Do you know that the famed car maker Henry Ford did not learn the limits of his abilities as he advanced in life?
What I’m trying to say is the quotation: “As we advance in life, we learn the limits of our abilities” is NOT by Henry Ford!
Personally as I have advanced in checking the sources of quotations, I learn that, there are countless wrongly attributed quotes found in many quotation websites, published books, magazines, newspapers and also gifts & merchandise.
You need not be brainy to know which popular quotation website sure to have this misquote and many others as well!
“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.
(Littell’s Living Age Conducted By E. Littell, Fourth Series, Volume XIII, From The Beginning, Vol. CI, April, May, June, 1869, Boston: Littell And Gay, 1869, Littell’s Living Age, No. 1302 – May 15, 1869, 1. Inaugural Address At The University Of St. Andrew’s; P. 387)
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.”