148+ Best Talent Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Most Famous Talent Quotes

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. – Michael Jordan

Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner that works and brings it out. – Marguerite Blessington

Talent is nothing but a prolonged period of attention and a shortened period of mental assimilation. – Konstantin Stanislavsky

No one respects a talent that is concealed. – Desiderius Erasmus

Talents, to strike the eye of posterity, should be concentrated: rays powerless while they are scattered, burn in a point. – Robert Eldridge Aris Willmott

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

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Talent is an accident of genes – and a responsibility. – Alan Rickman

Don’t show off every day, or you’ll stop surprising people. There must always be some novelty left over. The person who displays a little more of it each day keeps up expectations, and no one ever discovers the limits of his talent. – Baltasar Gracian

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character. – John Wooden

Hide not your talents, they for use were made, What’s a sundial in the shade? ? Benjamin Franklin

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

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

Whether or not you discover your talents and passions is partly a matter of opportunity. If you’ve never been sailing, or picked up an instrument, or tried to teach or to write fiction, how would you know if you had a talent for these things? – Ken Robinson

Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible with talent is genius. – Henri Frederic Amiel

Everyone has talent at 25. The difficulty is to have it at 50. – Edgar Degas

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

Self-doubt kills talent. – Edie McClurg

Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won’t carry a quitter. – Stephen King

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. – John Wooden

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

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

At first I wasn’t sure that I had the talent, but I did know I had a fear of failure, and that fear compelled me to fight off anything that might abet it. – Gordon Parks

The greatest talents often lie buried out of sight. – Plautus

Each man has to seek out his own special aptitude for a higher life in the midst of the humble and inevitable reality of daily existence. Than this, there can be no nobler aim in life. – Maurice Maeterlinck

Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. – Leo Buscaglia

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

Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express. – Brenda Ueland

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

Talent is awakened. – Wallace Stegner

If a man can make typewriters better than anyone else, let us, in the name of common sense, keep him on the job of making typewriters. – William Feather

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

Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it. – Lou Holtz

Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads. – Erica Jong

I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else’s talent. – Michael Jordan

The best way to get more talents is to improve the talents we have. – Edward Bickersteth

If the power to do hard work is not talent, it is the best possible substitute for it. – James A. Garfield

Too much ego will kill your talent. – Anonymous

Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it. – Maya Angelou

Those who are blessed with the most talent don’t necessarily outperform everyone else. It’s the people with follow-through who excel. – Mary Kay Ash

Some people possess talent, others are possessed by it. When that happens, a talent becomes a curse. – Rod Serling

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

Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty. – Edgar Degas

Talent without working hard is nothing. – Cristiano Ronaldo

However you make your living is where your talent lies. – Ernest Hemingway

The real issue is not talent as an independent element, but talent in relationship to will, desire, and persistence. Talent without these things vanishes and even modest talent with those characteristics grows. – Milton Glaser

To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius. – Henri Frederic Amiel

If you ever find that you’re the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room. – Austin Kleon

Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives. – Maya Angelou

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

True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents. – John W. Gardner

Don’t let your talent go to waste. – Anonymous

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

Talent is a gift, but character is a choice. – John C. Maxwell

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent. – Marlon Brando

Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. – John Wooden

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

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

Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them. – Russel H. Conwell

Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

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

One thing I’ve learned is that I’m not the owner of my talent; I’m the manager of it. – Madonna Ciccone

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

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. – Stephen King

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

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

We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. – Marie Curie

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

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

There is no such thing as a great talent without great willpower. – Honore de Balzac

Real talent shines through regardless of how many others there are around you. – Paloma Faith

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see. – Arthur Schopenhauer

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.

Hard work pays off – hard work beats talent any day, but if you’re talented and work hard, it’s hard to be beat. – Robert Griffin III

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

Talent is a tenant in the house owned by genius. – Austin O’Malley

Talent is never static. It’s always growing or dying. – Stephen King

Effort without talent is a depressing situation… but talent without effort is a tragedy.’ – Mike Ditka

Men fail much oftener from want of perseverance than from want of talent. – William Cobbett

Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: ‘Are your ready?’ – Johnny Carson

If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don’t hoard it. Don’t dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly, like a millionaire intent on going broke. – Brenda Francis

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. – Henry Van Dyke

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

There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty. – Louisa May Alcott

Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing. – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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

One well-cultivated talent, deepened and enlarged, is worth 100 shallow faculties. The first law of success in this day, when so many things are clamoring for attention, is concentration-to bend all the energies to one point, and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right nor to the left. – William Matthews

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire. – Bernard Williams

Talent does what it can; genius does what it must. – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Talent does whatever it wants to do. Genius does only what it can. – Eugene Delacroix

Genius gives birth, talent delivers. – Jack Kerouac

Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world. – Hilary Clinton

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

Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. – Leo Buscaglia

The idea that talent is directly proportional to your trophy cabinet is one I oppose. – Alex Turner

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

As tools become rusty, so does the mind; a garden uncared for soon becomes smothered in weeds; a talent neglected withers and dies. – Ethel R. Page

Nature has concealed at the bottom of our minds talents and abilities of which we are not aware. – Francois de la Rochefoucauld

If a man has talent and can’t use it, he’s failed. If he uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he uses the whole of it, he has succeeded, and won a satisfaction and triumph few men ever know. – Thomas Wolfe

I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had. – J. K. Rowling

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

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. – Chesterfield

With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. – Thomas Foxwell Burton

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

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. – Henry Van Dyke

Talent is a universal gift, but it takes a lot of courage to use it. Don’t be afraid to be the best. – Paulo Coelho

The luck of having talent is not enough; one must also have a talent for luck. – Hector Berlioz

Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent. – Marlon Brando

Success is what you do with your ability. It’s how you use your talent. – George Allen, Sr.

One needs more than ambition and talent to make a success of anything, really. There must be love and a vocation. – Jessye Norman

Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything. – Patrick Süskind

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

Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing. – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

A really great talent finds its happiness in execution. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you’ve got a talent, protect it. – Jim Carrey

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. – Charles Horton Cooley

The crowning blessing of life-to be born with a bias to some pursuit. – S.G. Tallentyre

Talent is like a flower, you have to fully tend to it if you want something beautiful. – Marinela Reka

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

Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

We are told that talent creates opportunity, yet it is desire that creates talent. – Bruce Lee

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. – Sydney Smith

Talent is truth on display. – Terry Rossio

In the battle of existence, Talent is the punch; Tact is the clever footwork. – Wilson Mizner

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

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. – Stephen King

All of us are talented in our unique way. We just need to recognize our capacity and develop our talents to their full potential. – Anonymous

Talent without working hard is nothing. – Anonymous

Strategy will compensate the talent. The talent will never compensate the strategy. – Marco Pierre White

If you have talent, use it in every which way possible. Don’t hoard it. Don’t dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly, like a millionaire intent on going broke. – Brenda Francis

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

Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it. – Pope John Paul II

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

You are a super duper amazing talented go-getter, let nothing stand in your way ever. – Anonymous

I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life. – Dean Koontz

Embrace your talent and pursue it. You won’t believe what you can accomplish. – Anonymous

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work. – Tim Notke

The greatest talents often lie buried out of sight. – Plautus

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

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

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

Why hide your talent in the closet of complacency when you have greatness within you? – Robin Sharma

It’s not the act of arrogance to draw, it’s humbling you must use your God-given talent. And of all the people I sketch, in most cases I feel I have to measure up to the subject. – LeRoy Neiman

Talent repeats; Genius creates. Talent is a cistern; Genius a fountain. Talent deals with the actual, with discovered and realized truths, analyzing, arranging, combining, applying positive knowledge, and in action looking to precedents; Genius deals with the possible, creates new combinations, discovers new laws, and acts from an insight into principles. Talent jogs to conclusions to which Genius takes giant leaps. Talent accumulates knowledge, and has it packed up in the memory; Genius assimilates it with its own substance, grows with every new accession, and converts knowledge into power. Talent gives out what it has taken in; Genius what has risen from its unsounded wells of living thought. Talent, in difficult situations, strives to untie knots, which Genius instantly cuts with one swift decision. Talent is full of thoughts, Genius of thought; one has definite acquisitions, the other indefinite power. – E.P. Whipple

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