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  Judge a person not by his ability to make money, but by his ability to retain it.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  True generosity is the ability to accept ingratitude.  
 -  American proverb
  

  Suitable ability in the suitable place.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Ability to swim is preservation of life.  
 -  African proverb
  

  Ability in itself is nothing when denied opportunity.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself.  
 -  American Beauty, 1999
  

  Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.  
 -  Andrew Carnegie
  

  Personal power is the ability to take action.  
 -  Anthony Robbins
  

  One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.  
 -  Arnold H. Glasow
  

  Capitalism demands the best of every man – his rationality – and rewards him accordingly. It leaves every man free to choose the work he likes, to specialize in it, to trade his product for the products of others, and to go as far on the road of achievement as his ability and ambition will carry him.  
 -  Ayn Rand
  

  Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  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 Mannes Baruch
  

  All America loses when any person is denied or forced out of a job because of sexual orientation. Being gay, the last time I thought about it, seemed to have nothing to do with the ability to read a balance book, fix a broken bone, or change a spark plug.  
 -  Bill Clinton
  

  Culture is the ability to describe Jane Russell without moving your hands.  
 -  Bob Hope
  

  The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.  
 -  Bob Marley
  

  The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term, is the indispensable prerequisite for success.  
 -  Brian Tracy
  

  The essence of a successful business is really quite simple. It is your ability to offer a product or service that people will pay for at a price sufficiently above your costs, ideally three or four or five times your cost, thereby giving you a profit that enables you to buy and to offer more products and services.  
 -  Brian Tracy
  

  Your greatest asset is your earning ability. Your greatest resource is your time.  
 -  Brian Tracy
  

  He is able who thinks he is able.  
 -  Buddha
  

  People with no morals often considered themselves more free, but mostly they lacked the ability to feel or love.  
 -  Charles Bukowski
  

  Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.  
 -  Cicero
  

  Ability without honor is useless.  
 -  Cicero
  

  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 he has.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.  
 -  Confucius
  

  I believe a man is a professional when he can do what needs to be done no matter how he feels within. An amateur is an amateur in his attitude emotionally. A professional is an professional in the way he thinks and feels and in his ability to execute under the most trying conditions.  
 -  Cus D'Amato
  

  With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.  
 -  Dalai Lama
  

  If you don't love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.  
 -  Dalai Lama
  

  Let us not get so busy or live so fast that we can't listen to the music of the meadow or the symphony that glorifies the forest. Some things in the world are far more important than wealth; one of them is the ability to enjoy simple things.  
 -  Dale Carnegie
  

  Do you know the most important trait a man can have? It is not executive ability; it is not a great mentality; it is not kindliness, nor courage, nor a sense of humor, though each of these is of tremendous importance. In my opinion, it is the ability to make friends, which, boiled down, means the ability to see the best in man.  
 -  Dale Carnegie
  

  Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax.  
 -  David Allen
  

  The test of a successful person is not an ability to eliminate all problems before they arise, but to meet and work out difficulties when they do arise.  
 -  David J. Schwartz
  

  Winners have the ability to step back from the canvas of their lives like an artist gaining perspective. They make their lives a work of art - an individual masterpiece.  
 -  Denis Waitley
  

  Even the opinions you have about yourself are not necessarily true; therefore, you don't need to take whatever you hear in your own mind personally. The mind has the ability to talk to itself, but it also has the ability to hear information that is available from other realms.  
 -  Don Miguel Ruiz
  

  Confidence can get you where you want to go, and getting there is a daily process. It's so much easier when you feel good about yourself, your abilities and talents.  
 -  Donald Trump
  

  In business, I've discovered that my purpose is to do my best to my utmost ability every day. That's my standard. I learned early in my life that I had high standards.  
 -  Donald Trump
  

  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
  

  Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.  
 -  Elbert Hubbard
  

  You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.   
 -  Eleanor Roosevelt
  

  Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.  
 -  Ernest Hemingway
  

  The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.  
 -  F. Scott Fitzgerald
  

  The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.  
 -  Friedrich Nietzsche
  

  We can accomplish almost anything within our ability if we but think that we can.  
 -  George Matthew Adams
  

  Firmness in decision is often merely a form of stupidity. It indicates an inability to think the same thing out twice.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  I have always defined politics to mean the science of government, perhaps the most important science, because it involves the art and ability of people to live together.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  Tact is the ability to step on a man's toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  If I had to name the single characteristic shared by all truly successful people I've met in my life, I'd say it's the ability to create and nurture a network of contacts.  
 -  Harvey Mackay
  

  If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.  
 -  Henry Ford
  

  If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get to other person's point of view and see things from that person's angle as well as from your own.  
 -  Henry Ford
  

  We can accomplish almost anything within our ability if we but think that we can.  
 -  George Matthew Adams
  

  Firmness in decision is often merely a form of stupidity. It indicates an inability to think the same thing out twice.  
 -  H. L. Mencken
  

  I have always defined politics to mean the science of government, perhaps the most important science, because it involves the art and ability of people to live together.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  Tact is the ability to step on a man's toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  If I had to name the single characteristic shared by all truly successful people I've met in my life, I'd say it's the ability to create and nurture a network of contacts.  
 -  Harvey Mackay
  

  If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.  
 -  Henry Ford
  

  If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get to other person's point of view and see things from that person's angle as well as from your own.  
 -  Henry Ford
  

  I used to think that one of the great signs of security was the ability to just walk away.  
 -  Jack Nicholson
  

  Opportunity is attracted by talent and ability. You don't present 'need' to opportunity. It's like asking the soil for an advance.  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

  Communication is the ability to affect other people with words.  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

  Competence goes beyond words. It's the leader's ability to say it, plan it, and do it in such a way that others know that you know how. And know that they want to follow you.  
 -  John C. Maxwell
  

  I firmly believe that one of the hallmarks of a champion - any champion - is the ability to absorb losses and regain confidence immediately.  
 -  John McEnroe
  

  Ability is a poor man's wealth.  
 -  John Wooden
  

  Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.  
 -  John Wooden
  

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

  The great secret possessed by the great men of all ages was their ability to contact and release the powers of their subconscious mind. You can do the same.  
 -  Joseph Murphy
  

  The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business - or almost anywhere else, for that matter.  
 -  Lee Iacocca
  

  I was loaded with sheer ability, spelled i-n-h-e-r-i-t-a-n-c-e.  
 -  Malcolm S. Forbes
  

  I've got a woman's ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.  
 -  Margaret Thatcher
  

  It's the ability to believe in the unpredictability of the game at the micro level and simultaneously believe in the predictability of the game at the macro level that makes the casino and the professional gambler effective and successful at what they do.  
 -  Mark Douglas
  

  You can ask a woman how her day is going, or say the most perceptive or witty thing to her in the first five minutes, but her first impression is largely going to be based on how you present yourself (looks/lifestyle), your level of anxiety, and your ability to communicate clearly.  
 -  Mark Manson, Models - Attract Women Through Honesty
  

  I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him.  
 -  Mel Brooks
  

  Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.  
 -  Michael Jordan
  

  The ability to retain a child's view of the world with at the same time a mature understanding of what it means to retain it, is extremely rare - and a person who has these qualities is likely to be able to contribute something really important to our thinking.  
 -  Mortimer Adler
  

  Ability is of little account without opportunity.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Man achieves in life only by commanding the capabilities nature has given him, or by creating them within himself by education and by knowing how to profit by the difficulties encountered.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Fear is a bigger disability than having no arms and no legs.  
 -  Nick Vujicic
  

  What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people's lives.  
 -  Oprah Winfrey
  

  I don't think you ever stop giving. I really don't. I think it's an on-going process. And it's not just about being able to write a check. It's being able to touch somebody's life.  
 -  Oprah Winfrey
  

  I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  At the age of eleven or thereabouts women acquire a poise and an ability to handle difficult situations which a man, if he is lucky, manages to achieve somewhere in the later seventies.  
 -  P. G. Wodehouse
  

  He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.  
 -  Pablo Picasso
  

  Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose, and commit myself to, what is best for me.  
 -  Paulo Coelho
  

  Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation.  
 -  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
  

  Most men and women, by birth or nature, lack the means to advance in wealth or power, but all have the ability to advance in knowledge.  
 -  Pythagoras
  

  That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  What usually happens in the educational process is that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature they have lost their innate capabilities.  
 -  Richard Buckminster Fuller
  

  I have to say, I think that we are in some kind of final examination as to whether human beings now, with this capability to acquire information and to communicate, whether we're really qualified to take on the responsibility we're designed to be entrusted with.  
 -  Richard Buckminster Fuller
  

  Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.  
 -  Robert Frost
  

  Related to mastering your emotions is the ability to distance yourself from the present moment and think objectively about the past and the future. Like Janus, the double faced Roman deity and guardian of all gates and doorways, you must be able to look in both directions at once.  
 -  Robert Greene
  

  The biggest threat to our privacy is the government. We must drastically limit the ability of government to collect and store data regarding citizens' personal matters.  
 -  Ron Paul
  

  The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat.  
 -  Sam Snead
  

  There are evils that have the ability to survive identification and go on forever... money, for instance, or war.  
 -  Saul Bellow
  

  The ability to manage your focus is one of your greatest powers. What you put your attention on determines what you accomplish, how you feel, and what you can handle in life. You might even say that it has the biggest influence over what happens to you in life.  
 -  Sean Stephenson
  

  How we react to those things in life which we can do nothing about will always be the truest test of our own self-control, our own individual sense of self, and our ability to manage our minds and ourselves in a way that keeps us coming out on top and at peace with where we are. That is a part of maturity.  
 -  Shad Helmstetter
  

  Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.  
 -  Stephen Hawking
  

  The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person.  
 -  Stephen R. Covey
  

  Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.  
 -  Stephen R. Covey
  

  We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.  
 -  Stevie Wonder
  

  All you have to do to diminish your fear is to develop more trust in your ability to handle whatever comes your way!  
 -  Susan Jeffers
  

  There's nothing wrong with getting a steady paycheck, unless it interferes with your ability to earn what you're worth. There's the rub. It usually does.  
 -  T. Harv Eker
  

  Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.  
 -  Theodore Roosevelt
  

  Humankind's survival depends on our ability to stop rushing. We have more than 50,000 nuclear bombs, and yet we cannot stop making more. 'Stopping' is not only to stop the negative, but to allow positive healing to take place.  
 -  Thich Nhat Hanh
  

  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
  

  Being financially rich and having the ability to live like a millionaire are fundamentally two very different things. Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of W's you control in your life: what you do, when you do it, where you do it, and with whom you do it. I call this the 'freedom multiplier.'  
 -  Tim Ferriss
  

  Options - the ability to choose - is real power.  
 -  Tim Ferriss
  

  The inability to deal effectively with stress has been linked to cancer, asthma, headaches, depression, cardio-vascular disease, common cold, ulcers, hypertension, chronic fatigue, and immune system suppression, to name but a few.  
 -  Tommy Newberry
  

  Sometimes People Tend To Look Your Ability On The Negative Aspect, People's Criticism Has A Lot Of Negative Stereotypes. Keep Away From Those Who Try To Belittle Your Ambitions. Small People Will Always Do That, But The Really Great Make you Believe That You Too Can Be Great.  
 -  Unknown
  

  A man's dignity isn't measured by the people he has around him when he's at the peak of his success, but by his ability not to forget those who helped him when his need was greatest.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Always remain strong, no matter what. Your strength and your ability to keep going is what defines you.  
 -  Unknown
  

  There is no time for regret in a human life, it only falters a person ability to continue living.  
 -  Unknown
  

  When you absolutely believe in yourself and your ability to succeed, nothing will stop you.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Knowledge is having information. Intelligence is the ability to use it in your advantage. Wisdom is being yourself in the process.  
 -  Unknown
  

  The size of your problem is nothing compared with your ability to solve them. By overestimating your problems, you underestimate yourself.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Do not ever underestimate my ability to find shit out.  
 -  Unknown
  

  You have the ability to choose which way you want to go. You have to believe great things are going to happen in your life. Do everything you can - prepare, pray and achieve - to make it happen.  
 -  Unknown
  

  The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Until you're broken for awhile, you don't know what you're made of. It gives you the ability to rebuild yourself, stronger than ever before.  
 -  Unknown
  

  A man's way of doing things is the direct result of the way he thinks about things. To do things in a way you want to do them, you will have to acquire the ability to think the way you want to think; this is the first step toward getting rich.  
 -  Wallace D. Wattles
  

  Take me as an example. I happen to have a talent for allocating capital. But my ability to use that talent is completely dependent on the society I was born into. If I'd been born into a tribe of hunters, this talent of mine would be pretty worthless. I can't run very fast. I'm not particularly strong. I'd probably end up as some wild animal's dinner.  
 -  Warren Buffett
  

  Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.  
 -  Wayne Dyer
  

  There is no mystery whatever - only inability to perceive the obvious.  
 -  Wei Wu Wei
  

  Even when repressed, inequality grows; only the man who is below the average in economic ability desires equality; those who are conscious of superior ability desire freedom, and in the end superior ability has its way.  
 -  Will Durant
  

  The world judge of men by their ability in their profession, and we judge of ourselves by the same test; for it is on that on which our success in life depends.  
 -  William Hazlitt
  

  The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.  
 -  William James
  

  Vodka is for Russians what therapy is for Americans: habit-forming and it destroys your ability to live a normal life.  
 -  Yakov Smirnoff
  

  Increasing our ability to hold on to happiness is the greatest thing we can learn.  
 -  Yu Dan
  

  Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.  
 -  Zig Ziglar