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  • "If you work hard enough, the maxim goes, you can do anything. This is one of those notions that is so stupid it has to embody a deeply held belief. If you work hard enough, you can be a poet … If you work hard enough, you can become a brain surgeon, a model, the president. Obviously no one believes those things … Meritocracy resists the fact of talent, because talent is not merited. Beauty, artistic ability, athletic gifts, big brains: these are all just things you’re born with, however much you may be able to develop what you’ve been given. Talent is undemocratic."
    William Deresiewicz, US essayist and critic
    Source: American Scholar blog (August 2012)
  • "If you can run one business well, you can run any business well."
    Sir Richard Branson (1950–), British entrepreneur, founder and chairman of Virgin Group
    Source: New York Times (2000)
  • "I found that there were these incredibly great people at doing certain things, and you couldn't replace one of these people with 50 average people. They could just do stuff that no number of average people could do."
    Steve Jobs (19552011), US cofounder, chairman, and CEO of both Apple and Pixar
    Source: Quoted in “Steve’s Two Jobs,” Time (Michael Krantz, October 18, 1999)
  • "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
    Robert A. Heinlein (19071988), US science-fiction writer
    Source: Time Enough for Love (1973)
  • "Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder."
    Laurence J. Peter (19191990), Canadian academic and writer
    Source: The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong (cowritten with Raymond Hull, 1969)
  • "Ability and achievement are bona fides no one dares question, no matter how unconventional the man who presents them."
    J. Paul Getty (18921976), US entrepreneur, oil industry executive, and financier
    Source: How to Be Rich (1965)
  • "Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended."
    Alfred North Whitehead (18611947), British philosopher and mathematician
    Source: Dialogues (1954)
  • "Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment."
    Baltasar Gracián (16011658), Spanish writer and priest
    Source: The Oracle (1647)
  • "Behind an able man there are always other able men."
    Chinese proverb
  • "Ability will never catch up with the demand for it."
    Malcolm S. Forbes (19191990), US publisher
    Source: Attributed

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