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    Ability

  1. Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.
      --Francis Bacon

  2. Ability is of little account without opportunity.
      --Napoleon Bonaparte

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

  4. Everyone must row with the oars he has.
      --English Proverb

  5. The question "Who ought to be boss?" is like as "Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?" Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.
      --Henry Ford

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

  7. The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
      --Edward Gibbon

  8. From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.
      --Edward Hand

  9. There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
      --Elbert Hubbard

  10. One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
      --Elbert Hubbard

  11. Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.
      --John Henry Newman

  12. Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work.
      --John G. Pollard

  13. Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.
      --Sam Rayburn

  14. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
      --Theodore Roosevelt

  15. Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.
      --Bertrand Russell

  16. They are able because they think they are able.
      --Vergil

  17. 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.
      --Horace Walpole


    Absence

  18. It takes time for the absent to assume their true shape in our thoughts. After death they take on a firmer outline and then cease to change.
      --Colette

  19. The absent are always in the wrong.
      --English Proverb

  20. The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.
      --Benjamin Franklin

  21. When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.
      --Thomas à Kempis

  22. Absence and death are the same--only that in death there is no suffering.
      --Walter S. Landor

  23. Is not absence death to those who love?
      --Alexander Pope

  24. The absent are like children, helpless to defend themselves.
      --Charles Reade

  25. Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.
      --François de la Rochefoucauld

  26. They are good that are away.
      --Scottish Proverb

  27. No friend to Love like a long voyage at sea.
      --Aphra Behn


    Abstinence

  28. Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one.
      --William Penn

  29. Once during Prohibition I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.
      --W. C. Fields

  30. Abstaining is favorable both to the head and the pocket.
      --Horace Greeley

  31. Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
      --Saint Augustine

  32. All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.
      --Epictetus

  33. The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor.
      --William Temple


    Absurdity

  34. There is nothing so absurd or ridiculous that has not at some time been said by some philosopher.
      --Oliver Goldsmith

  35. The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject but man only.
      --Thomas Hobbes

  36. It is the height of absurdity to sow little but weeds in the first half of one's lifetime and expect to harvest a valuable crop in the second half.
      --Percy Johnston

  37. In politics, an absurdity is not a handicap.
      --Napoleon Bonaparte

  38. Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.
      --Samuel Johnson

  39. The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man almost nothing.
      --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


    Abuse

  40. Abuse is the weapon of the vulgar.
      -- Samuel Griswold Goodrich

  41. The best security against revolution is in constant correction of abuses and the introduction of needed improvements. It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.
      -- Richard Whately

  42. I never yet heard man or woman much abused that I was not inclined to think the better of them, and to transfer the suspicion or dislike to the one who found pleasure in pointing out the defects of another.
      -- Jane Porter

  43. There are none more abusive to others than they that lie most open to it themselves; but the humor goes round, and he that laughs at me today will have somebody to laugh at him tomorrow.
      -- Seneca

  44. Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with the love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he be a prince, or one of the people.
      -- Jean de la Fontaine


    Accuracy

  45. Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty.
      -- Charles Simmons

  46. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
      -- Anonymous

  47. Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtaxed.
      -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

  48. From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.
      -- Nathaniel Hawthorne

  49. Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction.
      -- Adlai E. Stevenson

  50. Facts are God's arguments; we should be careful never to misunderstand or pervert them.
      -- Tryon Edwards

  51. Accuracy of statement is one of the first elements of truth; inaccuracy is a near kin to falsehood.
      -- Tryon Edwards


    Achievement

  52. Every man who is high up loves to think that he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that.
      -- James Matthew Barrie

  53. Death comes to all
    But great achievements build a monument
    Which shall endure until the sun grows cold.

      -- Georg Fabricius

  54. The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
      --Ralph Waldo Emerson

  55. Mere longevity is a good thing for those who watch Life from the side lines. For those who play the game, an hour may be a year, a single day's work an achievement for eternity.
      -- Gabriel Heatter

  56. The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.
      -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

  57. Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.
      -- Samuel Johnson

  58. Let us, then, be up and doing,
    With a heart for any fate;
    Still achieving, still pursuing,
    Learn to labor and to wait.
      -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  59. I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.
      -- Jonas Salk

  60. Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you.
      -- Stewart E. White


    Acting

  61. A good actor must never be in love with anyone but himself.
      --Jean Anouilh

  62. The best actors do not let the wheels show.
      --Henry Fonda

  63. Working in the theatre has a lot in common with unemployment.
      --Arthur Gingold

  64. Acting is happy agony.
      --Alec Guinness

  65. You need three things in the theatre--the play, the actors and the audience,--and each must give something.
      --Kenneth Haigh

  66. Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.
      --paul Newman

  67. I sweat. If anything comes easy to me I mistrust it.
      --Lilli Palmer

  68. Acting is not being emotional, but being able to express emotion.
      --Kate Reid

  69. The play was a great success but the audience was a disaster.
      --Oscar Wilde


    Action

  70. Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
      -- Thomas Carlyle

  71. Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
      -- Benjamin Disraeli

  72. Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our own deeds.
      -- Miguel de Cervantes

  73. Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue.
      -- Giuseppe Garibaldi

  74. A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but he's not a man of action.. You must act as you breathe.
      -- Georges Clemenceau

  75. What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.
      -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  76. Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends.
      -- Jawaharlal Nehru

  77. The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
      -- John Locke

  78. Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.
      -- Peter Marshall

  79. Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing.
      -- William Shakespeare

  80. Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered.
      -- Daniel Webster

  81. Periods of tranquility are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.
      -- Alfred North Whitehead

  82. You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say.
      -- John N. Mitchell

  83. Think like a man of action and act like a man of thought.
      -- Henri Bergson

  84. Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
      -- Edwin Hubbel Chapin

  85. Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
      -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  86. Positive anything is better than negative nothing.
      -- Elbert Hubbard

  87. I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
      -- Gilbert K. Chesterton

  88. It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
      -- Anatole France

  89. Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
      -- Mahatma Gandhi

  90. The best way out is always through.
      -- Robert Frost

  91. When a man asks himself what is meant by action he proves that he isn't a man of action. Action is a lack of balance. In order to act you must be somewhat insane. A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking.
      -- Georges Clemenceau

  92. I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
      -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

  93. Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.
      -- Heinrich Heine

  94. Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.
      -- William Wordsworth

  95. The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
      -- Baltasar Graciánn Baltasar


    Adaptability

  96. We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided.
      -- Alexander Hamilton

  97. One learns to itch where one can scratch.
      -- Ernest Bramah

  98. Make yourself necessary to somebody.
      -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  99. The weather-cock on the church spire, though made of iron, would soon be broken by the storm-wind if it ... did not understand the noble art of turning to every wind.
      -- Heinrich Heine

  100. Complete adaptation to environment means death. The essential point in all response is the desire to control environment.
      -- John Dewey

  101. Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.
      -- Mahatma Gandhi

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