"He didn't climb to the top of the world because of his sheer talent. He climbed his way up with hard work and courage."
—Ancient Japanese proverb; translated, it means "Flesh is subordinate to the spirit".
"But even a person who is good for nothing and exceedingly clumsy will be a reliable retainer if only he has the determination to think earnestly of his master. Having only wisdom and talent is the lowest tier of usefulness."
—The Hagakure, instructing on the Samurai Code
"I know you're strong, but I need to know that you have something more important. No matter how hard you practice, "someday" and "maybe" aren't good enough. I need to know you have ambitious goals and the will to accomplish them."
—Coach Riko Aida, Kuroko no Basuke