Quotes and Sayings about Ability



"Every man's ability may be strengthened or increased by culture."
- John Abbott
(Related: Ability, Culture, Man, May)

"My best work is often almost unconscious and occurs ahead of my ability to understand it."
- Sam Abell
(Related: Work, Ability, Unconscious)

"There is only one thing which can master the perplexed stuff of epic material into unity; and that is, an ability to see in particular human experience some significant symbolism of man's general destiny."
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Related: Experience, Ability, Destiny, Man, Unity)

"We've got to ensure that the quality and the capability of these forces will be good enough to withstand the challenges that the insurgents and the terrorists will present to the new Iraqi government."
- John Abizaid
(Related: Government, Quality, Present, Will)

"We worked on solving the problem of voice communications in a noisy military environment. We established military codes that are highly audible and invented selection tests for personnel who had a superior ability to recognize sound in a noisy background."
- M. H. Abrams
(Related: Ability, Environment, Military, Sound, Tests, Voice)

"In my mind's eye, I visualize how a particular... sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice."
- Ansel Adams
(Related: Ability, Chance, Eye, Feeling, Mind, Practice, Sense, Sight, Will)

"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."
- Douglas Adams
(Related: Experience, Ability, Remarkable)

"Your ability as republican volunteers, to rise to this challenge will mean that the two governments and others cannot easily hide from their obligations and their responsibility to resolve these problems."
- Gerry Adams
(Related: Ability, Challenge, Problems, Republican, Responsibility, Will)

"Sinn Fein has demonstrated the ability to play a leadership role as part of a popular movement towards peace, equality and justice."
- Gerry Adams
(Related: Equality, Leadership, Peace, Ability, Justice, Play, Popular)

"Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature."
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Nature, Human nature, Inconsistency, Temper, Weakness)

"Every individual acts and suffers in accordance with his peculiar teleology, which has all the inevitability of fate, so long as he does not understand it."
- Alfred Adler
(Related: Fate)

"The attainment of the present status of Thailand has to depend on the ability or the actions of all the inhabitants of the country."
- Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Related: Ability, Actions, Country, Present)

"The desire to economize time and mental effort in arithmetical computations, and to eliminate human liability to error is probably as old as the science of arithmetic itself."
- Howard Aiken
(Related: Science, Time, Arithmetic, Desire, Effort, Error, Old)

"I have witnessed how education opens doors, and I know that when sound instruction takes place, students experience the joys of new-found knowledge and the ability to excel."
- Daniel Akaka
(Related: Education, Experience, Knowledge, Ability, Sound, Students)

"As soon as the legitimate Lebanese government is convinced that the conditions have ripened and that Lebanon is able to maintain stability on its own... Then, the Syrian forces will return to their homeland."
- Bashar al-Assad
(Related: Government, Stability, Will)

"There must be such a thing as a child with average ability, but you can't find a parent who will admit that it is his child."
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich
(Related: Ability, Will)

"Although it's only the beginning of the championship, I am very surprised at my capability."
- Jean Alesi
(Related: Beginning)

"I think that Congress' ability to reason is fully equal to that of the judiciary."
- Samuel Alito
(Related: Ability, Congress, Reason)

"Radio interoperability is essential for our police, fire, and emergency medical service departments to communicate with each other in times of emergency."
- Lucille Roybal Allard
(Related: Medical, Fire, Police, Service)

"I loved living and breathing theatre so much that I decided I had to find a way to bring my desire to act and my ability to support myself together. I'd run through the possibilities in Washington, so that meant moving to New York."
- Karen Allen
(Related: Ability, Act, Desire, Living, Possibilities, Support, Theatre, Washington)

"Through their work with fetal tissue, researchers hope to find ways to harness embryonic stem cells which have the ability to become any type of human cell and could provide new treatments for many illnesses."
- Tom Allen
(Related: Work, Hope, Ability)

"Each of us has been put on earth with the ability to do something well. We cheat ourselves and the world if we don't use that ability as best we can."
- George Allen, Sr.
(Related: Ability, Earth, World)

"Success is what you do with your ability. It's how you use your talent."
- George Allen, Sr.
(Related: Success, Talent, Ability)

"People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to."
- George Allen, Sr.
(Related: Men, Success, People, Ability, Succeed)

"An espionage organization is a collector: it collects raw information. That gets processed by a machinery that is supposed to resolve its reliability, and to present a finished product."
- Aldrich Ames
(Related: Information, Present)

"Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self command."
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Related: Soul, Emotion, Self, Symbol, Tears)

"I must stress here the point that I appreciate clarity, order, meaning, structure, rationality: they are necessary to whatever provisional stability we have, and they can be the agents of gradual and successful change."
- A. R. Ammons
(Related: Change, Successful, Clarity, Meaning, Order, Stability, Stress)

"That is what I did with Jack, and that's why he liked to do the readings with me because he knew I was there for him, and for our ability to blend the poetry and the music."
- David Amram
(Related: Music, Poetry, Ability)

"When I played, I had a natural ability to jump and run, and I just wanted to get bigger and heavier."
- Brady Anderson
(Related: Ability)

"We have to have a way of dealing with this that engenders confidence, trust, gives us every chance of getting the right outcome and boosts both sustainability and economic return at the same time."
- John Anderson
(Related: Time, Trust, Chance, Confidence, Right)

"The ability to reduce everything to simple fundamental laws does not imply the ability to start from those laws and reconstruct the universe."
- Philip Warren Anderson
(Related: Ability, Laws, Universe)

"Love's greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred."
- Barbara de Angelis
(Related: Love, Ability)

"Our Founders warned against this. They said don't... that your liberty is only as secure as the people are. Because once they, um, get the ability to vote themselves entitlements from the largesse of the government, liberty is done; freedom is over with. We were warned. We are there."
- Sharron Angle
(Related: Government, People, Ability, Freedom, Liberty, Vote)

"The test of character is having the ability to meet challenges."
- Walter Annenberg
(Related: Character, Ability)

"The new always happens against the overwhelming odds of statistical laws and their probability, which for all practical, everyday purposes amounts to certainty; the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle."
- Hannah Arendt
(Related: Certainty, Laws)

"Aside from a handful of guys boxing is missing the good trainers, that's why our sport is so in the air now because we don't have people who have the capability to not only train fighters but also train and create decent respectable citizens of the world."
- Alexis Arguello
(Related: People, Boxing, Now, World)

"I believe more in precision, when you have the capability, like when you see a mosquito fly and you're able to hit it, you're able to hit it with a couple of short sharp shots... it's a beautiful thing."
- Alexis Arguello
"If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell."
- Lance Armstrong
(Related: Hope, Ability, Children, Choice, Fight, Hell, Options)

"American people have the ability to laugh at themselves. It is one of the things that makes this country the great country that it is."
- Desi Arnaz
(Related: People, Ability, American, Country)

"Entropy theory, on the other hand, is not concerned with the probability of succession in a series of items but with the overall distribution of kinds of items in a given arrangement."
- Rudolf Arnheim
(Related: Theory)

"The difference between one man and another is not mere ability it is energy."
- Thomas Arnold
(Related: Ability, Difference, Energy, Man)

"Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist."
- Mary Kay Ash
(Related: Success, Honesty, Ability, Confidence)

"The Internet provides very serious challenges to our ability to keep from children the kinds of things that are destructive to them."
- John Ashcroft
(Related: Ability, Children, Internet)

"I don't know if Jim was a major part of that or not. He is one of a small group of real storytellers. He has enormous imagination and ability to write. I'm glad he's coming back. It's going to be good for the show."
- Matthew Ashford
(Related: Imagination, Ability)

"My power is the ability to control water molecules and form them into ice."
- Shawn Ashmore
(Related: Power, Control, Ability, Water)

"As we've gotten more successful, there's a gap between the speed of our publishing pipeline and the speed of our receiving submissions pipeline. Our pipeline of leaks has been increasing exponentially as our profile rises, and our ability to publish is increasing linearly."
- Julian Assange
(Related: Successful, Ability, Publishing)

"Guns are evil! And very little good comes from the availability of a bullet designed to kill human beings!"
- Mackenzie Astin
"Get that right, then- if you get the quality right, then the marketability or whatever; your ability to sell videos or your ability to earn money or whatever, will follow naturally. But try to be creatively lead rather than market lead. And that's important to me."
- Rowan Atkinson
(Related: Money, Quality, Ability, Right, Will)

"It is very expensive to achieve high unreliability. It is not uncommon to increase the cost of an item by a factor of ten for each factor of ten degradation accomplished."
- Norman Ralph Augustine
"Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Education, Virtue, Ability, Glory, Man)

"Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Life, Power, Ability, Mind, Nothing, Observation)

"What women have to stand on squarely is not their ability to see the world in the way men see it, but the importance and validity of their seeing it in some other way."
- Mary Austin
(Related: Men, Women, Ability, Importance, Validity, World)

"The fact is if we do our job right, if we keep worrying not about polls but about the jobs of the American people, about their health care, about their ability to educate their kids, stay in their homes and own their homes, send their kids to college, the basic pillars of a middle-class life, if we keep worrying about the future and building a stronger future for this country, these things will take care of themselves."
- David Axelrod
(Related: Health, Life, People, Ability, American, Building, Care, College, Country, Fact, Future, Job, Jobs, Kids, Right, Will)

"In England, the profession of the law is that which seems to hold out the strongest attraction to talent, from the circumstance, that in it ability, coupled with exertion, even though unaided by patronage, cannot fail of obtaining reward."
- Charles Babbage
(Related: Talent, Ability, Circumstance, England, Law, Profession, Reward)

"Head Start's ability to improve the educational skills and opportunities of Latino children will be an important component of America's future success."
- Joe Baca
(Related: Success, Ability, America, Children, Future, Will)

"The Postal Service's unmatched ability to reach every household and business in America six days a week is a vital part of the nation's infrastructure."
- Joe Baca
(Related: Business, Ability, America, Nation, Service)

"What comprises good performance? The ability through singing or playing to make the ear conscious of the true content and affect of a composition."
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
(Related: Performance, Ability, Content, Singing)

"Frankly I've never really subscribed to these adjectives tagging me as an 'icon', 'superstar', etc. I've always thought of myself as an actor doing his job to the best of his ability."
- Amitabh Bachchan
(Related: Thought, Ability, Actor, Job)

"Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Ability, Delight)

"I consider my musical ability to be a gift from the Creator. It's not that I try to work hard or nothing like that, it's a gift, it was given to me, and I appreciate it."
- Erykah Badu
(Related: Work, Ability, Nothing)

"I have the ability to sing with emotion and feeling, but if you say I sound like Billie Holiday, that's cool. Let's look at who Billie was: she was this person, this singer, this beautiful diva who could move the audience with the slightest gesture of her hand."
- Erykah Badu
(Related: Ability, Emotion, Feeling, Holiday, Sound)

"I don't feel like I need to preach to the world or nothing like that. I just feel like I share what I say, and if listeners get it, they get it. And I never underestimate the audience's ability to feel me."
- Erykah Badu
(Related: Ability, Nothing, World)

"An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind."
- Walter Bagehot
(Related: Mankind, Quiet)

"Life is a school of probability."
- Walter Bagehot
(Related: Life, School)

"Instinct is untaught ability."
- Alexander Bain
(Related: Ability, Instinct)

"I am conscious of my inability to grasp, in all its details and positive developments, any very large portion of human knowledge."
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Related: Knowledge, Positive)

"Ability is of little account without opportunity."
- Lucille Ball
(Related: Opportunity, Ability)

"Great companies have high cultures of accountability, it comes with this culture of criticism I was talking about before, and I think our culture is strong on that."
- Steve Ballmer
(Related: Criticism, Culture, Talking)

"People who believe they have the power to exercise some measure of control over their lives are healthier, more effective and more successful than those who lack faith in their ability to effect changes in their lives."
- Albert Bandura
(Related: Faith, Power, People, Successful, Control, Ability, Effect, Exercise, Measure)

"As far as a truly radical conscience, you have to take it as part of a larger thing, that it was sort of historical inevitability that with the coming of a leaguer society people would start to use drugs a lot more then they had before."
- Lester Bangs
(Related: Society, People, Conscience, Drugs, Radical)

"You have to have something worth saying and then the ability to say it- writing's a double skill, really."
- Iain Banks
(Related: Ability, Saying, Skill, Worth, Writing)

"My family actually lived in the same village for about 400 years. They had great stability until the last century. People lived and intermarried in small villages."
- Roger Bannister
(Related: Family, People, Stability, Years)

"Iran poses the most serious long-term threat to regional stability."
- Ehud Barak
(Related: Stability)

"God has been replaced, as he has all over the West, with respectability and air conditioning."
- Amiri Baraka
(Related: God, Respectability)

"You can only do the work to the very best of your ability."
- Christine Baranski
(Related: Work, Ability)

"Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory."
- William Barclay
(Related: Ability, Endurance, Glory)

"The ability of our people to think quickly and create great products in this whole new world of Internet open standards is not only essential to our success but is also one of the things that impresses me most about Netscape."
- Jim Barksdale
(Related: Success, People, Ability, Internet, Open, World)

"We help people to begin truly healthful diets, and it is absolutely wonderful to see, not only their success, but also their delight at their ability to break old habits and feel really healthy for a change."
- Neal Barnard
(Related: Change, Success, People, Ability, Delight, Habits, Help, Old)

"Pension reforms, like investment advice and automatic enrollment, will strengthen the ability of Americans to save and invest for retirement."
- Steve Bartlett
(Related: Ability, Advice, Americans, Investment, Retirement, Will)

"During my eighty-seven years I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think."
- Bernard Baruch
(Related: Character, Ability, Years)

"The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself."
- Bernard Baruch
(Related: Idea, Ability)

"The assumption must be that those who can see value only in tradition, or versions of it, deny man's ability to adapt to changing circumstances."
- Stephen Bayley
(Related: Ability, Circumstances, Man, Tradition, Value)

"By annihilating somebody else in whatever way, then that person feels that they also have the ability to, then, restore the person."
- Jennifer Beals
(Related: Ability)

"There was a sense of all the things that go on on the street, particularly in New York, that you are just completely unaware of, that that conversation could be happening at any time. I loved the instability of the camera. It's just an unstable world."
- Jennifer Beals
(Related: Time, Conversation, Sense, World)

"But in this Congress, accountability is just a catch phrase, usually directed elsewhere. Demands to personal responsibility or corporate accountability abound, but rarely congressional accountability or fiscal responsibility."
- Melissa Bean
(Related: Congress, Corporate, Responsibility)

"If we want to truly regain the public's trust, we can provide greater accountability and transparency with a simple step. Let's start by communicating to our constituents about the votes we take."
- Melissa Bean
(Related: Trust, Public, Want)

"Americans have an abiding belief in their ability to control reality by purely material means... airline insurance replaces the fear of death with the comforting prospect of cash."
- Cecil Beaton
(Related: Death, Fear, Belief, Control, Ability, Americans, Reality)

"To denigrate the union movement in this way is to denigrate the right and the ability of people who are not rich to organize and to accomplish things together."
- Warren Beatty
(Related: People, Ability, Right)

"And the terror itself is an example of the world's uncontrollability."
- Ulrich Beck
(Related: Example, Terror, World)

"We are living in a world that is beyond controllability."
- Ulrich Beck
(Related: Living, World)

"I feel pretty confident in my own ability."
- Gerry Beckley
(Related: Ability, Pretty)

"The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Success, Ideas, Ability)

"There are evils that have the ability to survive identification and go on for ever... money, for instance, or war."
- Saul Bellow
(Related: War, Money, Ability)

"The hallmark of a great captain is the ability to win the toss, at the right time."
- Richie Benaud
(Related: Time, Ability, Right)

"Free yourself from the rigid conduct of tradition and open yourself to the new forms of probability."
- Hans Bender
(Related: Open, Tradition)

"I like to think of sales as the ability to gracefully persuade, not manipulate, a person or persons into a win-win situation."
- Bo Bennett
(Related: Ability, Sales)

"The key to Operations at Wal-Mart is their ability to maintain the highest standards while at the same time getting things done with lockstep execution."
- Michael Bergdahl
(Related: Time, Ability, Execution, Key)

"Servant leadership is the foundation and the secret of Sam Walton's ability to achieve team synergy."
- Michael Bergdahl
(Related: Leadership, Ability)

"My colleagues have expressed confidence in my ability to articulate our conservative message and to provide new focus to our efforts in the General Assembly."
- Philip E. Berger
(Related: Ability, Confidence, Conservative, Focus)

"Our mission, as set forth by the Congress is a critical one: to preserve price stability, to foster maximum sustainable growth in output and employment, and to promote a stable and efficient financial system that serves all Americans well and fairly."
- Ben Bernanke
(Related: Financial, Growth, Americans, Congress, Mission, Stability)

"I assure this committee that, if I am confirmed, I will be strictly independent of all political influences... essential to that institution's ability to function effectively and achieve its mandated objectives."
- Ben Bernanke
(Related: Ability, Committee, Objectives, Will)

"If I am confirmed, I am confident that my colleagues on the Federal Open Market Committee and I will maintain the focus on long-term price stability as monetary policy's greatest contribution to general economic prosperity and maximum employment."
- Ben Bernanke
(Related: Policy, Committee, Focus, Open, Prosperity, Stability, Will)

"Achieving price stability is not only important in itself, it is also central to attaining the Federal Reserve's other mandate objectives of maximum sustainable employment and moderate long-term interest rates."
- Ben Bernanke
(Related: Interest, Objectives, Stability)

"We expect all our businesses to have a positive impact on our top and bottom lines. Profitability is very important to us or we wouldn't be in this business."
- Jeff Bezos
(Related: Business, Positive)

"In this world of chance and change and mutability, the fulfillment of any resolve depends on the will of the Lord."
- Vinoba Bhave
(Related: Change, Chance, Fulfillment, Will, World)

"Ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Ability)

"People should not be imprisoned without having the ability to challenge the legality of that imprisonment."
- Jeff Bingaman
(Related: People, Ability, Challenge, Imprisonment)

"The purpose of The Motherhood Manifesto is mothers really need to be given the ability to parent."
- Joan Blades
(Related: Purpose, Ability, Motherhood, Mothers)

"The threat from Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction - chemical, biological, potentially nuclear weapons capability - that threat is real."
- Tony Blair
(Related: Destruction, Weapons)

"The Cape Town is considerably increased within the last eight years. Its respectability with regard to strength has kept pace with its other enlargements and rendered it very secure against any attempt which is not made with considerable force."
- William Bligh
(Related: Strength, Force, Respectability, Years)

"We won the war, but we are losing the occupation and reconstruction of Iraq. It is past time for a new approach, one that relies on accountability, responsibility, and phasing down the scope of our military commitment."
- Earl Blumenauer
(Related: Time, War, Commitment, Iraq, Losing, Military, Occupation, Past, Responsibility)

"A property in the 100-year floodplain has a 96 percent chance of being flooded in the next hundred years without global warming. The fact that several years go by without a flood does not change that probability."
- Earl Blumenauer
(Related: Change, Being, Chance, Fact, Global warming, Property, Years)

"They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own, in all probability for life. In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors!"
- Nellie Bly
(Related: Life, Being, Fault, Living, Prison)

"I played the game one way. I gave it everything I had. It doesn't take any ability to hustle."
- Wade Boggs
(Related: Ability)

"The ability to perceive or think differently is more important than the knowledge gained."
- David Bohm
(Related: Knowledge, Ability)

"Napster's only alleged liability is for contributory or vicarious infringement. So when Napster's users engage in noncommercial sharing of music, is that activity copyright infringement? No."
- David Boies
(Related: Music, Sharing)

"Yeah, I am a little bit, and I think it is a natural progression of the sport, of going upwards in technical ability and everything like that."
- Brian Boitano
(Related: Ability)

"We estimate that once Iraq acquires fissile material - whether from a foreign source or by securing the materials to build an indigenous fissile material capability - it could fabricate a nuclear weapon within one year."
- John Bolton
(Related: Iraq)

"Black music has increased my enjoyment of what I do. It has increased my range, my ability to reach into myself and accept myself."
- Michael Bolton
(Related: Music, Ability, Enjoyment)

"Ability is nothing without opportunity."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: Opportunity, Ability, Nothing)

"The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: Love, Ability, Consciousness, Space)

"Therefore, every country has to understand that fighting against international terrorism is not for the sake of the United States, but for the sake of themselves, and, to a larger extent, in the name of stability of international relations."
- Omar Bongo
(Related: Country, Fighting, Name, Stability, states, Terrorism, United)

"But since independence, Gabon is one of the few countries in Central Africa that enjoys peace and stability."
- Omar Bongo
(Related: Peace, Countries, Independence, Stability)

"The ability to communicate with everybody, regardless of who are you are, is a great thing."
- Bobby Bonilla
(Related: Ability)

"Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in our nation."
- Mary Bono
(Related: Disability, Nation)

"Probability is expectation founded upon partial knowledge. A perfect acquaintance with all the circumstances affecting the occurrence of an event would change expectation into certainty, and leave nether room nor demand for a theory of probabilities."
- George Boole
(Related: Change, Knowledge, Acquaintance, Certainty, Circumstances, Expectation, Theory)

"Man's survival, from the time of Adam and Eve until the invention of agriculture, must have been precarious because of his inability to ensure his food supply."
- Norman Borlaug
(Related: Food, Time, Survival, Agriculture, Invention, Man)

"As the world's sole remaining super power and economic powerhouses, our nation's ability to be at the forefront of innovation and production has enabled unparalleled economic success of our nation's workforce."
- Leonard Boswell
(Related: Power, Success, Ability, Innovation, Nation, Production, World)

"The American work ethic is something to be admired. Our workforce, regardless of position, works hard to produce the best product and serve customers to the best of their ability."
- Leonard Boswell
(Related: Work, Ability, American, Work ethic)

"You will attract the younger generation and they might well prove tougher than the older generation. What we are trying to do is to look at the future and see what we can do to bring some stability back to people's lives."
- Ian Botham
(Related: People, Future, Stability, Trying, Will)

"I was slightly brain damaged at birth, and I want people like me to see that they shouldn't let a disability get in the way. I want to raise awareness - I want to turn my disability into ability."
- Susan Boyle
(Related: People, Ability, Awareness, Disability, Want)

"Three quarters of the East Coast's refinery capability is located in the Philadelphia region."
- Robert Brady
"The best actors, I think, have a childlike quality. They have a sort of an ability to lose themselves. There's still some silliness."
- Kenneth Branagh
(Related: Quality, Ability, Actors)

"In a world in which the total of human knowledge is doubling about every ten years, our security can rest only on our ability to learn."
- Nathaniel Branden
(Related: Knowledge, Ability, Rest, Security, World, Years)

"The future of our nation depends on our ability to produce food and fiber to sustain the world."
- Phil Bredesen
(Related: Food, Ability, Future, Nation, World)

"Congress acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment."
- William J. Brennan, Jr.
(Related: Society, Congress, Disability, Disease, Limitations, Myths)

"I think the New Bohemians' inability to say no was a big part of our problem."
- Edie Brickell
"When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else."
- David Brin
(Related: People, Privacy)

"Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy."
- Anita Brookner
(Related: Friendship, Love, Strategy)

"The system that enables the most people to earn the most success is free enterprise, by matching up people's skills, interests, and abilities. In contrast, redistribution simply spreads money around. Even worse, it attenuates the ability to earn success by perverting economic incentives."
- Arthur C. Brooks
(Related: Money, Success, People, Ability, Contrast)

"Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him."
- Mel Brooks
(Related: Talent, People, Ability, Being, Living, Names, Skin, Writer)

"There is no single development, in either technology or management technique, which by itself promises even one order-of-magnitude improvement within a decade in productivity, in reliability, in simplicity."
- Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.
(Related: Technology, Development, Management, Improvement, Order, Productivity, Promises, Simplicity)

"The ability to make love frivolously is the chief characteristic which distinguishes human beings from beasts."
- Heywood Broun
(Related: Love, Ability)

"They simply don't know that much about what they're doing. There isn't enough control. There isn't enough capability in ordinary people to tinker with such a complicated piece of machinery."
- David R. Brower
(Related: People, Control)

"Take, therefore, what modern technology is capable of: the power of our moral sense allied to the power of communications and our ability to organize internationally.That, in my view, gives us the first opportunity as a community to fundamentally change the world."
- Gordon Brown
(Related: Change, Power, Technology, Opportunity, Ability, Community, First, Sense, World)

"You need in the long run for stability, for economic growth, for jobs, as well as for financial stability, global economic institutions that make sure that growth to be sustained has to be shared, and are built on the principle that the prosperity of this world is indivisible."
- Gordon Brown
(Related: Financial, Growth, Jobs, Prosperity, Stability, World)

"If you are carrying strong feelings about something that happened in your past, they may hinder your ability to live in the present."
- Les Brown
(Related: Feelings, Ability, May, Past, Present)

"Your ability to communicate is an important tool in your pursuit of your goals, whether it is with your family, your co-workers or your clients and customers."
- Les Brown
(Related: Family, Goals, Ability, Clients, Pursuit)

"A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence."
- Pam Brown
(Related: Dreams, Existence, Giving)

"The most important issue for the killer is the ability to get a victim easily and successfully."
- Pat Brown
(Related: Ability)

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his ability."
- Craig Bruce
(Related: Ability)

"All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone."
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Related: Unhappiness)

"There's no use fussing on a boy who doesn't have any ability."
- Paul Bryant
(Related: Ability)

"The ability to play the clarinet is the ability to overcome the imperfections of the instrument. There's no such thing as a perfect clarinet, never was and never will be."
- Jack Brymer
(Related: Ability, Play, Will)

"We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would."
- Zbigniew Brzezinski
"In the last analysis, of course, an oath will encourage fidelity in office only to the degree that officeholders continue to believe that they cannot escape ultimate accountability for a breach of faith."
- James L. Buckley
(Related: Faith, Fidelity, Office, Will)

"Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way."
- Charles Bukowski
(Related: Genius, Ability)

"On receiving from the people the sacred trust twice confided on my illustrious predecessor, and which he has discharged so faithfully and so well, I know that I can not expect to perform the arduous task with equal ability and success."
- Martin Van Buren
(Related: Success, Trust, People, Ability)

"Well, I have also believed in empowering the individual and believe there is a degree of inertia in big government that hampers the ability to respond to a rapidly evolving crisis."
- Michael Burgess
(Related: Government, Ability, Crisis)

"A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: Ability)

"Apollo Records signed me for my gospel ability."
- Solomon Burke
(Related: Ability)

"The greatest thing to be achieved in advertising, in my opinion, is believability, and nothing is more believable than the product itself."
- Leo Burnett
(Related: Advertising, Nothing, Opinion)

"Advertising is the ability to sense, interpret... to put the very heart throbs of a business into type, paper and ink."
- Leo Burnett
(Related: Business, Heart, Ability, Advertising, Sense)

"In this work I have received the opposition of a number of men who only advocate the unobtainable because the immediately possible is beyond their moral courage, administrative ability, and their political prescience."
- John Burns
(Related: Men, Work, Courage, Ability, Opposition)

"Although we must change the ways we protect our country, we must also guard against policies that appear attractive but offer little real protection and may even impede our ability to protect ourselves."
- Richard Burr
(Related: Change, Ability, Country, May, Protection)

"We often take for granted that our lights will come on when we flip the light switch, but the reality is that our reliability standards and the current state of the transmission grid leave us all vulnerable to blackouts."
- Richard Burr
(Related: Light, Reality, State, Will)

"Location work has its charms, and can seem glamorous on the outside, but I think living at home and having the stability of a home life once you've finished work is very underrated!"
- Saffron Burrows
(Related: Home, Life, Work, Living, Stability)

"On September 11 2001, America felt its vulnerability even to threats that gather on the other side of the Earth. We resolved then, and we are resolved today, to confront every threat from any source that could bring sudden terror and suffering to America."
- George W. Bush
(Related: America, Earth, Suffering, Terror, Today, Vulnerability)

"I think you can judge from somebody's actions a kind of a stability and sense of purpose perhaps created by strong religious roots. I mean, there's a certain patience, a certain discipline, I think, that religion helps you achieve."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Religion, Discipline, Purpose, Actions, Patience, Religious, Sense, Stability)

"If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability."
- Vannevar Bush
(Related: Arithmetic, Mathematics, Poker, Understanding, World)

"But to us, probability is the very guide of life."
- Joseph Butler
(Related: Life)

"Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal."
- Charles Buxton
(Related: Experience, Success, Ability, Zeal)

"A static hero is a public liability. Progress grows out of motion."
- Richard E. Byrd
(Related: Progress, Public)

"The only way you can continue to make artistic films is to make an occasional one of those. They kind of keep your marketability going to the extent that people will employ you."
- Gabriel Byrne
(Related: People, Will)

"Where we have the choice between putting a dollar against those that are going to advance horizontal integration and those that are going to sustain current capability, we'd rather put them against the horizontal integration activity."
- Stephen Cambone
(Related: Choice)

"You're being cast for your acting ability. It's not based on the way your body functions. If you're playing a lead in a movie, it's for that character and they'll tailor it to you. In a dance company, you have to fit in a definite mold."
- Neve Campbell
(Related: Dance, Character, Ability, Acting, Being, Body, Company)

"The Internet has exceeded our collective expectations as a revolutionary spring of information, news, and ideas. It is essential that we keep that spring flowing. We must not thwart the Internet's availability by taxing access to it."
- Chris Cannon
(Related: Ideas, Expectations, Information, Internet, News, Spring)

"You know, I had the ability like a catalyst to really get everybody hyped up."
- Jim Capaldi
(Related: Ability)

"I know it is the fans that are responsible for me being here. I've always tried in each and every broadcast to serve the fans to the best of my ability."
- Harry Caray
(Related: Ability, Being, Fans)

"We owe our troops more than rhetoric; we owe them a real plan. The Administration has yet to put forward a strategy for achieving stability in Iraq, ending the conflict, and handing over sovereignty to the people of Iraq and the new Iraqi government."
- Dennis Cardoza
(Related: Government, People, Strategy, Conflict, Ending, Iraq, Rhetoric, Stability, Troops)

"Now is not the time to give greater protections to pharmaceutical companies that put unsafe drugs like Vioxx on the market. Such protections have nothing to do with the liability insurance crisis facing doctors and should be stripped from this bill."
- Dennis Cardoza
(Related: Time, Crisis, Doctors, Drugs, Nothing, Now)

"From a Christian point of view of course we do want a peaceful world, and I think September 11 did actually make people aware not only of vulnerability and how transitory life is, but there are forces of good and honor and justice which speak to us of God and his love for us."
- George Carey
(Related: Life, Love, God, People, Christian, Honor, Justice, Vulnerability, Want, World)

"The ill effects of thought come about when we forget that thought is a function of our consciousness... an ability that we as human beings have. We are the producers of our own thinking."
- Richard Carlson
(Related: Thought, Ability, Consciousness, Forget, Thinking)

"We would like to have friendly regimes with enough broad participation of their populations to maintain long-term stability, so that we would have not only access to the region's wealth, but we would be able to ensure the security of our good friend Israel."
- Frank Carlucci
(Related: Friend, Wealth, Israel, Participation, Security, Stability)

"We went into Iraq because Iraq posed a threat to the stability of the region and was engaged in the process of trying to develop weapons of mass destruction and had links to terrorists."
- Frank Carlucci
(Related: Destruction, Iraq, Stability, Trying, Weapons)

"No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor."
- Thomas Carlyle
(Related: Ability, Honor)

"Integration is a man's ability to want to move in there by himself. If someone wants to live in a white neighborhood and he is black, that is his choice. It should be his rights. It is not because white people will not allow him."
- Stokely Carmichael
(Related: People, Ability, Choice, Rights, Man, Want, Will)

"There is little doubt that Iran is on a mission to rebuild its nuclear weapons and use that capability to wreak havoc and destruction on Israel and others throughout the world."
- Russ Carnahan
(Related: Destruction, Doubt, Israel, Mission, Weapons, World)

"The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%."
- Andrew Carnegie
(Related: Work, Ability, Energy, World)

"The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled."
- Andrew Carnegie
(Related: Ability, Man, May, Mind, Possession)

"You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through."
- Rosalynn Carter
(Related: Ability, Confidence)

"You are the only person on earth who can use your ability."
- M. Kathleen Casey
(Related: Ability, Earth)

"The truth is, no matter how trying they become, babies two and under don't have the ability to make moral choices, so they can't be bad. That category only exists in the adult mind."
- Anne Cassidy
(Related: Truth, Ability, Babies, Choices, Mind, Trying)

"I sometimes wonder if the inability to find oneself makes one seek oneself in other people, in characters."
- John Cazale
(Related: People, Wonder)

"Canada is preparing to play a major role in the continued stability and security of Afghanistan through ISAF."
- Paul Cellucci
(Related: Afghanistan, Canada, Play, Security, Stability)

"This ability to have reliable sources of energy and a reliable transmission of energy here in North America is critical for both of us and for Mexico as we want to keep our economies growing."
- Paul Cellucci
(Related: Ability, America, Energy, Want)

"So, for me, working with larger companies has often been very satisfying, precisely because of the ability of bringing critical mass to bear on a given effort."
- Vinton Cerf
(Related: Ability, Effort)

"Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience."
- Paul Cezanne
(Related: Experience, Genius, Ability, Emotions)

"Reform of the medical liability system should be considered as part of a comprehensive response to surging medical malpractice premiums that endanger Americans' access to quality medical care."
- Lincoln Chafee
(Related: Medical, Quality, Americans, Care, Reform)

"I call on the international community to be fair to the Iraqi people. My position is that we respect international resolutions but in return demand justice and accountability for those who stole Iraq's money."
- Ahmed Chalabi
(Related: Money, People, Community, Iraq, Justice, Respect)

"If you have ability in a certain area, why not capitalize on it and improve it and use it?"
- Wilt Chamberlain
(Related: Ability)

"The wise man should restrain his senses like the crane and accomplish his purpose with due knowledge of his place, time and ability."
- Chanakya
(Related: Time, Knowledge, Purpose, Ability, Man, Senses)

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."
- Raymond Chandler
(Related: Motivation, Attitude, Ability)

"Love alone can unite living beings so as to complete and fulfill them... for it alone joins them by what is deepest in themselves. All we need is to imagine our ability to love developing until it embraces the totality of men and the earth."
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
(Related: Love, Men, Ability, Earth, Living)

"Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation."
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
(Related: Men, Women, Ability, Creation, Duty, Limits)

"I believe passionately that everyone has a particular God-given ability."
- Prince Charles
(Related: God, Ability)

"What I am going to write is the last of what I have to say. I will say that literature is the only consciousness we possess and that its role as consciousness must inform us of our ability to comprehend the hideous danger of nuclear power."
- John Cheever
(Related: Power, Ability, Consciousness, Danger, Literature, Will)

"The University brings out all abilities, including incapability."
- Anton Chekhov
(Related: University)

"If we have reason to believe someone is preparing an attack against the U.S., has developed that capability, harbours those aspirations, then I think the U.S. is justified in dealing with that, if necessary, by military force."
- Dick Cheney
(Related: Aspirations, Force, Military, Reason)

"Campaign staffers develop the ability to sleep through anything."
- Mary Cheney
(Related: Ability, Sleep)

"The public has lost faith in the ability of Social Security and Medicare to provide for old age. They've lost faith in the banking system and in conventional medical insurance."
- Ron Chernow
(Related: Faith, Medical, Age, Ability, Old, Public, Security)

"Prior to the PATRIOT Act, the ability of government agencies to share information with each other was limited, which kept investigators from fully understanding what terrorists might be planning and to prevent their attacks."
- Chris Chocola
(Related: Government, Ability, Act, Information, Planning, Understanding)

"We have a human rights interest. Then there is the immigration problem. The human-rights violations have caused people to take to boats and flood not only the United States, but other countries in the region, creating great instability."
- Warren Christopher
(Related: People, Boats, Countries, Rights, Human rights, Interest, states, United)

"Let me state what the official IPCC prediction is: Sea levels could go up as much as three-quarters of a meter in this century, but there is a reasonable probability it could be much higher than that."
- Steven Chu
(Related: Sea, State)

"The master class seldom lose a chance to insult a woman who has the ability for something besides service to his lordship."
- Caroline Nichols Churchill
(Related: Ability, Chance, Class, Insult, Service, Woman)

"A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Ability, Needs, Tomorrow)

"My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Wife, Achievement, Ability)

"Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Politics, Ability, Tomorrow)

"Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Education, Virtue, Ability, Glory)

"Ability without honor is useless."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Ability, Honor)

"I add this, that rational ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Education, Virtue, Ability, Glory, Man)

"I think my family and closest friends are learning about my need to withdraw, and I am learning how to restore and store my energy to both serve the community to the best of my ability and to serve my writer's heart."
- Sandra Cisneros
(Related: Family, Heart, Ability, Community, Energy, Friends, Learning, Writer)

"The wicked are always surprised to find ability in the good."
- Luc de Clapier
(Related: Ability)

"Today, many companies are reporting that their number one constraint on growth is the inability to hire workers with the necessary skills."
- William J. Clinton
(Related: Growth, Today, Workers)

"In a world with no systems, with chaos, everything becomes a guerilla struggle, and this predictability is not there. And it becomes almost impossible to save lives, educate kids, develop economies, whatever."
- William J. Clinton
(Related: Chaos, Kids, Struggle, World)

"But reducing harmful emissions, abating our dependence on foreign oil and developing alternative renewable energy sources have benefits that go beyond environmental health, they improve personal health, enhance national security and encourage our nation's economic viability."
- Jim Clyburn
(Related: Environmental, Health, Benefits, Dependence, Energy, Nation, National security, Oil)

"We have to make sure that we are a force for peace and stability in the world, and that we're prepared to defend freedom and the security of the American people."
- Thad Cochran
(Related: Peace, People, American, Force, Freedom, Security, Stability, World)

"We have an uncanny ability to make birds do what we want them to do. In Blood Simple there's a shot from the bumper of a car and it's going up this road and a huge flock of birds takes off at the perfect moment."
- Joel Coen
(Related: Car, Ability, Birds, Blood, Road, Want)

"My favorite language for maintainability is Python. It has simple, clean syntax, object encapsulation, good library support, and optional named parameters."
- Bram Cohen
(Related: Favorite, Language, Support)

"Liberalism, on the other hand, regards life as an adventure in which we must take risks in new situations, in which there is no guarantee that the new will always be the good or the true, in which progress is a precarious achievement rather than inevitability."
- Morris Raphael Cohen
(Related: Life, Progress, Achievement, Adventure, Liberalism, Will)

"Liberalism regards life as an adventure in which we must take risks in new situation, in which there is no guarantee that the new will always be the good or the true, in which progress is a precarious achievement rather than inevitability."
- Morris Raphael Cohen
(Related: Life, Progress, Achievement, Adventure, Liberalism, Will)

"The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: Success, Ability, First)

"I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me;I will be concerned at my own want of ability."
- Confucius
(Related: Men, Ability, Want, Will)

"Ability will never catch up with the demand for it."
- Confucius
(Related: Ability, Will)

"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."
- Confucius
(Related: Men, Ability, Fact, Limitations, Man)

"Some great men owe most of their greatness to the ability of detecting in those they destine for their tools the exact quality of strength that matters for their work."
- Joseph Conrad
(Related: Men, Work, Quality, Greatness, Strength, Ability, Tools)

"The only possible role that I can see for reconciliation would be to make modest changes in the major package to improve affordability, to deal with what share of Medicaid expansion the federal government pays, those kinds of issues, which is the traditional role for reconciliation in health care."
- Kent Conrad
(Related: Government, Health, Care)

"The historian's job is to aggrandize, promoting accident to inevitability and innocuous circumstance to portent."
- Peter Conrad
(Related: Accident, Circumstance, Job)

"Even within the last three or four years, I have a greater ability to communicate, I think. I have more courage to show the stuff... And it does take courage."
- Barbara Cook
(Related: Courage, Ability, Years)

"The shades of respectability begin to close about the greying head."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Respectability)

"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of face within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity."
- Calvin Coolidge
(Related: Experience, Wisdom, Work, Time, Knowledge, Discipline, Ability, Hard work, Maturity, May, Mind, Quantity)

"We are involved in youth testing internationally. We want to try to prove without a shadow of a doubt the relationship between physical fitness and health, not just physical fitness and ability to perform."
- Kenneth H. Cooper
(Related: Fitness, Health, Ability, Doubt, Shadow, Testing, Want, Youth)

"I was the kind of kid that had some talents or ability, but it never came out in school."
- Francis Ford Coppola
(Related: Ability, School)

"The show is a satire, which gives us freedom to do anything we want. Satire is the magic word that wipes away any culpability. The media is jealous of this freedom."
- Rob Corddry
(Related: Freedom, Magic, Media, Satire, Want, Word)

"I feel like I'm witnessing the systematic destruction of a people's ability to survive. It's horrifying."
- Rachel Corrie
(Related: People, Ability, Destruction)

"The ability of Americans to toss off oppressive characters is the most rewarding aspect, to me, of U.S. history."
- Norman Corwin
(Related: History, Ability, Americans)

"It does not matter what party you are a member of in this great Nation of ours. Accountability and competence are characteristics that Americans value throughout our great land."
- Jim Costa
(Related: Americans, Competence, Land, Nation, Party, Value)

"Population growth and development place additional stress on the Nation's water infrastructure and its ability to sustain hard-won water quality gains."
- Jerry Costello
(Related: Quality, Development, Growth, Ability, Nation, Population, Stress, Water)

"Your ability to rationalize your own bad deeds makes you believe that the whole world is as amoral as you are."
- Doug Coupland
(Related: Ability, Deeds, World)

"He knows that you have ability and what he does is he manipulates it and sort of empowers you."
- Daniel Craig
(Related: Ability)

"There's accountability in the mutual fund industry. And they've been tremendous engines of wealth for people and they're going to continue to be so."
- Jim Cramer
(Related: People, Wealth)

"There will always be nations. The United States will last a long, long time, I believe. France and Germany and Japan, China, other nations, they're going to exist. But they're losing their significance and ability to deal with certain matters."
- Alan Cranston
(Related: Time, Ability, France, Germany, Losing, Nations, states, United, Will)

"I'll continue to fight for school choice and home schooling. Do I believe in accountability? You bet I do."
- Charlie Crist
(Related: Home, Choice, Fight, School)

"As for Tenacious D, of course it could work as a full length movie; all it requires is a great writer and great director with an ability to think outside of conventional film comedy."
- David Cross
(Related: Work, Ability, Comedy, Film, Writer)

"The video forum for me has been a source of great consternation because once you start projecting a look to a song, it robs the listener of their ability to adopt that song and make the lyric their own."
- Sheryl Crow
(Related: Ability, Song)

"It's well known I'm a Scientologist, and that has helped me to find that inner peace in my life and it's something that has given me great stability and tools that I use."
- Tom Cruise
(Related: Life, Peace, Stability, Tools)

"For we must be one thing or the other, an asset or a liability, the sinew in your wing to help you soar, or the chain to bind you to earth."
- Countee Cullen
(Related: Earth, Help)

"I realised from a very early age that God gave me a gift, and that gift was to run, and I wanted to use it to the best of my ability."
- Betty Cuthbert
(Related: Age, God, Ability)

"The repeal of racist language in the Constitution of Alabama was and still is a necessary step in the state's ability to progress."
- Artur Davis
(Related: Progress, Ability, Constitution, Language, State)

"We'll have a public power authority, which will also have the ability to build power or finance power. And more importantly, we'll have more power than our economy provides. All of that will give us leverage we don't have today."
- Gray Davis
(Related: Finance, Power, Ability, Authority, Economy, Public, Today, Will)

"At that time, the people that were in the animated film business were mostly guys who were unsuccessful newspaper cartoonists. In other words, their ability to draw living things was practically nil."
- Marc Davis
(Related: Business, Time, People, Ability, Film, Living, Words)

"Drawing is giving a performance; an artist is an actor who is not limited by the body, only by his ability and, perhaps, experience."
- Marc Davis
(Related: Experience, Performance, Ability, Actor, Artist, Body, Giving)

"The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale."
- Richard Dawkins
(Related: Life)

"Pluripotent cells have the ability to grow into any cell in the body."
- Nathan Deal
(Related: Ability, Body)

"A woman can take care of the family. It takes a man to provide structure, to provide stability."
- Tom DeLay
(Related: Family, Care, Man, Stability, Woman)

"If we take as given that critical infrastructures are vulnerable to a cyber terrorist attack, then the question becomes whether there are actors with the capability and motivation to carry out such an operation."
- Dorothy Denning
(Related: Motivation, Actors, Question)

"I favor strategies that encourage industry to include some sort of key recovery capability in their systems which would also address user requirements for access."
- Dorothy Denning
(Related: Key)

"The ability of discerning high quality unavoidably implies the ability of identifying shortcomings."
- Edsger Dijkstra
(Related: Quality, Ability)

"Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability."
- Edsger Dijkstra
(Related: Simplicity)

"The best subjects are always people, who never fail to amaze me by their unpredictability."
- Ronnie James Dio
(Related: People)

"Every American deserves to live in freedom, to have his or her privacy respected and a chance to go as far as their ability and effort will take them - regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic circumstances."
- Christopher Dodd
(Related: Ability, American, Chance, Circumstances, Effort, Freedom, Gender, Privacy, Race, Will)

"The taxpayers deserve accountability."
- Byron Dorgan
"I take advantage of every thing I can - age, hair, disability - because my cause is just."
- Marjory Stoneman Douglas
(Related: Age, Cause, Disability, Hair)

"Since 1970, relationships can be more volatile, jobs more ephemeral, geographical mobility more intensified, stability of marriage weaker."
- Mary Douglas
(Related: Marriage, Jobs, Relationships, Stability)

"Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done."
- Frederick Douglass
(Related: Greatness, Ability, Man)

"I think reading Shakespeare's plays when I was young was extremely important. He had the ability to make utter strangers come alive."
- Rita Dove
(Related: Ability, Reading, Shakespeare, Strangers)

"Likewise nanotechnology will, once it gets under way, depend on the tools we have then and our ability to use them, and not on the steps that got us there."
- K. Eric Drexler
(Related: Ability, Tools, Will)

"We can say with certainty - or 90% probability - that the new industries that are about to be born will have nothing to do with information."
- Peter Drucker
(Related: Certainty, Information, Nothing, Will)

"Suppliers and especially manufacturers have market power because they have information about a product or a service that the customer does not and cannot have, and does not need if he can trust the brand. This explains the profitability of brands."
- Peter Drucker
(Related: Power, Trust, Customer, Information, Service)

"I feel I have to work hard to nurture whatever talent I have as an actor. I feel like it's not natural to me. So I don't take it for granted... What I think is my natural ability - which is writing - I think I totally take that for granted."
- David Duchovny
(Related: Work, Talent, Ability, Actor, Writing)

"We have developed this unbelievable ability to deny. We have to. If we didn't, we'd go crazy."
- Patty Duke
(Related: Ability)

"The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art. If you try to run away from it, if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost."
- John Foster Dulles
(Related: War, Art, Ability)

"Well, softness and femininity like yours people don't expect of me; so when they find me emotional and capable of real vulnerability, they're surprised."
- Faye Dunaway
(Related: People, Femininity, Vulnerability)

"So many dancers paint. I used to paint. I started again recently. While I was dancing, I was very busy with my career. Start something else that makes use of your creative ability because if you don't you will die inside as a person."
- Katherine Dunham
(Related: Ability, Career, Dancing, Will)

"It is unacceptable that disabled veterans in Illinois rank at the bottom of the list when it comes to disability pay. We owe our disabled veterans more than speeches, parades and monuments."
- Dick Durbin
(Related: Disability, Monuments, Rank, Veterans)

"The art of the cuisine, when fully mastered, is the one human capability of which only good things can be said."
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
(Related: Art)

"Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you."
- Wayne Dyer
(Related: Love, Ability, Care)

"Any Ambassador or Foreign Service Officer who has his or her head screwed on right knows that the U.S. position in the world is far more dependent on our ability to compete in world markets."
- Lawrence Eagleburger
(Related: Ability, Right, Service, World)

"Choose your corner, pick away at it carefully, intensely and to the best of your ability and that way you might change the world."
- Charles Eames
(Related: Change, Ability, World)

"Lord, bless me with the ability to achieve all that I can, and the wisdom to realize it doesn't all have to be by tomorrow!"
- William Eardley IV
(Related: Wisdom, Ability)

"It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor."
- Max Eastman
(Related: Humor, Ability, Sense)

"Often as a child you see someone with a learning disability or Down's Syndrome and my mum and dad were always very quick to explain exactly what was going on and to be in their own way inclusive and welcoming."
- Christopher Eccleston
(Related: Dad, Disability, Learning, Quick)

"Chastity is the cement of civilization and progress. Without it there is no stability in society, and without it one cannot attain the Science of Life."
- Mary Baker Eddy
(Related: Life, Science, Society, Civilization, Progress, Chastity, Stability)

"There is far more opportunity than there is ability."
- Thomas A. Edison
(Related: Opportunity, Ability)

"Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless."
- Thomas A. Edison
(Related: Time, Ability, Loss, Question, Waste, Will)

"People are always ready to admit a man's ability after he gets there."
- Bob Edwards
(Related: People, Ability, Man)

"The film camera's ability to physically move through space, not zoom through space - every time we have a video camera the movement is through zoom; every time we have a film camera it is a physical movement."
- Atom Egoyan
(Related: Time, Ability, Film, Space)

"If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man's intelligence and his comprehension... would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Related: Intelligence, Men, War, Thought, Ability, Man, Solution, Suicide, Weapons)

"In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience had petrified into maxims and quotations."
- George Eliot
(Related: Experience, Ability, Maxims, Quotations)

"Fourth Law of Thermodynamics: If the probability of success is not almost one, then it is damn near zero."
- David R. Ellis
(Related: Success, Law)

"I've never been in a place where winning has hurt the ability to do anything."
- Rahm Emanuel
(Related: Winning, Ability, Hurt)

"The greatest luck that I've had has been the ability to find men and women who came into my administration who worked with me and brought extraordinary talents that we were able to take full advantage of."
- John Engler
(Related: Men, Women, Ability, Luck)

"Medical liability reform is not a Republican or Democrat issue or even a doctor versus lawyer issue. It is a patient issue."
- John Ensign
(Related: Medical, Reform, Republican)

"I am aware of the thesis that the United States has long since invested exclusively in stability and this has obviated democratic transformation in the Middle East."
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(Related: Stability, states, United)

"Ancient Rome was as confident of the immutability of its world and the continual expansion and improvement of the human lot as we are today."
- Arthur Erickson
(Related: Improvement, Rome, Today, World)

"I think education is one of the greatest tools for most kids not only to expand their book knowledge, but their ability to experience new things - I think it opens more doors than any other experience I can think of."
- Will Estes
(Related: Education, Experience, Knowledge, Ability, Kids, Tools)

"Umpires, like players, are expected to show constant improvement each season and at each level. Inconsistent plate work and the inability to handle situations are probably the two biggest problems that minor league umpires face."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Work, Improvement, Problems)

"At the same time the Constitution sets in stone the Stability Pact and risks preventing member States from implementing a policy of growth. So we are not able to do things at the European or the national level."
- Laurent Fabius
(Related: Time, Policy, Growth, Constitution, Stability, states)

"A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke - and that the joke is oneself."
- Clifton Fadiman
(Related: Humor, Ability, Sense)

"A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke - and that the joke is oneself."
- Clifton Paul Fadiman
(Related: Humor, Ability, Sense)

"The whole global warming thing is created to destroy America's free enterprise system and our economic stability."
- Jerry Falwell
(Related: America, Global warming, Stability)

"There really was nothing like it at the time. We had good ideas for implementation, so we proceeded. I think it was an excellent solution to the reliability issues with existing search engines."
- Shawn Fanning
(Related: Time, Ideas, Nothing, Solution)

"I didn't have any doubts about my choice of career, but I had constant doubts about my ability, yes."
- Suzanne Farrell
(Related: Ability, Career, Choice)

"The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability."
- William Feather
(Related: Ability, Ambition, Tragedy)

"An idea isn't worth much until a man is found who has the energy and ability to make it work."
- William Feather
(Related: Work, Idea, Ability, Energy, Man, Worth)

"'No Child Left Behind' requires states and school districts to ensure that all students are learning and are reaching their highest potential. Special education students should not be left out of these accountability mechanisms."
- Dianne Feinstein
(Related: Education, Learning, Potential, School, states, Students)

"Ninety percent of leadership is the ability to communicate something people want."
- Dianne Feinstein
(Related: Leadership, People, Ability, Want)

"If the Federal Reserve pursues a strong dollar at home while the dollar becomes more competitive in global markets, we can achieve both price stability and a more balanced path of economic growth."
- Martin Feldstein
(Related: Home, Growth, Stability)

"After all, an overvalued dollar gives us the ability to buy foreign goods at lower prices. And the existing volume of exports brings more yen and euros than they would if the dollar were more competitive."
- Martin Feldstein
(Related: Ability)

"However, as a parent, as a grandparent, as a former educator, I know that these practices alone when we are dealing with young children are insufficient. We will never control this rising epidemic without greater accountability from the food industry."
- Bob Filner
(Related: Food, Control, Children, Will)

"There might've been wires, but I have this ability to make myself light. Well you know what, in ballet, when you kind of lift yourself here, it's all up in the head."
- Albert Finney
(Related: Ability, Ballet, Light)

"War is a beastly business, it is true, but one proof we are human is our ability to learn, even from it, how better to exist."
- M. F. K. Fisher
(Related: War, Business, Ability, Proof)

"Natural selection is a mechanism for generating an exceedingly high degree of improbability."
- Ronald Fisher
"Madonna is a pro. I don't like her and have no respect for her but- I don't think she should be called a musician or a dancer or whatever you know, but I do have, well I do have respect for her ability to completely manipulate the media and have them work for her."
- Jon Fishman
(Related: Work, Ability, Media, Respect)

"The racing driver's mind has to have the ability to have amazing anticipation, coordination, and reflex. Because of the speed the car goes."
- Emerson Fittipaldi
(Related: Car, Ability, Anticipation, Mind, Racing)

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Related: Intelligence, Time, Ideas, Ability, First, Mind)

"Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Related: Ability, Vitality)

"Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Related: Genius, Ability, Effect, Mind)

"Parents have the ability to screen their children's Internet access at home."
- Mike Fitzpatrick
(Related: Home, Ability, Children, Internet, Parents)

"I think exercise tests us in so many ways, our skills, our hearts, our ability to bounce back after setbacks. This is the inner beauty of sports and competition, and it can serve us all well as adult athletes."
- Peggy Fleming
(Related: Beauty, Sports, Ability, Athletes, Competition, Exercise, Tests)

"Shows can come and go. They can be a hit and then in three years, gone. There's some comfort in having the stability of a job and having children. It's a double-edged sword."
- Calista Flockhart
(Related: Children, Comfort, Job, Stability, Years)

"When I came to New York, I began to meet the people who became the most famous artists of our time. I was insecure about my own level of ability, I didn't know whether I could compete with these people and, at the same time. I was wondering what is this anyway?"
- Henry Flynt
(Related: Time, People, Ability, Artists, Famous)

"I put up a huge wall of denial. It was years before I was able to break through it... accepting that your child has a disability, especially one like LD that cannot be seen or easily diagnosed, is one of the hardest things to come to terms with."
- Anne Ford
(Related: Denial, Disability, Years)

"It's the quality of the ordinary, the straight, the square, that accounts for the great stability and success of our nation. It's a quality to be proud of. But it's a quality that many people seem to have neglected."
- Gerald R. Ford
(Related: Success, Quality, People, Nation, Stability)

"If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person's point of view and see things from that person's angle as well as from your own."
- Henry Ford
(Related: Success, Ability, Lies)

"If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability."
- Henry Ford
(Related: Money, Experience, Knowledge, Hope, Ability, Independence, Man, Security, Will, World)

"The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability."
- Henry Ford
(Related: Experience, Knowledge, Ability, Man, Security, World)

"New Labour was the most short-sighted, self-serving, incompetent, useless, and ineffective government that Britain has ever known. Make no mistake, Labour's economic policies were a national security liability."
- Liam Fox
(Related: Government, Mistake, National security, Self)

"I've done one movie. And it's not a movie I want to stand on as far as acting ability goes. I mean, I'm not going to win an Oscar anytime soon. I'm not Meryl Streep."
- Megan Fox
(Related: Ability, Acting, Want)

"Republicans are pushing legislation forward that will improve the effectiveness of and bring more accountability to U.S. foreign assistance around the world and bring democracy even further into the light."
- Virginia Foxx
(Related: Democracy, Legislation, Light, Republicans, Will, World)

"I mean, this whole digital revolution is really eroding the director's importance on a movie because, number one, just from a practical standpoint, with floppy disks and the ability to put all of the film onto a disk, more people have access to the movie."
- John Frankenheimer
(Related: People, Ability, Film, Revolution, Importance)

"The last of human freedoms - the ability to chose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances."
- Viktor E. Frankl
(Related: Attitude, Ability, Circumstances)

"The government's objective, broadly expressed, is that all persons, whatever their level of ability, whether they live in town or country, have a right as citizens to a free education of the kind for which they are best fitted and to the fullest extent of their powers."
- Peter Fraser
(Related: Education, Government, Ability, Country, Right)

"Why do we go around acting as though everything was friendship and reliability when basically everything everywhere is full of sudden hate and ugliness?"
- Anna Freud
(Related: Friendship, Acting, Hate, Ugliness)

"Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity."
- Sigmund Freud
(Related: Ambiguity, Neurosis)

"The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy."
- Milton Friedman
(Related: Government, Depression, Economy, Unemployment)

"I don't believe in providence and fate, as a technologist I am used to reckoning with the formulae of probability."
- Max Frisch
(Related: Fate, Providence)

"Social Security, a critically important, great program which does serve as the cornerstone of support for senior citizens, now faces challenges that threaten its long-term stability and well-being. The facts are there. The facts are crystal clear."
- Bill Frist
(Related: Faces, Facts, Now, Security, Stability, Support)

"The totality of a record is usually beyond ones ability to imagine when you start working on it, but the component parts are, usually, fairly clear one way or another."
- Fred Frith
(Related: Ability)

"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence."
- Robert Frost
(Related: Education, Ability, Losing, Self, Temper)

"I think the feelings in my music were suggested to me before I even had the ability to play music."
- John Frusciante
(Related: Music, Feelings, Ability, Play)

"I think that's one of the most important gifts we have in television - the ability to heal through laughter."
- Soleil Moon Frye
(Related: Ability, Gifts, Laughter, Television)

"Japan's experience suggests the importance of assessing the sustainability of price stability over a fairly long period, which many central banks have emphasized in recent years."
- Toshihiko Fukui
(Related: Experience, Banks, Importance, Stability, Years)

"When we violate the law ourselves, whatever short-term advantage may be gained, we are obviously encouraging others to violate the law; we thus encourage disorder and instability and thereby do incalculable damage to our own long-term interests."
- J. William Fulbright
(Related: Encouraging, Disorder, Law, May)

"Insofar as international law is observed, it provides us with stability and order and with a means of predicting the behavior of those with whom we have reciprocal legal obligations."
- J. William Fulbright
(Related: Legal, Behavior, Law, Order, Stability)

"Law is the essential foundation of stability and order both within societies and in international relations."
- J. William Fulbright
(Related: Law, Order, Stability)

"Great nations are simply the operating fronts of behind-the-scenes, vastly ambitious individuals who had become so effectively powerful because of their ability to remain invisible while operating behind the national scenery."
- R. Buckminster Fuller
(Related: Ability, Nations)

"For me, the wheelchair symbolizes disability in a way a cane does not."
- Annette Funicello
(Related: Disability)

"The United Nations has long sought the ability to raise revenues in this manner as a means of reducing its reliance on American and other member nations' dues to sustain the UN's operations."
- Frank Gaffney
(Related: Ability, American, Nations, United)

"If you only believe that you're an artist when you have a big advance in your pocket and a single coming out, I would say that's quite soulless. You have to have a sense of your own greatness and your own ability from a very deep place inside you. I am the one with the litmus test in my hands of what people need to hear next."
- Lady Gaga
(Related: People, Greatness, Ability, Artist, Deep, Sense)

"In economics, hope and faith coexist with great scientific pretension and also a deep desire for respectability."
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Related: Faith, Hope, Deep, Desire, Economics, Pretension, Respectability)

"And I'm hoping that fair-minded people will stand up and say that what's been done to me is wrong, and that-that people's personal lives have no impact on their ability to be a journalist, you know. Why should my past prevent me from having a future?"
- Jeff Gannon
(Related: People, Ability, Future, Past, Will, Wrong)

"The most sinister aspect of Jack is his detachment, his ability to distance himself from his feelings."
- Victor Garber
(Related: Feelings, Ability)

"Well, if storytelling is important, then your narrative ability, or your ability to put into words or use what someone else has put into words effectively, is important too."
- Howard Gardner
(Related: Ability, Words)

"NASA wanted to assure its ability to examine the spacecraft in orbit for signs of damage."
- Marc Garneau
(Related: Ability)

"In particular, Australia, because of its ancient geography, soil profile and distinctive weather patterns, is more adversely affected by climate variability than some other continents."
- Peter Garrett
(Related: Climate, Geography, Weather)

"I know I have the ability to do so much more than just stand in front of the camera the rest of my life."
- Jennie Garth
(Related: Life, Ability, Rest)

"They have the ability to take a person's freedom from them. On certain situations, they have the ability to take a person's reputation. And under certain circumstances, they have the authority to take a person's life."
- Daryl Gates
(Related: Life, Ability, Authority, Circumstances, Freedom, Reputation)

"Some think that by preparing to deal with crises you make them more likely. I think the wiser judgment is the contrary. In this area at least, if you want peace or stability, it's better to prepare for war or instability."
- Timothy Geithner
(Related: Peace, War, Judgment, Stability, Want)

"I personally believe that there's going to be a good case for the government preserving some type of guarantee to make sure that people have the ability to borrow to finance a house even in a very damaging recession. I think there's going to be a good case for that."
- Timothy Geithner
(Related: Finance, Government, People, Ability)

"In the financial system we have today, with less risk concentrated in banks, the probability of systemic financial crises may be lower than in traditional bank-centered financial systems."
- Timothy Geithner
(Related: Financial, Banks, May, Risk, Today)

"Facts from paper are not the same as facts from people. The reliability of the people giving you the facts is as important as the facts themselves."
- Harold S. Geneen
(Related: People, Facts, Giving)

"In a way, one gets stability from being able to order the rational mind."
- Richard Gere
(Related: Being, Mind, Order, Stability)

"Without true medical liability reform, our doctors will continue to leave, and young doctors coming out of medical school $100,000 to $200,000 in debt will not be able to afford such onerous costs."
- Jim Gerlach
(Related: Medical, Debt, Doctors, Reform, School, Will)

"Nationalized industries are notorious for their inability to operate at a profit."
- Paul Getty
(Related: Profit)

"Control of a company does not carry with it the ability to control the price of its stock."
- Paul Getty
(Related: Control, Ability, Company)

"I have never been given to envy - save for the envy I feel toward those people who have the ability to make a marriage work and endure happily."
- Paul Getty
(Related: Marriage, Work, People, Ability, Envy)

"The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: Laws)

"I needed some stability, which is why I chose not to change from HRC for this season, which was an option that we had. Apart from being the best team in the world, I also needed some consistency."
- Sete Gibernau
(Related: Change, Consistency, Being, Stability, World)

"Early on, it's good to develop the ability to write. Learning to write is a useful exercise, even if what you're writing about is not that relevant."
- Walter Gilbert
(Related: Ability, Exercise, Learning, Writing)

"In embracing change, entrepreneurs ensure social and economic stability."
- George Gilder
(Related: Change, Entrepreneurs, Stability)

"The ability to think straight, some knowledge of the past, some vision of the future, some skill to do useful service, some urge to fit that service into the well-being of the community - these are the most vital things education must try to produce."
- Virginia Gildersleeve
(Related: Education, Knowledge, Vision, Ability, Community, Future, Past, Service, Skill)

"We must have a relentless commitment to producing a meaningful, comprehensive energy package aimed at conservation, alleviating the burden of energy prices on consumers, decreasing our country's dependency on foreign oil, and increasing electricity grid reliability."
- Paul Gillmor
(Related: Burden, Commitment, Conservation, Country, Electricity, Energy, Oil)

"Insurgents throughout Iraq continue to threaten our efforts and pose a danger to stability in the region. They fight not for their country, but rather against ours."
- Paul Gillmor
(Related: Country, Danger, Fight, Iraq, Stability)

"The genius of the economic machine is in its ability to convert these indulgences into profitability. It converts desire into attention, a grip on our eyeballs and eardrums, which in turn can be marketed to advertisers."
- Todd Gitlin
(Related: Genius, Ability, Attention, Desire, Machine)

"We may repeat the awful revolutionary history of the 20th century because of the vulnerability of social movements to demagoguery."
- Todd Gitlin
(Related: History, May, Vulnerability)

"One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency."
- Arnold H. Glasow
(Related: Leadership, Ability, Tests)

"One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency."
- Arnold H. Glasow
(Related: Leadership, Ability, Tests)

"Without pay, no human being will work up to their ability if he or she is not cared for and respected."
- William Glasser
(Related: Work, Ability, Being, Will)

"That ability to take in your surroundings and sort out the important stuff, to be aware, to be vigilant. Then take all that information, put it together, and see if it makes sense to you."
- Paul Gleason
(Related: Ability, Information, Sense)

"I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it... The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on."
- Samuel Goldwyn
(Related: Opportunity, Ability, Luck, Man, Sense, Smile)

"Well, any effort to maximize your potential and ability is a good thing."
- Daniel Goleman
(Related: Ability, Effort, Potential)

"Mindful meditation has been discovered to foster the ability to inhibit those very quick emotional impulses."
- Daniel Goleman
(Related: Ability, Impulses, Meditation, Quick)

"If you are doing mindfulness meditation, you are doing it with your ability to attend to the moment."
- Daniel Goleman
(Related: Ability, Meditation)

"I believe that nothing is more important to our ability to effectively address our present than understanding the lessons learned from those who have come before us."
- Charlie Gonzalez
(Related: Ability, Nothing, Present, Understanding)

"Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment."
- Baltasar Gracian
(Related: Ability)

"Today 80 percent of all the oil that comes out of the Gulf is from 1,000 feet or more and today almost a third of it is more than 5,000 feet below the surface. What hasn't happened is the safety and the ability to respond to a negative event such as this blowout, has been far outrun by the technology of drilling itself. We need to close that gap."
- Bob Graham
(Related: Technology, Negative, Ability, Drilling, Feet, Oil, Safety, Today)

"We need to have a strong defense focused on areas that are in the greatest vulnerability. I have been very concerned about America's 361 seaports as a point in which terrorist activities and materials could be brought into the country."
- Bob Graham
(Related: America, Country, Defense, Vulnerability)

"The American people should be informed about what kind of capability terrorists have inside the United States. They should be informed of why we are not using information to do a more effective job of dealing with terrorists."
- Bob Graham
(Related: People, American, Information, Job, states, United)

"In those days it was pretty cut and dry. If you had a record company believing in you enough to cut an album then you had better have the ability to work the album on the road."
- Lou Gramm
(Related: Work, Ability, Company, Pretty, Road)

"If you had a record company believing in you enough to cut an album then you had better have the ability to work the album on the road."
- Lou Gramm
(Related: Work, Ability, Company, Road)

"In creating the Harry Potter artwork, I try to bring a certain amount of realism and believability to the characters and setting, but still add an element of wonder and the unknown."
- Mary Grandpre
(Related: Realism, Wonder)

"We need, first of all, for there to be accountability, for there to be somebody who is responsible for enforcing standards and holding people's feet to the fire."
- Jennifer Granholm
(Related: People, Feet, Fire, First)

"The Fed has the ability to put money out, it's got the ability to take money back in, and if they don't do that, we will have hyperinflation worse than we had in 1980 and 1981."
- Chuck Grassley
(Related: Money, Ability, Will)

"Rocket scientists agree that we have about reached the limit of our ability to travel in space using chemical rockets. To achieve anything near the speed of light we will need a new energy source and a new propellant. Nuclear fission is not an option."
- Wilson Greatbatch
(Related: Travel, Ability, Energy, Light, Scientists, Space, Will)

"I have terrible handwriting. I now say it's a learning disability... but a nun who was a very troubled woman hit me over the fingers with a ruler because my writing was so bad."
- Andrew Greeley
(Related: Disability, Learning, Now, Woman, Writing)

"My mother's incredibly giving, almost too giving at times. And, my dad is a real logical person. He's got logic for every situation. They've been married for 24 years, so there was that stability, also. I really learned to think on my own at a very young age."
- Brian Austin Green
(Related: Age, Dad, Mother, Giving, Logic, Stability, Years)

"In trials of fact, by oral testimony, the proper inquiry is not whether is it possible that the testimony may be false, but whether there is sufficient probability that it is true."
- Simon Greenleaf
(Related: Fact, May, Trials)

"It should be pursued as in the presence of God, and under the solemn sanctions created by a lively sense of his omniscience, and of our accountability to him for the right use of the faculties which he has bestowed."
- Simon Greenleaf
(Related: God, Right, Sense)

"It is the American way to reward ability."
- Judd Gregg
(Related: Ability, American, Reward)

"Human nature means that institutions at some point lose their sense of mission. That sense of vulnerability drives Pimco."
- Bill Gross
(Related: Nature, Human nature, Mission, Sense, Vulnerability)

"My acting ability would have sent me back to the post office. It was my singing that got me jobs. Ironically, now, people think of me as an actor and don't know me much as a singer."
- Robert Guillaume
(Related: People, Ability, Acting, Actor, Jobs, Now, Office, Post, Singing)

"Nevada once again has shown double digit increases in tax revenue... Nevada continues to show economic stability with its desirable business climate and booming tourism sector."
- Kenny Guinn
(Related: Business, Climate, Tax, Stability)

"I'm lucky that my real-life Mom has both a great sense of humor about herself and an amazing ability to slip into complete denial if the subject matter gets a little too close to home."
- Cathy Guisewite
(Related: Home, Humor, Mom, Ability, Denial, Sense)

"I played with Annika today. I love being paired with her. She does not make many mental mistakes, and she has the ability to repeat her swing over and over and wears people down."
- Natalie Gulbis
(Related: Love, People, Ability, Being, Mistakes, Today)

"I feel so gratified about having finished college. I learned how to articulate myself. It gave me confidence more than anything. And also the ability to analyze the text."
- Maggie Gyllenhaal
(Related: Ability, College, Confidence)

"The scenarios of biological or chemical warfare painted in detail by the American media during the months after September 11 only betray the inability of the government to determine the magnitude of the danger."
- Jurgen Habermas
(Related: Government, American, Danger, Detail, Media, Months)

"In the U.S.A. or Europe there is no realistic way to estimate the type, magnitude, or probability of the risk, nor any way to narrow down the potentially affected regions."
- Jurgen Habermas
(Related: Europe, Risk)

"Global terrorism is extreme both in its lack of realistic goals and in its cynical exploitation of the vulnerability of complex systems."
- Jurgen Habermas
(Related: Goals, Exploitation, Extreme, Terrorism, Vulnerability)

"Americans believe that people should work hard and get ahead on their own, but when disaster strikes and they need help with retirement or disability, Americans as a whole should come to their aid."
- Jacob Hacker
(Related: Work, People, Americans, Disability, Disaster, Help, Retirement)

"For me, disability is a way of getting some extremity, some kind of very difficult situation, that throws an interesting light on people."
- Mark Haddon
(Related: People, Disability, Light)

"The United Nations has a critical role to play in promoting stability, security, democracy, human rights, and economic development. The UN is as relevant today as at any time in its history, but it needs reform."
- Chuck Hagel
(Related: Time, History, Development, Democracy, Rights, Human rights, Nations, Needs, Play, Reform, Security, Stability, Today, United)

"Practice rather than preach. Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level."
- Alexander Haig
(Related: Life, Affirmation, Ideals, Practice)

"A lot of leading countries in the world, including the United States and Russia, have to take their responsibilities much more seriously to ensure we are back on the road to peace and stability."
- Peter Hain
(Related: Peace, Countries, Leading, Road, Russia, Stability, states, United, World)

"There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability."
- Robert Half
(Related: Ability)

"Not only the entire ability to think rests on language... but language is also the crux of the misunderstanding of reason with itself."
- Johann G. Hamann
(Related: Ability, Language, Reason)

"China's ability to deliver nuclear warheads on American cities is expanding."
- Lee H. Hamilton
(Related: Ability, American, Cities)

"Events often move faster than our ability to comprehend them."
- Lee H. Hamilton
(Related: Ability, Events)

"We should insist that governments receiving American aid live up to standards of accountability and transparency, and we should support countries that embrace market reforms, democracy, and the rule of law."
- Lee H. Hamilton
(Related: American, Countries, Democracy, Law, Support)

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude."
- Scott Hamilton
(Related: Life, Attitude, Disability)

"Time goes by, reputation increases, ability declines."
- Dag Hammarskjold
(Related: Time, Ability, Reputation)

"It is a lonely existence to be a child with a disability which no-one can see or understand, you exasperate your teachers, you disappoint your parents, and worst of all you know that you are not just stupid."
- Susan Hampshire
(Related: Disability, Existence, Lonely, Parents, Teachers)

"The thing that we possess, that machines don't, is the ability to exhibit wisdom."
- Herbie Hancock
(Related: Wisdom, Ability, Machines)

"The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions."
- John Hancock
(Related: Business, Ability, Actions, Influence)

"The companies that survive longest are the one's that work out what they uniquely can give to the world not just growth or money but their excellence, their respect for others, or their ability to make people happy. Some call those things a soul."
- Charles Handy
(Related: Money, Work, Soul, People, Growth, Ability, Excellence, Respect, World)

"When little old ladies recognize a guy who was Mr. Olympia, that's saying something. That means I've been able to cross lines as far as marketability is concerned."
- Lee Haney
(Related: Ladies, Old, Saying)

"It's the first villain that I've played in a movie that has absolutely no vulnerability and no innocence, nothing whatsoever that is likeable about her other than she's so bad."
- Daryl Hannah
(Related: First, Innocence, Nothing, Vulnerability)

"The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and influence their actions. A chip on the shoulder is too heavy a piece of baggage to carry through life."
- John Hannah
(Related: Business, Life, Ability, Actions, Influence)

"Prime Minister, I see you've already mastered the essential craft of the European politician, namely, the ability to say one thing in this chamber and a very different thing to your home electorate."
- Daniel Hannan
(Related: Home, Ability)

"Sudden resolutions, like the sudden rise of mercury in a barometer, indicate little else than the variability of the weather."
- David Hare
(Related: Mercury, Weather)

"An inability to handle language is not the same thing as stupidity."
- David Hare
(Related: Language, Stupidity)

"My contribution to the world is my ability to draw. I will draw as much as I can for as many people as I can for as long as I can."
- Keith Haring
(Related: People, Ability, Will, World)

"The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize."
- Robert Harling
(Related: Ability, Animals)

"We should have been there shoulder to shoulder with our allies. Our concern is the instability of our government as an ally. We are playing again with national and global security matters."
- Stephen Harper
(Related: Government, Concern, Security)

"When a woman gives birth to a child, the child needs to be able to digest the mother's milk; but when this child is old enough to begin to eat other foods, there is some switching off of this ability to consume milk."
- Marvin Harris
(Related: Mother, Ability, Needs, Old, Woman)

"I have to be very careful about how often I drag my family to places. They need some stability in their lives."
- Gregory Harrison
(Related: Family, Stability)

"I see more genuine sociability between the races in Mississippi than I see in Michigan. No question."
- Jim Harrison
(Related: Question)

"I'm confident in my ability to maintain a career. I don't know if it will be doing either independent films or plays in New England."
- Randy Harrison
(Related: Ability, Career, England, Will)

"I praise the Lord here today. I know that all my talent and all my ability comes from him, and without him I'm nothing and I thank him for his great blessing."
- Ernie Harwell
(Related: Talent, Ability, Nothing, Praise, Today)

"With more than 67 percent of the Nation's freight moving on highways, economists believe that our ability to compete internationally is tied to the quality of our infrastructure."
- Dennis Hastert
(Related: Quality, Ability, Nation)

"In addition to demanding answers and accountability from the Veterans Administration, Congress had to act to ensure veterans do not suffer because of the actions of a federal agency."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: Act, Actions, Answers, Congress, Veterans)

"Our heroes are fighting to bring stability to the Middle East, and they have put pressure on all of the tyrannies of the Middle East. They have taken a stand against tyranny, against terrorists, and for the prospect of decent societies throughout that region."
- Orrin Hatch
(Related: Fighting, Heroes, Pressure, Stability, Tyranny)

"I'm a woman who carries around all these layers of fear and vulnerability."
- Teri Hatcher
(Related: Fear, Vulnerability, Woman)

"Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good."
- Vaclav Havel
(Related: Work, Success, Hope, Ability, Deep, Joy, Mind, Sense, State, World)

"What we are missing, utterly and completely, in this government is accountability."
- Paul Hawken
(Related: Government)

"We are losing our living systems, social systems, cultural systems, governing systems, stability, and our constitutional health, and we're surrendering it all at the same time."
- Paul Hawken
(Related: Time, Health, Living, Losing, Stability)

"The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them."
- Paul Hawken
(Related: First)

"A local company has more accountability."
- Paul Hawken
(Related: Company)

"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change."
- Stephen Hawking
(Related: Change, Intelligence, Ability)

"We also had good software in the key categories and more focus on the gameplaying capability, so more of the marketing effort was targeted at game customers."
- Trip Hawkins
(Related: Effort, Focus, Key, Marketing, Software)

"Youthfulness is connected to the ability to see things new for the first time. So if your eyes still look at life with wonder, then you will seem young, even though you may not be chronologically young."
- Goldie Hawn
(Related: Life, Time, Ability, Eyes, First, May, Will, Wonder)

"I listened more than I studied... therefore little by little my knowledge and ability were developed."
- Joseph Haydn
(Related: Knowledge, Ability)

"If we wish to preserve a free society, it is essential that we recognize that the desirability of a particular object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion."
- Friedrich August von Hayek
(Related: Society, Justification)

"The world judge of men by their ability in their profession, and we judge of ourselves by the same test: for it is on that on which our success in life depends."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Life, Men, Success, Ability, Profession, World)

"It's hard enough to work and raise a family when your kids are all healthy and relatively normal, but when you add on some kind of disability or disease, it can just be such a burden."
- Patricia Heaton
(Related: Family, Work, Burden, Disability, Disease, Kids)

"Every word or concept, clear as it may seem to be, has only a limited range of applicability."
- Werner Heisenberg
(Related: May, Word)

"I am very, very proud of my ability as a cook."
- Anna Held
(Related: Ability)

"Cowardice... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination."
- Ernest Hemingway
(Related: Imagination, Ability, Cowardice)

"Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself."
- Abraham Joshua Heschel
(Related: Discipline, Ability, Dignity, Self, Sense)

"It is not Kafka's fault that his wonderful writings have lately turned into a fad, and are read by people who have neither the ability nor the desire to absorb literature."
- Herman Hesse
(Related: People, Ability, Desire, Fault, Literature)

"Shakespeare is the outstanding example of how that can be done. In all of Shakespeare's plays, no matter what tragic events occur, no matter what rises and falls, we return to stability in the end."
- Charlton Heston
(Related: End, Events, Example, Shakespeare, Stability)

"Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity."
- Thor Heyerdahl
(Related: Progress, Ability, Man, Simplicity)

"Of everyone else who was running, and there were some very talented people, none of them had anywhere near the experience I had in hiring people, holding them accountable, creating systems for accountability."
- John Hickenlooper
(Related: Experience, People, Hiring, Running)

"I think it's just a lack of ability, we're incapable of writing hits."
- Kenny Hickey
(Related: Ability, Writing)

"I had given up magic, because it had reached a state of perfection. I felt that I was able to transform men into animals. I did not make use of this capability, because I believed I could not justify an intervention of this kind in the life of another person."
- Wolfgang Hildesheimer
(Related: Life, Men, Animals, Magic, Perfection, State)

"Your ability to use the principle of autosuggestion will depend, very largely, upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Ability, Desire, Obsession, Will)

"I am actually in poor health due to chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome, and my ability to work is greatly diminished right now, so I have to get better before I can start another big project."
- Laura Hillenbrand
(Related: Health, Work, Ability, Fatigue, Now, Poor, Project, Right)

"I didn't have the same fitness or ability as the other girls, so I had to beat them with my mind."
- Martina Hingis
(Related: Fitness, Ability, Girls, Mind)

"While I do commend the Administration on its commitment and focus on high school reform, I believe that we must focus on graduation as the key accountability measure."
- Ruben Hinojosa
(Related: Graduation, Commitment, Focus, Key, Measure, Reform, School)

"Farms and ranches contend with much more than quarterly reports and profit margins - the weather can wreak havoc on their quality of life and economic viability. When natural disasters strike, we must do all we can to assist the backbone of our economy."
- Ruben Hinojosa
(Related: Life, Quality, Disasters, Economy, Profit, Weather)

"The ultimate test of a finished account executive is his ability to write a sound marketing plan."
- Morris Hite
(Related: Ability, Marketing, Sound)

"The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category."
- Adolf Hitler
(Related: Leader, Genius, Ability, Opponents)

"It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom."
- Dee Hock
(Related: Wisdom, Trust, Ability, Humility, Judgment, Perspective, Reward, Tolerance)

"When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others, to bring them into the process."
- Jim Hodges
(Related: Art, Ability)

"Our single greatest challenge is the ability to move power to markets outside North Dakota."
- John Hoeven
(Related: Power, Ability, Challenge)

"Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Nature, Creativity, Ability, Order)

"One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action - the ability to pass directly from thought to action."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Society, Thought, Action, Ability, Passion)

"Unpredictability, too, can become monotonous."
- Eric Hoffer
"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak."
- Hans Hofmann
(Related: Ability, May)

"It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test."
- Lou Holtz
(Related: Ability)

"I want to sing like Aretha Franklin. Before her I wanted the technical ability of Ella Fitzgerald."
- Lena Horne
(Related: Ability, Want)

"Nature, not content with denying him the ability to think, has endowed him with the ability to write."
- A. E. Housman
(Related: Nature, Ability, Content)

"Nature not content with denying him the ability to think, has endowed him with the ability to write."
- Alfred Edward Housman
(Related: Nature, Ability, Content)

"For the Gulf States, perhaps no forage crop of which the available seed supply is relatively abundant exceeds the velvet bean in potential value. This legume possesses also the ability to make a crop when planted relatively late."
- David F. Houston
(Related: Ability, Potential, states, Value)

"Remember above all that mental stability comes by examining the contents of the mind, not by avoidence."
- Vernon Howard
(Related: Mind, Stability)

"There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability."
- Elbert Hubbard
(Related: Ability)

"The highest reward that God gives us for good work is the ability to do better work."
- Elbert Hubbard
(Related: Work, God, Ability, Reward)

"A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness."
- Elbert Hubbard
(Related: Greatness, Ability, Forget, May, Memory)

"If you're going to play hockey now, you have to be able to play. If you have the ability to fight and play, you're an unbelievable commodity. But if you can only fight, there might be six of those guys left in the league, and I can guarantee they're going fast."
- Brett Hull
(Related: Ability, Fight, Now, Play)

"One important measurement issue concerns the fat tails problem that I mentioned earlier. VAR is concerned with extreme outcomes. If the tails of the probability distributions we are using are too thin, our VAR measures are likely to be too low."
- John Hull
(Related: Extreme)

"I didn't go to high school, and I didn't go to grade school either. Education, I think, is for refinement and is probably a liability."
- H. L. Hunt
(Related: Education, School)

"There's a side of me that dislikes feminism. I think we surrendered something and women were unable to reveal any kind of vulnerability."
- Rachel Hunter
(Related: Women, Feminism, Vulnerability)

"The human organism inherits so delicate an adjustment to climate that, in spite of man's boasted ability to live anywhere, the strain of the frozen North eliminates the more nervous and active types of mind."
- Ellsworth Huntington
(Related: Ability, Climate, Man, Mind)

"We have lost that which has made us great over the generations, and that is the sense of individual and personal responsibility that we can come up, we can pursue our dreams and our aspirations and we won't be blocked by government regulation, by the inability to get a loan as a small business to make our dreams come true."
- Jon Huntsman, Jr.
(Related: Business, Dreams, Government, Aspirations, Generations, Responsibility, Sense)

"We believe democracy to be the only real guarantor of stability and we have sought to create a 'Jordanian model' that might also inspire others in our region. I wish democracy and peace to be my legacy to my people and the shield of generations to come."
- King Hussein I
(Related: Peace, People, Democracy, Generations, Stability)

"The link between peace and stability on the one hand, and social and economic growth on the other, is dialectic. Peace, poverty, and backwardness cannot mix in one region."
- King Hussein I
(Related: Peace, Growth, Poverty, Stability)

"Terrorists can utilize any vulnerability in the system and that would include outbound shipments."
- Asa Hutchinson
(Related: Vulnerability)

"Greater personal choice, individually tailored services, stronger local accountability, greater efficiency - these are all central to the new direction of travel we have set for our public services."
- John Hutton
(Related: Travel, Choice, Direction, Efficiency, Public)

"The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Education, Ability)

"The scientific imagination always restrains itself within the limits of probability."
- Thomas Huxley
(Related: Imagination, Limits)

"The ability to concentrate and to use time well is everything."
- Lee Iacocca
(Related: Time, Ability)

"The need to help spread democracy and the ability to do that will be much greater if we break this addiction to oil, which gives the oil princes and sultans the power in the Mideast."
- Jay Inslee
(Related: Power, Ability, Addiction, Democracy, Help, Oil, Will)

"The easiest thing to do, whenever you fail, is to put yourself down by blaming your lack of ability for your misfortunes."
- Washington Irving
(Related: Ability)

"After 9/11, the businesses in my district and throughout the New York metropolitan area saw firsthand the result of a lack of availability of terrorism insurance."
- Steve Israel
(Related: Result, Terrorism)

"America's strength is not our diversity; our strength is our ability to unite people of different backgrounds around common principles. A common language is necessary to reach that goal."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: People, Goal, Strength, Ability, America, Diversity, Language, Principles)

"My father was the son of immigrants, and he grew up bilingual, but English is what my father taught me and what he spoke to me. America's strength is not our diversity; it is our ability to unite around common principles even when we come from different backgrounds."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Father, Son, Strength, Ability, America, Diversity, English, Principles)

"The largest challenge that we face, from my perspective, is the ability to continue moving forward so the agency will have a single mission: that is, to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing."
- Alphonso Jackson
(Related: Ability, Challenge, Perspective, Will)

"Especially with the signing of riders with climbing abilities and the new arrival of Tyler Hamilton, who has the strength and ability to become a great leader for the big tours. All in all, I feel this is a very complete team."
- Laurent Jalabert
(Related: Leader, Strength, Ability)

"I played football for a team called the East Dragons on the east side of town. We only had six regular season games. And six games I played tail back and I had 18 touchdowns in six games. That's when I knew I had some athletic ability."
- LeBron James
(Related: Ability, Football, Games)

"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another."
- William James
(Related: Thought, Ability, Stress)

"I cannot understate the ability to handle classical texts such as Shakespeare."
- Louise Jameson
(Related: Ability, Shakespeare)

"My dad was an entrepreneurial businessman, and maybe I got some of his ability."
- Thomas Jane
(Related: Dad, Ability)

"I think what makes us human - is our interconnectedness among people. It's our ability to form and maintain relationships. It's the barometer by which we call ourselves human."
- Thomas Jane
(Related: People, Ability, Relationships)

"What did Citibank get out of it? It got the ability to reverse the arbitrage. Actually, what they got was the ability to give themselves a profit, and that saved the bank."
- Bill Janklow
(Related: Ability, Profit)

"Philosophy as practice does not mean its restriction to utility or applicability, that is, to what serves morality or produces serenity of soul."
- Karl Jaspers
(Related: Morality, Soul, Philosophy, Practice, Serenity)

"I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability."
- Bruce Jenner
(Related: Ability)

"Those who have expressed doubts and misgivings about their ability to live this kind of life shouldn't try, because being a musician is not something you chose to be, it is something you are."
- Billy Joel
(Related: Life, Ability, Being)

"Indian culture certainly gives the Indian mind, including the mind of the Indian scientist, the ability to think out of the box."
- Roland Joffe
(Related: Ability, Culture, Mind)

"In this day and age when we do so much business in foreign trade, we need the ability to identify trace an animal very quickly, identifying where it came from - where it has been, and where it is at today."
- Mike Johanns
(Related: Age, Business, Ability, Day, Today, Trade)

"Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears."
- Barbara Johnson
(Related: Ability, Patience)

"I liked his ability to deal with a lot of the negativity that surrounded him. Even though he was in a world that he didn't want to be in, he still saw the bigger picture."
- Dwayne Johnson
(Related: Ability, Negativity, Want, World)

"My appearance was always good and my ability to play on the piano, especially ragtime, which was then at the height of its vogue, made me a welcome guest."
- James Weldon Johnson
(Related: Ability, Appearance, Guest, Play)

"Our most tragic error may have been our inability to establish a rapport and a confidence with the press and television with the communication media. I don't think the press has understood me."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: Communication, Confidence, Error, May, Media, Press, Rapport, Television)

"I report to you that our country is challenged at home and abroad: that it is our will that is being tried and not our strength; our sense of purpose and not our ability to achieve a better America."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: Home, Purpose, Strength, Ability, America, Being, Country, Sense, Will)

"A man will treat a woman almost exactly the way he treats his own interior feminine. In fact, he hasn't the ability to see a woman, objectively speaking, until he has made some kind of peace with his interior woman."
- Robert Johnson
(Related: Peace, Ability, Fact, Man, Will, Woman)

"The core value that differentiates Apple is our ability to innovate."
- Ron Johnson
(Related: Ability, Value)

"It generally happens that assurance keeps an even pace with ability."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Ability)

"And my father was a comic. He could play any musical instrument. He loved to perform. He was a wonderfully comedic character. He had the ability to dance and sing and charm and analyze poetry."
- Lynn Johnston
(Related: Poetry, Father, Dance, Character, Ability, Charm, Play)

"There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is the willingness to think."
- Chuck Jones
"In the ordinary church, it is suppressed by respectability, by a desire to appear better than we really are."
- E. Stanley Jones
(Related: Church, Desire, Respectability)

"My grandmother had the most dramatic effect on my life because she set me in one direction, and I had to go back the other direction for my sanity, and for my ability to be a social human being."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Life, Ability, Being, Direction, Effect, Sanity)

"When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Feelings, Thoughts, Ability, Drama, Language, Literature, Mind, Sermons)

"I wanted some family structure and stability, and that's what The Partridge Family afforded me, not only financially but in the fact that I could be at home with my kids."
- Shirley Jones
(Related: Family, Home, Fact, Kids, Stability)

"There should be a moral principle there that says, let's green the ghetto first. Let's go to those communities where they have the least ability to pay for that retrofit and make sure they get that help, make sure they get that support. And give the young people standing on those corners the opportunity to put down those handguns and pick up some caulking guns and be a part of the solution."
- Van Jones
(Related: People, Opportunity, Ability, First, Help, Solution, Support)

"That lack of programmability is probably what ultimately will doom vi. It can't extend its domain."
- Bill Joy
(Related: Will)

"It will kill four times as many Americans as AIDS will over the next decade. I feel that what ever kind of disability God has given me, as an entertainer and as a public figure, it is so I can be a representative for others."
- Naomi Judd
(Related: God, Americans, Disability, Public, Will)

"So South Korean ability is very much limited to handle North Korean, you know, difficulties. So we don't want to see an immediate collapse of the North Korea regime."
- Kim Dae Jung
(Related: Ability, Difficulties, Want)

"Unification is one thing, and stability in Northeast Asia is another thing."
- Kim Dae Jung
(Related: Stability)

"American presence is, you know, the major cause of balance of power and the stability in this region."
- Kim Dae Jung
(Related: Power, American, Balance, Cause, Stability)

"Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old."
- Franz Kafka
(Related: Beauty, Ability, Old, Youth)

"Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old."
- Franz Kafka
(Related: Beauty, Ability, Old)

"God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers."
- Abdul Kalam
(Related: God, Strength, Ability, Potential, Prayer)

"Power is the ability to get things done."
- Rosabeth Moss Kanter
(Related: Power, Ability)

"I've also seen that great men are often lonely. This is understandable, because they have built such high standards for themselves that they often feel alone. But that same loneliness is part of their ability to create."
- Yousuf Karsh
(Related: Men, Ability, Loneliness, Lonely)

"The Security Council decided to deal with Iran's nuclear intentions. The international community will not be willing to tolerate an Iran with a nuclear capability and an Iran that collaborates with terrorist organizations."
- Moshe Katsav
(Related: Community, Intentions, Security, Will)

"Aggressive and irresponsible steps endanger the peace and stability of the world, and the international community feels the need to protect itself from Iran."
- Moshe Katsav
(Related: Peace, Community, Stability, World)

"I don't think that Iran with a nuclear capability will be just the problem of the state of Israel. This is a matter that concerns the whole world."
- Moshe Katsav
(Related: Israel, State, Will, World)

"Fundamentalist governments and organizations endanger stability in the world."
- Moshe Katsav
(Related: Stability, World)

"It was the business that made Pop go away, not our inability to create."
- Jeffrey Katzenberg
(Related: Business)

"The inability of those in power to still the voices of their own consciences is the great force leading to change."
- Kenneth Kaunda
(Related: Change, Power, Force, Leading)

"This hearing came about very quickly. I do have a few preliminary comments, but I suspect you're more interested in asking questions, and I'll be happy to respond to those questions to the best of my ability."
- David Kay
(Related: Ability, Hearing, Questions)

"But the most important thing about that story, which is not often told, is that as a result after the Cuban missile crisis, immediate steps were taken to correct our inability to collect on the movement of nuclear material out of the Soviet Union to other places."
- David Kay
(Related: Crisis, Result)

"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."
- Sam Keen
(Related: Deep, Laziness, Respectability, Summer)

"If we will maintain our hope and confidence in the genius of our people, they will work out this problem, and their ability and industry will bring us back to normal conditions."
- Frank B. Kellogg
(Related: Work, Genius, People, Hope, Ability, Confidence, Will)

"But when you are embodied in a location, in a physical plant, in a set of people, and in a common history, that constrains your evolution and your ability to evolve in certain directions."
- Kevin Kelly
(Related: History, People, Ability, Evolution)

"If you're playing within your capability, what's the point? If you're not pushing your own technique to its own limits with the risk that it might just crumble at any moment, then you're not really doing your job."
- Nigel Kennedy
(Related: Job, Limits, Risk)

"So if we are really concerned about generating more taxes, we ought to be investing in our people, not taking away the kinds of resources that contribute to their ability to become greater taxpayers in this country."
- Patrick J. Kennedy
(Related: People, Ability, Country, Taxes)

"If you look beyond the short term violence and instability, you do see significant activities on the part of the Iraqi people that indicate they understand the commitment necessary to govern themselves. It's not clear how they will do it, but it never is."
- Bob Kerrey
(Related: People, Commitment, Violence, Will)

"Russia knows of the vulnerability of her frontiers in this part of the world."
- Aly Khan
(Related: Russia, Vulnerability, World)

"I feel an independent accountability commission should audit all government services."
- Imran Khan
(Related: Government)

"Technology is driving the innovation. Technology is driving the creativity. Technology and the use of that is going to determine our workers' ability to compete in the 21st century global marketplace."
- Ron Kind
(Related: Technology, Creativity, Ability, Driving, Innovation, Workers)

"While I remain troubled by the Corps' inability to fully justify the Model they used for their commercial traffic predictions, America clearly has an aging lock and dam infrastructure on the Mississippi."
- Ron Kind
(Related: America)

"The single most important factor in determining America's success in the 21st century will be maintaining our ability to be an innovative and creative society."
- Ron Kind
(Related: Society, Success, Ability, America, Will)

"I think Madonna has a great deal of intelligence and capability. I have a lot of respect for her. She's taken her career and maximized it with intelligence and creativity."
- Carole King
(Related: Intelligence, Creativity, Career, Respect)

"Temperance is essential, if the services of men and women are to be employed to the best and most useful effect according, to the physical capacity and ability of each. Nothing less will assure a total effort."
- William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Related: Men, Women, Ability, Effect, Effort, Nothing, Temperance, Will)

"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Related: Change, Work, Freedom, Man, Struggle)

"The important thing isn't the house. It's the ability to make it. You carry that in your brains and in your hands, wherever you go... It's one thing to carry your life wherever you go. Another thing to always go looking for it somewhere else."
- Barbara Kingsolver
(Related: Life, Ability)

"Ages of experience have taught humanity that the commitment of a husband and wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society."
- Jack Kingston
(Related: Experience, Love, Society, Wife, HusbChildren, Commitment, Humanity, Stability, Welfare)

"You could argue that war is always an irrational act, and yet many states enter into military conflict out of rational calculation or national interest or the stability or longevity of their regime."
- William Kirby
(Related: War, Act, Conflict, Interest, Longevity, Military, Stability, states)

"So I have this ability, if I may say so, to spot talent."
- Sally Kirkland
(Related: Talent, Ability, May)

"There's never any ability to plan a personal life."
- Jerry Kleczka
(Related: Life, Ability)

"Children also have artistic ability, and there is wisdom in there having it! The more helpless they are, the more instructive are the examples they furnish us; and they must be preserved free of corruption from an early age."
- Paul Klee
(Related: Age, Wisdom, Ability, Children, Corruption)

"Zen teaches that once we can open up to the inevitability of our demise, we can begin to transform that situation and lighten up about it."
- Allen Klein
(Related: Open, Zen)

"Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary."
- Ray Knight
(Related: Ability, Nothing)

"But now sustainability is such a political category that it's getting more and more difficult to think about it in a serious way. Sustainability has become an ornament."
- Rem Koolhaas
(Related: Now)

"If I drive myself to the brink of my ability, then I don't get stale or bored."
- Dean Koontz
(Related: Ability)

"I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life."
- Dean Koontz
(Related: Life, Talent, Ability, Skill, Succeed, Support)

"Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility... in the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have... is the ability to take on responsibility."
- Michael Korda
(Related: Success, Quality, People, Successful, Ability, Responsibility)

"So, there is enormous instability in the global economy with a shift of winners and losers."
- David Korten
(Related: Economy)

"The best way to make a good deal is to have the ability to walk away from it."
- Brian Koslow
(Related: Ability)

"The strength of the playing ability is much more important. Only if the strength of the opponent's playing ability is comparable, does the game develop."
- Vladimir Kramnik
(Related: Strength, Ability)

"No ideas and the ability to express them - that's a journalist."
- Karl Kraus
(Related: Ideas, Ability)

"Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them; a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes."
- Karl Kraus
(Related: Time, Ideas, Ability, Skill, Writer)

"It is the style of idealism to console itself for the loss of something old with the ability to gape at something new."
- Karl Kraus
(Related: Ability, Idealism, Loss, Old, Style)

"One, I love the creativity. I love the ability to create a capital structure that is appropriate for a company, no matter what field it happens to be in."
- Henry Kravis
(Related: Love, Creativity, Ability, Company)

"I love the ability to work with very good managers, and to provide the right incentives for them, and truly become a partner with that management, and make that management take a long view."
- Henry Kravis
(Related: Love, Work, Management, Ability, Managers, Right)

"The only thing I was trying to portray was serenity. Also, innocence, vulnerability and elegance."
- Sylvia Kristel
(Related: Elegance, Innocence, Serenity, Trying, Vulnerability)

"I believe the anthropogenic effect for climate change is still only one of the hypotheses to explain the variability of climate."
- Kanya Kusano
(Related: Change, Climate, Climate change, Effect)

"If, on occasion, the knowledge brought by science leads to an unhappy end, this is not to the discredit of science but is rather an indication of an imperfect ability to use wisely the gifts placed within our hands."
- Polykarp Kusch
(Related: Science, Knowledge, Ability, End, Gifts)

"It is often in the name of cultural integrity as well as social stability and national security that democratic reforms based on human rights are resisted by authoritarian governments."
- Aung San Suu Kyi
(Related: Rights, Human rights, Integrity, Name, National security, Stability)

"Everybody has the ability to be manipulative, to be hateful and deceitful."
- Neil LaBute
(Related: Ability)

"With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world."
- Dalai Lama
(Related: Ability, Potential, Self, World)

"I can't stress the importance of working hard enough, work on all aspects of your game. If you does that and you have the ability, you'll come through."
- Frank Lampard
(Related: Work, Ability, Importance, Stress)

"It's time for these people to have accountability for what is being done."
- Sonny Landham
(Related: Time, People, Being)

"Newspaper men, perhaps more than any other class, are rated by ability."
- Franklin Knight Lane
(Related: Men, Ability, Class)

"I am not here concerned with intent, but with scientific standards, especially the ability to tell the difference between a fact, an opinion, a hypothesis, and a hole in the ground."
- Serge Lang
(Related: Ability, Difference, Fact, Opinion)

"I am not the easiest guy to live with. It is probably the lack of stability in my life."
- Artie Lange
(Related: Life, Stability)

"I ask the American people to consider the legacy this administration has handed us in the defense budget as we spend billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars without the tools and ability to track these dollars."
- Rick Larsen
(Related: People, Ability, American, Defense, Tools)

"And we need to maintain our foothold in the fight against terrorism and terrorist groups and respond to any degradation of Iraqi security or stability."
- Rick Larsen
(Related: Fight, Security, Stability, Terrorism)

"Our ability to effectively engage China and the Arab world rests on shared economic and political interests and mutual understanding."
- Rick Larsen
(Related: Ability, Understanding, World)

"Washington state's 2nd Congressional District is a major producer of small fruit crops such as raspberries and strawberries. This research center is doing important work to help farmers enhance the quality, yield and marketability of their small fruit crops."
- Rick Larsen
(Related: Work, Quality, Help, Research, State, Washington, Yield)

"We're looking to have the ability to come in and be able to capitalize on the marketing in order to grow the top-line. We basically leverage what has worked with our other successful acquisitions - investment in marketing, retention and student services."
- John Larson
(Related: Successful, Ability, Investment, Marketing, Order)

"I think we will always have the impulse towards visual poetry with us, and I wouldn't agree with Bly that it's a bad thing. It depends on the ability of the individual poet to do it well, and to make a shape which is interesting enough to hold your attention."
- James Laughlin
(Related: Poetry, Ability, Attention, Will)

"People at .08 are too impaired to drive. Studies show that at .08, the ability to perform critical driving functions is decreased by as much as 60 percent."
- Frank Lautenberg
(Related: People, Ability, Driving)

"It is almost possible to predict one or two days in advance, within a rather broad range of probability, what the weather is going to be; it is even thought that it will not be impossible to publish daily forecasts, which would be very useful to soci."
- Antoine Lavoisier
(Related: Thought, Weather, Will)

"I shall be glad when you have strangled the invincible respectability that dogs your steps."
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Related: Dogs, Respectability)

"From the beginning of the Radiation Laboratory, I have had the rare good fortune of being in the center of a group of men of high ability, enthusiastic and completely devoted to scientific pursuits."
- Ernest Lawrence
(Related: Men, Ability, Beginning, Being, Fortune)

"Now where people are - at least the people I talk to - they are focused on issues of trust. Accountability also comes up, to make sure that this doesn't happen again."
- William P. Leahy
(Related: Trust, People, Now, Talk)

"Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass."
- Fran Lebowitz
(Related: People, Ability, Effort, Feeling, Will)

"Being successful at a very young age gave me the confidence and the capability to try out other things."
- Joshua Lederberg
(Related: Age, Successful, Being, Confidence)

"All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns."
- Bruce Lee
(Related: Truth, Adaptability)

"The Army has carried the American ideal to its logical conclusion. Not only do they prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, creed and color, but also on ability."
- Tom Lehrer
(Related: Ability, American, Army, Discrimination, Race)

"Sometime in the future - 25, 50, 75 years hence - what will the situation be like then? By that time the Chinese will have the capability of delivery too."
- Curtis Lemay
(Related: Time, Future, Will, Years)

"If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable. You must reach the emotional and intellectual level of ability where you can go out stark naked, emotionally, in front of an audience."
- Jack Lemmon
(Related: Ability, Actor, Want)

"A book comes and says, "Write me." My job is to try to serve it to the best of my ability, which is never good enough, but all I can do is listen to it, do what it tells me and collaborate."
- Madeleine L'Engle
(Related: Ability, Job)

"It is the ability to choose which makes us human."
- Madeleine L'Engle
(Related: Ability)

"When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability... To be alive is to be vulnerable."
- Madeleine L'Engle
(Related: Children, Vulnerability)

"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise."
- Aldo Leopold
(Related: Beauty, Community, Integrity, Right, Stability, Wrong)

"Now that copyrights can be just about a century long, the inability to know what is protected and what is not protected becomes a huge and obvious burden on the creative process."
- Lawrence Lessig
(Related: Burden, Now, Obvious)

"So uncritically do we accept the idea of property in culture that we don't even question when the control of that property removes our ability, as a people, to develop our culture democratically."
- Lawrence Lessig
(Related: People, Idea, Control, Ability, Culture, Property, Question)

"We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandated of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them."
- Carl Levin
(Related: Peace, Belief, Building, Destruction, Nations, Stability, United, Weapons)

"Restoring responsibility and accountability is essential to the economic and fiscal health of our nation."
- Carl Levin
(Related: Health, Nation, Responsibility)

"If we have a chance of succeeding and bringing stability and democracy to Iraq, it will mean learning from our mistakes, not denying them and not ignoring them."
- Carl Levin
(Related: Chance, Democracy, Iraq, Learning, Mistakes, Stability, Will)

"Common sense should tell us that there is no reason for civilians to have access to easily concealable handguns with the capability to shoot through body armor."
- Carl Levin
(Related: Body, Common sense, Reason)

"Firms need to ensure that their ability to provide effective customer service keeps pace with their growth. If you're marketing your firm to new customers, you better be able to provide them service when they do business with you."
- Arthur Levitt
(Related: Business, Growth, Ability, Customer, Marketing, Service)

"When I've gone back to work, it's always with that sense of inevitability. That may be a complete delusion, but it's the one that I need to get out of bed and go about my business. That sense that I can't avoid this thing. I better just get on with it."
- Daniel Day Lewis
(Related: Business, Work, Bed, Delusion, May, Sense)

"Young women, adolescent girls, are more subject to infection, sometimes at a rate of six times that of boys. That tells you a lot about the vulnerability of women."
- Stephen Lewis
(Related: Women, Boys, Girls, Vulnerability)

"A leader who loses his connection to his people soon loses the ability to lead them."
- Robert Ley
(Related: Leader, People, Ability, Connection)

"You honor me greatly and beyond my ability as an individual but in so doing you honor my colleagues also who made possible the results you have cited."
- Willard Libby
(Related: Ability, Honor, Results)

"The most perfect ape cannot draw an ape; only man can do that; but, likewise, only man regards the ability to do this as a sign of superiority."
- Georg C. Lichtenberg
(Related: Superiority, Ability, Man)

"Who is there that ever receives a gift and tries to make bargains about it? Let us, then, return thanks for what He has bestowed on us. Who can tell whether, if we had had a larger share of ability or stronger health, we should not have possessed them to our destruction."
- Alphonsus Liguori
(Related: Health, Ability, Destruction)

"Our only security is our ability to change."
- John Lilly
(Related: Change, Ability, Security)

"The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Cause, May, Struggle, Support)

"Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: God, Ability, Being, Immortality, Infinite, Man)

"Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Ability, Tact)

"I have never experienced being madly in love the way most people seem to have been, although it is not something I would miss. Instead I have had an enormous ability to love my children and my grandchildren and my great grandchildren."
- Astrid Lindgren
(Related: Love, People, Ability, Being, Children)

"The United Nations remains our most important global actor. These days we are continuously reminded of the enormous responsibility of the Security Council to uphold international peace and stability."
- Anna Lindh
(Related: Peace, Actor, Nations, Responsibility, Security, Stability, United)

"One of the gaps in our international development efforts is the provision of global public goods - that is, goods or conditions we need that no individual or country can secure on their own, such as halting global warming, financial stability and peace and security."
- Anna Lindh
(Related: Peace, Development, Financial, Country, Global warming, Public, Security, Stability)

"In a case like Iraq the UN has again shown what important role it plays as the guarantor for protecting international peace and stability in the global political structure."
- Anna Lindh
(Related: Peace, Iraq, Stability)

"Success makes men rigid and they tend to exalt stability over all the other virtues; tired of the effort of willing they become fanatics about conservatism."
- Walter Lippmann
(Related: Men, Success, Conservatism, Effort, Fanatics, Stability)

"Since we didn't use guns, we wanted to make sure we could earn the ability to win the audience over by making it believable. A lot of what you do when you work out in that mode is use your mental energy."
- Lucy Liu
(Related: Work, Ability, Energy)

"I Kenneth Robert Livingstone, having been elected to the office of mayor of London, declare that I take that office upon myself, and will duly and faithfully fulfil the duties of it to the best of my judgement and ability."
- Kenneth Robert Livingstone
(Related: Ability, London, Office, Will)

"There are considerable advantages to using many degrees of freedom to store information, stability and controllability being perhaps the most important."
- Seth Lloyd
(Related: Being, Freedom, Information, Stability)

"Before venturing on so large an undertaking as is involved in the task I had set myself I consulted a number of distinguished scholars as to the desirability of such a series."
- James Loeb
"Bobby had faith in my ability as a singer."
- Julie London
(Related: Faith, Ability)

"So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family, that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty. All other pacts of love or fear derive from it and are modeled upon it."
- Haniel Long
(Related: Love, Family, Fear, Loyalty, Measure, Sense, Stability)

"First of all when you're a mommy like you like the consistency of being on a show like that's just peace of mind, I know I have financial, you know stability."
- Nia Long
(Related: Peace, Consistency, Financial, Being, First, Mind, Stability)

"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."
- Audre Lorde
"I made the most of my ability and I did my best with my title."
- Joe Louis
(Related: Ability)

"Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly."
- Lawrence G. Lovasik
(Related: Feelings, Character, Strength, Ability, Hurt, Resentment)

"The most merciful thing in the world... is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."
- H. P. Lovecraft
(Related: Mind, World)

"Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job."
- James A. Lovell
(Related: Ability, Job, Problems)

"It's wonderful to be back. Back among the mountains that remind us of our vulnerability, our ultimate lack of control over the world we live in. Mountains that demand humility, and yield so much peace in return."
- Alex Lowe
(Related: Peace, Control, Humility, Mountains, Vulnerability, World, Yield)

"The ability and desire to transform the mundane materials at hand that we both bring into the collaboration well beyond the sum total of the parts - to birth a new baby neither of us could claim single parentage of."
- Gary Lucas
(Related: Ability, Baby, Collaboration, Desire)

"Success is that old ABC - ability, breaks, and courage."
- Charles Luckman
(Related: Success, Courage, Ability, Old)

"We must perfect a worldwide system of accountability for nuclear, biological and chemical weapons."
- Richard Lugar
(Related: Weapons)

"I've never felt the constraints of social acceptability."
- Joanna Lumley
"The world's people all share the earnest aspiration to have peace, stability, justice and cooperation."
- Tran Duc Luong
(Related: Peace, People, Cooperation, Justice, Stability, World)

"I think women have an innate ability to be intuitive with people that they truly love, but they have to trust that inner voice, and I think it is there. I think we are more intuitive than men."
- Andie MacDowell
(Related: Men, Trust, Women, Love, People, Ability, Voice)

"Women are a little more assertive in terms of our ability to express our feelings when we fall in love."
- Alicia Machado
(Related: Love, Women, Feelings, Ability)

"War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, military plans."
- Niccolo Machiavelli
(Related: Peace, War, Ability, Leisure, Military, Study)

"The wish to acquire more is admittedly a very natural and common thing; and when men succeed in this they are always praised rather than condemned. But when they lack the ability to do so and yet want to acquire more at all costs, they deserve condemnation for their mistakes."
- Niccolo Machiavelli
(Related: Men, Ability, Mistakes, Succeed, Want)

"No one welcomes chaos, but why crave stability and predictability?"
- Hugh Mackay
(Related: Chaos, Stability)

"Every nation whose affairs betray a want of wisdom and stability may calculate on every loss which can be sustained from the more systematic policy of its wiser neighbors."
- James Madison
(Related: Wisdom, Policy, Loss, May, Nation, Neighbors, Stability, Want)

"It's hard to determine where lies culpability."
- Roger Mahony
(Related: Lies)

"I had a quick grasp of the secret to sanity, it had become the ability to hold the maximum of impossible combinations in one's mind."
- Norman Mailer
(Related: Ability, Mind, Quick, Sanity)

"Only in Britain could it be thought a defect to be too clever by half. The probability is that too many people are too stupid by three-quarters."
- John Major
(Related: Thought, People)

"The markets don't like instability and they don't like uncertainty."
- Peter Mandelson
(Related: Uncertainty)

"In general, everyone wants to work and work more. But in fact, when a young generation has sufficient capability then we should create conditions for them to work."
- Nong Duc Manh
(Related: Work, Fact)

"Individually and collectively, Cherokee people possess an extraordinary ability to face down adversity and continue moving forward."
- Wilma Mankiller
(Related: People, Ability, Adversity)

"Probably most successful songwriters have an innate songwriting ability."
- Barry Mann
(Related: Successful, Ability)

"If we look at the way the universe behaves, quantum mechanics gives us fundamental, unavoidable indeterminacy, so that alternative histories of the universe can be assigned probability."
- Murray Gell Mann
(Related: Universe)

"Shoes and clothing damage our ability to survive naked in the wilderness."
- Steve Mann
(Related: Ability, Wilderness)

"The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control their emotions by the application of reason."
- Marya Mannes
(Related: People, Control, Ability, Emotions, Reason)

"I reached that day that I always thought might happen, where I say to myself I don't want to do this anymore. I'm looking for some stability. I want to stay home."
- Joe Mantegna
(Related: Home, Thought, Day, Stability, Want)

"Sometimes I think if I had the same body and the same natural ability and someone else's brain, who knows how good a player I might have been."
- Mickey Mantle
(Related: Ability, Body)

"I could never be a manager. All I have is natural ability."
- Mickey Mantle
(Related: Manager, Ability)

"The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do."
- Orison Swett Marden
(Related: Ability, Longing)

"No employer today is independent of those about him. He cannot succeed alone, no matter how great his ability or capital. Business today is more than ever a question of cooperation."
- Orison Swett Marden
(Related: Business, Ability, Cooperation, Question, Succeed, Today)

"Being an Olympian is the ultimate test of one's sporting ability."
- Russell Mark
(Related: Ability, Being)

"The inability to listen and to depict in the countenance what others have said has spoiled many a good actress."
- Julia Marlowe
"Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability."
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(Related: Marriage, Happiness, Stability)

"When did we begin to lose faith in our ability to effect change?"
- Wynton Marsalis
(Related: Change, Faith, Ability, Effect)

"I don't like sitting around sets - I don't like the unpredictability of it."
- Andrea Martin
"I like fruit baskets because it gives you the ability to mail someone a piece of fruit without appearing insane. Like, if someone just mailed you an apple you'd be like, 'huh? What the hell is this?' But if it's in a fruit basket you're like, 'this is nice!'"
- Demetri Martin
(Related: Ability, Hell, Mail)

"From time to time, the irresponsible acts of the Cuban government remind us that this is far more than about the freedom of one country, but it really is about the stability and security of the region and the national security interests of the United States."
- Mel Martinez
(Related: Government, Time, Country, Freedom, National security, Stability, states, United)

"In a higher phase of communist society... only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be fully left behind and society inscribe on its banners: from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs."
- Karl Marx
(Related: Society, Ability, Needs, Right)

"Capital is money, capital is commodities. By virtue of it being value, it has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs."
- Karl Marx
(Related: Money, Virtue, Ability, Being, Living, Value)

"The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness."
- Abraham Maslow
(Related: Wellness, Ability, Present)

"Just the actual physical ability to hold four instruments simultaneously and do some of the things that Vivien was able to do is mind blowing to any surgeon. He never went to medical school and he became one of the great teachers of medicine himself, people are just amazed."
- Mary Stuart Masterson
(Related: Medical, People, Ability, Medicine, Mind, School, Teachers)

"Hollywood is run by men who are big on vulnerability."
- Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
(Related: Men, Hollywood, Vulnerability)

"It was ability that mattered, not disability, which is a word I'm not crazy about using."
- Marlee Matlin
(Related: Ability, Disability, Word)

"We rob ourselves of so much by focusing on the wrong stuff. And the ability to get into the moment and deal with what is, that's the real opportunity."
- Kathy Mattea
(Related: Opportunity, Ability, Wrong)

"The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit."
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Related: Ability, Wit)

"God does not begin by asking our ability, only our availability, and if we prove our dependability, He will increase our capability."
- Neal A. Maxwell
(Related: God, Ability, Will)

"Depression is the inability to construct a future."
- Rollo May
(Related: Depression, Future)

"I compromised my ability to tell my story, at the most basic level."
- Joyce Maynard
(Related: Ability)

"I think my recognizability ebbs and flows. I don't lead a particularly celebrity lifestyle or anything like that. I don't go to showbiz parties or red-carpet events, so it all depends on whether I've got a film out. I've not been very visible in the last year or so and as a result hardly anyone stops me in the street."
- James McAvoy
(Related: Celebrity, Events, Film, Result)

"I think the Internet, particularly the availability of information, is great. I do a lot of correspondence on-line and have a chat line to talk to my fans as well."
- Anne McCaffrey
(Related: Fans, Information, Internet, Talk)

"I also do not like the idea of soft money, these issue ads - people don't know where the money is coming from, millions and millions of dollars outside of the control of a candidate - there's no accountability."
- Scott McCallum
(Related: Money, People, Idea, Control)

"When you're born again, your DNA changes. You have the ability to understand God's terms."
- Bill McCartney
(Related: God, Ability)

"The ability of players to jump teams when their contracts are up has hurt fan loyalty."
- Will McDonough
(Related: Ability, Hurt, Loyalty)

"Because the New Testament provides the primary historical source for information on the resurrection, many critics during the 19th century attacked the reliability of these biblical documents."
- Josh McDowell
(Related: Information, New testament)

"Being named a great school at a great price means that we offer both high-quality academic programs and real affordability for families. We offer a personal touch that's hard to match at a big school but without a big price tag."
- David McFadden
(Related: Being, School)

"Unfortunately, your reputation often rests not on your ability to do what you say, but rather on your ability to do what people expect."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: People, Ability, Reputation)

"The ability to forgive is one of man's greatest achievements."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Ability, Man)

"Change will never happen when people lack the ability and courage to see themselves for who they are."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Change, People, Courage, Ability, Will)

"Our ability to make a decision about the declaration is hampered by the British government being reluctant to give us the clarification which we require."
- Martin McGuinness
(Related: Government, Decision, Ability, Being)

"I always feel more comfortable in chaotic surroundings. I don't know why that is. I think order is dull. There is something about this kind of desire for order, particularly in Anglo Saxon cultures, that drive out this ability for the streets to become a really exotic, amorphous, chaotic, organic place where ideas can, basically, develop."
- Malcolm Mclaren
(Related: Ideas, Ability, Desire, Order)

"We can consciously end our life almost anytime we choose. This ability is an endowment, like laughing and blushing, given to no other animal... in any given moment, by not exercising the option of suicide, we are choosing to live."
- Peter McWilliams
(Related: Life, Ability, End, Suicide)

"Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short."
- Golda Meir
(Related: Ability)

"Melody is a form of remembrance. It must have a quality of inevitability in our ears."
- Gian Carlo Menotti
(Related: Quality, Remembrance)

"In the past, when I shot films about fishermen and hunters, I always had to admire their ability to perceive time in its entirety. The present was always temporary."
- Lennart Meri
(Related: Time, Ability, Fishermen, Past, Present)

"Many people in the world today are not starving because there is an inherent inability to produce food, they are starving because they are caught in the middle of political fights and blockades that have been used as weapons."
- Ralph Merkle
(Related: Food, People, Today, Weapons, World)

"It's a miracle to be an actor and to know that you have a job to go to a year from now is a rare thing, so I think peace of mind and financial stability come with that. Hopefully I'm a little wiser and have a little more perspective in my life than I did then."
- Debra Messing
(Related: Life, Peace, Financial, Actor, Job, Mind, Now, Perspective, Stability)

"I think that people who have played sports have an ability to relate to people because when you're playing you have to work on teams and with opposing players."
- Michael Michele
(Related: Sports, Work, People, Ability)

"Women would be disproportionately affected by the privatization of social security. It is one of the most important safety nets for American women in old age, or in times of disability, to insure financial income for their families."
- Barbara Mikulski
(Related: Women, Age, Financial, American, Disability, Income, Old, Safety, Security)

"I am somebody who... - I'm not saying I'm perfect, but I need that freedom, that ability to make mistakes out there. Because there's a fine line between making a mistake or being brilliant."
- Tiffeny Milbrett
(Related: Mistake, Ability, Being, Freedom, Mistakes, Saying)

"Yes, look, social class is definitely an issue in Britain, it is definitely an issue and I think that most people across the country would sympathise with the idea that there are lots of people with talent and ability all across this country who want to make more of themselves and part of the responsibility of government is to make that happen."
- Ed Miliband
(Related: Government, Talent, People, Idea, Ability, Class, Country, Responsibility, Want)

"A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life."
- John Stuart Mill
(Related: Life, Progress, Order, Party, Reform, Stability, State)

"What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs."
- John Stuart Mill
(Related: Men, Act, Beliefs, Majority)

"Hospitals must provide emergency treatment to all who walk through the door, regardless of their citizenship status or ability to pay."
- Gary Miller
(Related: Ability, Citizenship, Hospitals, Treatment)

"What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their ability to act according to their beliefs."
- Henry Miller
(Related: Men, Ability, Act, Beliefs, Majority)

"When someone has the desire to go to school and has the ability but can't get into our schools, that's wrong. Education drives the economy and the quality of life."
- Jack Miller
(Related: Education, Life, Quality, Ability, Desire, Economy, School, Schools, Wrong)

"We see portability in electronics being a continuing requirement, higher functionality, better battery life, requiring lower power for the actual electronics."
- David Milne
(Related: Power, Life, Being)

"Remember, the storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and their stability."
- Ho Chi Minh
(Related: Opportunity, Strength, Stability)

"This is a nation that has lost the ability to be self-critical, and that makes a lie out of the freedoms."
- Joni Mitchell
(Related: Lie, Ability, Nation, Self)

"Security is always going to be a cat and mouse game because there'll be people out there that are hunting for the zero day award, you have people that don't have configuration management, don't have vulnerability management, don't have patch management."
- Kevin Mitnick
(Related: People, Management, Day, Hunting, Mouse, Security, Vulnerability)

"But a lot of businesses out there don't see the return on investment, they look at it as a liability, and until they can understand that proactive security actually returns, gives them a return on investment, it's still a hard sell for people."
- Kevin Mitnick
(Related: People, Investment, Security)

"My most important professional accomplishment to date is the ability to keep working with absolutely no skills whatsoever."
- Colin Mochrie
(Related: Ability, Accomplishment)

"That inner voice has both gentleness and clarity. So to get to authenticity, you really keep going down to the bone, to the honesty, and the inevitability of something."
- Meredith Monk
(Related: Honesty, Clarity, Voice)

"Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Soul, Courage, Stability, Valor)

"Too many people feel that where you start out dictates where you should end up. I was on welfare and just shy of 19 when my first daughter was born, but I was encouraged to take advantage of my ability and drive and remained in school."
- Gwen Moore
(Related: Daughter, People, Ability, End, First, School, Welfare)

"Some are blessed with musical ability, others with good looks. Myself, I was blessed with modesty."
- Roger Moore
(Related: Ability, Modesty)

"Let a woman have her place, because as you provide foundation for her, she provides a foundation for you. And through that vulnerability comes strength."
- Shemar Moore
(Related: Strength, Vulnerability, Woman)

"It is a very unusual sector and the one thing I would ask of them is to understand that for most of them one-third of their films are being financed by the taxpayer and that carries huge accountability and responsibility."
- Estelle Morris
(Related: Being, Responsibility)

"By creating useful job descriptions and making clear what qualifications should be expected, the Department aims to help improve schools' ability to recruit the right people."
- Estelle Morris
(Related: People, Ability, Help, Job, Right, Schools)

"The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask."
- Jim Morrison
(Related: Ability, Freedom, Reality, Trade)

"The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power."
- Toni Morrison
(Related: Power, Ability, Self, Writers)

"Sexual relations, of course, have existed, exist, and will exist. However, this is in no way connected with the indispensability of the existence of the family."
- Ferdinand Mount
(Related: Family, Existence, Will)

"Defenders of the status quo will argue that this system has served us well over the centuries, that our parliamentary traditions have combined stability and flexibility and that we should not cast away in a minute what has taken generations to build."
- Ferdinand Mount
(Related: Flexibility, Generations, Stability, Traditions, Will)

"It never entered my father's mind nor my mind ever to do a job othe than at one's best ability."
- Lord Mountbatten
(Related: Father, Ability, Job, Mind)

"I was born with an ability to concentrate very hard on a job for a long time."
- Lord Mountbatten
(Related: Time, Ability, Job)

"Never underestimate a child's ability to get into more trouble."
- Martin Mull
(Related: Ability, Trouble)

"Acknowledgment of torture is not accountability for it."
- Yousef Munayyer
"A plant's ability to grow, increase and sustain itself became of secondary and almost minimal interest."
- Bill Munson
(Related: Ability, Interest)

"I didn't want to be a writer, but I became one. And now I have many readers, in many countries. I think that's a miracle. So I think I have to be humble regarding this ability. I'm proud of it and I enjoy it, and it is strange to say it this way, but I respect it."
- Haruki Murakami
(Related: Ability, Countries, Now, Respect, Want, Writer)

"I try to keep in touch with the details... I also look at the product daily. That doesn't mean you interfere, but it's important occasionally to show the ability to be involved. It shows you understand what's happening."
- Rupert Murdoch
(Related: Ability)

"Over the last two decades, America has increased its demand for oil by nearly 30 percent, yet we have not expanded our ability to produce domestic sources of fuel."
- Tim Murphy
(Related: Ability, America, Oil)

"However, many skilled medical volunteers are turned away because community health centers cannot afford to cover their additional medical liability insurance."
- Tim Murphy
(Related: Health, Medical, Community)

"Anything that endures over time sacrifices its ability to make an impression."
- Robert Musil
(Related: Time, Impression, Ability)

"There is a need for Social Security reform to ensure its stability, and Congress must act."
- Grace Napolitano
(Related: Act, Congress, Reform, Security, Stability)

"I seem to be thinking rationally again in the style that is characteristic of scientists. However, this is not entirely a matter of joy as if someone returned from physical disability to good physical health."
- John Forbes Nash, Jr.
(Related: Health, Disability, Joy, Scientists, Style, Thinking)

"What is being talked about now is the probability of the Sharon government launching an attack against Lebanon to eliminate the resistance of Hezbollah by using the American war against Iraq. But, of course, in this case, we will certainly fight with all our strength."
- Hassan Nasrallah
(Related: Government, War, Strength, American, Being, Fight, Iraq, Now, Will)

"Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone."
- Martina Navratilova
(Related: Perception, Disability)

"I actually thrive on all the challenges, and I don't feel like ADD has impaired my ability."
- David Neeleman
(Related: Ability)

"I agree with Marjorie Rosen's good psychological analysis of my acting ability."
- Pola Negri
(Related: Ability, Acting)

"We do not have the luxury of two big oceans protecting us as we have had in the past, for we now have a new kind of enemy who deals with stealthiness. Our ability to protect ourselves is having the information ahead of time so we can thwart the attack."
- Bill Nelson
(Related: Time, Ability, Deals, Enemy, Information, Luxury, Now, Oceans, Past)

"Never let life impede on your ability to manifest your dreams. Dig deeper into your dreams and deeper into yourself and believe that anything is possible, and make it happen."
- Corin Nemec
(Related: Dreams, Life, Ability)

"When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy."
- Ingrid Newkirk
(Related: Ability, Hunger, Pain)

"Ability is sexless."
- John Henry Newman
(Related: Ability)

"It is outrageous to know that security procedures are apparently so lax at the Department of Veterans Affairs that a single bureaucrat had the ability to put the personal information of over 26 million Veterans at risk for sale to the highest criminal bidder."
- Bob Ney
(Related: Ability, Information, Risk, Security, Veterans)

"The bottom line in my view is that America's mothers and fathers deserve to have confidence in law enforcement's ability to ensure that their children are being raised in the safest possible environment."
- Bob Ney
(Related: Ability, America, Being, Children, Confidence, Environment, Fathers, Law, Mothers)

"I used to think that one of the great signs of security was the ability to just walk away."
- Jack Nicholson
(Related: Ability, Security)

"My ability to concentrate and work toward that goal has been my greatest asset."
- Jack Nicklaus
(Related: Work, Goal, Ability)

"When you look at other countries that are developing the capabilities and the technology to deploy missiles of very significant destructive capability with nuclear, chemical, or biological warheads, then the MAD dogma makes even less sense."
- Don Nickles
(Related: Technology, Countries, Sense)

"Employ every economy consistent with thoroughness, accuracy and reliability."
- Arthur C. Nielsen
(Related: Accuracy, Economy)

"Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work."
- Earl Nightingale
(Related: Work, Ability)

"Is the proposed operation likely to succeed? What might the consequences of failure? Is it in the realm of practicability in terms of material and supplies?"
- Chester W. Nimitz
(Related: Failure, Consequences, Succeed)

"Beauty and brains, pleasure and usability - they should go hand in hand."
- Donald Norman
(Related: Beauty, Pleasure)

"So my game is solid. So that obviously makes me feel confident, that like anybody else in this field, you name them, I feel like I've got the ability to win the golf tournament just as much as they have, and that's the way I'm going to take it."
- Greg Norman
(Related: Ability, Golf, Name)

"It wasn't until I went to Korea out of high school and got exposed to the martial arts for the first time and was just completely enamored with the physical ability of the martial arts and making my black belt."
- Chuck Norris
(Related: Time, Ability, First, School)

"The Lord God, the creator of Judaism and the God of Judaism and Christianity, empowered our minds and gave us the ability to question."
- Michael Novak
(Related: God, Christianity, Ability, Judaism, Question)

"The fact that we don't keep repeating tests in the same arena is not because the probability of the hypothesis showing its falsity in other arenas goes up after it has passed tests in one arena."
- Robert Nozick
(Related: Fact, Tests)

"With the changing economy, no one has lifetime employment. But community colleges provide lifetime employability."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Community, Economy)

"Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terrorism have reduced the pace of military transformation and have revealed our lack of preparation for defensive and stability operations. This Administration has overextended our military."
- Barack Obama
(Related: War, Afghanistan, Iraq, Military, Preparation, Stability, Terrorism)

"We will work to bring an element of stability to the price of oil."
- Olusegun Obasanjo
(Related: Work, Oil, Stability, Will)

"The fortunes of the entire world may well ride on the ability of young Americans to face the responsibilities of an old America gone mad."
- Phil Ochs
(Related: Ability, America, Americans, May, Old, World)

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."
- Flannery O'Connor
(Related: Change, Truth, Ability)

"Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability."
- Sandra Day O'Connor
(Related: Society, Opportunity, Ability, Benefits, Climate, Gender, May, Race, Respect, Responsibility)

"Occasionally we have to interpret an international treaty - one, perhaps, affecting airlines and liability for injury to passengers or damage to goods. Then, of course, we have to look to the precedents of other member nations in resolving issues."
- Sandra Day O'Connor
(Related: Injury, Nations, Precedents)

"Our inability to relate to one another is very, very, very important. When we don't have it, we get situations like Bosnia."
- Edward James Olmos
"Of all presidential perks, the pardon power has a special significance. It is just the kind of authority that would attract the special attention of someone obsessed with himself and his own ability to influence events."
- Barbara Olson
(Related: Power, Ability, Attention, Authority, Events, Influence)

"I'm very excited about my new agreement with the Heat. This contract allows me to address all of my family's long-term financial goals while allowing the Heat the ability to acquire those players that we need to win a championship."
- Shaquille O'Neal
(Related: Family, Financial, Goals, Ability, Agreement)

"You see so many artists who are so talented end up living sad, empty lives. This industry takes so much out of you that without the accountability and leaving God in the center, you can be left so empty and void."
- Stacie Orrico
(Related: God, Artists, End, Living)

"Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease."
- William Osler
(Related: Life, Disease, Faces, Law)

"Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability."
- William Osler
(Related: Art, Science, Medicine, Uncertainty)

"For years now I have been talking about personal responsibility and accountability, both in our private lives and in the halls of government. Those are important principles here in Idaho, and they will form the basis of this administration."
- Butch Otter
(Related: Government, Now, Principles, Responsibility, Talking, Will, Years)

"The will is commendable though the ability may be wanting."
- Ovid
(Related: Ability, May, Will)

"That the variability of an organism to a certain extent is a constant and certain condition of life we admit, otherwise there would be no distinguishable individuals of a species."
- Richard Owen
(Related: Life)

"While one party may possess the levers of power, one party does not possess a monopoly on good ideas. Good lawmaking, after all, is about the ability to craft effective solutions."
- Bill Owens
(Related: Power, Ideas, Ability, May, Party)

"People didn't always see a person with a disability who had to use a ramp or elevator as people who have been given unnecessary privileges. But I run into that often now. People are saying, 'Why do we have to go to great expense for these people?'"
- Major Owens
(Related: People, Disability, Now, Saying)

"Excitement in education and student productivity, the ability to get a result that you want from students, go together and cannot be separated."
- Major Owens
(Related: Education, Ability, Excitement, Productivity, Result, Students, Want)

"The bottom line is that after we defeat the armed forces of Iraq, that we will want to and need to provide stability throughout that country."
- Peter Pace
(Related: Country, Defeat, Iraq, Stability, Want, Will)

"The difference between a top-flight creative man and the hack is his ability to express powerful meanings indirectly."
- Vance Packard
(Related: Ability, Difference, Man)

"All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room."
- Blaise Pascal
(Related: Cause, Evil, Man)

"This Budget reflects a choice - not an easy choice, but the right choice. And when you think about it, the only choice. The choice to take the responsible, prudent path to fiscal stability, economic growth and opportunity."
- George E. Pataki
(Related: Opportunity, Growth, Choice, Right, Stability)

"But the ability to articulate what you are doing, to be clear about it, and to stick to it is, I think, the essence of political leadership."
- Chris Patten
(Related: Leadership, Ability)

"One does not kill oneself for love of a woman, but because love - any love - reveals us in our nakedness, our misery, our vulnerability, our nothingness."
- Cesare Pavese
(Related: Love, Misery, Nothingness, Vulnerability, Woman)

"I hate tests. It's a really lousy way to judge a person's ability."
- Bill Paxton
(Related: Ability, Hate, Tests)

"There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community."
- M. Scott Peck
(Related: Life, Peace, Community, Risk, Vulnerability)

"In our recovery package we put new standards of accountability and transparency, which we hope will now apply."
- Nancy Pelosi
(Related: Hope, Now, Will)

"In the last four years under the Patriot Act, we have seen a great increase in the ability of law enforcement officials to investigate and track terrorists."
- Mike Pence
(Related: Ability, Act, Law, Years)

"We sincerely hope that south Asian countries will respect and live in amity with each other, and achieve common development, and that south Asia will enjoy peace, stability and prosperity."
- Li Peng
(Related: Peace, Development, Hope, Countries, Prosperity, Respect, Stability, Will)

"We are ready to engage in international co-operation against terrorism with a view to safeguarding national interests and regional security and stability."
- Li Peng
(Related: Security, Stability, Terrorism)

"I am firmly convinced that, in future years, China and India will join hands in playing a more active role in maintaining peace and stability in the region and the world at large and make due contribution to the cause of human progress and development."
- Li Peng
(Related: Peace, Development, Progress, Cause, Future, Stability, Will, World, Years)

"No matter what his position or experience in life, there is in everyone more latent than developed ability; far more unused than used power."
- James Cash Penney
(Related: Experience, Power, Life, Ability)

"My philosophy of leadership is to surround myself with good people who have ability, judgment and knowledge, but above all, a passion for service."
- Sonny Perdue
(Related: Leadership, People, Knowledge, Ability, Judgment, Passion, Philosophy, Service)

"That makes classical music work, the ability to improvise."
- Itzhak Perlman
(Related: Music, Work, Ability)

"Trust your ability!"
- Itzhak Perlman
(Related: Trust)

"A sponge has that much absorbent capability and after a while you can pour water over it and nothing stays."
- Itzhak Perlman
(Related: Nothing, Water)

"Tactics, fitness, stroke ability, adaptability, experience, and sportsmanship are all necessary for winning."
- Fred Perry
(Related: Experience, Fitness, Winning, Ability, Adaptability)

"Exigencies create the necessary ability to meet and conquer them."
- Wendell Phillips
(Related: Ability)

"I've always believed that it's important to show a new look periodically. Predictability can lead to failure."
- T. Boone Pickens
(Related: Failure)

"I have always believed that it's important to show a new look periodically. Predictability can lead to failure."
- T. Boone Pickens
(Related: Failure)

"At the beginning of the season, I set my goal to see if I can lead the league in scoring, because I feel I have that kind of ability. A lot of guys say it, but it's not really in their grasp. I feel that's really in my grasp."
- Paul Pierce
(Related: Goal, Ability, Beginning)

"So I see that Christianity in believing in a Creator pulls together more facts, data, inner experience and ability than any mechanistic view could hold for me."
- Kenneth L. Pike
(Related: Experience, Christianity, Ability, Facts)

"It is also, I would guess, a universal that in all societies people value respectability granted to them."
- Kenneth L. Pike
(Related: People, Respectability, Value)

"Excellence is the unlimited ability to improve the quality of what you have to offer."
- Rick Pitino
(Related: Quality, Ability, Excellence)

"It's sort of a feeling of power onstage. It's really the ability to make people smile, or just to turn them one way or another for that duration of time, and for it to have some effect later on. I don't really think it's power... it's the goodness."
- Robert Plant
(Related: Power, Time, People, Ability, Effect, Feeling, Goodness, Smile)

"Wisdom is not attained by years, but by ability."
- Titus Maccius Plautus
(Related: Wisdom, Ability, Years)

"I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active - not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago."
- Edgar Allan Poe
(Related: Faith, Effect, Humanity, Now, Will, Years)

"I really believe that we don't have to make a trade-off between security and privacy. I think technology gives us the ability to have both."
- John Poindexter
(Related: Technology, Ability, Privacy, Security, Trade)

"But I always had the ability to say no. That's how I called my own shots."
- Sidney Poitier
(Related: Ability)

"The process of philosophic and scientific enlightenment has shaken the stability of beliefs held explicitly as articles of faith."
- Michael Polanyi
(Related: Faith, Beliefs, Stability)

"Economy consists in a due and proper application of the means afforded according to the ability of the employer and the situation chosen; care being taken that the expenditure is prudently conducted."
- Marcus V. Pollio
(Related: Ability, Being, Care, Economy)

"The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck."
- Channing Pollock
(Related: Men, Determination, Ability, Being, Luck)

"Franklin Roosevelt had to govern at a time of crisis. If you're going to make changes in the way a nation thinks, you have to have the ability to take the crisis of the moment and use it to shape an agenda."
- Pete du Pont
(Related: Time, Ability, Crisis, Nation)

"I didn't have any problem bonding with Honey, but I was plagued with insecurities about my ability to bring up my baby."
- Gail Porter
(Related: Ability, Baby)

"It is imperative that when thousands of selfless volunteers respond to those who have incurred the wrath of a natural disaster that legal liability need not be hanging over their heads."
- Jon Porter
(Related: Legal, Disaster, Wrath)

"The ability to change constantly and effectively is made easier by high-level continuity."
- Michael Porter
(Related: Change, Ability)

"If your goal is anything but profitability - if it's to be big, or to grow fast, or to become a technology leader - you'll hit problems."
- Michael Porter
(Related: Technology, Leader, Goal, Problems)

"Literature does not exist in a vacuum. Writers as such have a definite social function exactly proportional to their ability as writers. This is their main use."
- Ezra Pound
(Related: Ability, Literature, Writers)

"In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy, just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries."
- Ezra Pound
(Related: Time)

"The importance of information is directly proportional to its improbability."
- Jerry Pournelle
(Related: Importance, Information)

"I think the Iranians are clearly determined to have a nuclear program. And we have to assume that with a nuclear program they have the capability and the will to create a nuclear weapon."
- Colin Powell
(Related: Will)

"I have the ability to create and be in touch with God. I can't change bread and wine into body and blood, but I can take the scum or the slime of the earth and make it into a man or woman."
- J. F. Powers
(Related: Change, God, Ability, Blood, Body, Earth, Man, Wine, Woman)

"You show your vulnerability through relationships, and those feelings are your soft spot. You need to have a soft spot."
- Victoria Pratt
(Related: Feelings, Relationships, Vulnerability)

"In the beginning, people think vulnerability will make you weak, but it does the opposite. It shows you're strong enough to care."
- Victoria Pratt
(Related: People, Beginning, Care, Vulnerability, Will)

"Classical music's ability to translate emotional themes is fantastic."
- Alan Price
(Related: Music, Ability)

"It is undeniable that a woman's ability to stretch and pursue her total competence outside the home and get paid what she's worth for it makes for happier and more fulfilled women."
- Kyle D. Pruett
(Related: Home, Women, Ability, Competence, Woman, Worth)

"I believe the ability to think is blessed. If you can think about a situation, you can deal with it. The big struggle is to keep your head clear enough to think."
- Richard Pryor
(Related: Ability, Struggle)

"Ironically, Latin American countries, in their instability, give writers and intellectuals the hope that they are needed."
- Manuel Puig
(Related: Hope, American, Countries, Intellectuals, Writers)

"I desire to assist in attracting to this profession young men of character and ability, also to help those already engaged in the profession to acquire the highest moral and intellectual training."
- Joseph Pulitzer
(Related: Men, Character, Ability, Desire, Help, Profession, Training)

"We are aware that in 2005 our efforts to preserve the stability and prestige of the Republic of Bulgaria in the area of foreign policy, and our efforts to attain fully our strategic goals will be mostly contingent upon the way we address our domestic priorities."
- Georgi Purvanov
(Related: Policy, Goals, Foreign policy, Priorities, Stability, Will)

"If you're going to stick around in this business, you have to have the ability to reinvent yourself, whether consciously or unconsciously."
- Dennis Quaid
(Related: Business, Ability)

"If there be anything that can be called genius, it consists chiefly in ability to give that attention to a subject which keeps it steadily in the mind, till we have surveyed it accurately on all sides."
- Robert Quillen
(Related: Genius, Ability, Attention, Mind)

"I thoroughly enjoyed working on Enemy of the State. Tony Scott is an important director, and has an amazing ability to express himself, and he doesn't do it in musical terms , he does it in emotional terms. I got along really well with him."
- Trevor Rabin
(Related: Ability, Enemy, State)

"Well, the important message that we've always carried to China is that we look forward to your progress and prosperity, we look forward to you playing a role in the progress and prosperity of this region and we look forward to stability in your relations with others."
- Sellapan Ramanathan
(Related: Progress, Prosperity, Stability)

"I strongly support the call to greatly expand our human intelligence capability to penetrate al Qaeda and gather critical intelligence to prevent terrorist attacks on our homeland."
- Jim Ramstad
(Related: Intelligence, Support)

"The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was indeed a vital instrument of democracy, ensuring the integrity and reliability of a democratic process that we as a Country hold so dear."
- Charles Rangel
(Related: Act, Country, Democracy, Rights, Integrity, Voting)

"We love the ability of the people to influence the actions of decision-makers, of lawmakers and presidents to be removed from or elevated to office by the will of voters, and of the community to connect amongst diverse populations through the ballot box."
- Charles Rangel
(Related: Love, People, Decision, Ability, Actions, Community, Influence, Office, Will)

"Education is more than Pisa. Particularly musical education. We also need education and training for more than reasons of usefulness and marketability."
- Johannes Rau
(Related: Education, Training, Usefulness)

"My intention here is to make it clear that not a single cell of my composition, here in regard to The Raven, is found by chance or intuition, that the composition moved towards perfection with the precision and inevitability of a mathematical equation."
- Maurice Ravel
(Related: Chance, Intention, Intuition, Perfection)

"Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Peace, Ability, Absence, Conflict)

"I guess I crave stability."
- Gabrielle Reece
(Related: Stability)

"Sometimes when you make a film you can go away for three months and then come back and live your life. But this struck a much deeper chord. I don't have the ability yet to speak about it in an objective."
- Keanu Reeves
(Related: Life, Ability, Film, Months)

"Your most precious possession is not your financial assets. Your most precious possession is the people you have working there, and what they carry around in their heads, and their ability to work together."
- Robert Reich
(Related: Work, People, Financial, Ability, Possession)

"At a family's most difficult time, I want to make sure at a minimum that they have the very basic of comforts: the ability to grieve their loss privately and the knowledge that their country is grateful for their loved one's sacrifice and service."
- Dave Reichert
(Related: Family, Time, Sacrifice, Knowledge, Ability, Country, Loss, Service, Want)

"Again two manufacturers may employ the same amount of fixed, and the same amount of circulating capital; but the durability of their fixed capitals may be very unequal."
- David Ricardo
(Related: May)

"We've been a country that's been fortunate to be protected by two oceans, to not have serious attacks on our territory for most of our history. And we were unfortunately reminded in a very devastating way of our vulnerability."
- Condoleezza Rice
(Related: History, Country, Oceans, Vulnerability)

"But the truth of the matter is, we're an open society, we want to remain an open society, and there will continue to be vulnerability. That's why we have to meet the threats when they are not yet taking place on our territory and on our soil."
- Condoleezza Rice
(Related: Society, Truth, Open, Vulnerability, Want, Will)

"My life has been one long descent into respectability."
- Mandy Rice-Davies
(Related: Life, Respectability)

"God gives us the ability, but rock 'n' roll was created by men."
- Little Richard
(Related: Men, God, Ability)

"Acting is the ability to dream on cue."
- Ralph Richardson
(Related: Dream, Ability, Acting)

"Since stepping down as laboratory director in 1999, I have devoted an increasing fraction of my time to international issues. I am involved with energy, environment, and sustainability issues, particularly as they involve new energy sources free of greenhouse gases."
- Burton Richter
(Related: Time, Energy, Environment)

"All I had was natural ability."
- Branch Rickey
(Related: Ability)

"The public should know that the liability issues here have yet to be resolved, or even raised. If you're a farmer and you're growing a genetically engineering food crop, those genes are going to flow to the other farm."
- Jeremy Rifkin
(Related: Food, Engineering, Public)

"The insurance companies aren't covering that. Should Monsanto be liable for these losses? Should the state government? Who's going to cover the losses? The fact is, here's an industry with no long-term liability in place."
- Jeremy Rifkin
(Related: Government, Fact, State)

"No skill shapes a child's future success in school or in life more than the ability to read."
- Bob Riley
(Related: Life, Success, Ability, Future, School, Skill)

"C was already implemented on several quite different machines and OSs, Unix was already being distributed on the PDP-11, but the portability of the whole system was new."
- Dennis Ritchie
(Related: Being, Machines, Unix)

"True stability results when presumed order and presumed disorder are balanced. A truly stable system expects the unexpected, is prepared to be disrupted, waits to be transformed."
- Tom Robbins
(Related: Disorder, Results, Stability)

"What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are."
- Tony Robbins
(Related: Beliefs)

"Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives."
- Tony Robbins
(Related: Experience, Power, Ability, Beliefs, Meaning)

"Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed."
- Cavett Robert
(Related: Character, Ability, Excitement, Resolution)

"In sum, as we enter the 21st century, the Euro-Atlantic community - North America and Europe together - has to face some tough challenges when it comes to improving our capability."
- Lord Robertson
(Related: America, Community, Europe)

"For years, we have heard warnings that Europe needs to contribute more to NATO's capability."
- Lord Robertson
(Related: Europe, Needs, Years)

"The results of this survey are shocking and should be a wake-up call to men and women that drinking and smoking too much not only gives you a bad headache in the morning but can affect your ability to start a family."
- Ann Robinson
(Related: Family, Men, Women, Ability, Drinking, Results, Smoking)

"It takes nearly as much ability to know how to profit by good advice as to know how to act for one's self."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Ability, Act, Advice, Profit, Self)

"To know how to hide one's ability is great skill."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Ability, Skill)

"Old people love to give good advice; it compensates them for their inability to set a bad example."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Love, People, Advice, Example, Old)

"Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to give bad examples."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Men, Advice, Giving, Old)

"Money can add very much to one's ability to lead a constructive life, not only pleasant for oneself, but, hopefully, beneficial to others."
- David Rockefeller
(Related: Money, Life, Ability)

"One year after the United States led the invasion of Iraq, the country remains extremely dangerous not only to our troops, but also to the stability of the world."
- Jay Rockefeller
(Related: Country, Iraq, Stability, states, Troops, United, World)

"Allowing the U.N. into Iraq will demonstrate to the Iraqis that the international community as a whole is committed to bringing stability and safety to their country."
- Jay Rockefeller
(Related: Community, Country, Iraq, Safety, Stability, Will)

"We have to bring stability to Iraq, otherwise we will be faced with a future dilemma of sending our loved ones into harms way to stop a civil war or the rise of a new tyrant born from the instability that we created."
- Jay Rockefeller
(Related: War, Future, Iraq, Stability, Will)

"The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun."
- John D. Rockefeller
(Related: People, Ability, Coffee, Sun, Will)

"Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don't go well."
- Jim Rohn
(Related: Ability, Apology, Maturity)

"Our goal is to leverage what is already out in the field in terms of partners, but then hire in project management capability and a bit of technical capability."
- Kevin Rollins
(Related: Goal, Management, Project)

"I am sure there will come a time when we are going to use AMD. The products have been getting better. The acceptance is getting better. But we have not been suffering as a company for either growth or profitability because we haven't had AMD."
- Kevin Rollins
(Related: Time, Growth, Acceptance, Company, Suffering, Will)

"I have observed private and proprietary colleges, like the University of Phoenix, and the market they serve. And I found it intriguing the way in which they are trying to deliver the product, with more accountability, for a price."
- Roy Romer
(Related: Trying, University)

"The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong."
- Andy Rooney
(Related: Chance, Right, Wrong)

"We continue to recognize the greater ability of some to earn more than others. But we do assert that the ambition of the individual to obtain for him a proper security is an ambition to be preferred to the appetite for great wealth and great power."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Related: Power, Wealth, Ability, Ambition, Appetite, Security)

"Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Related: Ability, American, Taxes)

"If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Related: Peace, Science, Civilization, Ability, Relationships, World)

"Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones."
- Theodore Roosevelt
(Related: Men, Ability, Jobs)

"Humor is the ability to see three sides to one coin."
- Ned Rorem
(Related: Humor, Ability)

"We created the ability for people to insert enterprise or personal data."
- David Rose
(Related: People, Ability)

"There are already a lot of devices in our lives that have rich text or the ability to handle graphics. Our devices are designed to be understood in less than a quarter of a second."
- David Rose
(Related: Ability)

"The marketplace can handle this. The laws are there. The courts have shown a consistent ability to find a balance between copyright owners and copyright users."
- Hilary Rosen
(Related: Ability, Balance, Laws)

"Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said."
- Jean Rostand
(Related: Ability, Feeling, Nothing)

"I did think for many, many years that because of my ability I could beat the system. And I was wrong."
- Mickey Rourke
(Related: Ability, Wrong, Years)

"The fact is that America's weapons systems have made it impossible for anybody to confront it militarily. So, all you have is your wits and your cunning, and your ability to fight in the way the Iraqis are fighting."
- Arundhati Roy
(Related: Ability, America, Cunning, Fact, Fight, Fighting, Weapons)

"Be yourself. Follow your instincts. Success depends, at least in part, on the ability to "carry it off.""
- Donald Rumsfeld
(Related: Success, Ability)

"Durability is part of what makes a great athlete."
- Bill Russell
"Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent."
- Nolan Ryan
(Related: Change, Success, Talent, Opportunity, Ability, Being, Open, Will)

"It's the unusual leading man. Most of the Hollywood leading men are powerful and capable and strong, heroes. He has this vulnerability, he's fragile, he struggles to find a way to live from day to day that we can identify with, that we can understand."
- Mark Rydell
(Related: Men, Day, Heroes, Hollywood, Leading, Man, Vulnerability)

"Skyrocketing insurance premiums are debilitating our Nation's health care delivery system and liability insurers are either leaving the market or raising rates to excessive levels."
- Jim Ryun
(Related: Health, Care, Nation)

"We've taken the view that if the rest of the world would democratize and create market economies, that would spread the benefits of prosperity around the world, and that it would enhance our own prosperity, and our own stability and security, as well."
- Jeffrey Sachs
(Related: Benefits, Prosperity, Rest, Security, Stability, World)

"I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students."
- Carl Sagan
(Related: Science, Enthusiasm, College, School, Students)

"Liability does apply with respect to the amount of the oil spill."
- Ken Salazar
(Related: Oil, Respect)

"Iraq may get peace and stability through restoring it's sovereignty under participation of all Iraqi factions and sectarian groups, who must rebuild a new democratic, free and independent Iraq."
- Ali A. Saleh
(Related: Peace, Iraq, May, Participation, Stability)

"United States is a great Country and has its effective role on the international arena, so we have to boost our relations with it, in order to achieve peace and stability in our region and the world."
- Ali A. Saleh
(Related: Peace, Country, Order, Stability, states, United, World)

"It is often said that the magnitude of a people is measured by their ability to know how to win."
- Jose Eduardo Dos Santos
(Related: People, Ability)

"Evil is the product of the ability of humans to make abstract that which is concrete."
- Jean-Paul Sartre
(Related: Ability, Evil)

"The international order established at the end of World War II could certainly have been worse. However, this order did contain certain factors which bore within them the seeds of instability."
- Eisaku Sato
(Related: War, End, Order, World, World war)

"Training is such a vital part of preparation for a game, you really do train to play. It tops up your ability, like sharpening a carving knife. You can get away with not doing it for a while, as long as you have reached a certain standard of fitness."
- Graeme Le Saux
(Related: Fitness, Ability, Play, Preparation, Training)

"Email, instant messaging, and cell phones give us fabulous communication ability, but because we live and work in our own little worlds, that communication is totally disorganized."
- Marilyn vos Savant
(Related: Work, Ability, Communication)

"The chess player who develops the ability to play two dozen boards at a time will benefit from learning to compress his or her analysis into less time."
- Marilyn vos Savant
(Related: Time, Ability, Chess, Learning, Play, Will)

"Since the birth of our Nation, no other right has been more important than having the ability to vote. Unfortunately, as history has shown, the denial of this right to minorities is a scar on our system of democracy."
- Jan Schakowsky
(Related: History, Ability, Democracy, Denial, Nation, Right, Vote)

"Handcuffing the ability of states and localities to develop clean fuels in the cheapest possible way, using local resources, is not sound or sensible policy."
- Jan Schakowsky
(Related: Policy, Ability, Sound, states)

"No one wants to abandon the Israelis. But I think the perception is, and I think it's probably an accurate perception, that the tail is leading the dog - that we are giving the Israelis carte blanche ability to exercise whatever they want to do in their area."
- Michael Scheuer
(Related: Perception, Ability, Exercise, Giving, Leading, Want)

"No one should be surprised when Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda detonate a weapon of mass destruction in the United States. I don't believe in inevitability. But I think it's pretty close to being inevitable."
- Michael Scheuer
(Related: Being, Destruction, Osama bin laden, Pretty, states, United)

"It's a great excuse and luxury, having a job and blaming it for your inability to do your own art. When you don't have to work, you are left with the horror of facing your own lack of imagination and your own emptiness. A devastating possibility when finally time is your own."
- Julian Schnabel
(Related: Imagination, Time, Art, Work, Possibility, Horror, Job, Luxury)

"With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Talent, People, Honesty, Ability, Hypocrisy, Modesty)

"Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Ability, Famous, Man)

"Never underestimate your problem or your ability to deal with it."
- Robert H. Schuller
(Related: Ability)

"Today's particle physics describe light as a crumple in space, and we may have deformed space in such a way that they noticed something peculiar - and they had the ability to investigate it."
- Dwight Schultz
(Related: Ability, Light, May, Physics, Space, Today)

"If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself."
- Charles M. Schulz
(Related: Opportunity, Ability, Present)

"I respect people who feel things passionately. I do. But when someone is a judge, that is not what they should bring to the bench. It is not really passion, except in rare instances, that serves the bench well. It is, rather, an ability to understand the law and follow it."
- Charles Schumer
(Related: People, Ability, Law, Passion, Respect)

"I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement."
- Charles Schwab
(Related: Men, Enthusiasm, Ability, Appreciation, Encouragement, Man)

"I love the idea of playing a character that didn't over think everything. He knows what's in front of him and he has an ability to just say whatever he felt."
- Jason Schwartzman
(Related: Love, Idea, Character, Ability)

"No one should be denied the opportunity to get an education and increase their earning potential based solely on their inability to pay for a college education."
- Bobby Scott
(Related: Education, Opportunity, College, Potential)

"The dog is almost human in its demand for living interest, yet fatally less than human in its inability to foresee."
- Robert Falcon Scott
(Related: Interest, Living)

"For success, attitude is equally as important as ability."
- Walter Scott
(Related: Success, Attitude, Ability)

"Based on the laws of physics, the effect on temperature of man's contribution to atmospheric CO2 levels is minuscule and indiscernible from the natural variability caused in large part by changes in solar energy output."
- Robert L. Scotto
(Related: Effect, Energy, Laws, Man, Physics)

"People's ability to forget what they do not want to know, to overlook what is before their eyes, was seldom put to the test better than in Germany at that time."
- W. G. Sebald
(Related: Time, People, Ability, Eyes, Forget, Germany, Want)

"The ability to conduct is a gift of God with which few have been endowed in full measure."
- Anton Seidl
(Related: God, Ability, Measure)

"I am in suspense as to the probable or improbability of being called into the Army, a station I would prefer to any other that of being in arms to defend an injured and grossly insulted country."
- John Sevier
(Related: Army, Being, Country, Suspense)

"When the object that is produced, the photographic image has the ability to make tears come to your eyes; to inspire you to the point where you have to catch your breath, then nothing else matters."
- John Sexton
(Related: Ability, Eyes, Nothing, Tears)

"It's a little bit like my inability to read a guide book before I go anywhere. I can read it after I've been there and by the same logic I refuse to accept any technical stunts from anybody. I refused to learn more than I knew and I confess I missed a great deal."
- Ben Shahn
(Related: Logic)

"Information: the negative reciprocal value of probability."
- Claude Shannon
(Related: Negative, Value)

"Non-democratic regimes always need to mobilize their people against external enemies in order to maintain internal stability."
- Natan Sharansky
(Related: People, Enemies, Order, Stability)

"Martyrdom: The only way a man can become famous without ability."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Ability, Famous, Man)

"Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Men, Respectability)

"An absolutely necessary part of a writer's equipment, almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment, both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment he inflicts upon himself."
- Irwin Shaw
(Related: Talent, Ability, Punishment, World, Writer)

"There's another issue here - and I have some limits as to what I can say - but there's some real question as to the viability of the chemical masks, the protective gear used by our soldiers."
- Christopher Shays
(Related: Limits, Question, Soldiers)

"The ability to get ahead in an organization is simply another talent, like the ability to play chess, paint pictures, do coronary bypass operations or pick pockets."
- Robert Shea
(Related: Talent, Ability, Chess, Play)

"It often happens that when a person possesses a particular ability to an extraordinary degree, nature makes up for it by leaving him or her incompetent in every other department."
- Robert Shea
(Related: Nature, Ability)

"I think everybody has the ability to fall in love with a man or with a woman or a white person or a black person or a Jewish person or a Protestant person or whatever."
- Ally Sheedy
(Related: Love, Ability, Man, Woman)

"There is no more defiant denial of one man's ability to possess one woman exclusively than the prostitute who refuses to redeemed."
- Gail Sheehy
(Related: Ability, Denial, Man, Woman)

"Uncertainty is a sign of humility, and humility is just the ability or the willingness to learn."
- Charlie Sheen
(Related: Ability, Humility, Uncertainty)

"We cannot cut and run. If we are to ensure freedom and democracy, it is essential that we follow through on our obligation to bring about stability in Iraq."
- Richard Shelby
(Related: Democracy, Freedom, Iraq, Obligation, Stability)

"If I could have anything right now, it would be the ability to continue as secretary of state."
- Kevin Shelley
(Related: Ability, Now, Right, State)

"Man's yesterday may never be like his morrow; Nought may endure but Mutability."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Related: Man, May, Yesterday)

"You have to be there not for the fame and glory and recognition and being a page in a history book, but you have to be there because you believe your talent and ability can be applied effectively to operation of the spacecraft."
- Alan Shepard
(Related: History, Talent, Ability, Being, Fame, Glory)

"I'm concerned about the unknowability of other people."
- Carol Shields
(Related: People)

"Joe Kennedy isn't in the habit of having incompetents around. I wouldn't have lasted three months if I didn't have some ability."
- Sargent Shriver
(Related: Habit, Ability, Months)

"I understand now that the vulnerability I've always felt is the greatest strength a person can have. You can't experience life without feeling life. What I've learned is that being vulnerable to somebody you love is not a weakness, it's a strength."
- Elisabeth Shue
(Related: Experience, Life, Love, Strength, Being, Feeling, Now, Vulnerability, Weakness)

"Secondly I would like to make continuous efforts of stabilising cross Strait relations, eventually reaching peace across the Taiwan strait and stability and security in the Asia Pacific region."
- Chen Shui-bian
(Related: Peace, Security, Stability)

"Through mutual understanding, sincerity and goodwill, and with great wisdom and broad views, the leaders on both sides should jointly initiate new opportunities for peace, stability, cooperation and mutual benefit."
- Chen Shui-bian
(Related: Wisdom, Peace, Cooperation, Goodwill, Leaders, Sincerity, Stability, Understanding)

"I think what coaching is all about, is taking players and analyzing there ability, put them in a position where they can excel within the framework of the team winning. And I hope that I've done that in my 33 years as a head coach."
- Don Shula
(Related: Hope, Winning, Ability, Coach, Coaching, Years)

"It would seem to me that by the time a race has achieved deep space capability it would have matured to a point where it would have no thought of dominating another intelligent species."
- Clifford D. Simak
(Related: Time, Thought, Deep, Race, Space)

"Must faith be exactly that, the willingness and ability to believe in the face of a lack of evidence? If one could find the evidence, would then the faith be dead?"
- Clifford D. Simak
(Related: Faith, Ability)

"Most of us really aren't horribly unique. There are 6 billion of us. Put 'em all in one room and very few would stand out as individuals. So maybe we ought to think of worth in terms of our ability to get along as a part of nature, rather than being the lords over nature."
- Herbert Simon
(Related: Nature, Ability, Being, Worth)

"If you live for pleasure, your ability to enjoy it may pass away and your senses grow dim."
- Matthew Simpson
(Related: Ability, May, Pleasure, Senses)

"The original PATRIOT Act greatly increased our nation's ability to share intelligence information, made better use of technology, and provided terrorism investigators tools that have long been available in cases involving illegal drugs and organized crime."
- Michael K. Simpson
(Related: Intelligence, Technology, Ability, Act, Crime, Drugs, Information, Nation, Terrorism, Tools)

"I have this theory that the likeability question comes up so much more with female characters created by female authors than it does with male characters and male authors."
- Curtis Sittenfeld
(Related: Question, Theory)

"Guard units in the U.S. are suffering severe equipment shortages which will affect their ability to respond to emergencies in their home States, such as Katrina."
- Ike Skelton
(Related: Home, Ability, states, Suffering, Will)

"Congress must make it clear that common animal waste will not expose farmers to liability under Superfund, while ensuring continued action to clean up legitimate hazardous waste sites around the nation."
- Ike Skelton
(Related: Action, Congress, Nation, Waste, Will)

"The goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability, from the rarest genetic disorder to the common cold."
- Ike Skelton
(Related: Knowledge, Goal, Disability, Disease, Disorder, Help, Research)

"The consequences of an act affect the probability of it's occurring again."
- B. F. Skinner
(Related: Act, Consequences)

"Honesty, integrity, and accountability, the values, which should be the hallmark of this government, have instead been thrown under the bus by an arrogant majority, casualties in a misguided campaign to shield from accountability those who abuse this House."
- Louise Slaughter
(Related: Government, Honesty, Values, Abuse, Integrity, Majority)

"I believe that an artist working for and representing the Kingdom of God should do the best of their ability to show and prove the depth, life, newness, creativity, truth and excitement of their Heavenly Father through the work that is set before them."
- Daniel Smith
(Related: Work, Life, Father, God, Truth, Creativity, Ability, Artist, Excitement)

"Middle-aged women have greater stability, they are more loyal, and their capacity for steady work is greater than that of younger women."
- Kate Smith
(Related: Women, Work, Stability)

"Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability."
- Roy L. Smith
(Related: Talent, Discipline, Ability, Fire)

"The ability to accept responsibility is the measure of the man."
- Roy L. Smith
(Related: Ability, Man, Measure, Responsibility)

"The greatest difficulty with the world is not its ability to produce, but the unwillingness to share."
- Roy L. Smith
(Related: Ability, Difficulty, World)

"The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat."
- Sam Snead
(Related: Ability, Defeat)

"We have the most flexible and adaptive economy. Making sure we sustain the ability of the American economy to perform well is really the priority of economic policy."
- John W. Snow
(Related: Policy, Ability, American, Economy)

"We can get more energy out of the north slope of Alaska; we have available the ability to make ourselves less dependent on those uncertain sources of supply from the Middle East. And it's important we do that."
- John W. Snow
(Related: Ability, Energy)

"Every one of our greatest national treasures, our liberty, enterprise, vitality, wealth, military power, global authority, flow from a surprising source: our ability to give thanks."
- Tony Snow
(Related: Power, Wealth, Ability, Authority, Liberty, Military, Vitality)

"The reserve currency role seems to add prestige to an area and some people in Europe have talked about the desirability of the euro becoming an international reserve currency."
- Robert C. Solomon
(Related: People, Europe)

"There's a stability and growth pact which was agreed for the eleven countries which tries to limit the size of budget deficits among the eleven countries."
- Robert C. Solomon
(Related: Growth, Countries, Stability)

"The ability to take pleasure in one's life is a skill and is a kind of intelligence. So intelligence is a hard thing to evaluate and it manifests itself in so many different ways. I do think the ability to know how to live a life and not be miserable is a sign of that."
- Todd Solondz
(Related: Intelligence, Life, Ability, Evaluate, Pleasure, Skill)

"In fact, people have been very complimentary about my act and very tolerant of my singing ability."
- Brett Somers
(Related: People, Ability, Act, Fact, Singing)

"To take a photograph is to participate in another person's mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time's relentless melt."
- Susan Sontag
(Related: Time, Mortality, Vulnerability)

"Don't compare me to Babe Ruth. God gave me the opportunity and the ability to be here at the right time, at the right moment, just like he gave Babe Ruth when he was playing. I just hope I can keep doing what I've been doing - keep taking care of business."
- Sammy Sosa
(Related: Business, Time, God, Opportunity, Hope, Ability, Care, Right)

"I must say I am not pleased to have to arrange the Senate schedule around the availability of Senators who are running for President."
- Arlen Specter
(Related: President, Running, Senate, Senators)

"Again, the truth of the matter is we haven't paid that much attention to high school accountability."
- Margaret Spellings
(Related: Truth, Attention, School)

"Past performance speaks a tremendous amount about one's ability and likelihood for success."
- Mark Spitz
(Related: Success, Performance, Ability, Past)

"You can't have a world where 50 percent of the people are dieting and 50 percent of the people are starving if you want stability."
- John Shelby Spong
(Related: People, Dieting, Stability, Want, World)

"Social Security is not just the foundation of America's retirement dignity and security, it ensures the economic stability and strength of our families and our state's economy."
- Debbie Stabenow
(Related: Strength, America, Dignity, Economy, Retirement, Security, Stability, State)

"As a boy I believed I could make myself invisible. I'm not sure that I ever could, but I certainly had the ability to pass unnoticed."
- Terence Stamp
(Related: Ability)

"U.S. economic prosperity is closely tied to the availability of a reliable and affordable supply of energy."
- Cliff Stearns
(Related: Energy, Prosperity)

"There is a curious relationship between a candidate and the reporters who cover him. It can be affected by small things like a competent press staff, enough seats, sandwiches and briefings and the ability to understand deadlines."
- Ronald Steel
(Related: Ability, Press)

"The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent."
- Stendhal
(Related: Ability, First)

"Ability is the art of getting credit for all the home runs somebody else hits."
- Casey Stengel
(Related: Art, Home, Ability, Credit)

"Talent was not rare; the ability to survive having it was."
- Neal Stephenson
(Related: Talent, Ability)

"The level of ignorance is declining, and the ability to accumulate data and manipulate it for various ends is increasing."
- Bruce Sterling
(Related: Ability, Ignorance)

"In other words, if a teacher only teaches in one way, then they conclude that the kids who can't learn well that way don't have the ability, when, in fact, it may be that the way the teacher's teaching is not a particularly good match to the way those kids learn."
- Robert Sternberg
(Related: Ability, Fact, Kids, May, Teaching, Words)

"So, for example, if a child is labeled as having a learning disability, it has very concrete consequences for the kinds of services and potentially accommodations that child will get."
- Robert Sternberg
(Related: Consequences, Disability, Example, Learning, Will)

"The three parts of the theory are analytical ability, the ability to analyze things to judge, to criticize. Creative, the ability to create, to invent and discover and practical, the ability to apply and use what you know."
- Robert Sternberg
(Related: Ability, Theory)

"If stability and efficiency required that there existed markets that extended infinitely far into the future - and these markets clearly did not exist - what assurance do we have of the stability and efficiency of the capitalist system?"
- Joseph E. Stiglitz
(Related: Efficiency, Future, Stability)

"As I noted in my Nobel lecture, an early insight in my work on the economics of information concerned the problem of appropriability - the difficulty that those who pay for information have in getting returns."
- Joseph E. Stiglitz
(Related: Work, Difficulty, Economics, Information)

"One of the rewards of success is freedom, the ability to do whatever you like."
- Sting
(Related: Success, Ability, Freedom)

"From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts."
- Tom Stoppard
(Related: Truth, Certainty, Facts, Principles)

"And it is no less true, that personal security and private property rest entirely upon the wisdom, the stability, and the integrity of the courts of justice."
- Joseph Story
(Related: Wisdom, Integrity, Justice, Property, Rest, Security, Stability)

"The stability and peace which seemed to be so firmly established by the brilliant monarchy of Francis I vanished with the terrible outbreak of the Wars of Religion."
- Lytton Strachey
(Related: Peace, Religion, Stability)

"After all, sustainability means running the global environment - Earth Inc. - like a corporation: with depreciation, amortization and maintenance accounts. In other words, keeping the asset whole, rather than undermining your natural capital."
- Maurice Strong
(Related: Earth, Environment, Running, Words)

"Ted Turner is still a leader. And he sets a great example. His ability financially has been reduced, but his influence and his example still is an important asset to the whole environmental movement."
- Maurice Strong
(Related: Environmental, Leader, Ability, Example, Influence)

"Well, I'll say I have an incredible ability to fantasize - I really do. I don't have to have things tangible to be able to see them, and therefore I enjoy so many things, because they're in my mind."
- Donna Summer
(Related: Ability, Mind)

"The availability of private insurance provides tremendous insulation for millions of individuals."
- Lawrence Summers
"Then, again, the ability to organize and conduct industrial, commercial, or financial enterprises is rare; the great captains of industry are as rare as great generals."
- William Graham Sumner
(Related: Financial, Ability)

"Don't let that weapon technology proliferate. Don't let Saddam Hussein get capability for nuclear or chemical weapons, because he's already shown a willingness to use any weapon at his disposal."
- John Sununu
(Related: Technology, Weapons)

"Art is not in some far-off place. A work of art is the expression of a man's whole personality, sensibility and ability."
- Shinichi Suzuki
(Related: Art, Work, Ability, Expression, Man, Personality, Sensibility)

"Very often we see coaches who have not been successful being recycled, instead of looking to a new face or a new name who has demonstrated the ability to handle the job."
- Lynn Swann
(Related: Successful, Ability, Being, Coaches, Job, Name)

"When I think of vision, I have in mind the ability to see above and beyond the majority."
- Charles R. Swindoll
(Related: Vision, Ability, Majority, Mind)

"No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor."
- Tacitus
(Related: Ability)

"Preemption is the right of any nation in order to preserve its National Security; however, preemptive war is a tactic, not a strategy. When used as a strategy preemption dilutes diplomacy, creates an atmosphere of distrust, and promotes regional instability."
- Ellen Tauscher
(Related: War, Strategy, Diplomacy, Distrust, Nation, National security, Order, Right)

"An overstretched military undermines homeland security and our ability to meet threats around the world."
- Ellen Tauscher
(Related: Ability, Military, Security, World)

"The thing about Duran... that gives you the ability to bring all that opportunity back into your life."
- Andy Taylor
(Related: Life, Opportunity, Ability)

"You want to have stability in the commercial aspect of your operation."
- Andy Taylor
(Related: Stability, Want)

"I'm very unstable; there's no stability in a musician's life at all. You live on a bus or on the road hand to mouth and you don't know where your money's coming from."
- James Taylor
(Related: Life, Money, Road, Stability)

"An athlete must have ability to reach the top, but many who have ability and who do not live clean lives never have and never will be champions for obvious reasons."
- Major Taylor
(Related: Ability, Obvious, Will)

"I have also noticed that when a rider who had confidence in his ability was defeated, after doing his level best to win, always received an ovation from the gathering."
- Major Taylor
(Related: Ability, Confidence)

"If you've been playing for a few years, especially in a group context, you'll see if you have the ability or the passion to want to carry on. It's something that you have to be dedicated to and you've got to love, no matter what happens."
- Mick Taylor
(Related: Love, Ability, Passion, Want, Years)

"The Stones are a different kind of group. I realized that when I joined them. It's not really so much their musical ability, it's just they have a certain kind of style and attitude which is unique."
- Mick Taylor
(Related: Attitude, Ability, Style)

"Another cause for the increase in alienation and cynicism is a feeling that too many policy decisions that affect individuals have been taken out of any system that has accountability or that they can influence."
- Robert Teeter
(Related: Policy, Alienation, Cause, Cynicism, Decisions, Feeling, Influence)

"As the society has gotten larger and more complex, individuals have lost their ability to influence any of the institutions that affect their lives."
- Robert Teeter
(Related: Society, Ability, Influence)

"Our present time is indeed a criticizing and critical time, hovering between the wish, and the inability to believe. Our complaints are like arrows shot up into the air at no target: and with no purpose they only fall back upon our own heads and destroy ourselves."
- William Temple
(Related: Time, Purpose, Complaints, Present)

"It's the Law of God that gave the stability to Christian civilization."
- Randall Terry
(Related: God, Civilization, Christian, Law, Stability)

"You have to open your mind. I like the ability to express myself in a deep way. It's the closest music to our humanity - it's like a folk music that rises up out of a culture."
- Sonny Terry
(Related: Music, Ability, Culture, Deep, Folk, Humanity, Mind, Open)

"I've got a woman's ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it."
- Margaret Thatcher
(Related: Ability, Job, Woman)

"The ability to speak is a short cut to distinction. It puts a man in the limelight, raises him head and shoulders above the crowd."
- Lowell Thomas
(Related: Ability, Man)

"The man who can speak acceptably is usually given credit for an ability out of all proportion to what he really possesses."
- Lowell Thomas
(Related: Ability, Credit, Man)

"Today, all patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude's are treated without regard for the family's ability to pay. Everything beyond what is covered by insurance is taken care of, and for those without insurance, all of the medical costs are absorbed by the hospital."
- Marlo Thomas
(Related: Medical, Family, Ability, Care, Today, Treatment)

"There has been no appreciable improvement in our country's ability to produce the kind of talent we need in this space. There have been some small initiatives around the country that have been noteworthy."
- John W. Thompson
(Related: Talent, Ability, Country, Improvement, Space)

"Second issue is the rapidly accelerating increase in the number of vulnerabilities that get discovered every day. And, equally importantly, is the shortening of time between the discovery of the vulnerability and the release of an exploit."
- John W. Thompson
(Related: Time, Day, Discovery, Vulnerability)

"Wealth is the ability to fully experience life."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Experience, Life, Wealth, Ability)