talent

A Quote by Tom Stoppard on irony, justice, talent, and tragedy

Between "just desserts" and "tragic irony" we are given quite a lot of scope for our particular talent. Generally speaking, things have gone about as far as they can possibly go when things have got about as bad as they reasonably get.

Tom Stoppard (1937 -)

Source: Player in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

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A Quote by Thucydides on achievement, authority, constitution, control, democracy, excellence, funerals, justice, laws, life, obedience, oppression, play, privacy, reason, security, shame, spirit, and talent

Our constitution is named a democracy, because it is in the hands not of the few but of the many. But our laws secure equal justice for all in their private disputes, and our public opinion welcomes and honors talent in every branch of achievement, not for any sectional reason but on grounds of excellence alone. And as we give free play to all in our public life, so we carry the same spirit into our daily relations with one another. . . . Open and friendly in our private intercourse, in our public acts we keep strictly within the control of law. We acknowledge the restraint of reverence; we are obedient to whomsoever is set in authority, and to the laws, more sepecially to those which offer protection to the oppressed and those unwritten ordinances whose transgression brings admitted shame. lb. II, Funeral Oration of Pericles, 37

Thucydides (c.460 - 400 BC)

Source: The History of the Peloponnesian War, 431—413 BC., bk. II, Funeral Oration of Pericles, 37

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on business, country, depression, genius, history, justice, people, prosperity, and talent

It is my personal opinion that we are going to recover from this depression and establish on a sounder and better basis, and we are going to reach greater heights of prosperity than ever before in this country. Now, that is just my personal opinion, but it is based on history, because that is what has happened following every depression. As we read the history of the various depressions we find that the people all felt about them just as we do about this one. One of the reasons we go ahead rapidly after coming out of a depression is that inventive genius and business talents have been put to a test, and they have always devised new and better ways to do things.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: Thomas J. Watson in Men–Minutes–Money, a Collection of Excerpts from Talks . . .

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on nature, society, and talent

I hold it to be one of the distinguishing excellences of elective over hereditary successions that the talents which nature has provided in sufficient proportion, should be selected by the society for the govenment of their affairs, rather than that this should be be transmitted through the loins of knaves and fools passing from the debauches of the table to those of the bed.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Thomas Jefferson on talent and words

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

Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on anger, country, growth, laws, lawyers, learning, lies, spirit, and talent

The great lawyer who employs his talent and his learning in the highly emunerative task of enabling a very wealthy client to override or circumvent the law is doing all that in him lies to encourage the growth in the country of a spirit of dumb anger against all laws and of disbelief in their efficacy.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

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A Quote by Sydney Smith on nature, success, and talent

Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your own line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed; be anything else and you will be ten thousand times worse than nothing.

Sydney Smith (1771 - 1845)

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on perseverance and talent

Perseverance is the most overrated of traits, if it is unaccompanied by talent; beating your head against a wall is more likely to produce a concussion in the head than a hole in the wall.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

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A Quote by Stephen King on individuality, success, talent, and work

Talent in cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.

Stephen King (1947 -)

Source: Independent on Sunday, March 10, 1996.

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A Quote by Sparky Anderson on talent

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Talent is one thing. Being able to go from spring to October is another.

Sparky Anderson

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