Quotes about Talent

"If you have great talents, industry will improve them; if you have but moderate abilities industry will supply their deficiency."

Sir Joshua Reynolds (16 July 1723 – 23 February 1792) was an influential 18th-century English painter, specialising in portraits and promoting the "Grand Style" in painting which depended on idealisation of the imperfect.


"The luck of having talent is not enough, one must also have a talent for luck."

Hector Berlioz (December 11, 1803 – March 8, 1869) was a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts (Requiem).


"Genius does what it must, talent does what it can."

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton (25 May 1803 – 18 January 1873) was an English politician, poet, playwright, and prolific novelist. He was immensely popular with the reading public and wrote a stream of bestselling novels which earned him a considerable fortune.


"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 (26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of analytical psychology.


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

Erica Jong (March 26, 1942) is an American author and teacher.


"We are always anxious to be distinguished for a talent we do not possess, than to be praised for the fifteen wich we do possess."

Mark Twain, born:Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910) was an American author and humorist. Twain is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), which has been called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Twain was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.


"Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive go much further than people with vastly superior talent."

Sophia Loren, born Sofia Villani Scicolone (September 20, 1934) is an Italian actress.


"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."

Pearl Mae Bailey (March 29, 1918 – August 17, 1990) was an American actress and singer.


"Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck -but most of all, endurance."

James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – November 30, 1987) was an American novelist, writer, playwright, poet, essayist and civil rights activist.


"The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in this business. You've got to keep on working that talent. Someday I'll reach for it and it won't be there."

Irving (-)