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Talent Quotes


These are some of the best 'Talent' quotations and sayings.

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A man of talent is not born to be left to himself, but to devote himself to art and good masters who will make something of him.

A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius, which is apt to be perturbable and to wear itself out before fruition.

All our talents increase in the using, and every faculty both good and bad, strengthens by exercise.

As to great and commanding talents, they are the gift of Providence in some way unknown to us. They rise where they are least expected. They fail when everything seems disposed to produce them, or at least to call them forth.

Concealed talent brings no reputation.

Conciseness is the sister of talent.

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

Genius does what it must, talent does what it can.

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Great offices will have great talents, and God gives to every man the virtue, temper, understanding, taste, that lifts him into life, and lets him fall just in the niche he was ordained to fill.

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.

Great talents, such as honor, virtue, learning, and parts, are above the generality of the world, who neither possess them themselves, nor judge of them rightly in others; but all people are judges of the lesser talents, such as civility, affability, and an obliging, agreeable address and manner, because they feel the good effects of them, as making society easy and pleasing.

In this world people have to pay an extortionate price for any exceptional gift whatever.

It always seemed to me a sort of clever stupidity only to have one sort of talent - like a carrier-pigeon.

Nature has concealed at the bottom of our minds talents and abilities of which we are not aware. The passions alone have the privilege of bringing them to light, and of giving us sometimes views more certain and more perfect than art could possibly produce.

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.

Talent can be developed, gift is God-given. But artists have both.

Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.

Talent finds its models, methods, and ends in society, exists for exhibition, and goes to the soul only for power to work. Genius is its own end, and draws its means and the style of its architecture from within.

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.


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