Who is a genius?
Who in the same given time can produce more than
others has vigor; who can produce more and better has talents; who
can produce what none else can has genius.
Genius: to know without having learned, to draw just
conclusions from unknown premises, to discern the soul of things.
All genius is a conquering of chaos and mystery.
To see things in the seed, that is genius.
The difference between being able to understand
something and inventing it in the first place is called genius.
Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
The genius is he who sees what is not yet and causes
it to come to be.
Genius is the very eye of intellect and the wing of
thought; it is always in advance of its time and is the pioneer for
the generation which it precedes.
First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of
Genius not only diagnoses the situation but supplies
Genius is initiative on fire.
Genius is the capacity to see ten things where the
ordinary man sees one.
Genius and the thought process
Men of lofty genius when they
are doing the least work are most active.
It takes a lot of time to be
a genius—you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing
Man is a genius when he is
Genius has a fresh point of view
One of the strongest
characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.
Genius means little more than
the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.
Every man of genius sees the
world at a different angle from his fellows, and there is his
Genius and talent
Doing easily what others find
difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
Talent is a flame. Genius is
Talent does what it can;
genius does what it must.
Talent hits a target no one
else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
Talent works, genius creates.
Genius and labor
Genius is one percent
inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Nothing in this world can
take the place of persistence. Talent will not—nothing is more
common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will
not—unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
It seems as if an age of
genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavour; riot and
extravagance, by cleanliness and hard work.
Genius is an infinite
capacity for taking pains.
Genius begins great works;
labor alone finishes them.
The man of genius is he and
he alone who finds such joy in his art that he will work at it come
hell or high water.
For thirty-seven years I have
practiced fourteen hours a day, and now they call me a genius.
Genius and enthusiasm
Every production of genius
must be the production of enthusiasm.
The secret of genius is to
carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing
Genius blooms in adversity
Adversity reveals genius,
prosperity conceals it.
Almost all the noblest things
that have been achieved in the world, have been achieved by poor
men—poor scholars, poor professional men, poor artisans and artists,
poor philosophers, poets, and men of genius.
Genius is present in every
age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless
extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it
It is in the gift for
employing all the vicissitudes of life to one's own advantage and to
that of one's craft that a large part of genius consists.
Genius and the educational system
Genius without education is
like silver in the mine.
Learning is the ally, not the
adversary, of genius—he who reads in a proper spirit, can scarcely
read too much.
Genius is the capacity for
productive reaction against one's training.
If we wish to know the force
of human genius, we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the
insignificance of human learning, we may study his commentators.
To sentence a man of true
genius to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a
If my impressions are
correct, our educational planning mill cuts down all the knots of
genius and reduces the best of the men who go through it to much the
Genius and freedom
Freedom is the only law which
Rules and models destroy
genius and art.
If you are a genius, you'll
make your own rules, but if not—and the odds are against it —go to
your desk no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the
Genius defies convention
Towering genius disdains a
beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
Good sense travels on the
well-worn paths; genius, never. And that is why the crowd, not
altogether without reason, is so ready to treat great men as
Genius is inborn
Time, place, and action may
with pains be wrought, but genius must be born and never can be
Nothing is so envied as
genius: nothing so hopeless of attainment by labor alone. Though
labor always accompanies the greatest genius, without the
intellectual gift, labor alone will do little.
Creative genius is a divinely
bestowed gift which is the coronation of the few.
Genius is ahead of time
Genius is never understood in
its own time.
Genius always finds itself a
century too early.
The burning of an author's
books, imprisonment for opinion's sake, has always been the tribute
that an ignorant age pays to the genius of its time.
A book is never a
masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.
Genius lives long
The poets' scrolls will
outlive the monuments of stone. Genius survives; all else is claimed
Many a genius has been slow
of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up
into beauty like a reed.
Genius and weirdness
There was never a genius
without a tincture of madness.
Eccentricity has always
abounded when and where strength of character had abounded; and the
amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional
to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and courage which it
contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief
danger of the time.
The curse of a genius
A genius is one who can do
anything except make a living.
I have known no man of genius
who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect either physical or
spiritual, for what the gods had given him.
Every positive value has its
price in negative terms—the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.
I am a genius. Then it amused
me to keep saying so, but now it does not. I expected to be happy
sometime. Now I know I shall never be.
Genius of a kind has always
been with me; an empty heart that has taken on a certain wooden
quality; an excellent, strong woman's body and a pitiably starved
Every man of genius is
considerably helped by being dead.
Genius and public
The world is always ready to
receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to
do with genius.
The public is wonderfully
tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
Genius is that which forces
the inertia of humanity to learn.
Genius and mediocrity
Mediocrity can talk, but it
is for genius to observe.
Ridicule is the tribute paid
to the genius by the mediocrities.
In the republic of
mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
The ordinary man casts a
shadow in a way we do not quite understand. The man of genius casts
Genius and stupidity
Genius may have its
limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
I am all in favor of the
democratic principle that one idiot is as good as one genius, but I
draw the line when someone takes the next step and concludes that
two idiots are better than one genius.
When a true genius appears,
you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a
confederacy against him.
An audience is never wrong.
An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand
imbeciles together in the dark—that is critical genius.
All the genius I have lies in
this: when I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly.
In some parts of life, like
mathematics and science, yeah, I was a genius. I would top all the
top scores you could ever measure it by.
I think like a genius, I
write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child.
People hate me because I am a
multifaceted, talented, wealthy, internationally famous genius.
Churchill was one of the few
men I have met who even in the flesh give me the impression of
genius. George Bernard Shaw is another. It is amusing to know that
each thinks the other is overrated.
Doorman—a genius who can open
the door of your car with one hand, help you in with the other, and
still have one left for the tip.
Genius: the superhuman in
There is no off position on
the genius switch.
Genius, like humanity, rusts
for want of use.
Conversation enriches the
understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.
Men of genius are often dull
and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to
earth, is only a stone.
The true genius shudders at
incompleteness and usually prefers silence to saying something which
is not everything it should be.
We hold that the most
wonderful and splendid proof of genius is a great poem produced in a
The genius of a good leader
is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the
grace of genius, can deal with successfully.
To be powerful you must be
strong, and to have dominion you must have a genius for organizing.
You may try but you can never
imagine what it is to have a man's form of genius in you and to
suffer the slavery of being a girl.
Moderation is the inseparable
companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding
Genius is independent of
Genius is of no country.
Few people can see genius in
someone who has offended them.
There is a sacred horror
about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills;
but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an
assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.
Rising genius always shoots
out its rays from among the clouds, but these will gradually roll
away and disappear as it ascends to its steady luster.
Genius is an overused word.
The world has known only about a half dozen geniuses. I got only
The dread of censure is the
death of genius.
The Artist is he who detects
and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether
of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules
which others have detected.
If beauty isn't genius it
usually signals at least a high level of animal cunning.
If you hype something and it
succeeds, you're a genius—it wasn't a hype. If you hype it and it
fails, then it was just a hype.
You have a good many little
gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for
conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real
talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of
all power is modesty.
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