A distinction needs to be made between genius and talent. "Talent is like the marksman who hits a target, which others cannot reach," wrote Schopenhauer, "genius is like the marksman who hits a target, which others cannot see." Mere talent cannot hope to rival genius, but neither can genius dispense with talent. "Talent without genius isn't much," wrote Paul Valery, "but genius without talent is nothing whatsoever." On good days, I am talented. Shakespeare was a genius every day.
- Joseph Epstein