ABILITY

ABILITY, n. [1.] 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. [2.] That rare quality of mind to which monuments are erected by posterity above the bones of paupers.