Ability Sermon Illustrations

Ability Sermon Illustrations

"Pa," said little Joe, "I bet I can do something you can't."
"Well, what is it?" demanded his pa.
"Grow," replied the youngster triumphantly.—H.E. Zimmerman.


There may be luck in getting a good job—but there's no luck in keeping it.—Armour, Ogden J.


The ablest men in all walks of modern life are men of faith. Most of them have much more faith than they themselves realize.—Barton, Bruce


Ability doth hit the mark where presumption overshooteth and diffidence falleth short.—Cusa, Nicholas


A pint can't hold a quart—if it holds a pint it is doing all that can be expected of it.—Deland, Margaretta W.


The question "Who ought to be boss?" is like asking "Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?" Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.—Ford, Henry


The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.—Gibbon, Edward


Faith in the ability of a leader is of slight service unless it be united with faith in his justice.—Goethals, George W.


Every person is responsible for all the good within the scope of his abilities, and for no more, and none can tell whose sphere is the largest.—Hamilton, Gail


There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.—Hubbard, Elbert


What we do upon some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are; and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.—Liddon, Henry P.


Ability involves responsibility; power, to its last particle, is duty.—Maclaren, Alexander


We should be on our guard against the temptation to argue directly from skill to capacity, and to assume when a man displays skill in some feat, his capacity is therefore considerable.—Pear, Tom H.


A traveller at Sparta, standing long upon one leg, said to a Lacedaemonian, "I do not believe you can do as much." "True," said he, "but every goose can.—Plutarch


Without the assistance of natural capacity, rules and precepts are of no efficacy.—Quintilian


To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.—Rochefoucauld, Francois, Duc de la


A dwarf is small, even if he stands on a mountain; a colossus keeps his height, even if he stands in a well.—Seneca, Lucius, Annaeus


A genius can't be forced; nor can you make an ape an alderman.—Somerville, Thomas


The abilities of man must fall short on one side or the other, like too scanty a blanket when you are abed.—If you pull it upon your shoulders, your feet are left bare; if you thrust it down to your feet, your shoulders are uncovered.—Temple, Sir William


Men are often capable of greater things than they perform.—They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.—Walpole, Horace


Ability is a poor man's wealth.—Wren, Matthew


There never was a bad man that had ability for good service.—Burke


I add this also, that natural ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.—Cicero


As we advance in life, we learn the limits of our abilities.—Froude


The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.—Gibbon, Decline and Fall


Everything that enlarges the sphere of human powers, that shows man he can do what he thought he could not do, is valuable.—Samuel Johnson, Boswell: Life


He was one of those men who possess almost every gift, except the gift of the power to use them.—Charles Kingsley


God obligeth no man to more than he hath given him ability to perform.—The Koran


There is great ability in knowing how to conceal one's ability.—La Rochefoucauld, Maxims


From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.—Karl Marx, The German Ideology


I try all things; I achieve what I can.—Herman Melville, Moby Dick


I was in the middle of dream. I thought that if you succeed, that is to be a great man but when I came here and had so much bad time and asked fairly famous man for help and he said to another man that I had no spirit, when I heard this then suddenly I saw that man cannot stand up in the world by ability alone. Even if you do stand up it is like machinery. It is necessary to have virtue to correspond. And really I have awakened to realize that ability is secondary.—Noguchi, Gustave Eckstein: Noguchi

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