There is something for everyone on Craigslist Mirrors. This one marries a sickening awe of nature to the practicality of a tape measure; the wilderness made wilder through an inverted perspective, but ultimately tamed by we who measure the world in inches!
20th Century Eightball (2002)
Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin
It’s almost unfair that anyone can write this beautifully in their second language.
One of two of the series known as Scenes of Cannibalism.
Lalemant’s last moments are recorded as follows:
"At the height of these torments, Father Gabriel Lallemant lifted his eyes to Heaven, clasping his hands from time to time and uttering sighs to God, whom he invoked to his aid." [He] "had received a hatchet blow on the left ear, which they had driven into his brain, which appeared exposed: we saw no part of his body, from the feet even to the head, which had not been broiled, and in which he had not been burned alive, – even the eyes, into which those impious ones had thrust burning coals." 
The sheep had drowned while trying to cross a small canal in the meadow-swamp ‘Tøndermasken’ in southern Jylland in Denmark. Birds had eaten every part above the surface and everything under was left totally untouched. from the National Geographic Photo Contest 2012.
|—||Ruskin, John, The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of III)|
The ability to put in those hours of work is in itself an innate gift. Hard work is a talent.
My argument has always been that what you learn from using the skills you have—analyzing your strengths and weaknesses—is far more important. If you can program yourself to learn from your experiences by assiduously reviewing what worked and what did not, and why, success in chess can be very valuable indeed. In this way, the game has taught me a great deal about my own decision-making processes that is applicable in other areas, but that effort has little to do with natural gifts.