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Quotes on Ability

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Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study.
-- Francis Bacon (1561-1626), English statesman and philosopher, in: Essays

The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
-- Edward Gibbon (1737-94), English historian, in: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Every man loves what he is good at.
-- Thomas Shadwell (1642-92), English dramatist and poet, in: A True Widow

The thing is to be able to outlast the trends.
-- Paul Anka (1941- ), Canadian popular singer and songwriter

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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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