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Remember the parable of talentsthe story of the three servants who had received talents five two and one respectively? When their master returned they all gave account of their stewardship. The first two had doubled their capital. Each of them said so in sixteen words and their work was pronounced Well done good and faithful servant. The third servant had accomplished absolutely nothing but his report took forty-three words three times as long as each of the other two reports. Don't be like servant number three. Make good! Don't explain your failure! Do the thing you are expected to do! Then you won't have to explain why you didnt couldn't wouldn't or shouldn't. Efficiency! That is the soul-satisfying joy of making good. Doing your work just a little better than anyone else gives you the margin of success. Making good required no explanation. Failure required forty-three words.
Jean Jacques Rousseau Category: Talent
A man possessed of splendid talents which he often abused and of a sound judgment the admonitions of which he often neglected; a man who succeeded only in an inferior department of his art but who in that department succeeded pre-eminently.
Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay Category: Talent
Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.
Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas Category: Talent
There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all the virtues are of no avail.
Aldous Huxley Category: Talent
Talent is nurtured in solitude; character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Category: Talent
There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.
Richard David Bach Category: Talent
Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you.
Malcolm Cowley Category: Talent
Talent for talents sake is a bauble and a show. Talent working with joy in the cause of universal truth lifts the possessor to new power as a benefactor.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Category: Talent
All of us do not have equal talent but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Category: Talent
They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability or to misfortune rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor.
Eric Hoffer Category: Talent
There are two kinds of talents man-made talent and God-given talent. With man-made talent you have to work very hard. With God-given talent you just touch it up once in a while.
Pearl Mae Bailey Category: Talent
You take people as far as they will go not as far as you would like them to go.
Jeannette Rankin Category: Talent
Tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.
Shirley Chisholm Category: Talent
There is no substitute for the home. Its foundation is as ancient as the world and its mission has been ordained of God from the earliest times. There can be no genuine happiness separate and apart from the home and every effort made to sanctify and preserve its influence is uplifting to those who toil and sacrifice for its establishment. There is no happiness without service and there is no greater service than that which converts the home into a divine institution which promotes and preserves family life.
Joseph F. Smith Category: Talent
Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off.
Carl Gustav Jung Category: Talent
We cant achieve excellence through talent alone. Or merely by making technological improvements. We cant even buy our way to excellence no matter how much money we have available to spend. More dollars will never do it. We have to develop a strong corporate conscience. Ethical muscle. And that doesnt happen by accident either.
Price Pritchett Category: Talent
In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society it is a good thing if you possess great talent to give early in your youth a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love. After that be a snob.
Salvador Dali Category: Talent
If the power to do hard work is not talent it is the best substitute for it.
James Abram Garfield Category: Talent
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to the dark place where it leads.
Erica Jong Category: Talent
If there is anything that a man can do well I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
Abraham Lincoln Category: Talent