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

Erica Jong


I believe talent is like electricity.  We don't understand electricity.  We use it.  You can plug into it and light up a lamp, keep a heart pump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it.  Electricity will do all that.  It makes no judgment.  I think talent is like that.  I believe every person is born with talent.

Maya Angelou

There are two kinds of talent, human-made talent and God-given talent.  With human-made talent you have to work very hard.  With God-given talent, you just touch it up once in a while.

Pearl Bailey
Ordinary people think that talent must be always on its own level and that it arises every morning like the sun, rested and refreshed, ready to draw from the same storehouse--always open, always full, always abundant--new treasures that it will heap up on those of the day before; such people are unaware that, as in the case of all mortal things, talent has its increase and decrease, and that independently of the career it takes, like everything that breathes. . . it undergoes all the accidents of health, of sickness, and of the dispositions of the soul--its gaiety or its sadness.  As with our perishable flesh. talent is obliged constantly to keep guard over itself, to combat, and to keep perpetually on the alert amid the obstacles that witness the exercise of its singular power.

Eugene Delacroix

Talent alone cannot make a writer.  There must be a person behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang there except those that sang best.

Henry Van Dyke


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God doesn't give people talents that he doesn't want people to use.

Iron Eagle


Use those talents you have.   You will make it.  You will give joy
to the world.  Take this tip from nature:  The woods would be
a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best.

Bernard Meltzer


Hard work without talent is a shame, but
talent without hard work is a tragedy.

Robert Half


There is no substitute for talent.  Industry and all the virtues are of no avail.

Aldous Huxley


This is how I define talent; it is a gift that God has given
us in secret, which we reveal without knowing it.

Charles de Montesquieu


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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson



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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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

Owen Meredith


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.

Eric Hoffer



A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Talent is only the starting point.

Irving Berlin

No one respects a talent that is concealed.

Desiderius Erasmus

Hidden talent counts for nothing.


Your talent is God's gift to you;
what you do with it is your gift to God.

Leo Buscaglia

Talent is commonly developed at the expense of character.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Every person has his or her own vocation--talent is the call.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

Charles Horton Cooley


According to the law of Dharma, you have a unique talent
and a unique way of expressing it.  There is something that
you can do better than anyone else in the whole world--and
for every unique talent and unique expression of that
talent, there are also unique needs. When these needs are
matched with the creative expression of your talent, that
is the spark that creates affluence.  Expressing your talents
to fulfill needs creates unlimited wealth and abundance.

Deepak Chopra


Talent is always conscious of its own abundance and does not object to sharing.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

What can any of us do with our talent but try to develop our vision,
so that through frequent failures we may learn better
what we have missed in the past.

William Carlos Williams


If one has a talent and cannot use it, one has failed.  If one has a talent
and uses only half of it, one has partly failed.  If a person has a talent
and learns somehow to use the whole of it, that person has gloriously
succeeded, and won a satisfaction and a triumph few people ever know.

Thomas Wolfe


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Not everyone possesses boundless energy or a conspicuous talent.
We are not equally blessed with great intellect or physical
beauty or emotional strength.  But we have all been
given the same ability to be faithful.

Gigi Graham Tchividjian

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

Marguerite Blessington


No one can arrive from being talented alone.
God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius.

Anna Pavlova




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