An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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 (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


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 (1832-1888, American author)


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 (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


I believe that every person is born with talent.


Maya Angelou (1928-, African-American poet, writer, performer)

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There is no such thing as can't, only won't. If you're qualified, all it takes is a burning desire to accomplish, to make a change. Go forward, go backward. Whatever it takes! But you can't blame other people or society in general. It all comes from your mind. When we do the impossible we realize we are special people.


Jan Ashford


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 (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


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 (1918-1990, American vocalist, movie and stage actress)


Talent is only the starting point.


Irving Berlin (1888-1989, Russian composer)


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 (1927-, American author, humorist)

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Middle age snuffs out more talent than even wars or sudden death.


Gerald Brenan (1894-1987, Maltan travel writer, novelist)


Middle age snuffs out more talent than even wars or sudden death.


Gerald Brenan (1894-1987, Maltan travel writer, novelist)


If I have any talent at all it's from God, and my mom, who was on Capitol Records also.


Garth Brooks (1962-, American musician, singer, songwriter)


Your talent is God's gift to you; what you do with it is your gift to God.


Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998, American expert on love, lecturer, author)


God doesn't give people talents that he doesn't want people to use.


Iron Eagle


Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising.


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


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


Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929, American sociologist)


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


Edward Degas


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.


Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863, French artist)


Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930, British author, "Sherlock Holmes")


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


Henry Van Dyke (1852--1933, American protestant clergyman and writer)


Every man has his own vocation, talent is the call.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


It is a happy talent to know how to play.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


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 (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Talent is commonly developed at the expense of character.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Concealed talent brings no reputation.


Desiderius Erasmus (c.1466-1536, Dutch humanist)


No one respects a talent that is concealed.


Desiderius Erasmus (c.1466-1536, Dutch humanist)


Talents go by nature not by birth.


(Frederick II) Frederick The Great (1712-1786, Born in Berlin, King of Prussia (1740-1786),)


The most gifted natures are perhaps also the most trembling.


Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)


A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Talent is an amalgam of high sensitivity; easy vulnerability; high sensory equipment (seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting -- intensely); a vivid imagination as well as a grip on reality; the desire to communicate one's own experience and sensations, to make one's self heard and seen.


Uta Hagen


Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.


Robert Half (American businessman, founder of Robert Half & Associates)


If you have this enormous talent, it's got you by the balls, it's a demon. You can't be a family man and a husband and a caring person and be that animal. Dickens wasn't that nice a guy.


Dustin Hoffman (1937-, American actor)


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


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


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


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


Most men, like plants, possess hidden qualities that chance discovers.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Some bad qualities form great talents.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


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


Owen Meredith (1831-1891, British politician, poet)


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.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


He had a wonderful talent for packing thought close, and rendering it portable.


Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859, American essayist and historian)


The greatest thing a man can do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is success, and there is no other.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


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.


Bernard Meltzer (1914-, American law professor)


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


Charles De Montesquieu (1689-1755, French jurist, political philosopher)


Hidden talent counts for nothing.


Nero (37-68, 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.


Jack Nicklaus (1940-, American golfer)


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


John Quinton


The greatest talents often lie buried out of sight.


Titus Maccius Plautus (BC 254-184, Roman comic poet)


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


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


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


Jules Renard (1864-1910, 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.


Martin Ritt


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


Mickey Rourke (1956-, 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.


May Sarton (1912-1995, American poet, novelist)


Talent is something, but tact is everything. It is the interpreter of all riddles, the surmounter of all difficulties, the remover of all obstacles.


W. P. Scargill


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


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


Talent works, genius creates.


Robert Schumann (1810-1856, German composer)


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


Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-, Russian novelist)


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


Konstantin Stanislavisky (1863-1968, Russian actor, theatre director, teacher)


Everyone has special talents, and it is our duty to find ours and use them well.


John Templeton


A man gift will make a way for him.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.


John Wooden (1910-, American basketball coach)


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