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Talent Quotes

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

Author: Erica Jong (1942)

Profession: American Author

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.

Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Profession: German Physicist, Satirist

Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best.

Author: Bernard Meltzer (1914)

Profession: American Law Professor

Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can.

Author: Owen Meredith (1831-1891)

Profession: British Politician, Poet

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.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

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

Author: Charles De Montesquieu (1689-1755)

Profession: French Jurist, Political Philosopher

Hidden talent counts for nothing.

Author: Nero

Profession: Roman emperor

He had a lot of talent, but didn't have much dedication, wasn't organized, didn't know how to learn, didn't know how to comprehend what he was doing, didn't try to learn how to get better.

Author: Jack Nicklaus (1940)

Profession: American Golfer

The greatest talents often lie buried out of sight.

Author: Titus Maccius Plautus

Profession: Roman Comic Poet

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

Author: French Proverb

Profession: Sayings of French Origin

Premature development of the powers of both mind and body leads to an early grave.

Author: John Quinton


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

Author: Jules Renard (1864-1910)

Profession: French Author, Dramatist

I don't have a lot of respect for talent. Talent is genetic. It's what you do with it that counts.

Author: Martin Ritt


I thought my talent would transcend my outspokenness. I was wrong.

Author: Mickey Rourke (1956)

Profession: American Actor

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.

Author: May Sarton (1912)

Profession: American Poet, Novelist