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  • Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it.
    • Maya Angelou (b. 1928), American author and performer. Black Women Writers at Work, Ch. 1, by Claudia Tate (1983)

  • Genius … means the transcendent capacity of taking trouble.
    • Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881). Life of Frederick the Great, Book iv. Chap. iii.

  • Entertainment is in my genes – as I like to say.
    • Jack Dee, English stand-up comedian. From his interview on, The One Show, BBC 1 television, 29th October 2009

  • Es bildet ein Talent sich in der Stille,
    Sich ein Charakter in dem Strom der Welt.

    Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.

  • "...but talent is a dreadfully cheap commodity, cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work and study; a constant process of honing. Talent is a dull knife that will cut nothing unless it is wielded with great force..."

  • Talent is that which is in a man’s power; genius is that in whose power a man is.

  • "It is a very rare thing for a man of talent to succeed by his talent."
    • Joseph Roux, Meditations of a Parish Priest (1886)


  • "Genius does what it must, and talent does what it can." ~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Earl of Lytton, last words (attributed)

  • "I've stretched a talent which is so thin it's almost transparent." ~ Bing Crosby

  • "You can lock the door on talent but time will find the key." ~ Leonid S. Sukhorukov

  • “Talent is what you possess; genius is what possess you.” ~ Malcolm Cowley

  • “Talent — that's God's finger on the shoulder!” ~ Swami Raj

  • “In the battle for existence, Talent is the punch; Tact is the clever footwork.” ~ Wilson Mizner

  • "The thing is to be able to outlast the trends." ~ Paul Anka, Canadian singer and actor.

  • "It may be that those who do most, dream most." ~ Stephen Leakock (1869-1944), British-Canadian economist.

  • "Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to dark place where it leads." ~ Erica Jong