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Most men and women go through their lives using no more than a fraction -- usually a rather small fraction -- of the potentialities within them. The reservoir of unused human talent and energy is vast, and learning to tap that reservoir more effectively is one of the exciting tasks ahead for humankind.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are big men, men of intellect, intellectual men, men of talent and men of action; but the great man is difficult to find, and it needs --apart from discernment --a certain greatness to find him.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity that was at hand.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
For eighteen hundred years, though perchance I have no right to say it, the New Testament has been written; yet where is the legislator who has wisdom and practical talent enough to avail himself of the light which it sheds on the science of legislation?More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner who works and brings it out.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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..More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Middle age snuffs out more talent than even wars or sudden death does.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Even an attorney of moderate talent can postpone doomsday year after year, for the system of appeals that pervades American jurisprudence amounts to a legalistic wheel of fortune, a game of chance, somewhat fixed in the favor of the criminal, that the participants play interminably.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The men and woman who make the best boon companions seem to have given up hope of doing something else...some defect of talent or opportunity has cut them off from their pet ambition and has thus left them with leisure to take an interest in their lives of others. Your ambition may be, it makes him keep his thoughts at home. But the heartbroken people -- if I may use the word in a mild, benevolent sense -- the people whose wills are subdued to fate, give us consolation, recognition, and welcome.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A writer is in danger of allowing his talent to dull who lets more than a year go past without finding himself in his rightful place of composition, the small single unluxurious retreat of the twentieth century, the hotel bedroom.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Imagination is not a talent of some people but is the health of everyone.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Every man has his own vocation, talent is the call.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is a happy talent to know how to play.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No one respects a talent that is concealed.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is not because the touch of genius has roused genius to production, but because the admiration of genius has made talent ambitious, that the harvest is still so abundant.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Giving presents is a talent; to know what a person wants, to know when and how to get it, to give it lovingly and well. Unless a character possesses this talent there is no moment more annihilating to ease than that in which a present is received and given.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The man who is born with a talent which he was meant to use finds his greatest happiness in using it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The luck of having talent is not enough; one must also have a talent for luck.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is a talent of the weak to persuade themselves that they suffer for something when they suffer from something; that they are showing the way when they are running away; that they see the light when they feel the heat; that they are chosen when they are shunned.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Youth itself is a talent -- a perishable talent.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The British have a remarkable talent for keeping calm, even when there is no crisis.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We might make a public moan in the newspapers about the decay of conscience, but in private conversation, no matter what crimes a man may have committed or how cynically he may have debased his talent or his friends, variations on the answer Yes, but I did it for the money, satisfy all but the most tiresome objections.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
He had a wonderful talent for packing thought close, and rendering it portable.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Hidden talent counts for nothing.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The best friend is likely to acquire the best wife, because a good marriage is based on the talent for friendship.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Everyone according to their talent and every talent according to its work.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Talent is a matter of quantity. Talent does not write on page, it writes three hundred.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A great deal of talent is lost in the world for want of courage.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
American energy is the energy of violence, of free-floating resentment and anxiety unleashed by chronic cultural dislocations which must be, for the most part, ferociously sublimated. This energy has mainly been sublimated into crude materialism and acquisitiveness. Into hectic philanthropy. Into benighted moral crusades, the most spectacular of which was Prohibition. Into an awesome talent for uglifying countryside and cities. Into the loquacity and torment of a minority of gadflies: artists, prophets, muckrakers, cranks, and nuts. And into self-punishing neuroses. But the naked violence keeps breaking through, throwing everything into question.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Anyone can be great with money. With money, greatness is not a talent but an obligation. The trick is to be great without money.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is an ability to articulate human relationships.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
My God given talent is my ability to stick with training longer than anybody else.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Success in life is a matter not so much of talent as of concentration and perseverance.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Ned: Phil? Phil Connors? Phil Connors, I thought that was you. Now don't you tell me you don't remember me 'cause I sure as heckfire remember you.
Phil: Not a chance.
Ned: Ned... Ryerson. "Needlenose Ned"? "Ned the Head"? C'mon, buddy. Case Western High. I did the whistling belly-button trick at the high school talent show? Bing. Ned Ryerson, got the shingles real bad senior year, almost didn't graduate? Bing, again. Ned Ryerson, I dated your sister Mary Pat a couple of times until you told me not to anymore? Well?
Phil: Ned Ryerson?
Ned: BING.
Phil: Bing. More [07/22/2005 12:07:00]
Professor Lupin: You know the very first time I saw you, Harry, I recognized you immediately. Not by your scar, by your eyes. They're your mother, Lily's. Yes, oh yes. I knew her. Your mother was there for me at a time when no one else was. Not only was she a singularly gifted witch, she was also an uncommonly kind woman. She had a way of seeing the beauty in others even more perhaps. Most especially when that person couldn't see it in themselves. Then your father, James on the other hand, he uh ha, he had a certain shall we say talent for trouble. The talent, rumor has it, he passed onto you. You are more like them than you know, Harry. In time you'll come to see just how much.More [07/27/2005 12:07:00]
Number 2: While you were in space, I created a way for us to make huge sums of legitement money, and still maintain the ethics and the business practices of an evil organisation. I have turned us into talent agency; the Hollywood Talent Agency.More [08/08/2005 12:08:00]
Bill Bowerman: Know what your problem is, Pre? Vanity!
Steve Prefontaine: Vanity?
Bill Bowerman: Yes, vanity, Pre! Your belief that you have no talent is the ultimate vanity. If you have no talent then you have no limits, it's all an act of will. Your heart can probably pump more blood than anyone else's on earth, and that takes talent. The bones in your feet are so strong, it'd take a sledgehammer to break 'em. Be thankful for your limits, Pre, they're about as limitless as they get in this life.More [11/16/2005 12:11:00]
Withnail: Why can't I have an audition? It's ridiculous. I've been to drama school. I'm good looking. I tell you, I've a fuck sight more talent that half the rubbish that gets on television. Why can't I get on television?
Peter Marwood: Well, I don't know. It'll happen.
Withnail: Will it? That's what you say. The only program I'm likely to get on is the fucking news.More [11/18/2005 12:11:00]
Thomas Janes: Talent excuses cruelty. Don't you know that?
Rich Janes: Not talent. Genius maybe. You're talented, Thomas. The world is full of talented assholes.More [12/20/2005 12:12:00]
Susie: Beth, I may regret saying this, but how dare you usurp my authority as producer...
Ben: Hmph!
Susie: ...director slash choreographer of the talent show. I need you to know I have been busting my BALLS woman! I am telling you the musical numbers are a mess, my kids are a bunch of amateurs, and the last thing I need today is some diabetic freak prancing around on stage making my life a living HELL! (long pause, now calm) All right, I'll put him on last.
Beth: Good. (walks away)
Susie: Oh she always wins!More [12/30/2005 12:12:00]

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