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  • ...the builder had lacked an architect's eye. He had used the idiom of the time, but it had apparently not been native to him.

  • ... it is a waste of time to ask more of people than they have to give.

  • Unused ability, like unused muscles, will atrophy.

  • There is only one proof of ability — action.

  • There are so many things that we are capable of, that we could be or do. The potentialities are so great that we never, any of us, are more than one-fourth fulfilled.

  • Would that my ability was equal to my inclination.

    • Abigail Adams,
    • letter to John Quincy Adams (1786), in John P. Kaminski, The Quotable Abigail Adams ()
  • I believe that happiness consists in having a destiny in keeping with our abilities. Our desires are things of the moment, often harmful even to ourselves; but our abilities are permanent, and their demands never cease.

  • ... ability atrophies through lack of exercise.

  • The more you do the more you can do. Energy begets energy.

  • We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.

    • Wilma Rudolph,
    • in Corinne J. Naden and ‎Rose Blue, Wilma Rudolph ()