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.
A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.
What I need is someone who will make me do what I can.
People are always ready to admit a man's ability after he gets there.
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.
I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.
Capacity never lacks opportunity. It cannot remain undiscovered because it is sought by too many anxious to use it.
Behind an able man there are always other able men.
Debt is the slavery of the free.
Do not accustom yourself to consider debt only as an inconvenience; you will find it a calamity.