Almost any idea is good if a man has ability and is willing to work hard. The best idea is worthless if the creator is a loafer and ineffective.

English proverb

A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.

Bob Edwards

People are always ready to admit a man's ability after he gets there.

Confucius

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

I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.

Bourke Cockran

Capacity never lacks opportunity. It cannot remain undiscovered because it is sought by too many anxious to use it.

Chinese proverb

Behind an able man there are always other able men.

Do not accustom yourself to consider debt only as an inconvenience; you will find it a calamity.

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