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|Quotations about talent|
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
We can't take any credit for our talents. It's how we use them that counts.
Let a man's talents or virtues be what they may, we feel satisfaction in his society only as he is satisfied in himself. We cannot enjoy the good qualities of a friend if he seems to be none the better for them.
Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.
I add this also, that natural ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employments.
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 are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.
A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.
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