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To know how to hide one's ability is great skill. [Fr., C'est une grande habilete que de savoir cacher son habilete.]

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld Quotes , Source: Maximes (245)

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To the very last, he [Napolean] had a kind of idea, that, namely, of "la carriere ouverte aux talents"--the tools to him that can handle them.

John Gibson Lockhart Quotes , Source: Sir Walter Scott, in the "London and Westminister Review"

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A Traveller at Sparta, standing long upon one leg, said to a Lacedaemonian, "I do not believe you can do as much." "True," said he. "but every goose can."

Plutarch Quotes , Source: Laconic Apothegms--Remarkable Speeches of Some Obscure Men

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One thing, however, I must premise, that without the assistance of natural capacity, rules and precepts are of no efficacy. [Lat., Illud tamen in primis testandum est, nihil praecepta atque artes valere nisi adjuvante natura.]

Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilian) Quotes , Source: Prooemium (I, 4)

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Men, like bullets, go farthest when they are smoothest. [Ger., Die Menschen gehen wie Schiesskugeln weiter, wenn sie abgeglattet sind.]

Jean Paul Richter Quotes , Source: Titan (zykel 26)

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A dwarf is small even if he stands on a mountain; a colossus keeps his height, even if he stands in a well. [Lat., Parvus pumilio, licet in monte constiterit; colossus magnitudinem suam servabit, etiam si steterit in puteo.]

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) Quotes , Source: Epistles (76)

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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.

Sydney Smith Quotes , Source: Sketches of Moral Philosophy

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Pigmies placed on the shoulders of giants see more than the giants themselves.

Didacus Stella Quotes , Source: Lucan (vol. II, 10)

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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.

Lord Alfred Tennyson Quotes , Source: The Flowers

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The wicked are always surprised to find ability in the good. [Fr., Les merchants sont toujours surpris de trouver de l'habilete dans les bons.]

Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues Quotes , Source: Reflexions (CIII)

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They are able because they think they are able. [Lat., Possunt quia posse videntur.]

Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil) Quotes , Source: The Aeneid (V, 231)

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Men take only their needs into consideration, never their abilities.

Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

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A man dies still if he has done nothing, as one who has done much.

Homer Quotes

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

Arthur Guiterman Quotes

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If you can't learn to do it well, learn to enjoy doing it badly.

Ashleigh Brilliant Quotes

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People are always ready to admit a man's ability after he gets there.

Bob Edwards Quotes

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Ability is the art of getting credit for all the home runs somebody else hits.

Casey Stengel Quotes

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The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.

Edward Gibbon Quotes

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Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

George Herbert Quotes

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If they try to rush me, I always say, I've only got one other speed and it's slower.

Glenn Ford Quotes

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It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing or Harvard. We hire a man, not his history.

Henry Ford Quotes

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From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.

Karl Marx Quotes

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When people find a man of the most distinguished abilities as a writer their inferior while he is with them, it must be highly gratifying to them.

Samuel Johnson Quotes

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'Tis skill not strength that governs a ship.

Thomas Fuller, M.D. Quotes

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There is great ability in knowing how to conceal one's ability.

Francois, Duc De La Rochefoucauld Quotes

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