert Einstein

3) If we did things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves. -Thomas Edison

4) Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. -John Wooden

5) Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. -Mother Teresa

6) Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. -Helen Keller

7) Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

8 ) Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. -John Wooden

9) Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can. -Lowell Thomas

10) Everyone has talent. -Erica Jong

11) Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be a miracle. -Philiphs Brooks

12) Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential. -Liane Cardes

13) Do not measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability. -John Wooden

14) If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Do not hoard it. Do not dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke. -Brenda Francis

15) If you deliberately plan on being less than you can capable of being, then I warn you that you will be unhappy for the rest of your life. -Abraham Maslow

16) You are the only person on earth who can use your ability. -Zig Ziglar

17) Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. -Charlotte Whitton

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18) If only every man would make proper use of his strength and do his utmost, he need never regret his limited ability. -Marcus T. Cicero (106-43BC)

19) 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

20) Wicked people are always surprised to find ability in those that are good. -Marquis De Vauvenargues

21) Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable. -Brenda Ueland

22) There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other. -Douglas Everett

23) God requires a faithful fulfillment of the merest trifle given us to do, rather than the most ardent aspiration to things to which we are not called. -St. Francis De Sales (1567-1622)

24) The weakest among us has a gift, however seemingly trivial, which is peculiar to him and which worthily used will be a gift also to his race. -John Ruskin (1819-1900)

25) 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

26) We have more strength than will; and when we say things are impossible, it is often just excuses we make for ourselves. -Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

27) The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help that would never otherwise have occurred. A stream of events issues from the decision, raising unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. -William Murray (1705-1793)

28) The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do. -Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)

29) Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing. -John Andrew Holmes

30) The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

31) 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 (1728-1774)

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

33) Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability. -Marcus T. Cicero (106-43BC)

Please share your thoughts or quotations that would go along with this topic.  Also, which of these ability quotes do you like the most?  Please comment below.

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  1. Yes, there’re all beautiful quotes indeed. If only some of them can be translated into actions they would certainly benefit the person tremendously.
    Have a nice day! Regards, Jani.

  2. #12!!! Oh, sometimes it just takes the desire and determination to keep trying and trying, and trying some more! Never – NEVER give up your dreams!!! (That’s a quote by someone…can’t remember who, but I no doubt remember it from your site, Shawn!).

  3. ya, this is good. Sometimes we tell our selves that certain things are to difficult. But with the quotes, am very encouraged to do something in order to accomplish.

  4. Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
    Calvin Coolidge

  5. Thanks, Jani. You’re right; if only we could do that more often. I’d love it!

    Edgar: good to hear it! Please come back and keep us posted on your progress.

    Crystal: yeah, there’s so many great quotes out there and they’re easy to forget. That’s why I sometimes suggest that people write them down and post them up around themselves; that way, those positive words get to sink into your psyche gradually. That’s also why I published my own book of quotations! I can carry many of the good ones with me & pull it out during spare moments. 🙂

    Bill: that’s such an awesome one; it’s in my book. Hey, you didn’t put your site address in your comment; you should have done so.


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  7. Rarely do I receive something where I find over 90% of the quotes are relevant to my life but this time, all but one are very useful. Thank you!

  8. I teach high school students with moderate to severe diabilities. I keep my favorite Coach John Wooden quote in a prominent place in my classroom: “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”