Quotes about Talent

"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 have used everything you gave me"."

Erma Louise Bombeck, born Erma Fiste (February 21, 1927 – April 22, 1996) was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life humorously from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s.


"We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents."

Eric Hoffer (July 25, 1902 – May 21, 1983) was an American social writer and philosopher. He produced ten books and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983 by President of the United States Ronald Reagan.


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


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

Henry van Dyke (born on November 10, 1852 ) He served as a professor of English literature. By appointment of President Wilson he became Minister to the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 1913.


"If you can't excell with talent, triumph with effort."

Dave Weinbaum (-)


"Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character"

John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was an American basketball player and coach. Nicknamed the "Wizard of Westwood", he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period — seven in a row — as head coach at UCLA, an unprecedented feat.


"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 (May 12, 1918 – November 22, 2001) was an American businesswoman and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc.


"Talent works, genius creates."

Robert A. Schumann (1810-1856) German Romantic composer.


"Put your talent into your work, but your genius into your life."

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and prominent aesthete. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his many epigrams, his plays which are still revived, and the tragedy of his imprisonment and early death.


"The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius."

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (August 29, 1809 – October 7, 1894) was an American physician, professor, lecturer, and author. Regarded by his peers as one of the best writers of the 19th century.