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The Best Quotes About Talent

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A list of the best talent quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous talent quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic talent quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational talent quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about talent?" and "What are inspirational talent quotes?"

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

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

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    Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man 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

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    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.. Erma Bombeck

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

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    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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    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

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

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    The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling. André Gide

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    Talent is a matter of quantity. Talent does not write on page, it writes three hundred. Jules Renard

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    Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising. Cyril Connolly

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    It is a happy talent to know how to play. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    It takes little talent to see clearly what lies under one's nose, a good deal of it to know in which direction to point that organ. W. H. Auden

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    "From her gospel-singing mother Cissy Houston, her legendary pop-diva cousin Dionne Warwick, and her Queen of Soul godmother Aretha Franklin, she [Whitney Houston] inherited gifts for skillfully interpreting lyrics and endowing them with new depth and jeweled nuance." Aberjhani

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    A man with a talent does what is expected of him, makes his way, constructs, is an engineer, a composer, a builder of bridges. It's the natural order of things that he construct objects outside himself and his family. The woman who does so is aberrant. We have to expiate for this cursed talent someone handed out to us, by mistake, in the black mystery of genetics. May Sarton

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    Talent is commonly developed at the expense of character. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Talents go by nature not by birth. Frederick II of Prussia

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    A man gift will make a way for him.

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

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    Talent isn't genius, and no amount of energy can make it so. I want to be great, or nothing. I won't be a commonplace dauber, so I don't intend to try any more. Louisa May Alcott

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    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. Eugène Delacroix

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

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    Concealed talent brings no reputation. Desiderius Erasmus

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    Every man has his own vocation, talent is the call. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    No one respects a talent that is concealed. Desiderius Erasmus

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    I believe that every person is born with talent. Maya Angelou

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    The greatest talents often lie buried out of sight. Plautus

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    Everyone according to their talent and every talent according to its work.

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

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    The American white man (not to speak of the Indian, the Negro, the Mexican) hasn't a ghost of a chance. If he has any talent he's doomed to have it crushed one way or another. The American way is to seduce a man by bribery and make a prostitute of him. Or else to ignore him, starve him into submission and make a hack of him. Henry Miller

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    Talent is nothing but a prolonged period of attention and a shortened period of mental assimilation. Constantin Stanislavski

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    I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent. John Wooden

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    The great rule: If the little bit you have is nothing special in itself, at least find a way of saying it that is a little bit special. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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