„One has no talent. I have no talent. It's just a question of working, of being willing to put in the time.“

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„I was not talented enough to run and smile at the same time.“

—  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

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„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

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„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.
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„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.

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„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

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„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

No. 225.
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.

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„I am just one of yourselves, who has been called to special work for the country at this time.“

—  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.
1923
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.

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„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.

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