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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on ability, acting, anxiety, character, citizenship, concern, difficulty, duty, honesty, individuality, information, interest, knowledge, men, motives, necessity, time, and understanding

Of the various executive abilities, no one excited more anxious concern than that of placing the interests of our fellow-citizens in the hands of honest men, with understanding sufficient for their stations. No duty is at the same time more difficult to fulfil. The knowledge of character possessed by a single individual is of necessity limited. To seek out the best through the whole Union, we must resort to the information which from the best of men, acting disinterestedly and with the purest motives, is sometimes incorrect.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

Source: Letter to Elias Shipman and others of New Haven, July 12, 1801.

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A Quote by Thomas Arnold on ability, principles, and religion

What we must look for here is, first, religious and moral principles; secondly, gentlemanly conduct; thirdly, intellectual ability.

Thomas Arnold (1795 - 1842)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on ability, life, people, and world

Ninety per cent of the world's woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues. Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves-so how can we know anyone else?

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Sterling W. Sill on ability, art, colors, despair, doubt, envy, execution, imagination, losing, nature, and skill

A story is told that Whistler once painted a tiny picture of a spray of roses. The artistry involved in the picture was magnificent. Never before, it seemed, had the art of man been able to execute quite so deftly a reproduction of the art of nature. The picture was the envy of the artists who saw it, the despair of the collectors who yearned to buy it. But Whistler refused steadfastly to sell it. "For," he said, "whenever I feel that my hand has lost its cunning, whenever I doubt my ability, I look at the little picture of the spray of roses, and say to myself, 'Whistler, you painted that. Your hand drew it. Your imagination conceived the colors. Your skill put the roses on the canvas.' Then, said he, "I know that what I have done, I can do again"

Sterling W. Sill (1903 - 1994)

Source: Told by Sterling W. Sill in Majesty of Books, p. 128

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A Quote by Sterling W. Sill on ability, children, control, death, design, eternity, gifts, god, good, judgment, life, limits, mistakes, necessity, seriousness, understanding, and welfare

It is a serious mistake to judge God within the narrow limits of our own understanding and abilities. God has created the worlds without number and is able to hold them all in perfect control. But even the greatest worlds are not the most prized of God's creations. The welfare of his children is far more important, and he has said that the greatest of all his gifts is the eternal life that he bestows upon us. We know that death is good. Certainly we would not dare to say that any procedure or design of God was superfluous or whimsical. On the contrary, there is a great deal of evidence, scriptural and otherwise that death is an inescapable necessity in God's plan for human redemption.

Sterling W. Sill (1903 - 1994)

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A Quote by Sir William Temple on ability

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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.

Sir William Temple (1881 - 1944)

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton on ability, body, experience, soul, success, work, and zeal

Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work, body and soul.

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton (1786 - 1845)

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A Quote by Sir Joshua Reynolds on ability, improvement, and talent

If you have great talents, industry will improve them: if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency.

Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792)

Source: To Royal Academy Students, 10 Dec. 1774

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A Quote by Sir Hugh Percy Allen on ability, friendship, silence, and tact

Tact is the rare ability to keep silent while two friends are arguing, and you know both of them are wrong.

Sir Hugh Percy Allen

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A Quote by Sir Christopher Wren on ability and wealth

Ability is a poor man's wealth.

Sir Christopher Wren (1632 - 1723)

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