Do you know that the famed car maker Henry Ford did not learn the limits of his abilities as he advanced in life?
The quotation “As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities” is NOT by Henry Ford!
Personally as I advance in reading quotations, I learn there are many wrongly attributed quotes found in a couple popular quotation websites.
“As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities” – James Anthony Froude
This line is actually taken from an inaugural address delivered to the University of St. Andrew’s by James Anthony Froude on March 19, 1868.
You can find line from his speech from the book “The Living Age…, Volume 101 by Eliakim Littell“, on page 887.
This book is published by Living Age Company, Incorporated, 1869.
You can also find this line from James Anthony Froude’s address in another book “INAUGURAL ADDRESS AT ST. ANDREWS, JAMES ANTHONY FROUDE, M.A.”
English writer and historian James Anthony Froude is notoriously known for his scandalous 1849 novel “The Nemesis of Faith“.
By the way, I totally agree with this line “as we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities“.
We have to accept the fact that there is this time factor and other related issues.
I am not saying those uplifting and motivational words: perseverance, tenacity, persistence, determination and positivity are balderdash or lies.
Or the popular mantra “keep your dream alive”.
Everything has its limit. We must know and accept our limitations, as we advance with age.
As what Foude said in the speech; “As we advance in life, we learn the limits of our abilities. Our expectations for the future shrink to modest dimensions. The question with us is no longer what we shall do, but we have done.”