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Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.
No man can discover his own talents.
Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off.
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
Where talent is a dwarf, self-esteem is a giant.
Benevolence alone will not make a teacher, nor will learning alone do it. The gift of teaching is a peculiar talent, and implies a need and a craving in the teacher himself.
John Jay Chapman
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
It takes good clients to make a good advertising agency. Regardless of how much talent an ad agency may have, it is ineffective without good products and services to advertise.
Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.
For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.
John W. Gardner
The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.
Ed Sullivan will be around as long as someone else has talent.
I think that the most important thing a woman can have - next to talent, of course - is her hairdresser.
The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
In the large cities that received new Americans, there flowered a golden age of restaurants, manned by the available talent from abroad and fueled by the restless wealth of the newly rich.
David Joseph Schwartz
I believe that God felt sorry for actors so he created Hollywood to give them a place in the sun and a swimming pool. The price they had to pay was to surrender their talent.
His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred.
Only the really plain people know about love - the very fascinating ones try so hard to create an impression that they soon exhaust their talents.
I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House - with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.
John F. Kennedy
Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.
A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of.
A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
An actress must never lose her ego - without it she has no talent.
Great things are accomplished by talented people who believe they will accomplish them.
There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.
Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.
The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame. If it comes at all it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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