TALENT QUOTES

quotations about talent

Talent quote

Many times we take our talents for granted. We think because we can do something well, anyone can. Often that's not true. How can you tell when you're overlooking a skill or talent? Listen to what others say. Your strengths will capture the attention of others and draw them to you. On the other hand, when you're working in areas of weakness, few people will show interest. If others are continually praising you in a particular area, start developing it.

JOHN C. MAXWELL, Leadership Gold

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Everyone has talent. What's rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.

ERICA JONG, New York Quarterly, No. 16, 1974

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It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.

ROBERT BENCHLEY, attributed, Book of Humorous Quotations

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The truth is that all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent.

SMILEY BLANTON, Love or Perish

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Talent is a dull knife that will cut nothing unless it is wielded with great force.

STEPHEN KING, Danse Macabre

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Talent is a tenant in the house owned by genius.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

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Not he deserves praise that has talents, but he that uses them.

IVAN PANIN, Thoughts

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Access to talented and creative people is to modern business what access to coal and iron ore was to steel-making.

RICHARD FLORIDA, attributed, The Talent Mandate

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Pride not thyself upon thy talents: they were given thee at thy birth. Hast thou done aught before thy birth to deserve them?

IVAN PANIN, Thoughts

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Mediocre ability, well developed and properly planted, will produce a larger tree of success than will extraordinary ability, scattered or uncared for.

NATHANIEL CLARK FOWLER, Getting a Start

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Talent is a dreadfully cheap commodity, cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.

STEPHEN KING, Danse Macabre

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

THOMAS WOLFE, The Web and the Rock

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If talent without persistence is a tragedy ... persistence without talent is a comedy. And, boy, is it a painful one.

JAMES PONIEWOZIK, "In 'Haters Back Off!' a Cringe-Worthy Star Is Born", New York Times, October 13, 2016

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Talent is never static. It's always growing or dying.

STEPHEN KING, Entertainment Weekly, August 17, 2007

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However you make your living is where your talent lies.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY, "The Snows of Kilimanjaro"

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Sure, the home-field is an advantage -- but so is having a lot of talent.

DAN MARINO, attributed, Gentlemen, This is a Football

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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, The Passionate State of Mind

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Hard work beats talent if talent doesn't work.

AMOL SARVA, "Talent Is a Myth", Huffington Post, May 3, 2015

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Brevity is the sister of talent.

ANTON CHEKHOV, letter to A. P. Chekhov, April 11, 1889

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Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.

SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE, The Valley of Fear

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