Concealed talent brings no reputation.
To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius.
It takes little talent to see what lies under one’s nose, a good deal to know in what direction to point that organ.
Whether or not you discover your talents and passions is partly a matter of opportunity. If you’ve never been sailing, or picked up an instrument, or tried to teach or to write fiction, how would you know if you had a talent for these things?
Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire.
If you’re a human being, you can attempt to do what other human beings have done. We don’t understand talent any more than we understand electricity.
With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.