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.

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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.


Use what talents you possess, the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.

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Use what talents you possess, the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.


The luck of having talent is not enough. One must also have a talent for luck.

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The luck of having talent is not enough. One must also have a talent for luck.


If you have a talent use if in every which way possible. Don’t heard it. Don’t dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.

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If you have a talent use if in every which way possible. Don't heard it. Don't dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.


Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What a sun-dial in the shade.

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Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What a sun-dial in the shade.


Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can.

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Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can.


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

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


An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.

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An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.


A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius.

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A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius.


A man possesses talent, genius possesses the man.

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A man possesses talent, genius possesses the man.