Skills quotes

  • It's populated by people who, by and large, have terrific communication skills. Every day is an extraordinary day. For me, it was just a great area for storytelling.
    -- Aaron Sorkin

    #Communication #Skills #People

  • The art of decoration requires the most sophisticated and self-indulgent skills. Its aim has always been to sate the senses as gloriously as possible. ... ornament is not only a source of sensuous pleasure; it supplies a necessary kind of magic to people and places that lack it. More than just a dread of empty spaces has led to the urge to decorate; it is the fear of empty selves.
    -- Ada Louise Huxtable

    #Art #Self #Skills

  • Drawing need not be the bones of art, but skill must always be the skeleton of accomplishment.
    -- Adam Gopnik

    #Art #Skeletons #Skills

  • Most people believe that great leaders are distinguished by their ability to give compelling answers. This profound book shatters that assumption, showing that the more vital skill is asking the right questions…. Berger poses many fascinating questions, including this one: What if companies had mission questions rather than mission statements? This is a book everyone ought to read—without question.
    -- Adam Grant

    #Believe #Book #Skills

  • At around 19 I realized that I really didn't have any skills other than making people laugh, so I should probably pursue it full-time.
    -- Adam Pally

    #Skills #People #Laughing

  • Art is always about overcoming obstacles between the inner condition and the skill for expression.
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Art #Expression #Skills

  • What is wisdom? It is the skill to achieve the perfect means by the perfect ends
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Mean #Skills #Perfect

  • There is a dearth of thinking skills - people are taught what to think, not how.
    -- Al Seckel

    #Thinking #Skills #People

  • And the maestro surely wielded the chairman's baton with extraordinary skill. His stellar record suggests that the only right answer to the age-old question of whether it is better to be lucky or good may be: both.
    -- Alan Blinder

    #Skills #Age #Lucky

  • When it came down to technical skill and ability of the two teams, Croatia were far superior.
    -- Alan Mullery

    #Team #Skills #Two

  • Programming is a skill best acquired by practice and example rather than from books.
    -- Alan Turing

    #Book #Skills #Practice

  • But the transformation of consciousness undertaken in Taoism and Zen is more like the correction of faulty perception or the curing of a disease. It is not an acquisitive process of learning more and more facts or greater and greater skills, but rather an unlearning of wrong habits and opinions. As Lao-tzu said, "The scholar gains every day, but the Taoist loses every day.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Skills #Taoism #Perception

  • I hold no candle for George Osborne whatsoever. He has no strategic skills, is a hopeless chancellor, has no idea how most people have to live and his policies are failing and hurting millions.
    -- Alastair Campbell

    #Hurt #Skills #Ideas

  • Healthy people have a natural skill of avoiding feverish eyes.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Eye #Skills #People

  • The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Real #Science #Skills

  • The formulation of the problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Math #Thinking #Skills

  • After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved science and art tend to coalesce in aesthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are artists as well.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Art #Skills #Levels

  • To engage human energy, human skill, and human talent in the service of peace, for the alternative is unthinkable - war, destruction, and desolation; and to build a world community which will stand as a lasting monument to the millions of men and women, to such devoted and distinguished world citizens and fighters for peace as the late Dag Hammarskjold, who have given their lives that we may live in happiness and peace...
    -- Albert Lutuli

    #War #Men #Skills

  • Conservation is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Exercise #Skills #Negative

  • Unless the chemist learns the language of mathematics, he will become a provincial and the higher branches of chemical work, that require reason as well as skill, will gradually pass out of his hands.
    -- Alexander Crum Brown

    #Hands #Skills #Branches

  • The great advantage [the telephone] possesses over every other form of electrical apparatus consists in the fact that it requires no skill to operate the instrument.
    -- Alexander Graham Bell

    #Skills #Telephones #Facts

  • Poets heap virtues, painters gems, at will, And show their zeal, and hide their want of skill.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Skills #Want #Virtue

  • A wise physician, skill'd our wounds to heal, is more than armies to the public weal.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Wise #Army #Skills

  • Without Knowledge, Skill cannot be focused. Without Skill, Strength cannot be brought to bear and without Strength, Knowledge may not be applied.
    -- Alexander the Great

    #Skills #May #Bears

  • It [RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE] has definitely been the biggest learning curve for me. As an actor, whenever I start on a movie, different things that I perform in ask for different skill sets. And this one is definitely the technological side of it. You have to hit your mark. You can't weave back and forth because your nose is jutting at you in 3-D. It's really been learning how to do that and also it's exciting to be on the forefront of this technology.
    -- Ali Larter

    #Technology #Curves #Skills

  • I love to see how far you're able to go, both in skills but also emotionally how far I can push myself.
    -- Alicia Vikander

    #Skills #Able

  • Golf is an open exhibition of overweening ambition, courage deflated by stupidity, skill soured by a whiff of arrogance.
    -- Alistair Cooke

    #Ambition #Golf #Skills

  • There are many out there who proudly call themselves critics, but I have come to see that many of those critics have never tested their own skill.
    -- Allison Mackie

    #Skills #Critics

  • Waiting. Like it or not, it's a skill all spies have to master eventually.
    -- Ally Carter

    #Skills #Waiting #Spy

  • Learn her skills, honor her sword, and keep her secrets.
    -- Ally Carter

    #Skills #Secret #Honor

  • The best translators slip into the glove of a text and then turn it inside out into another language, and the whole thing comes out looking like a brand-new glove again. I'm completely in awe of this skill, since I happen to be both bilingual and a writer, but nevertheless a lousy translator.
    -- Alma Guillermoprieto

    #Skills #Gloves #Language

  • The world is a resource for us and we have access to the world because of the kind of bodies and skills that we have so that there's a sense in which the individual person doesn't have the burden of having to memorize everything he or she needs to know. The world helps us.
    -- Alva Noe

    #Skills #Needs #World

  • Resilience is a precious skill. People who have it tend to also have three underlying advantages: a believe that they can influence life events; a tendency to find meaningful purpose in life’s turmoil; and a conviction that they can learn from both positive and negative experiences.
    -- Amanda Ripley

    #Meaningful #Believe #Skills

  • Motivation is a skill. It can be learned and practiced.
    -- Amby Burfoot

    #Running #Motivation #Skills

  • I have survivor skills. Some of that is superficial - what I present to people outwardly - but what makes people resilient is the ability to find humour and irony in situations that would otherwise overpower you.
    -- Amy Tan

    #Skills #People #Survivor

  • I do believe there's a heaven. I do believe that God has given me the resilience and the survival skills to withstand the chiffon trenches.
    -- Andre Leon Talley

    #Believe #Skills #Heaven

  • Better degrees don't automatically translate into better skills and better jobs and better lives
    -- Andreas Schleicher

    #Jobs #Skills #Degrees

  • To any man who has slaved to acquire skill in his art, it is most irritating to have his ability referred to as a “gift.”
    -- Andrew Loomis

    #Art #Men #Skills

  • Community service has taught me all kinds of skills and increased my confidence. You go out there and think on your feet, work with others and create something from nothing. That's what life's all about.
    -- Andrew Shue

    #Confidence #Thinking #Skills

  • In academia, left-liberalism is so entrenched its advocates' debating skills have gone rusty. When you've been talking to yourself for decades and imposing speech codes on everyone else, your ability to argue coherently - let alone entertainingly - inevitably wanes.
    -- Andrew Sullivan

    #Talking #Skills #Academia

  • Happiness is a skill. It requires effort and time.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Skills #Effort #Effort And Time

  • We humans have indeed always been adept at dovetailing our minds and skills to the shape of our current tools and aids. But when those tools and aids start dovetailing back - when our technologies actively, automatically, and continually tailor themselves to us, just as we do to them - then the line between tool and user becomes flimsy indeed.
    -- Andy Clark

    #Technology #Skills #Mind

  • The sad news is, nobody owes you a career. Your career is literally your business. You own it as a sole proprietor. You have one employee: yourself. You need to accept ownership of your career, your skills and the timing of your moves.
    -- Andy Grove

    #Moving #Skills #Careers

  • I took the name Green Destiny from - well there is such a sword called Green Destiny. It is green because you keep twisting it, it's an ancient skill, you keep twisting it and knocking it and twisting it until it is very elastic and light.
    -- Ang Lee

    #Destiny #Light #Skills

  • The willingness to learn new skills is very high.
    -- Angela Merkel

    #Education #Skills #Willingness To Learn

  • My skill didn't lie in planning battles, only in fighting them.
    -- Ann Aguirre

    #Lying #Fighting #Skills

  • He had to fight. That's all he had. Not memories, not experiences, not skills. He had a will. And his will was to fight until he couldn't fight anymore.
    -- Ann Brashares

    #Memories #Fighting #Skills

  • Staying within the world of a novel gives us the ability to be quiet and alone, two skills that are disappearing faster than the polar icecaps.
    -- Ann Patchett

    #Skills #Two #Giving

  • You know, I think my biggest concern [if Mitt is elected], obviously, would just be for his mental well-being. I have all the confidence in the world in his ability, in his decisiveness and his leadership skills, in his understanding of the economy, in his understanding of what's missing right now in the economy - you know, pieces that are missing to get this jump-started. So for me I think it would just be the emotional part of it.
    -- Ann Romney

    #Emotional #Thinking #Skills

  • Art should take what is complex and render it simply. It takes a lot of skill, human understanding, stamina, courage, energy, and heart to do that.
    -- Anna Deavere Smith

    #Art #Skills #Simplicity

  • Mystery writers' conventions are usually good, and this one has been excellent and extremely well prepared and thought out in advance. A lot of people have given their time and their skill, and a good deal of wit, and Anchorage has made us extraordinarily welcome.
    -- Anne Perry

    #Anchors #Skills #People

  • Even in the best and most peacefully civilized countries many occasions arise when a woman versed inthe knowledge and use of firarms may find that imformation and skill of great importance.
    -- Annie Oakley

    #Country #Skills #Use

  • As an artist you have to find something that deeply interests you. It's not enough to make art that is about art, to look at Matisse and Picasso and say, how can I paint like them? You have to be obsessed by something that can't come out in any other way, then the other things - the skill and technique - will follow.
    -- Anselm Kiefer

    #Art #Skills #Technique

  • Yesterday they called it coincidence. Today it's synchronicity. Tomorrow they'll call it skill.
    -- Antero Alli

    #Yesterday #Skills #Today

  • Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don't have.
    -- Anthony Bourdain

    #Character #Skills #Taught

  • My sister-in-law is a painter, and I'll say, how long did it take you to paint that painting. She'll say, It took me maybe three days, but it took me all my life to get the skills to paint that painting.
    -- Anthony Doerr

    #Sister In Law #Skills #Long

  • To measure up takes skill, but to err is an art.
    -- Anthony Marais

    #Art #Skills

  • You know, you lose a lot of social skills if you’re a writer. You spend too long alone. And it’s forced me to address that.
    -- Anthony Minghella

    #Skills #Long #Addresses

  • When you get in taekwondo, it teaches you the life skills of respect, self control, discipline-that's why I love it. I really attribute those skills to really getting over my dad's death. If I didn't have that, I would have lost it.
    -- Anthony Pettis

    #Dad #Self #Skills

  • Delirious as it can be, sex is only one kind of intimacy, and yet has become the cultural catchment area for all kinds of needs because our understanding of intimacy is so poor. Brutal work schedules, related geographic isolation, and the concomitant fracturing of families has meant that there is little time for intimacy, and even less to teach the necessary skills. But intimacy, the axis of romance, is slow, based on the sharing of a life rather than show. In terms of intimacy, folding laundry together or sharing the feeding of a child can have more impact than the most extravagant bouquet.
    -- Antonella Gambotto-Burke

    #Sex #Children #Skills

  • By about the year 2000 Communist China will be a “superpower” built by American technology and skill.
    -- Antony C. Sutton

    #Technology #Years #Skills

  • The effort of learning. It's the same when you approach any new skill or technique, from a dance step to driving a car. The effort of learning stops you, at first, from doing it well.
    -- Antony Sher

    #Skills #Car #Effort

  • Collaboration is the best way to work. It's the only way to work, really. Everyone's there because they have a set of skills to offer across the board.
    -- Antony Starr

    #Skills #Collaboration #Boards

  • Empowerment is constantly challenging oneself with something difficult that tests his power of nerve, knack, skill, aptitude, attitude and wisdom to do things diligently, delightfully but differently.
    -- Anuj

    #Attitude #Skills #Challenges

  • Sticking to a diet required me to have a permanently low self-esteem. But happily, I developed other skills beyond a fluctuating weight, eventually building up a different source of self-worth.
    -- Arabella Weir

    #Self Esteem #Self Worth #Skills

  • It would be futile to attempt to fit women into a masculine pattern of attitudes, skills and abilities and disastrous to force them to suppress their specifically female characteristics and abilities by keeping up the pretense that there are no differences between the sexes.
    -- Arianna Huffington

    #Sex #Attitude #Skills

  • When we strike a balance between the challenge of an activity and our skill at performing it, when the rhythm of the work itself feels in sync with our pulse, when we know that what we're doing matters, we can get totally absorbed in our task. That is happiness.
    -- Ariel Gore

    #Skills #Challenges #Balance

  • It often happens that less depends upon the valor of an army than the skill of the leader.
    -- Aristophanes

    #Leadership #Army #Skills

  • There's a tendency to attribute magical skills and knowledge to people who've been elevated in some way - appearing on TV, or having an impressive title, or coming from a wealthy family. There's often an assumption that these people possess some rare, mysterious qualities mere mortals lack. What crap.
    -- Arlene Dickinson

    #Skills #People #Quality

  • There is always a point when one senses ones lack of skill, the doubt
    -- Arne Jacobsen

    #Skills #Doubt

  • The system that enables the most people to earn the most success is free enterprise, by matching up people's skills, interests, and abilities. In contrast, redistribution simply spreads money around. Even worse, it attenuates the ability to earn success by perverting economic incentives.
    -- Arthur C. Brooks

    #Skills #People #Incentives

  • Skill is fine, and genius is splendid, but the right contacts are more valuable than either.
    -- Arthur Conan Doyle

    #Skills #Genius #Splendid

  • The creative act does not create something out of nothing; it uncovers, selects, reshuffles, combines, synthesizes already existing facts, ideas, faculties, and skills.
    -- Arthur Koestler

    #Skills #Ideas #Creative

  • The Democrats' ads convince me that Governor Romney can't sing, but his record convinces me he knows how to lead, and I think you know which skill we need more.
    -- Artur Davis

    #Thinking #Skills #Needs

  • Mitt Romney, happens to have the exact skill set that the next president's going to require.
    -- Artur Davis

    #Skills #President #Next

  • Schools in amerika are interested in brainwashing people with amerikanism, giving them a little bit of education, and training them in skills needed to fill the positions the capitalist system requires. As long as we expect amerika's schools to educate us, we will remain ignorant.
    -- Assata Shakur

    #School #Skills #Long

  • We recruit for attitude and train for skill,
    -- Atul Gawande

    #Attitude #Skills #Recruit

  • What is needed, however, isn't just that people working together be nice to each other. It is discipline. Discipline is hard--harder than trustworthiness and skill and perhaps even than selflessness. We are by nature flawed and inconstant creatures. We can't even keep from snacking between meals. We are not built for discipline. We are built for novelty and excitement, not for careful attention to detail. Discipline is something we have to work at.
    -- Atul Gawande

    #Nice #Skills #Discipline

  • You want to ensure people can do it right 99 percent of time. When we have to fire one of our surgical trainees, it is never because they dont have the physical skills but because they dont have the moral skills - to practise and admit failure.
    -- Atul Gawande

    #Fire #Skills #People

  • Those of us who stand outside the circle of this society's definition of acceptable women; those of us who have been forged in the crucibles of difference - those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are black, who are older - know that survival is not an academic skill...For the master's tools will not dismantle the master's house. They will never allow us to bring about genuine change.
    -- Audre Lorde

    #Differences #Skills #Circles

  • Somehow he became certain the he himself possessed the skills of a hypnotist. How he reached this judgement, I have no idea, but never convinced the rest of us.
    -- Audrey Meadows

    #Skills #Ideas #Judgement

  • It is not so much upon the number of exercises, as the care with which they are done, that progreses and skill depend.
    -- August Bournonville

    #Dance #Exercise #Skills

  • The height of artistic skill is to know how to conceal the mechanical effort and strain beneath harmonious calm.
    -- August Bournonville

    #Dance #Skills #Effort

  • If I were a carpenter, I'd find a way to empower using that skill. I'm using as much as God has given - my mind, my voice, my heart, my art forms. This is the highest form of expression on the planet from God, to me, to you.
    -- Avery Brooks

    #Art #Expression #Skills

  • Disgust with injustice may sharpen the desire for justice. Readers who don’t see this connection merely wish to be entertained, and I have neither skill nor desire to turn the agony of a people into entertainment.
    -- Ayi Kwei Armah

    #Agony #Skills #People

  • Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one's actions.
    -- B.K.S. Iyengar

    #Attitude #Yoga #Skills

  • It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it.
    -- Baltasar Gracian

    #Business #Good Luck #Skills

  • It is important as a mentalist to notice small things about people... little things such as being able to tell if someone is right or left handed by looking at which way their belt is pointing. Looking at a book of matches will tell you if they are right or left handed by the side the matches are removed.... It's important to notice these things because the more you do, the more you will realize that each person has little psychological nuances that tell you a lot about the individual. Doing so will tremendously sharpen your skills.
    -- Banachek

    #Book #Skills #People

  • If you want someone to be ignored then build a life-size bronze statue of them and stick it in the middle of town. It doesn't matter how great you were, it'll always take an unfunny drunk with climbing skills to make people notice you.
    -- Banksy

    #Climbing #Skills #People

  • The time to fix our broken immigration system is now... We need stronger enforcement on the border and at the workplace... But for reform to work, we also must respond to what pulls people to America... Where we can reunite families, we should. Where we can bring in more foreign-born workers with the skills our economy needs, we should.
    -- Barack Obama

    #Skills #America #People

  • If you don't develop your skill at enjoying what you have, you won't be any happier when you get more.
    -- Barbara De Angelis

    #Happiness #Skills #Enjoy

  • Happiness is not an acquisition - it is a skill. We do not experience happiness because of what we get. We experience happiness because of how we live each moment.
    -- Barbara De Angelis

    #Happiness #Skills #Acquisition

  • The benefits of positive emotions don't stop after a few minutes of good feelings subside. In fact, the biggest benefit that positive emotions provide is an enhanced ability to build skills and develop resources for use later in life.
    -- Barbara Fredrickson

    #Skills #Feelings #Use

  • Cooking is 80 percent confidence, a skill best acquired starting from when the apron strings wrap around you twice.
    -- Barbara Kingsolver

    #Animal #Vegetables #Skills

  • A shot that goes in the cup is pure luck, but a shot to within two feet of the flag is skill.
    -- Ben Hogan

    #Golf #Skills #Two

  • How do you make your company a good place to work in general? That's a really, really, really large and complex set of skills. A lot of it is on-the-job training, combined with excellent mentorship.
    -- Ben Horowitz

    #Jobs #Skills #Training

  • There are some directors, lesser in confidence or skill, who make the actor feel very uncomfortable because you feel you're auditioning for them, every day, and that's a terrible feeling on the set.
    -- Ben Kingsley

    #Skills #Feelings #Directors

  • I was brought in, not in the photographic department at all, I was brought in on a thing called Special Skills. I was to do posters, pamphlets, murals, propaganda in general, you know.
    -- Ben Shahn

    #Skills #Special #Propaganda

  • Creativity follows mastery, so mastery of skills is the first priority for young talent.
    -- Benjamin Bloom

    #Sports #Creativity #Skills

  • Learn of the skillful; he that teaches himself, has a fool for his master.
    -- Benjamin Franklin

    #Skills #Decision #Fool