- …But I know a man who can.: Automobile Association, 1980s
- Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study.
Essays (1625) ‘Of Studies’ 1561–1626 English lawyer, courtier, philosopher, and essayist:
- If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbour, tho' he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.
Borrowings (1889); the quotation was the occasion of a long controversy owing to Elbert Hubbard's claim to its authorship 1803–82 American philosopher and poet: attributed to Emerson in Sarah S. B. Yule
- In the country of the blind the one-eyed man is king.
c.1469–1536 Dutch Christian humanist: Adages bk. 3, century 4, no. 96
- This very remarkable man
Commends a most practical plan:
You can do what you want
If you don't think you can't,
So don't think you can't think you can.
Coué 1868–1957: ‘On Monsieur Coué’ (1928); see
- He was a man of infinite-resource-and-sagacity.
Just So Stories (1902) ‘How the Whale got his Throat’ 1865–1936 English writer and poet:
- Yes, we can. 1961– American Democratic statesman, 44th President from 2009: presidential campaign slogan, 2007–8; the slogan is also associated with the children's television character Bob the Builder (1999–)
- dumbledore: It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998) 1965– English novelist:
- Non omnia possumus omnes.
We can't all do everything.
bc Roman poet: Eclogues no. 8, l. 63; see Lucilius 70–19