Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
Ships are to little purpose without skillful Sea Men.
Let men be happy, informed, skillful, well behaved, and productive.
Have you beheld a man skillful in his work? Before kings is where he will station himself; he will not station himself before commonplace men.
Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
Henry David Thoreau
The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.