It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.
It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
There are two kinds of talents, 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.
If a man has 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 has a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know.
Doing easily what others find difficult is talent doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to the dark place where it leads.
If you can't excel with talent, triumph with effort.
There is nothing worse in this world then wasted talent.
Where talent is a dwarf, self esteem is a giant.
I am always grieved when a man of real talent dies, for the world needs such men more than heaven does.
'Tis the talent of our English nation, Still to be plotting some new Reformation.
We're all generous, but with different things, like time, money, talent criticism.
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage.
The buried talent is the sunken rock on which most lives strike and founder.
I do not want to dieuntil I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the see that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.
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.
Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.
It takes little talent to see what lies under one's nose, a good deal to know in what direction to point that organ.
I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.
Whatever you are by nature, keep to it never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed.
We are always more anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess, than to be praised for the fifteen which we do possess.
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.
I've had enough success for two lifetimes, My success is talent put together with hard work and luck.