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Talent Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Talent

Please enjoy these Talent Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

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Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy
between the genius and his human qualities
that one has to ask oneself whether
a little less talent might not have been better.
- Carl Jung

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

 

When I examine myself and my methods of thought,
I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy
has meant more to me than
any talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
- Billy Sunday

Your talent is God's gift to you.
- Leo Buscaglia

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

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me
than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.
- John W. Gardner

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
- Calvin Coolidge

I have no special talent.
I am only passionately curious.
- Albert Einstein

If you've got a talent, protect it.
- Jim Carrey

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

The problem with Ireland is that it's a country full of genius,
but with absolutely no talent.
- Hugh Leonard

Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates.
There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward,
backwards, or sideways.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I think being an actress is more how to cope with the
fact that you can't do anything else than to express a talent.
It's a way of being untalented for anything.
- Isabelle Huppert

There is nothing new in art except talent.
- Anton Chekhov

But I don't think I have any particular talent for prediction,
because when you have three or four elements in hand,
you don't have to be a genius to reach certain conclusions.
- Antonio Tabucchi

I'm a classic example of what can happen if you follow your inner voice.
I was cursed with interests and some talent in many different areas.
It confuses people.
- Dirk Benedict

I think that the most important thing a woman can have -
next to talent,
of course - is her hairdresser.
- Joan Crawford

The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as "Soho" poverty.
It comes from having the airs and graces of a genius and no talent.
- Quentin Crisp

Genius is the talent of a person who is dead.
- Edmond de Goncourt

My big ears indicated a talent for music.
This thrilled me.
- William Christopher Handy

Whatever you are by nature, keep to it;
never desert your line of talent.
Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.
- Sydney Smith

I regret the passing of the studio system.
I was very appreciative of it because I had no talent.
- Lucille Ball

My lips are big, but my talent is bigger.
- Fantasia Barrino

People realize that Salieri is not the man we saw in the Amadeus movie.
That man had no talent.
It was a great movie, but the Salieri character was a big fiction.
- Cecilia Bartoli

The worst thing in this business is to be thought of as a no-talent.
- Jerry Stiller

No one can arrive from being talented alone,
work transforms talent into genius.
- Anna Pavlova

It takes people a long time to learn the difference
between talent and genius,
especially ambitious young men and women.
- Louisa May Alcott

Genius makes its observations in short-hand;
talent writes them out at length.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

Ry Cooder for me is a master, a great master that has
a wonderful feel for Cuban music.
He's also paid tribute my talent a bit,
even though I don't know half of what he knows.
- Compay Segundo

Genius is talent set on fire by courage.
- Henry Van Dyke

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

He's got everything.
He' not a great player yet because he hasn't won any major championships,
but it's a matter of time.
He's an outstanding talent.
I didn't realize how tall he is.
- Nick Price

Where a beast would have claws, I was born with talent.
- Klaus Kinski

Talent will come out.
- Ray Walston

Sundance was started as a mechanism for the discovery
of new voices and new talent.
- Robert Redford

Everybody has talent, it's just a matter of moving
around until you've discovered what it is.
- George Lucas

Sponsors and networks will really go all out and simply
evaluate people on the basis of talent.
- Norman Granz

Tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society
just because that talent wears a skirt.
- Shirley Chisholm

Jackie had a keen eye for talent, and like an elephant never forgot.
And, he was always right on the mark.
- Audrey Meadows

Hollywood has a way of sucking the world's talent to it.
- Richard Linklater

Talent is being able to please people.
- Marty Robbins

However great a man's natural talent may be,
the act of writing cannot be learned all at once.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Common sense is perhaps the most equally divided,
but surely the most underemployed, talent in the world.
- Christiane Collage

I was the only Christian on the cast,
but that was cool because we all respected each others
talent and mostly they respected me a lot even though
I was the only Christian.
- Victoria Jackson

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

You can never have enough talent.
- Pat Riley

I wish I had a talent for dropping things as well as taking on new ones.
It gets to be quite a clutter after a while.
- Joshua Lederberg

Our industry has invested so much money in technology
that perhaps it's time to invest in talent,
in people.
- Christiane Amanpour

Work while you have the light.
You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

I'll pat myself on the back and admit I have talent.
Beyond that, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
- Ethel Merman

Why has God given me such magnificent talent? It is
a curse as well as a great blessing.
- Albrecht Durer

There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.
- Honore de Balzac

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

I really feel that the talent I have is acting.
Freedom and the possibility of play-that is what I like to have.
- Jacqueline Bisset

All the intelligence and talent in the world can't make a singer.
The voice is a wild thing.
It can't be bred in captivity.
It is a sport, like the silver fox.
It happens.
- Willa Cather

I have been aware, from the age of 6,
that I had talent.
- Dennis Potter

When you sit down and focus on the matches and series
that took place during the 12 month period it strikes
you just how broad the talent pool is in international cricket is today.
- Sunil Gavaskar

I've got the god given talent or the god given opportunity better put,
to let that out in a harmless way you know,
and I don't know what it does to you,
I don't really know.
- Eric Clapton

It destroys the soul to hear that you're all hype,
that you have no talent, and that your whole career has been contrived.
- Freddie Mercury

You could put all the talent I had into your left eye
and still not suffer from impaired vision.
- Veronica Lake

I had this talent for these stupid little teenage songs.
- Paul Anka

Your talent is your art.
It is not to be taken for granted.
- Paula Abdul

Happiness is a how; not a what.
A talent, not an object.
- Hermann Hesse

I only really cast people who are desperate to be in it -
who were dying to be in it,
whose talent I believed in and were dead ready to do
the work that was necessary.
- Kenneth Branagh

Heaven help the American-born boy with a talent for ballet.
- Camille Paglia

There are people who possess not so much genius as
a certain talent for perceiving the desires of the century,
or even of the decade, before it has done so itself.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Some people have such a talent for making the best
of a bad situation that they go around creating bad
situations so they can make the best of them.
- Jean Kerr


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