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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Talent
 
  Magni est ingenii revocare mentem a sensibus, et cogitationem a consuetudine abducere.
  It is a proof of great talents to recall the mind from the senses, and to separate thought from habit.
        Cicero—Tusculanarum Disputationum. I. 16.
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Occultæ musices nullus respectus.
  Concealed talent brings no reputation.
        Erasmus—Adagia. Suetonius—Nero. 20.
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Ne forçons point notre talent;
Nous ne ferions rien avec grâce:
Jamais un lourdaud, quoi qu’il fasse,
Ne saurait passer pour galant.
  Let us not overstrain our talents, lest we do nothing gracefully: a clown, whatever he may do, will never pass for a gentleman.
        La Fontaine—Fables. IV. 5.
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  Talent is that which is in a man’s power! Genius is that in whose power a man is.
        Lowell—Among my Books. Rousseau and the Sentimentalists.
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