Talent Quotes

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

True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success, the glorious inequality of talent, of genius.

Felix E. Schelling

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.

Irving Berlin

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.

John Luther

I believe that every person is born with talent.

Maya Angelou

Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.

Leo Buscaglia

What mankind wants is not talent; it is purpose.

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

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

James Russell Lowell

Those who are blessed with the most talent don't necessarily outperform everyone else. It's the people with follow-through who excel.

Mary Kay Ash

It takes little talent to see what lies under one's nose, a good deal to know in what direction to point that organ.

W. H. Auden

Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck -- but, most of all, endurance.

James Arthur Baldwin

The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don't have.

Woody Allen

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.

Erica Jong

An actress must never lose her ego - without it she has no talent.

Norma Shearer

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.

Stephen Jay Gould

Literary criticism, now almost entirely confined to the universities, thus moves against talent by moving against the canon. Academic preferment will not come from a respectful study of Wordsworth's poetics; it will come from a challenging study of his politics - his attitude to the poor, say, or his unconscious 'valorization' of Napoleon; and it will come still faster if you ignore Wordsworth and elevate some (justly) neglected contemporary, by which process the canon may be quietly and steadily sapped.

Martin Amis

To invoke solely the weaker arguments and yet triumph is a talent worth more than a hundred thousand drachmae.

Aristophanes

The true woman will not be exponent of another, or allow another to be such for her. She will be her own individual self... Stand or fall by her own individual wisdom and strength... She will proclaim the "glad tidings of good news" to all women, that woman equally with man was made for her own individual happiness, to develop... every talent given to her by God, in the great work of life.

Susan Brownell Anthony Jacob

At fifteen, beauty and talent do not exist; there can only be promise of the coming woman.

Honor de Balzac

For the sake of my children and grandchildren, I hope that the human talent for self-destruction can be successfully controlled, or at least channelled into productive forms, but I doubt it. I think we are moving into extremely volatile and dangerous times, as modern electronic technologies give mankind almost unlimited powers to play with its own psychopathology as a game.

James Graham Ballard

I will dwell a little longer on his character; for it was of a very extraordinary composition. He began to make a considerable figure very early. ... He had a wonderful faculty in speaking to a popular assembly, and could mix both the facetious and the serious way of arguing very agreeably. He had a particular talent to make others trust to his judgment, and depend on it: and he brought over so many to a submission to his opinion, that I never knew any man equal to him in the art of governing parties, and of making himself the head of them. He was, as to religion, a deist at best.

Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury
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