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Are we born with talent or do we eschew the averaging effects of socialisation and hang onto that which we all are given. Probably a bit of both. Inborn talent is a proven thing, as is the effects of education. The key, then, is to know your own talent and then milk it for all that it’s worth!

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‘To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent.’

Henri-Frédéric Amiel

‘Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.’


‘It takes little talent to see what is under one’s nose, but a good deal of it to know in what direction to point that organ.’
W. H. Auden

‘The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, "Thus far and no farther".’

Ludwig van Beethoven

‘The luck of having talent is not enough; one must also have a talent for luck.’

Hector Berlioz

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

Leo Buscaglia

‘To every man there comes in his lifetime that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to him and fitted to his talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which could be his finest hour.’

Winston Churchill

‘Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.’

Calvin Coolidge

‘Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learnt.’

Edward de Bono

‘I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive.’

Albert Einstein

‘I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.’

Albert Einstein

Imagination is not a talent of some men but is the health of every man.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Every man starts with all there is. Everthing is here–the essence and substance of all there is.’

Henry Ford

‘A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world’s torrent.’

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘If I have any insight at all to contribute it is this: find out what you are really good at and stick to it.’

Stephen Jay Gould

‘Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.’

Erica Jong

‘The most gifted members of the human species are at their creative best when they cannot have their way, and must compensate for what they miss by realizing and cultivating their capacities and talents.’

Eric Hoffer

‘Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.’


‘All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.’

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

‘For if the talent or individuality is there, it should be expressed. If it doesn’t find its way out into the air, it can be turned inward and gnaw like the fox at the Spartan boy’s belly.’

Shirley McLaine

‘What someone is, begins to be revealed when his talent abates, when he stops showing us what he can do.’

Friedrich Nietzsche

‘The most successful scientists are not the most talented. But they are the ones who are impelled by curiosity. They’ve got to know what the answer is’

Arthur Schawlow

‘This is a gift that I have, simple, simple; a foolish extravagant spirit full of forms, figures, shapes, objects, ideas, apprehensions, motions, revolutions; these are begot in the ventricle of memory, nourished in the womb of pia mater, and delivered upon the mellowing of occasion.’

William Shakespeare

‘The trick to creativity, if there is a single, useful thing to say about it, is to identify your own particular talent and then settle down to work with it for a good long time.’

Denise Shekerjian

‘Unused talents gives you no advantage over someone who has no talent at all.’

Mark Twain



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