Ability, n. That rare quality of mind to which monuments are erected by posterity above the bones of paupers.
2. 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.
2006 Update: The virtue behind accomplishment such as charisma in a leader or blindness in a follower.