„…because talent isn't genius, and no amount of energy can make it so. I want to be great, or nothing.“

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„You can do something with talent, but nothing with genius....“

—  Margot Asquith Anglo-Scottish socialite, author and wit 1864 - 1945
Quoted in Jack Fishman's My Darling Clementine, the biography of Winston Churchill's wife. (p. 131).

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„Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.“

—  Calvin Coolidge American politician, 30th president of the United States (in office from 1923 to 1929) 1872 - 1933
Quote from a program at a Coolidge memorial service (1933); cited in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (1999). The passage did not originate with Coolidge, but evolved over several decades, appearing as early as 1881 in a youth guidance book. From

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„Talent does what it can: Genius does what it must.“

—  Edward Bulwer-Lytton English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician 1803 - 1873

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„It seems to me that people of talent and of genius serve better than average examples for making us understand the laws of character, because they present more extreme traits.“

—  Alfred Binet French psychologist and inventor of the first usable intelligence test 1857 - 1911
Alfred Binet (1903). "La creation litteraire. Portrait psychologique de M. Paul Hervieu", L’Anne´e psychologique (10), p. 3; As cited in: Carson (1999, 361-2)

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„Nothing great is done without great men, and they are great because they wanted it.“

—  Charles de Gaulle eighteenth President of the French Republic 1890 - 1970
On ne fait rien de grand sans de grands hommes, et ceux-ci le sont pour l'avoir voulu. in Vers l’armée de métier.

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„Genius does what it must, talent does what it can.“

—  Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton English statesman and poet 1831 - 1891
Last Words, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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„The talent works, the genius creates.“

—  Robert Schumann German composer, aesthete and influential music critic 1810 - 1856
Attributed to Schumann in: The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 112, 1913, p. 811

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„Genius is nothing else than a great aptitude for patience.“

—  Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon French natural historian 1707 - 1788
Narrated by Herault de Séchelles ( La visite à Buffon, ou Voyage à Montbard http://www.atramenta.net/lire/voyage-a-montbard/3508, 1790), when speaking of a talk with Buffon in 1785. (Not in Buffon's works.) Reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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„Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.“

—  Arthur Schopenhauer German philosopher 1788 - 1860
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 sehn vermögen... Vol. II, Ch. III, para. 31 (On Genius), 1844 As cited in The Little Book of Bathroom Philosophy: Daily Wisdom from the Greatest Thinkers‎ (2004) by Gregory Bergman, p. 137

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„Genius is fostered by energy.“

—  Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 p. n. e.
Suggested to be from Pro Caelio (ch. xix, sec. 45: "...in that branch of study you saw not only his genius shine forth, which frequently, even when it is not nourished by industry, still produces great effects by its own natural vigour...")