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Talent is a gift that can be given, and it can be taken away.
by Sidney Sheldon

Talent is a gift that can be given, and it can be taken away.
We have to appreciate that.
- Sidney Sheldon

The only one who can make you give up is yourself.
- Sidney Sheldon

Don't give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there
who will try to discourage you.
Don't listen to them.
The only one who can make you give up is yourself.
- Sidney Sheldon

What I do is put my characters into situations that
are so precarious there is no way to get out.
And then I figure how to get them out.
- Sidney Sheldon

 

The thing that made Groucho special was the way he used his body parts.
He also had a wicked tongue.
People didn't realize it, but when Groucho said something,
he meant it.
- Sidney Sheldon

Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived.
- Sidney Sheldon

I worked in Hollywood as a reader and a would-be writer
for about 6 years before I sold my first story.
- Sidney Sheldon

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There's this sense of excitement because you invent
and control the characters.
You decide whether they live or die.
I find this type of creative process tremendously stimulating.
- Sidney Sheldon

I go to great lengths to make certain situations feel right to the reader.
- Sidney Sheldon

I try to give both my heroes and villains an emotional
dimensionality which provides the motivation for their actions.
- Sidney Sheldon

I love the freedom that the narrative form provides.
- Sidney Sheldon

When people tell me I've kept them up all night,
I feel like I've succeeded.
- Sidney Sheldon

In a novel, on the other hand, you not only have to describe the rooms,
but the clothes, the characters and what they are thinking.
It's a much more in-depth process.
- Sidney Sheldon

When you write a movie, you have a hundred collaborators.
But when you write a novel, it's yours.
- Sidney Sheldon

The part of my writing I find the most rewarding is
when people write to me or speak to me in public to
tell me how his or her life has been changed by my books.
- Sidney Sheldon

I admire people who are, by nature, kind and fair to others.
- Sidney Sheldon

Writing novels is the most exciting.
- Sidney Sheldon

I will not write about anyplace in the world unless
I've been there to personally research it.
- Sidney Sheldon

My heroes are those who risk their lives every day
to protect our world and make it a better place -
police,
firefighters and members of our armed forces.
- Sidney Sheldon

The fact that my female characters have strong personalities
but are also physically attractive probably reflects
the women I've known in my life.
- Sidney Sheldon

Women's value has been under-recognized for far too long.
- Sidney Sheldon

If there is any secret to my success,
I think it's that my characters are very real to me.
I feel everything they feel, and therefore I think
my readers care about them.
- Sidney Sheldon

I think people throughout the world identify with my characters.
- Sidney Sheldon

Stories had always been told about male genies coming out of bottles,
but they were usually fat, old men.
Never had the genie been a gorgeous woman,
so that idea really appealed to me, and I created the
series based on that premise.
- Sidney Sheldon

I think that's because believable action is based on authenticity,
and accuracy is very important to me.
I always spend time researching my novels,
exploring the customs and attitudes of the county I'm using for their setting.
- Sidney Sheldon

Another woman approached me while I was having lunch
at the Russian Tea Room in New York and told me that
the reason she had become a lawyer was because she
had read 'Rage of Angels'.
To me, that kind of feedback has more meaning than any sales figures.
- Sidney Sheldon

I always spend time exploring the customs and attitudes
of the countries I'm using for locations,
and interviewing the people who live there.
I've visited over 90 countries thus far.
- Sidney Sheldon

Abraham Lincoln because he was a man filled with great
compassion who believed that all men are created free and equal,
and was not afraid to stand on that platform.
The way Lincoln lived his life has served me well in mine.
- Sidney Sheldon

Usually, when people get to the end of a chapter,
they close the book and go to sleep.
I deliberately write a book so when the reader gets
to the end of the chapter,
he or she must turn one more page.
- Sidney Sheldon

The Dalai Lama.
He is a very wise man of great inner peace who believes
that happiness is the purpose of our lives.
Through his teachings and leadership,
he continues to make this world a better place in which to live.
- Sidney Sheldon

I wanted to make sure that the man who found the genie
would not take terrible advantage of her,
so he needed to be a person of integrity and honor -
which is why I made the male lead an astronaut.
The rest, as they say, is history.
- Sidney Sheldon

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

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

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

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me
than my 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the
talent that rubs against it.
- William Bernbach

Concealed talent brings no reputation.
- Desiderius Erasmus

It's called talent.
I just have it.
I can't explain it.
You either have it or you don't.
- Barry Bonds

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

Everyone has talent.
What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to
the dark place where it leads.
- Erica Jong

When you sit down and focus on the matches and series
that took place during the 12 month period it strikes
you just how broad the talent pool is in international cricket is today.
- Sunil Gavaskar

I began as a boy with artistic talent...
as a visual artist...
I thought that was what I'd become and in my late teens
drifted into reading serious literature.
- Russell Banks

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

I have been aware, from the age of 6,
that I had talent.
- Dennis Potter

Our team has a lot of talent.
I hope that soon we will break out with four or five
goals and avoid overtime.
- Peter Bondra

Talent alone won't make you a success.
Neither will being in the right place at the right time,
unless you are ready.
The most important question is: "Are your ready?"
- Johnny Carson

I think people of lesser talent will become stars.
- Howard Stern

There are people who possess not so much genius as
a certain talent for perceiving the desires of the century,
or even of the decade, before it has done so itself.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

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

If I don't die in a plane crash or something,
this country has a rare opportunity to watch a great talent grow.
- Eddie Murphy

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

The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms.
Very often it does not know what to do with genius.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Here was a man with loads of talent,
loads of ability,
lots of love to give; but that had been stifled and aborted.
I became very fond of that character.
- Michael Zaslow

Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you.
- Malcolm Cowley

I only really cast people who are desperate to be in it -
who were dying to be in it,
whose talent I believed in and were dead ready to do
the work that was necessary.
- Kenneth Branagh

I have a definite talent for convincing people to try something new.
I am a good salesman.
When I'm on form, I can sell anything.
- Brian Eno

Talent is being able to please people.
- Marty Robbins

There is no substitute for talent.
Industry and all its virtues are of no avail.
- Aldous Huxley

I also had a brother who was like me a musician and a composer.
A man of great talent, far more gifted than I. He died very young...
he killed himself in the prime of his life.
- Gustav Mahler

I think some aspects of writing can be taught.
Obviously, you can't teach vision or talent.
But you can help with comfort.
- Toni Morrison

Real talent will get through whatever the obstacles.
- Kim Wilde


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