Talent Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old talent quotes, talent sayings, and talent proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

No one respects a talent that is concealed.     

Desiderius Erasmus

Talents, to strike the eye of posterity, should be concentrated: rays powerless while they are scattered, burn in a point.     

Robert Eldridge Aris Willmott

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.     

Stephen King

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

Charles Cooley

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.     

John Wooden

Every man has his own vocation, talent is the call.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.     

John Wooden

Talent isn't genius, and no amount of energy can make it so. I want to be great, or nothing. I won't be a commonplace dauber, so I don't intend to try any more.     

Louisa May Alcott

Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.     

Brenda Ueland

Talent is a matter of quantity. Talent does not write on page, it writes three hundred.     

Jules Renard

Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.     

Lou Holtz

Everyone has talent. What's rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.     

Erica Jong

Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.     

Edgar Degas

Talent without working hard is nothing.     

Cristiano Ronaldo

However you make your living is where your talent lies.     

Ernest Hemingway

If you ever find that you're the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room.     

Austin Kleon

Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.     

Maya Angelou

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent.     

Marlon Brando

Talent is a dull knife that will cut nothing unless it is wielded with great force.     

Stephen King

Talent for talent's 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

We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.     

Marie Curie

It takes little talent to see clearly what lies under one's nose, a good deal of it to know in which direction to point that organ.     

W. H. Auden

This is how I define talent; it is a gift that God has given us in secret, which we reveal without knowing it.     


Talent is a tenant in the house owned by genius.     

Austin O'Malley

Talent is never static. It's always growing or dying.     

Stephen King

There are two kinds of talent, man-made talent and God-given talent. With man-made talent you have to work very hard. With God-given talent, you just touch it up once in a while.     

Pearl Bailey

Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.     

Leo Buscaglia

The idea that talent is directly proportional to your trophy cabinet is one I oppose.     

Alex Turner

Talent is nothing but a prolonged period of attention and a shortened period of mental assimilation.     

Constantin Stanislavski