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People often remark that I'm pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the
chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you've got to have talent and know
how to use it.
Frank Sinatra

A celebrity is someone who works hard all his life to become recognized for his talent and
then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.
Farrah Gray

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

Don't show off every day, or you'll stop surprising people. There must always be some novelty
left over. The person who displays a little more of it each day keeps up expectations, and no
one ever discovers the limits of his talent.
Baltasar Gracian

In a free government the demand for moral qualities should be made superior to that of
talents.
Andrew Jackson

I don't really live on compliments. As a matter of fact, they have a way of distracting me. I
know a whole lot of musicians, artists out there who hears the compliments and thinks "wow,
I must have been really great" and so they get fat and satisfied and they get lost and forget
about their actual talent and start living in another world.
Jimi Hendrix

Talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it.
Maya Angelou

Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a
writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them
relate to other characters living with him.
Mel Brooks

Milton Berle is an inspiration to every young person that wants to get into show business.
Hard work, perseverance, and discipline: all the things you need... when you have no talent.
Dean Martin

Talent is a long patience, and originality an effort of will and intense observation.
Gustave Flaubert

What a fool I was to come to Hollywood where they only understand platinum blondes and
where legs are more important than talent.
Bette Davis

With self-discipline, the average person can rise as far and as fast as his talents and
intelligence can take
him. But without self-discipline, a person with every blessing of
background, education, and opportunity will
selfom rise above mediocrity.
Brian Tracy

Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade?
Benjamin Franklin

Opportunity is attracted by talent and ability. You don't present "need" to opportunity. It's like
asking the soil for an advance.
Jim Rohn

It is a talent by itself to pay compliments gracefully and have them ring true. It's an art in
itself.
Mark Twain

You look like a talent scout for a cemetery.
Henry Youngman

I call tennis "the lazy man's game" now. Guys rely on giant serves and huge groundstrokes,
but little thought, strategy, or passion goes into it - or so it seems. That's largely why no
one truly dominates the sport now. There's loads of talent out there - just look at players
such as Lleyton Hewitt, Gustavo Kuerten, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, and Marat Safin. But does
anybody have the fire of Connors, the dedication of Lendl, or the physical presence of Borg?
Not that I'm aware of, at least not yet.
John McEnroe, 2002

Concealed talents benefit no one.
Chinese proverb

Psychoanalysis. Almost went three times - almost. Then I decided what was peculiar about
me was probably what made me successful. I've seen some very talented actors go into
analysis and really lose it.
Bette Davis

Each of us hopes to put our talents and knowledge to use for benefits beyond paying the bills.
Nick Vujicic

Everyone has insecurities. When you show yourself in the world and display your talents, you
naturally stir up all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity. This is
to be expected. You cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others. With
those above you, however, you must take a different approach: When it comes to power,
outshining the master is perhaps the worst mistake of all.
Robert Greene

All talents are not alike.
African proverb

I've never really viewed myself as particularly talented, where I excel is ridiculous, sickening
work ethic. While the other guy is sleeping, I'm working. While the other guy is eating, I'm
working.
Will Smith

I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever
been gathered at the White House - with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson
dined alone.
John F. Kennedy

I would like it if people would think that beyond Newman, there's a spirit that takes action, a
heart, and a talent that doesn't come from my blue eyes.
Paul Newman

The biggest thing separating people from their artistic ambitions is not a lack of talent. It's the
lack of a deadline.
Chris Baty

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