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Henry FordWhether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re probably right.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

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HoraceHe is not poor who has enough of things to use. If it is well with your belly, chest and feet, the wealth of kings can give you nothing more.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

Bill GatesMost people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.

—  Bill Gates, 1955-, American businessman

Mignon McLaughlinAs we are human, we can't do what we can't do; as we're neurotic, we can't do what we can.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

John WoodenAbility can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

John WoodenDo not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

NapoleonAbility is nothing without opportunity.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Pablo PicassoGive me a museum and I'll fill it.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Sun TzuHe who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious.

—  Sun Tzu, c. 5th cent. BC, Chinese general & military strategist

ConfuciusThe man who says he can, and the man who says he can not are both correct.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

H.L. MenckenThe older I get the more I admire and crave competence, just simple competence, in any field from adultery to zoology.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Oscar WildeI think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Francis BaconNatural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Thomas EdisonIf we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor

La RochefoucauldThere are some persons who only disgust with their abilities, there are persons who please even with their faults.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Jim RohnHumans have the remarkable ability to get exactly what they must have. But there is a difference between a “must” and a “want.”

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Elbert HubbardResponsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

George WashingtonWe must consult our means rather than our wishes.

—  George Washington, 1732-1799, the first American President

Lou HoltzAbility is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

Henry FordThere is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

Henry FordOne of the greatest discoveries a person makes, one of their great surprises, is to find they can do what they were afraid they couldn't do.

—  Henry Ford, 1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of FORD

Pablo PicassoHe can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter


Latin Quotes

Latin phraseReady-Willing-Potent

Libens-Volens-Potens

—  Latin phrase

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VirgilWe can't all of us do everything.

Non omnia possumus omnes.

—  Virgil, 70-19 BC, Roman poet

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Funny Quotes

Lyndon JohnsonIf one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read “President Can't Swim”.

—  Lyndon Johnson, 1908-1973, American President [1963-1969]


Special Quotes

Be all that you can be.

—  Motto of the U.S. Army


Movie Quotes

The Karate Kid (1984)Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything.

—  from the film The Karate Kid (1984)










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