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Neal Stephenson Quotes

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Talent was not rare; the ability to survive having it was.
- Neal Stephenson

It is the fate of operating systems to become free.
- Neal Stephenson

The difference between ignorant and educated people
is that the latter know more facts.
But that has nothing to do with whether they are stupid or intelligent.
- Neal Stephenson

The difference between stupid and intelligent people -
and this is true whether or not they are well-educated -
is that intelligent people can handle subtlety.
- Neal Stephenson

 

Once a person has all the things they need to live,
everything else is entertainment.
- Neal Stephenson

Most countries are static, and they need to do is keep having babies.
But America's like this big old clanking smoking machine
that just lumbers across the landscape scooping up
and eating everything in sight.
- Neal Stephenson

One of the most frightening things about your true nerd,
for may people, is not that he's socially inept -
because everybody's been there -
but rather his complete lack of embarrassment about it.
- Neal Stephenson

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Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

Your talent is God's gift to you.
- Leo Buscaglia

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me
than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

When I examine myself and my methods of thought,
I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy
has meant more to me than
any talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have,
instead of what you don't have.
- Woody Allen

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
- Billy Sunday

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

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.
- Carl Jung

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.
- Calvin Coolidge

For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.
- John W. Gardner

We believe that if men have the talent
to invent new machines that put men out of work,
they have the talent to put those men back to work.
- John F. Kennedy

If you've got a talent, protect it.
- Jim Carrey

When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.
- Erma Bombeck

I have no special talent.
I am only passionately curious.
- Albert Einstein

A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent.
- Cyril Connolly

I don't think playing a villain is my greatest talent.
- Sam Waterston

Tremendous amounts of talent are lost to our society
just because that talent wears a skirt.
- Shirley Chisholm

A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I do not want to die...
until I have faithfully made the most of my talent
and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until
the last small twig has grown.
- Kathe Kollwitz

Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent.
- Marya Mannes

I feel like directing is an innate talent.
- Jordana Brewster

Work while you have the light.
You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.
- Honore de Balzac

Talent hits a target no one else can hit;
Genius hits a target no one else can see.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

If you work harder than somebody else,
chances are you'll beat him though he has more talent than you.
- Bart Starr

It's one thing to have talent.
It's another to figure out how to use it.
- Roger Miller

I'll always be there because I'm a skilled professional actor.
Whether or not I've any talent is beside the point.
- Michael Caine

All fiction becomes autobiographical when the author has true talent.
- Jeanne Moreau

After Proust, there are certain things that simply cannot be done again.
He marks off for you the boundaries of your talent.
- Francoise Sagan

Obviously talent gets you to a certain point,
but it's what you do with it, how you handle.
- Brett Favre

Talent works, genius creates.
- Robert Schumann

Sometimes I wonder why God ever trusts talent in the hands of women,
they usually make such an infernal mess of it.
I think He must do it as a sort of ghastly joke.
- Willa Cather

Theatre is about people, not buildings.
Incalculable damage has been done to the expert talent a company needs -
from wardrobe to lighting technicians.
- Edward Hall

People think I must have been so talented at an early age,
but I don't know - was it talent or hard work? Who knows?
- Monica Seles

Genius is immediate, but talent takes time.
- Janet Flanner

I don't have any focus groups on talent and programming.
If I need five people in a mall to be paid $40 to tell me how to do my job,
I shouldn't do my job.
- Roger Ailes

I started Michael years ago.
I saw him in Gary, Indiana, and we'd have him on the talent shows.
He kind of emulated me, and did the best he could.
- James Brown

My lips are big, but my talent is bigger.
- Fantasia Barrino

Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.
- Emily Dickinson

The main thing to do is relax and let your talent do the work.
- Charles Barkley

The TV business is soul crushing, talent destroying
and human being destroying.
- Olivia De Havilland

The British have a remarkable talent for keeping calm,
even when there is no crisis.
- Franklin P. Jones

Any idiot can get laid when they're famous.
That's easy.
It's getting laid when you're not famous that takes some talent.
- Kevin Bacon

If I have a talent for making some fourth-grader who
hates school and reading to hate it a little less,
then I have to do the most with what I've been issued.
- Brian P. Cleary

Write verse, not poetry.
The public wants verse.
If you have a talent for poetry, then don't by any means mother it,
but try your hand at verse.
- Robert W. Service

The depth of John Candy's talent did surprise me.
He was one of my all-time favorite leading men.
- Maureen O'Hara

I can never do better than Fawlty Towers whatever I do.
Now I very much want to teach young talent some rules of the game.
- John Cleese

Again, talent is the real import of being in the business.
- Bobby Sherman

At fifteen, beauty and talent do not exist;
there can only be promise of the coming woman.
- Honore de Balzac

Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent.
- Marlon Brando

I'd go dance at talent shows, and because I was young
I had the upper hand on a lot of other crews.
People thought it was cute.
I used that to my advantage.
- Jermaine Dupri

It's a prizefight.
Get off the stool, take your beating,
go back to your corner, rest, and take a beating again.
Believe in your own talent.
Marry well.
- Bruce Paltrow

I have no interest in directing.
I've no talent for it.
- Victor Garber

Genius is talent set on fire by courage.
- Henry Van Dyke

I don't consider myself to be a major talent,
so the only solace I can take is to hope I'm growing.
- Paul Simon

God gives talent.
Work transforms talent into genius.
- Anna Pavlova

I simply did not want my face to be my talent.
- Gene Tierney

I think that the most important thing a woman can have -
next to talent,
of course - is her hairdresser.
- Joan Crawford

He's got everything.
He' not a great player yet because he hasn't won any major championships,
but it's a matter of time.
He's an outstanding talent.
I didn't realize how tall he is.
- Nick Price

Why has God given me such magnificent talent? It is
a curse as well as a great blessing.
- Albrecht Durer

The talent that I was blessed with was really for the theater.
- David Hasselhoff

Let the path be open to talent.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

More than a half, maybe as much as two-thirds of my
life as a writer is rewriting.
I wouldn't say I have a talent that's special.
It strikes me that I have an unusual kind of stamina.
- John Irving


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