Talent Quotes

Faith is an aptitude of the spirit. It is, in fact, a talent: you must be born with it.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Genius does what it must, talent does what it can.

Robert Bulwer Lytton

Clever men will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness; every authority rouses their ridicule, every superstition amuses them, every convention moves them to contradiction. Only force finds favor in their eyes, and they have no toleration for anything that is not purely natural and spontaneous. And yet ten clever men are not worth one man of talent, nor ten men of talent worth one man of genius. And in the individual, feeling is more than cleverness, reason is worth as much as feeling, and conscience has it over reason. If, then, the clever man is not mockable, he may at least be neither loved, nor considered, nor esteemed. He may make himself feared, it is true, and force others to respect his independence; but this negative advantage, which is the result of a negative superiority, brings no happiness with it. Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing.

Henri-Frdric Amiel

France always has plenty men of talent, but it is always deficient in men of action and high character.

Napoleon

...talent and genius operate outside the rules, and theory conflicts with practice.

Carl von Clausewitz

We are always anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess than to be praised for the fifteen which we do possess.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens

Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner that works and brings it out.

Lady Marguerite Blessington

Consequently the student who is devoid of talent will derive no more profit from this work than barren soil from a treatise on agriculture.

Quintilian

Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The primary function of a theater is not to please itself, or even to please its audience. It is to serve talent.

Robert Brustein

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.

Albert Einstein

I believe talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it.

Maya Angelou

Whatever you are from nature, keep to it; never desert your own line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed; be anything else, and you will be ten thousand times worse than nothing.

Sydney Smith

Talent is not universal but it is widely spread: Give enough people the capacity to create, and inevitably gems will emerge.

Chris Anderson

Success is often not a matter of talent, but a matter of tenacity.

Nathaniel Bronner Jr.

Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age.

Jonathan Swift

The main thing to do is relax and let your talent do the work.

Charles Barkley

And while national military forces have historically resisted the full participation of women soldiers, female talent has found plenty of scope in revolutionary and terrorist groups around the planet.

Katherine Dunn

Many a man may thank his talent for his rank, but no man has ever been able to return the compliment by thanking his rank for his talent.

Charles Caleb Colton

Most people would say the talent level is not what it's been at Kentucky. But they continue to have great years.

Eddie Fogler

For the West, the enemy was not "socialism" but capitalism. How to tame and subdue the polar bear, how to take over the talent, the science, the technology, how to buy out the human capital, how to acquire the intellectual property rights?

Michel Chossudovsky

A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of.

Joseph Addison

In the long run, there is not much discrimination against superior talent.

Carter G. Woodson

A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius.

Charles Horton Cooley
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