The Progressive Farmer is featuring photos this year from its vast archives. This photo was taken in 1957, Image by John McKinney

Sometimes I think if I had the same body and the same natural ability and someone else’s brain, who knows how good a player I might have been.
Mickey Mantle

If the power to do hard work is not talent, it is the best possible substitute for it.

James A. Garfield

Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

John Wooden

Hide not your talents, they for use were made, What’s a sundial in the shade?

Benjamin Franklin

Sometimes we fight who we are, struggling against ourselves and our natures. But we must learn to accept who we are and appreciate who we become. We must love ourselves for what and who we are, and believe in our talents.

Harley King

And every wise hearted among you shall come, and make all that the Lord hath commanded.

Exodus 35:10 (KJV)

But talent--if you don’t encourage it, if you don’t train it, it dies. It might run wild for a little while, but it will never mean anything. Like a wild horse. If you don’t tame it and teach it to run on track, to pace itself and bear a rider, it doesn’t matter how fast it is. It’s useless.

Elizabeth Hand

We have neglected the truth that a good farmer is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist.

Wendell Berry

There are two kinds of talent; 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 Bailey

Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner that works and brings it out.

Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington

To be successful, the first thing to do is to fall in love with your work.

Sister Mary Lauretta

Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them.

Russell H. Conwell

I would like to be remembered as someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.

J.K. Rowling

Some people today are wandering generalities instead of meaningful specifics because they have failed to discover and mine the wealth of potentials in them.

Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

Each man has to seek out his own special aptitude for a higher life in the midst of the humble and inevitable reality of daily existence. Than this, there can be no nobler aim in life.

Maurice Maeterlinck

Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.

Leo Buscaglia

And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

1 Corinthians 12:5–6 (KJV)

Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.

John C. Maxwell

Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.

Roy T. Bennett

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

Albert Einstein


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