— Emil Zátopek Czech Olympic long-distance runner 1922 - 2000
Attributed by Mike Rowbottom, "Olympic legend Zatopek dies aged 78", The Independent, 23 November 2000 (Independent Print Limited) http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/olympic-legend-zatopek-dies-aged-78-624343.html
— Newton Lee American computer scientist
Vincennes University (December 2019)
„I think we judge talent wrong. What do we see as talent? I think I have made the same mistake myself. We judge talent by people’s ability to strike a cricket ball. The sweetness, the timing. That’s the only thing we see as talent. Things like determination, courage, discipline, temperament, these are also talent.“
— Rahul Dravid Indian cricketer 1973
„No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can't produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.“
— Warren Buffett American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist 1930
„Time is a jewel more worth than a world. Time is not yours to dispose of as you please; it is a glorious talent that men must be accountable for as well as any other talent.“
— Thomas Brooks English Puritan 1608 - 1680
The Hypocrite Detected, Anatomized
„For a writer, talent is everything. Lots of people make a career out of writing, producing many works and knowing exactly what it takes to become a great writer. But they never break into the big time, because they lack one thing: talent, or a sufficient amount of it.“
— Mo Yan, livro The Republic of Wine
Fonte: The Republic of Wine (1992), Chapter Four, Section 3
„Oh, I would be honoured to even be compared to Roger. He has such an unbelievable talent, and is capable of anything. Roger could be the greatest tennis player of all time.“
— Roger Federer Swiss tennis player 1981
Rod Laver, winner of 11 Grand Slams, considered by some the greatest player to ever play the game of tennis. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/core/Content/displayPrintable.jhtml?xml=/sport/2004/11/12/stfedr12.xml
„That was the first time she was given the opportunity to use what I think is still an underrated talent.“
— Halle Berry American actress 1966
James Foley, on Berry's performance in Monster's Ball — reported in Steven Rea (April 28, 2007) "The days are sweet for Berry", The Courier Mail, p. M04.
„I was lucky enough to be born in a time and place where society values my talent, and gave me a good education to develop that talent, and set up the laws and the financial system to let me do what I love doing — and make a lot of money doing it. The least I can do is help pay for all that.“
— Warren Buffett American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist 1930
To Barack Obama, as quoted in The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (2006), Ch. 5
Contexto: I happen to have a talent for allocating capital. But my ability to use that talent is completely dependent on the society I was born into. If I’d been born into a tribe of hunters, this talent of mine would be pretty worthless. I can’t run very fast. I’m not particularly strong. I’d probably end up as some wild animal’s dinner.
But I was lucky enough to be born in a time and place where society values my talent, and gave me a good education to develop that talent, and set up the laws and the financial system to let me do what I love doing — and make a lot of money doing it. The least I can do is help pay for all that.
„Every organization has two choices. Choice one is to grow. Choice two is to die. If you decide not to grow, it's a clear-cut message to talented people that it's time to leave.“
— Kenneth Griffin American hedge fund manager 1968
Institutional Investor Magazine (September 2001) http://web.archive.org/20060329190803/ddo.typepad.com/ddo/files/Citadel_2001.pdf
„You can’t even trade a single fart with the next guy. Each and every one of us has to live out his own life. Don’t waste time thinking about who’s most talented.“
— Kodo Sawaki Japanese zen Buddhist monk 1880 - 1965
Zen ni kike (To you) (Tokyo: Daihorinkaku, 1987)
„It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.“
— Robert Benchley American comedian 1889 - 1945
Quoted in Robert Benchley (1955) by Nathaniel Benchley, ch. 1
„Our legislators have not yet learned the comparative value of free-trade and of freedom, of union, and of rectitude, to a nation. They have no genius or talent for comparatively humble questions of taxation and finance, commerce and manufacturers and agriculture. “
— Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862
„At the same time that I think discretion the most useful talent a man can be master of, I look upon cunning to be the accomplishment of little, mean, ungenerous minds.“
— Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
The Tatler (1711–1714)
Contexto: At the same time that I think discretion the most useful talent a man can be master of, I look upon cunning to be the accomplishment of little, mean, ungenerous minds. Discretion points out the noblest ends to us, and pursues the most proper and laudable methods of attaining them: cunning has only private selfish aims, and sticks at nothing which may make them succeed. Discretion has large and extended views, and, like a well-formed eye, commands a whole horizon: cunning is a kind of short-sightedness, that discovers the minutest objects which are near at hand, but is not able to discern things at a distance. Discretion the more it is discovered, gives a greater authority to the person who possesses it: cunning, when it is once detected, loses its force, and makes a man incapable of bringing about even those events which he might have done had he passed only for a plain man. Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life: cunning is a kind of instinct, that only looks out after our immediate interest and welfare. Discretion is only found in men of strong sense and good understandings, cunning is often to be met with in brutes themselves, and in persons who are but the fewest removes from them.
„Who in the same given time can produce more than others has vigor; who can produce more and better, has talents; who can produce what none else can, has genius.“
— Johann Kaspar Lavater Swiss poet 1741 - 1801
Aphorisms on Man (c. 1788)
— Stanley Baldwin Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1867 - 1947
Speech in Worcester (7 November 1923), quoted in On England, and Other Addresses (1926), p. 19.
Contexto: I am just one of yourselves, who has been called to special work for the country at this time. I never sought the office. I never planned out or schemed my life. I have but one idea, which was an idea that I inherited, and it was the idea of service — service to the people of this country. My father lived in the belief all his life … It is a tradition; it is in our bones; and we have to do it. That service seemed to lead one by way of business and the county council into Parliament, and it has led one through various strange paths to where one is; but the ideal remains the same, because all my life I believed from my heart the words of Browning, "All service ranks the same with God". It makes very little difference whether a man is driving a tramcar or sweeping streets or being Prime Minister, if he only brings to that service everything that is in him and performs it for the sake of mankind.
„We hated Bauhaus. It was a bad time in architecture. They just didn’t have any talent. All they had were rules. Even for knives and forks they created rules. Picasso would never have accepted rules. The house is like a machine? No! The mechanical is ugly. The rule is the worst thing. You just want to break it.“
— Oscar Niemeyer Brazilian architect 1907 - 2012
Quoted in "Why Oscar Niemeyer is king of curves," Tom Dyckhoff, The Times Online (London, 2007-12-12).
„If I've got a talent, it's for picking the right song at the right time for the right audience. And I can always seem to get people to sing with me.“
— Pete Seeger American folk singer 1919 - 2014
"A Minstrel with a Mission", Life magazine, 1964.
„So it’s all about trying to find the best fit between your talents and what the world can offer at that point in time.“
— Alain de Botton Swiss writer 1969
As quoted in "The Art of Connection – A Conversation with Alain de Botton" by Kim Nagy in Wild River Review (19 November 2007).
Contexto: I think where people tend to end up results from a combination of encouragement, accident, and lucky break, etc. etc. Like many others, my career happened like it did because certain doors opened and certain doors closed. You know, at a certain point I thought it would be great to make film documentaries. Well, in fact, I found that to be incredibly hard and very expensive to do and I didn’t really have the courage to keep battling away at that. In another age, I might have been an academic in a university, if the university system had been different. So it’s all about trying to find the best fit between your talents and what the world can offer at that point in time.