Talent is something, but tact is everything.
Talent is serious, sober, grave, and respectable: tact is all that, and more too.
It is not a sixth sense, but it is the life of all the five.
It is the open eye, the quick ear, the judging taste, the keen smell, and the lively touch;
it is the interpreter of all riddles, the surmounter of all difficulties, the remover of all obstacles.
It is useful in all places, and at all times; it is useful in solitude, for it shows a man into the world;
it is useful in society, for it shows him his way through the world.
Talent is power, tact is skill;
talent is weight, tact is momentum; talent knows what to do, tact knows how to do it;
talent makes a man respectable, tact will make him respected;
talent is wealth, tact is ready money.
For all the practical purposes, tact carries it against talent ten to one.
Take them to the theater, and put them against each other on the stage,
and talent shall produce you a tragedy that shall scarcely live long enough to be condemned,
while tact keeps the house in a roar, night after night, with its successful farces.