"It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf"
- H. L. Mencken
About this Quote
H. L. Mencken, in this quote, suggests that talent specifies and particular, and that individuals might master one location, while being completely inept in another. He describes 2 icons of literature and music, Goethe and Beethoven, and suggests that they would not be proficient at billiards or golf, 2 activities that require physical skill, hand-eye coordination, and practice, but do not necessarily need high intellect or innovative genius. Mencken's declaration highlights the importance of concentrating on one's strengths instead of trying to be proficient at everything, and shows that competence and proficiency frequently come from extreme dedication and passion for a specific field.
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