Talent Quotes

There is the same difference between talent and genius that there is between a stone mason and a sculptor

Robert Green Ingersoll

It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women.

Louisa May Alcott

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


Talent may be in time forgiven, but genius never

Lord Byron

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

Oscar Wilde

I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism have brought me to my ideas.

Albert Einstein

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.

Jack Nicklaus

Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.

Jonathan Swift

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.

James Kirke Paulding

Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They have developed the opportunity that was at hand.

Bruce Barton

Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.


The buried talent is the sunken rock on which most lives strike and founder.

Frederick W. Faber

Where talent is a dwarf, self-esteem is a giant.


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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Talent is a flame, but genius is a fire.


Genius is the talent of a person who is dead.

Edmond de Goncourt

Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.

Hermann Hesse

It is in the ability to deceive oneself that the greatest talent is shown

Anatole France

I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive.

Albert Einstein

The luck of having talent is not enough; one must also have a talent for luck.

Hector Berlioz

Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you.

Malcolm Cowley

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

William Bernbach

Talent is that which is in a man's power; genius is that in whose power a man is.

James Russell Lowell

Perseverance is the most overrated of traits, if it is unaccompanied by talent; beating your head against a wall is more likely to produce a concussion in the head than a hole in the wall.

Sydney J. Harris
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