Ability has nothing to do with opportunity.
It is in destroying and pulling down that skill is displayed? The shallowest understanding, the rudest hand, is more than equal to the task.
Men who undertake considerable things, even in a regular way, ought to give us ground to presume ability.
Behind an able man there are always other able men.
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
Capacity never lacks opportunity. It cannot remain undiscovered because it is sought by too many anxious to use it.
I will not be concerned at other men’s not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.
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 that he has.
People are always ready to admit a man’s ability after he gets there.
What I need is someone who will make me do what I can.