Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Contributed by: Zaady
A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world's torrent.
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whom timidity prevented from making a first effort.
Talent is nurtured in solitude; character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
Energy will do anything that can be done in the world: and no talents, no circumstances, no opportunities will make a two-legged animal a man without it.
Talent is like a faucet; while it is open, you have to write.
Jean Anouilh (1910 - 1987)
Source: The New York Times, 2 October 1960.
Never have I thought that I was the happy possessor of a "talent;" my sole concern has been to save myself by work and faith.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905 - 1980)
Source: The Words (Les Mots), 1964
Talent is that which is in a man's power; genius is that in whose power a man is.
James Lowell (1819 - 1891)
Source: Rousseau and the Sentimentalists.
If the power to do hard work is not talent, it is the best possible substitute for it. Ambition by itself never gets anywhere until it forms a partnership with work.
James Garfield (1831 - 1881)
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