Talent Quotes

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Talent wins out.
Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire.


Achievement is talent plus preparation.

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Patience is an integral part of talent.


Genius is talent exercised with courage.

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Neither cast ye your pearls before swine.
— Matthew 7:6


A true talent delights the possessor first.
Without perseverance talent is a barren bed.

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Talent is a tenant in the house owned by genius.

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Talent is only a starting point in this business.
A man possesses talent; genius possesses the man.
Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.
Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.

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Talent is never static.  It's always growing or dying.
Every form of talent involves a certain shamelessness.
Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can.

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It's a great talent to be able to conceal one's talents.
Talent is like a faucet; while it is open, one must write.
You can do something with talent, but nothing with genius.

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Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won't carry a quitter.
Keep your talent in the dark, and you'll never be insulted.
Not he deserves praise that has talents, but he that uses them.
Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.

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True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.
Ideas are a capital that bears interest only in the hands of talent.


I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.

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Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life.
Talent, like beauty, to be pardoned, must be obscure and unostentatious.
The possession of superior talent creates more wishes than it gratifies.
For every talent that poverty has stimulated, it has blighted a hundred.


Talent is like electricity.  We don't understand electricity.  We use it.
Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent.

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If you're born with a gift, to behave like it's an achievement is not right.
Talented people almost always know full well the excellence that is in them.
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

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Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.


Genius makes its observations in shorthand; talent writes them out at length.

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To do what others cannot do is talent. To do what talent cannot do is genius.


A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage.


Hide not your talents, they for use were made,
What's a sun-dial in the shade?
The luck of having talent is not enough; one must also have a talent for luck.


There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long.


Nothing I do can't be done by a ten-year-old...with fifteen years of practice.
Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.

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An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.


Everybody has talent at twenty-five. The difficult thing is to have it at fifty.
Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner who works and brings it out.

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There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all its virtues are of no avail.
There is no substitute for talent.  Industry and all the virtues are of no avail.
Talent is that which is in a man's power; genius is that in whose power a man is.

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Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.

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Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.

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I have always thought that the surest proof of talent is its condescension to genius.
You cannot define talent.  All you can do is build the greenhouse and see if it grows.
We've all been blessed with God-given talents. Mine just happens to be beating people up.


In this world people have to pay an extortionate price for any exceptional gift whatever.


But of course we can't take any credit for our talents.  It's how we use them that counts.
Talent is a question of quantity.  Talent does not write one page: it writes three hundred.
The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet.


Every person is born with a talent, and happiness depends on discovering that talent in time.
Talent is worshipped; but, if divorced from rectitude, it will prove more of a demon than a god.
No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius.

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It is indeed the temptation of all talent to subordinate things to itself and not itself to things.
Talent is nothing but a prolonged period of attention and a shortened period of mental assimilation.
All our talents increase in the using, and every faculty, both good and bad, strengthens by exercise.
Society affects to estimate men by their talents, but really feels and knows them by their character.


This mysterious thing, artistic talent: the key to so much freedom, the escape from so much suffering.
Everyone has talent; what is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.


The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, "Thus far and no farther."


Everyone has talent.  What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
We don't choose our talents; but we needn't hide them in a napkin because they are not just what we want.
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.


We must all be cut out for what we do, he thought.  However you make your living is where your talent lies.
The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men is to endow them with small talents and great ambitions.
When God hands you a gift, he also hands you a whip; and the whip is intended solely for self-flagellation.


Keeping even the most humble talent wrapped in a napkin becomes the more reprehensible the greater the emergency.
You must work at the talent as a sculptor works at stone, chiselling, plotting, rounding, edging & making perfect.
Each man has his own vocation.  The talent is the call.  There is one direction in which all space is open to him.


It is not the man of great native talent who wins, but he who pushes his talent, however small, to its utmost capacity.


People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.


To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent.  To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius.

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After my screen test, the director clapped his hands gleefully and yelled, She can't talk! She can't act! She's sensational!


The artist uses the talent he has, wishing he had more talent. The talent uses the artist it has, wishing it had more artist.


The artist uses the talent he has, wishing he had more talent.  The talent uses the artist it has, wishing it had more artist.


Common sense is only a modification of talent. Genius is an exaltation of it. The difference is, therefore, in degree, not nature.

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It takes little talent to see clearly what lies under one's nose, a good deal of it to know in which direction to point that organ.
It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.

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As tools unused become rusty, so does the mind; a garden uncared for soon becomes smothered in weeds; a talent neglected withers and dies.
Having talent is like having blue eyes.  You don't admire a man for the color of his eyes.  I admire a man for what he does with his talent.
The discovery of truth by slow, progressive meditation is talent.  Intuition of the truth, not preceded by perceptible meditation, is genius.

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Your minds are endowed with a vast number of gifts of totally different uses—limbs of mind as it were, which, if you don't exercise, you cripple.


Talent is insignificant.  I know a lot of talented ruins.  Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance.
I am convinced that, except in a few extraordinary cases, one form or another of an unhappy childhood is essential to the formation of exceptional gifts.

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Talent is like the marksman who hits a target which others cannot reach; genius is like the marksman who hits a target . . . which others cannot even see.

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Well-matured and well-disciplined talent is always sure of a market, provided it exerts itself; but it must not cower at home and expect to be sought for.
Talent for talent's sake is a bauble and a show.  Talent working with joy in the cause of universal truth lifts the possessor to new power as a benefactor.
A man who fears ridicule will never go far, for good or ill: he remains on this side of his talents, and even if he has genius, he is doomed to mediocrity.

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We are told that talent creates its own opportunities.  But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.


Who in the same given time can produce more than others has vigor; who can produce more and better, has talents; who can produce what none else can, has genius.

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If you have a talent, use it in every way possible.  Don't hoard it.  Don't dole it out like a miser.  Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.
Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity.  They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off.
We must despise no sort of talent: they all have their separate duties and uses; all, the happiness of man for their object: they all improve, exalt, and gladden life.
I began to ration my writing, for fear I would dream through life as my father had done. I was afraid I had inherited a poisoned gene from him, a vocation without a gift.
There were times when it was said that I had more determination than talent. This may be said of many. It may also be said that life loves the person who dares to live it.


Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have been better.

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Enthusiasm is more important to mastery than innate ability, it turns out, because the single most important element in developing an expertise is your willingness to practice.


There are two kinds of talents, man-made talent and God-given talent. With man-made talent you have to work very hard. With God-given talent, you just touch it up once in a while.
There are two kinds of talent, man-make talent and God-given talent.  With man-made talent you have to work very hard.  With God-given talent, you just touch it up once in a while.
Discipline and constant work are the whetstones upon which the dull knife of talent is honed until it becomes sharp enough, hopefully, to cut through even the toughest meat and gristle.


Talent is the multiplier. The more energy and attention you invest in it, the greater the yield. The time you spend with your best [employees] is, quite simply, your most productive time.
Nature is as wasteful of promising young men as she is of fish-spawn.  It's not just getting them killed in wars:  mere middle age snuffs out more talent than even wars or sudden deaths do.
Genius must have talent as its complement and implement, just as in like manner imagination must have fancy.  In short, the higher intellectual powers can only act through a corresponding energy of the lower.

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As to great and commanding talents, they are the gift of Providence in some way unknown to us, they rise where they are least expected; they fail when everything seems disposed to produce them, or at least to call them forth.
If the artist does not fling himself, without reflecting, into his work...as the soldier flings himself into the enemy's trenches, and if, once in this crater, he does not work like a miner...he is simply looking on at the suicide of his own talent.


If a man has a talent and cannot use it, he has failed.  If he has a talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed.  If he has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded, and won a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know.
What another would have done as well as you, do not do it. What another would have said as well as you, do not say it; what another would have written as well, do not write it. Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself-and thus make yourself indispensable.
Talent is a dreadfully cheap commodity, cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work and study; a constant process of honing. Talent is a dull knife that will cut nothing unless it is wielded with great force.
When a man guards his gift and doesn't do his work, he doesn't fulfill his mandate and remains primitive; when he is overly enthusiastic about his work, he forgets his gift and creates a constructivist ethic: he believes everything is the fruit of his own hands and that there is no gift.

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Talent is an amalgam of high sensitivity; easy vulnerability; high sensory equipment (seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting—intensely); a vivid imagination as well as a grip on reality; the desire to communicate one's own experience and sensations, to make one's self heard and seen.
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

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The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.  Talent is a docile creature.  It bows its head meekly while the world slips the collar over it.  It backs into the shafts like a lamb. It draws its load cheerfully, and is patient of the bit and of the whip.  But genius is always impatient of its harness; its wild blood makes it hard to train.

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