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[ Also see Ability Capacity Character Efficiency Genius Greatness Intellect Mind ]

A man with great talents, but void of discretion, is like Polyphemus in the fable, strong and blind, endued with an irresistible force, which for want of sight is of no use to him.
      - Joseph Addison

Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.
      - attributed to Aristotle

The greater a man's talents, the more marked his idiosyncracies. Yet in the provinces originality is considered perilously close to lunacy.
      - Honore de Balzac

Talent, like beauty, to be pardoned, must be obscure and unostentatious.
      - Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington

The talents lost--the moments run
  To waste--the sins of act, of thought,
    Ten thousand deeds of folly done,
      And countless virtues cherish'd not.
      - Sir John Bowring

Talent is always queer-tempered.
      - Mary Elizabeth Braddon

As to great and commanding talents, they are the gift of providence in some way unknown to us. They rise where they are least expected. They fail when everything seems disposed to produce them, or at least to call them forth.
      - Edmund Burke

The true eye for talent presupposes the true reverence for it.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.
      - Shirley Chisholm

It is a great proof of talents to be able to recall the mind from the senses, and to separate thought from habit.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

It is a proof of great talents to recall the mind from the senses, and to separate thought from habit.
  [Lat., Magni est ingenii revocare mentem a sensibus, et cogitationem a consuetudine abducere.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusculanarum Disputationum (I, 16)

Gross and vulgar minds will always pay a higher respect to wealth than to talent; for wealth, although it be a far less efficient source of power than talent, happens to be far more intelligible.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Men of great and shining qualities do not always succeed in life, but the fault lies more often in themselves than in others.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

That talent confers an inequality of a much higher order than rank would appear from various views of the subject, and most particularly from this--many a man may justly thank his talent for his rank; but no man has ever yet been able to return the compliment, by thanking his rank for his talent. When Leonardo da Vinci died, his sovereign exclaimed: "I can make a thousand lords, but not one Leonardo."
      - Charles Caleb Colton

It is not always the highest talent that thrives best. Mediocrity, with tact, will outweigh talent oftentimes.
      - Joseph Cook

Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you.
      - Malcolm Cowley

The difference between talent and genius is this: while the former usually develops some special branch of our faculties, the latter commands them all. When the former is combined with tact, it is often more than a match for the latter.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

It is unfortunate that superior talent and superior men are so seldom united.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

It always seemed to me a sort of clever stupidity only to have one sort of talent almost like a carrier-pigeon.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Talent for talents' sake is a bauble and a show. Talent working with joy in the cause of universal truth lifts the possessor to new power as a benefactor.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Concealed talent brings no reputation.
  [Lat., Occultae musices nullus respectus.]
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus, Adagia

Talents are best nurtured in solitude; character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Talent without tact is only half talent.
      - Horace Greeley

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