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Quotation #11854 from The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce):

ABILITY, n. The natural equipment to accomplish some small part of the meaner ambitions distinguishing able men from dead ones. In the last analysis ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity. Perhaps, however, this impressive quality is rightly appraised; it is no easy task to be solemn.
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
US author & satirist (1842 - 1914)  

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