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In your choices lies your talent. (Stella Adler)

Not all of us have to possess earthshaking talent. Just common sense and love will do. (Myrtle Auvil)

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)

There is no such thing as great talent without great willpower. (Honore de Balzac)

Talent is like a seed which needs fertile soil. There is no less talent now, there is less fertile soil to nourish it. (Darby Bannard)

We must be of the water within the capsule: truly being alive only when we pour out our talent, energy and love, because only then is there room for more gifts to flow in... (Nicoletta Baumeister)

Even at best, talent remains a constant, and those who rely upon that gift alone, without developing further, peak quickly and soon fade to obscurity. (David Bayles)

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. (Brendan Francis Behan)

Talent is only a starting point... You've got to keep working that talent. Someday I'll reach for it and it won't be there. (Irving Berlin)

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

The artist uses the talent he has, wishing he had more talent. The talent uses the artist it has, wishing it had more artist. (Robert Brault)

Taking credit for talent that is inherited gives us nothing very tangible to take the credit for, even though some pieces require a 'degree' in sweat and tears. (Kristi Bridgeman)

Without underestimating the value of talent, it's not the most important attribute you need to become a successful artist. It's not even second. More important than talent is desire. (Harley Brown)

We're all filled with naturally recurring patterns that make us unique – they're called talents. And our charge is to bloody well use them. (Marcus Buckingham)

What mankind wants is not talent, it is purpose; not the power to achieve, but the will to labor. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. (Leo Buscaglia)

It's so easy to confuse schmoozing ability with talent... we put too much of a premium on presenting and not enough on substance and critical thinking. (Susan Cain)

Don't be vain because you happen to have talent. You are not responsible for that; it was not of your doing. What you do with your talent is what matters. (Pablo Casals)

My name is Marc, my emotional life is sensitive and my purse is empty, but they say I have talent. (Marc Chagall)

There is nothing new in art except talent. (Anton Chekhov)

Every blessing ignored becomes a curse. (Paulo Coelho)

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

Art or talent, for an artist, is merely a means of applying his personal faculties to the ideas and the things of the period in which he lives. (Gustave Courbet)

Talent is not from some mystic natural ability. It is understanding that not perfect just means to do it better next time. It is the ability to move forward, and to imagine new possibilities. (Dwayne Davis)

I don%u2019t believe in this 'gifted few' concept, just in people doing things they are really interested in doing. They have a way of getting good at whatever it is. (Charles Eames)

It always seemed to me a sort of clever stupidity only to have one sort of talent – like a carrier pigeon. (George Eliot)

Perhaps I have no talent, but all vanity aside – I do not believe that anyone makes an artistic attempt, no matter how small, without having a little – or there are many fools. (Paul Gauguin)

Not every person has the same kinds of talents, so you discover what yours are and work with them. (Frank Gehry)

Talent becomes a burden if you don't use it. (David Lloyd Glover)

Talent develops in tranquility, character in the full current of human life. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

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

-loosely translated from German...
What you have inherited from your forefathers, it takes work to make it your own. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

I don't believe in talent. Talent is like a water table under the earth. You tap into it with your effort and it comes through you, from the bottom of the earth. (Natalie Goldberg)

Put yourself on view. This brings your talents to light. (Baltasar Gracian)

Don't be envious of anyone who is more talented than you. Be the best you can be. (Irwin Greenberg)

Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy. (Robert Half)

Mother Earth is very talented. (Thich Nhat Hanh)

It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way. (Ernest Hemingway)

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)

What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous work in the right way. (Winslow Homer)

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

-The Guardian...
Good art is the product of talent. All the forces in our culture that weaken our belief in talent deny this fundamental fact, but it always returns to haunt us. (Jonathan Jones)

Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads. (Erica Jong)

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. (Carl Gustav Jung)

What I lack in talent, I compensate with my willingness to grind it out. That's the secret of my life. (Guy Kawasaki)

My talent is often too much for me. (Percy Kelly)

All of us do not have equal talents, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents. (John F. Kennedy)

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)

Talent renders the whole idea of rehearsal meaningless. When you find something at which you are talented, you do it – whatever it is – until your fingers bleed or your eyes are ready to fall out of your head. (Stephen King)

I want to cultivate the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown. (Kathe Kollwitz)

The greatest talent is meaningless without one other vital component – passion. (Selwyn Lager)

Talent is overrated... there are thousands of people with talent and 'visual circuitry' - it's what you do with the talent that counts. (David Leffel)

Talent is that which is in a man's power; genius is that in whose power a man is. (James Russell Lowell)

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

You may not be born with a particular gift, but if you really want to learn something, there are ways to learn it. (Katherine Chang Lui)

Talent is so loaded a word, so full to the brim with meanings, that an artist might be wise to forget about it altogether and just keep on working. (Eric Maisel)

-misattributed to inaugural speech, 1994 - quote by Marianne Williamson, Return to Love, 1992...
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the World. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone. (Nelson Mandela)

Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent. (Marya Mannes)

We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings. (Abraham Maslow)

Talent is nothing without work, and in the process is where we find real joy. (Carolyn McDade)

My will exceeds my talents. (Edvard Munch)

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard. (Tim Notke)

Time and again I have observed that those who have the desire to find their unique form of artistic expression do so regardless of that ephemeral quality known as talent. (Hilary Page)

Thousands of people have talent... I might as well congratulate you for having eyes in your head. The one and only thing is: Do you have staying power? (Kristine Paton)

The greatest talents often lie buried out of sight. (Plautus)

I am doubtful of any talent, so whatever I choose to be, will be accomplished only by long study and work... (Jackson Pollock)

The word 'talent' is curiously hackneyed and gets confused with 'accomplishment.' I think 'aptitude' is a better term. (Faith Puleston)

I've not been cursed with talent, which could be a great inhibitor. (Robert Rauschenberg)

Talent is like money; you don't have to have some to talk about it. (Jules Renard)

No matter your vast amount of talent, will you have that special charisma to others if you are not true to your creative inner self? (CJ Rider)

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

Possessing talent is nothing more than the continuous pursuit of a life-long interest. (Bob Ross)

If a person really believes they need some kind of special inherited talent or proper-sided brain functioning, this will interfere with their productivity. I don't want to know what side of the brain I am using. (Jim Rowe)

My talent is such that no undertaking, however vast in size... has ever surpassed my courage. (Peter Paul Rubens)

Talent is like a birthmark – it's a gift and no credit nor fault to those who wear them. (Charles M. Russell)

One cannot inherit a talent for the violin – there are no violins in nature. Instead, one must be motivated, able to benefit from practice, and persevering. (Marilyn vos Savant)

Don't bother about whether or not you have it. Just assume that you do, and then forget about it. Talent is a word we use after someone has become accomplished. There is no way to detect it before the fact... or to predict when or if mastery will click into place. (Richard Schmid)

-Oasis Magazine, June 2008...
I met a young woman the other day, and she said, what advice would you have for a writer, and I said it would be to work every day... Your job is to write. The rest of it will take care of itself. But, generally, it seems ... you know how that is, you meet people and they have a talent for self-promotion. Those are the pushy people. And you know their writing's not going to be any good, because that's not their talent. (David Sedaris)

You don't necessarily have to be in misery to be talented. (Brooke Shields)

Should we consider everyone an artist? To remove the idea of innate talents and genius from the title Artist is an unfortunate road to be going down. Long live the few. (SR Sopha)

A great conductor possesses that certain charisma and talent that demand the ears and the attention of an audience. I can't tell you how that happens, but I'm sure it has an inner basis that is never learned. (Isaac Stern)

One of the greatest talents of all is the talent to recognize and to develop talent in others. (Frank Tyger)

Talent cannot be given, it can only be generated. (Milos Vujasinovic)

Talent is full of thoughts, Genius is thought. Talent is a cistern, Genius a fountain. (Edwin Percy Whipple)

I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works. (Oscar Wilde)

I am convinced that, except in a few extraordinary cases, one form or another of an unhappy childhood is essential to the formation of exceptional gifts. (Thornton Wilder)

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. (Tom Wolfe)

A talent is not a talent until it has been shared. If we are so blessed as to be an artist, shouldn't we help someone just as someone helped us? (Wayne A. Wright)

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. (Emile Zola)


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