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Genius quotes (53)

The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men round to his opinion twenty years later.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Genius

Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Genius

There is no great genius without a tincture of madness. Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiæ
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Genius

There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea shining in his head frightened people and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him
Antonin Artaud   Category: Genius

No great genius is without an admixture of madness.
Aristotle   Category: Genius

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.
Sir Max Beerbohm   Category: Genius

Great minds have purposes others have wishes.
Washington Irving   Category: Genius

Genius is 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Genius

Theres a fine line between participation and mockery.
Scott Raymond Adams   Category: Genius

True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain hazardous and conflicting information.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Genius

Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
Erica Jong   Category: Genius

Our observation of nature must be diligent our reflection profound and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined; and for this reason creative geniuses are not common.
Denis Diderot   Category: Genius

Without the Way there is no going; Without the Truth there is no knowing; Without the Life there is no living.
Thomas à Kempis   Category: Genius

I don't want to be a genius I have enough problems just trying to be a man.
Albert Camus   Category: Genius

Genius ... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one and where the man of talent sees two or three plus the ability to register that multiple perception in the material of his art.
Ezra Pound   Category: Genius

Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.
Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton   Category: Genius

There is no work of genius which has not been the delight of mankind no word of genius to which the human heart and soul have not sooner or later responded.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Genius

Talent lying in the understanding is often inherited; genius being the action of reason or imagination rarely or never.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge   Category: Genius

It takes a lot of time to be a genius you have to sit around so much doing nothing really doing nothing.
Gertrude Stein   Category: Genius

The ability of someone to choose and arrange the details of their creative field guided by a vision is a major hallmark of a genius.
John Briggs   Category: Genius

Sometimes men come by the name of genius in the same way that certain insects come by the name of centipede not because they have a hundred feet but because most people cant count above fourteen.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg   Category: Genius

Genius: 1. to believe your own thought. To believe that what is true for you is ultimately true. 2. a sledgehammer. 3. the fruit of labour and thought. 4. soul. 5. the ability to put into effect what is in your mind. 6. something one can become.
Heinrich Heine   Category: Genius

A genius is one who shoots at something no one else can see and hits it.
Proverb   Category: Genius

If there be anything that can be called genius it consists chiefly in ability to give that attention to a subject which keeps it steadily in the mind till we have surveyed it accurately on all sides.
Reid   Category: Genius

A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are the portals of discovery.
James Joyce   Category: Genius

Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered either by themselves or by others.
Unknown   Category: Genius

The only difference between a genius and one of common capacity is that the former anticipates and explores what the latter accidentally hits upon; but even the man of genius himself more frequently employs the advantages that chance presents him; it is the lapidary who gives value to the diamond which the peasant has dug up without knowing its value.
Abbe Guillaume Thomas François Raynal   Category: Genius

Genius is entitled to respect only when it promotes the peace and improves the happiness of mankind.
Lord Robert Devereux Essex   Category: Genius

Theres a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
Oscar Levant   Category: Genius

Genius is talent provided with ideals.
William Somerset Maugham   Category: Genius

Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner who works and brings it out.
Marguerite Blessington   Category: Genius

The true genius is a mind of large general powers accidentally determined to some particular direction.
Dr. Samuel Johnson   Category: Genius

Talent develops in tranquillity character in the full current of human life.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Genius

Don't bother about genius. Don't worry about being clever. Trust to hard work, perseverance, and determination. And the best motto for a long march is: Don't grumble. Plug on!
Sir Frederick Treves   Category: Genius

Someone has defined genius as intensity of purpose: the ability to do the patience to wait.... Put these together and you have genius and you have achievement.
Leo J. Muir   Category: Genius

Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent the power to do the right thing the first time.
Elbert Hubbard   Category: Genius

Genius is naught but a greater aptitude for patience.
Comte de Buffon   Category: Genius

Genius does not herd with genius.
Oliver Wendell Holmes   Category: Genius

Genius will live and thrive without training but it does not the less reward the watering pot and the pruning knife.
Margaret Sarah Fuller   Category: Genius

Genius is a promontory jutting out of the infinite.
Victor Hugo   Category: Genius

The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits.
Albert Einstein   Category: Genius

Next to possessing genius ones self is the power of appreciating it in others.
Mark Twain   Category: Genius

One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.
John Foster   Category: Genius

Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius
Benjamin Disraeli   Category: Genius

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love love love that is the soul of genius.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Category: Genius

Before I was a genius I was a drudge.
Jan Ignace Paderewski   Category: Genius

I don't speak for others and they don't speak for me. Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle   Category: Genius

Genius is eternal patience.
Michelangelo   Category: Genius

Like associates with like.
Marcus Tullius Cicero   Category: Genius

One science only will one genius fit: So vast is art so narrow human wit.
Alexander Pope   Category: Genius

But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus they laughed at Fulton they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
Carl Sagan   Category: Genius

What moves men of genius or rather what inspires their work is not new ideas but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough
Eugène Delacroix   Category: Genius

Since when was genius found respectable?
Elizabeth Barrett Browning   Category: Genius