A skilful leech is better far, than half a hundred men of war.
— Samuel Butler

. . . although a skilful flatterer is a most delightful companion, if you can keep him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.
Charles Dickens skilful quote

Men nearly always follow the tracks made by others and proceed in their affairs by imitation, even though they cannot entirely keep to the tracks of others or emulate the prowess of their models. So a prudent man should always follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those who have been outstanding. If his own prowess fails to compare with theirs, at least it has an air of greatness about it. He should behave like those archers who, if they are skilful, when the target seems too distant, know the capabilities of their bow and aim a good deal higher than their objective, not in order to shoot so high but so that by aiming high they can reach the target.
— Niccolo Machiavelli

There is in every child a painstaking teacher, so skilful that he obtains identical results in all children in all parts of the world. The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one can teach them anything!
— Maria Montessori

Ah, how skilful grows the hand That obeyeth Love's command! It is the heart, and not the brain, That to the highest does attain, And he who followeth Love's behest Far excelleth all the rest!
— skilful quotation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow