"Ability is of little account without opportunity."
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"It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test."
"It's pretty hard to be efficient without being obnoxious."
"To know how to hide one's ability is great skill."
"Not many men have both good fortune and good sense."
"The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do."
"Analyzing what you haven't got as well as what you have is a necessary ingredient of a career."
"Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short."
"Ability is sexless."
"Man cannot live by incompetence alone."
"The boy was as useless as rubber lips on a woodpecker."
"Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work."
"No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort."
"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece."
"Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability."
"A genius can't be forced; nor can you make an ape an alderman."
"I don't think there's a punch-line scheduled, is there?"
"In Europe an actor is an artist. In Hollywood, if he isn't working, he's a bum."
"I must say that acting was good training for the political life that lay ahead of us."
"A lot of what acting is paying attention."
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