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Talent lying in the understanding is often inherited; genius being the action of reason or imagination rarely or never.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge 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
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
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
Like associates with like.
Marcus Tullius Cicero 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
One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.
John Foster 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
One science only will one genius fit: So vast is art so narrow human wit.
Alexander Pope Category: Genius
Next to possessing genius ones self is the power of appreciating it in others.
Mark Twain 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
A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are the portals of discovery.
James Joyce 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
The true genius is a mind of large general powers accidentally determined to some particular direction.
Dr. Samuel Johnson Category: Genius
Genius is 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration.
Thomas Alva Edison Category: Genius
True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain hazardous and conflicting information.
Sir Winston Churchill Category: Genius
Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.
Benjamin Franklin Category: Genius
Talent develops in tranquillity character in the full current of human life.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Category: Genius
Great minds have purposes others have wishes.
Washington Irving 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
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
Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.
Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton Category: Genius
Genius is naught but a greater aptitude for patience.
Comte de Buffon 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
Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner who works and brings it out.
Marguerite Blessington 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
Genius is eternal patience.
Michelangelo Category: Genius
I don't want to be a genius I have enough problems just trying to be a man.
Albert Camus 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
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
There is no great genius without a tincture of madness. Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiæ
Lucius Annaeus Seneca 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
A genius is one who shoots at something no one else can see and hits it.
Proverb 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
Theres a fine line between participation and mockery.
Scott Raymond Adams 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
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
Since when was genius found respectable?
Elizabeth Barrett Browning 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
No great genius is without an admixture of madness.
Aristotle Category: Genius
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered either by themselves or by others.
Unknown Category: Genius
Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius
Benjamin Disraeli 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 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
The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits.
Albert Einstein Category: Genius
Genius does not herd with genius.
Oliver Wendell Holmes 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
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 talent provided with ideals.
William Somerset Maugham 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
Theres a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
Oscar Levant Category: Genius