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.
I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein's
brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and
died in cotton fields and sweatshops.
I believe that every person is born with talent.
Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece-by thought, choice, courage and determination.
The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in business. You've got to keep working that talent.
Having talent is like having blue eyes. You don't admire a man for the colour of his eyes. I admire a man for what he does with his talent.
The luck of having talent is not enough; one must also have a talent for luck.
I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive.
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
It is in the ability to deceive oneself that the greatest talent is shown
Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.
Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.
Genius is the talent of a person who is dead.
Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.
Talent is a flame, but genius is a fire.
Talent finds its models, methods, and ends in society, exists for exhibition, and goes to the soul only for power to work. Genius is its own end, and draws its means and the style of its architecture from within.
Where talent is a dwarf, self-esteem is a giant.
The buried talent is the sunken rock on which most lives strike and founder.
Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.
Equality is. one of the most consummate scoundrels that ever crept from the brain of a political juggler--a fellow who thrusts his hand into the pocket of honest industry or enterprising talent, and squanders their hard-earned profits on profligate idleness or indolent stupidity.
Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.
With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.
A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is an ability to articulate human relationships.
Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go so much further than people with vastly superior talent.