He values my understanding and talents more highly than my heart, but I am proud of the latter only. It is the sole source of everything of our strength, happiness, and misery. All the knowledge I possess every one else can acquire, but my heart is exclusively my own.
To win the big stakes in this changed world, you must catch the spirit of the great pioneers of the past, whose dreams have given to civilization all that it has of value, the spirit which serves as the life-blood of our own country – your opportunity and mine, to develop and market our talents.
To achieve anything you must first have ambition and then talent, knowledge, and finally the opportunity.
Talent is like the marksman who hits a target which others cannot reach; genius is like the marksman who hits a target, as far as which others cannot even see.[Also known as:]Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.[Das Talent gleicht dem Schützen, der ein Ziel trifft, welches die Uebrigen nicht erreichen können; das Genie dem, der eines trifft, bis zu welchem sie nicht ein Mal zu sehen vermögen.]
Talent is a universal gift, but it takes a lot of courage to use it. Don’t be afraid to be the best.
Talent in love, as in every other art, consists in the power of forming a conception combined with the power of carrying it out.
Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have been better.