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Robert BenchleyIt 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.

—  Robert Benchley, 1889-1945, American columnist

Oscar LevantI am no more humble than my talents require.

—  Oscar Levant, 1906-1972, American pianist

Arthur SchopenhauerOrdinary people merely think how they shall “spend” their time; a man of talent tries to “use” it.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Joseph RouxIt is a very rare thing for a man of talent to succeed by his talent.

—  Joseph Roux, 1834-1905, French clergyman & poet

Pablo PicassoThe meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Wolfgang GoetheA talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world's torrent.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerTalent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Woody AllenIf you're born with a gift, to behave like it's an achievement is not right.

—  Woody Allen, 1935-, American actor & film director

Oscar WildeI put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Eric HofferWe 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, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

Jean AnouilhTalent is like a faucet, while it is open, one must write.

—  Jean Anouilh, 1910-1987, French playwright

Jules RenardLiterature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none.

—  Jules Renard, 1864-1910, French writer

Jules RenardTalent is a matter of quantity. Talent does not write one page, it writes three hundred.

—  Jules Renard, 1864-1910, French writer

Frank TygerOne of the greatest talents of all is the talent to recognize and to develop talent in others.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Karl JungIf you are a gifted person, it doesn’t mean that you gained something. It means you have something to give back.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Thomas JeffersonThe most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

Arthur ClarkeSince women are better at producing babies, presumably Nature has given men some talent to compensate. But for the moment I can't think of it.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

John WoodenTalent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

Charles Caleb ColtonInstead of exhibiting talent in the hope that the world would forgive their eccentricities, they have exhibited only their eccentricities, in the hope that the world would give them credit for talent.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Funny Quotes

Henry YoungmanYou look like a talent scout for a cemetery.

—  Henry Youngman, 1906-1998, American comedian

Fred AllenEd Sullivan will be around as long as someone else has talent.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian


French proverbEverybody to whom much is given, much is expected.

—  French proverb


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