Genius Quotes

 Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it. 
Author: Edward St. John Gorey
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1925  - d. 15 April 2000
  
 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. 
Author: Albert Pike
Nationality: American
b. 29 December 1809  - d. 2 April 1891
  
 Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Appreciation, whether of nature, or books, or art, or men, depends very much on temperament. What is beauty or genius or greatness to one, is far from being so to another. 
Author: Tryon Edwards
Nationality: American
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1894
  
 Art is a jealous mistress, and if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture, or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 At the New York Customs: I have nothing to declare except my genius. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 Be you in what line of life you may, it will be amongst your misfortunes if you have not time properly to attend to pecuniary [monetary] matters. Want of attention to these matters has impeded the progress of science and of genius itself. 
Author: William Cobbett
Nationality: English
b. 9 March 1763  - d. 18 June 1835
  
 Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but it is sure to repent every ill-judged outlay. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 Common sense is genius in homespun. 
Author: Alfred North Whitehead
Nationality: English
b. 15 February 1861  - d. 30 December 1947
  
 Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius. 
Author: Josh Billings
Nationality: American
b. 20 April 1818  - d. 14 October 1885
  
 Common sense is only a modification of talent. Genius is an exaltation of it. The difference is, therefore, in degree, not nature. 
Author: Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 18 January 1873
  
 Conceit spoils the finest genius.There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty. 
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1832  - d. 6 March 1888
  
 Conversation enriches the understanding, But solitude is the school of the genius. 
Author: Edward Gibbon
Nationality: English
b. 27 April 1737  - d. 16 January 1794
  
 Could we teach taste or genius by rules, they would be no longer taste and genius. 
Author: Sir Joshua Reynolds
Nationality: English
b. 16 July 1723  - d. 23 February 1792
  
 Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 Donald Kaufman: Listen, I need a cool way to kill people. Don't worry, for my script. Charlie Kaufman: I don't know that kind of stuff. Donald Kaufman: Oh, come on, man, please? You're the genius. Charlie Kaufman: Here you go. The killer's a literature professor. He cuts off little chunks from his victims' bodies until they die. He calls himself 'the deconstructionist'. 
Movie: Adaptation
Nationality: American
Released: December 2002
  
 Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days... What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 Eccentricities of genius. 
Author: Charles Dickens
Nationality: English
b. 7 February 1812  - d. 9 June 1870
  
 Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron. 
Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1890  - d. 28 March 1969
  
 Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius. 
Author: Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 18 January 1873
  
 Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm. 
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Nationality: British
b. 21 December 1804  - d. 19 April 1881
  
 Every thought which genius and piety throw into the world alters the world. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Everyone is a genius at least once a year; A real genius has his original ideas closer together. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character, and one of the best instruments of success. Without it genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies. 
Author: Earl Philip Dormer Stanhope
Nationality: English
b. 22 September 1694  - d. 24 March 1773
  
 First have being in your mind. Make real in your mind then bring that being into reality. The genius is he who sees what is not yet and causes it to come to be. 
Author: Peter Nivio Zarlenga
Nationality: American   
 For every person with a spark of genius, there are a hundred with ignition trouble. 
Author: Kurt Hanks
Nationality: American   
 Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius. 
Author: Isaac D'Israeli
Nationality: English
b. 11 May 1766  - d. 19 January 1848
  
 Freedom is the only law which genius knows. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense. 
Author: Josh Billings
Nationality: American
b. 20 April 1818  - d. 14 October 1885
  
 Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last. 
Author: Johann Kaspar Lavater
Nationality: Swiss
b. 15 November 1741  - d. 2 January 1801
  
 Genius and its rewards are briefly told: A liberal nature and a niggardly doom, A difficult journey to a splendid tomb. 
Author: John Forster
Nationality: English
b. 2 April 1812  - d. 2 February 1876
  
 Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them. 
Author: Joseph Joubert
Nationality: French
b. 7 May 1754  - d. 4 May 1824
  
 Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly. 
Author: François Rene de Chateaubriand
Nationality: French
b. 4 September 1768  - d. 4 July 1848
  
 Genius does what it must, talent does what it can. 
Author: Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 18 January 1873
  
 Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite. 
Author: Victor Hugo
Nationality: French
b. December 1802  - d.  December 1885
  
 Genius is an infinite capacity for taking life by the scruff of the neck. 
Author: Christopher Quill
Nationality: French   
 Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable. 
Author: Dame Margot Fonteyn
Nationality: English
b. 18 May 1919  - d. 21 February 1991
  
 Genius is entitled to respect only when it promotes the peace and improves the happiness of mankind. 
Author: Robert Devereux
Nationality: English
b. 10 November 1566  - d. 25 February 1601
  
 Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it. 
Author: Madame de Stael
Nationality: English   
 Genius is eternal patience. 
Author: Michelangelo
Nationality: Italian
b. 6 March 1475  - d. 18 February 1564
  
 Genius is independent of situation. 
Author: Charles Churchill
Nationality: English
b. February 1731  - d. 4 November 1764
  
 Genius is initiative on fire. 
Author: Holbrook Jackson
Nationality: British
b. December 1874  - d.  December 1948
  
 Genius is naught but a greater aptitude for patience. 
Author: Comte de Buffon
Nationality: French
b. 07 September 1707  - d. 16 April 1788
  
 Genius is of no country. 
Author: Charles Churchill
Nationality: English
b. February 1731  - d. 4 November 1764
  
 Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration. 
Author: Thomas Alva Edison
Nationality: American
b. 11 February 1847  - d. 18 October 1931
  
 Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts. The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it; so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it. 
Author: Elbert Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1856  - d. 7 May 1915
  
 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 flows forth. 
Author: Denis Diderot
Nationality: French
b. 5 October 1713  - d. 31 July 1784
  
 Genius is seldom recognized for what it is: a great capacity for hard work. 
Author: Henry Ford
Nationality: American
b. 30 July 1863  - d. 7 April 1947
  
 Genius is sorrow's child. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Genius is that energy which collects, combines, amplifies, and animates. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent-the power to do the right thing the first time. 
Author: Elbert Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1856  - d. 7 May 1915
  
 Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple. 
Author: C. W. Ceram
Nationality: German
b. 20 January 1915  - d. 12 April 1972
  
 Genius is the capacity for productive reaction against one's training. 
Author: Bernard Berenson
Nationality: American
b. 26 June 1865  - d. 6 October 1959
  
 Genius is the power of lighting one's own fire. 
Author: John Foster
Nationality: English
b. December 1770  - d.  December 1843
  
 Genius is the talent for seeing things straight. It is seeing things in a straight line without any bend or break or aberration of sight, seeing them as they are, without any warping of vision. 
Author: Maude Adams
Nationality: American
b. 11 November 1872  - d. 17 July 1953
  
 Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length. 
Author: Christian Nestell Bovee
Nationality: American
b. December 1820  - d.  December 1904
  
 Genius may be almost defined as the faculty of acquiring poverty. 
Author: Edwin Whipple
Nationality: American
b. 08 March 1819  - d. 16 June 1886
  
 Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. 
Author: Elbert Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1856  - d. 7 May 1915
  
 Genius might be described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds. 
Author: Samuel Butler
Nationality: English
b. 4 December 1835  - d. 18 June 1902
  
 Genius must be born, and never can be taught. 
Author: John Dryden
Nationality: English
b. 19 August 1631  - d. 12 May 1700
  
 Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 Genius without education is like silver in the mine. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Genius, as an explosive power, beats gunpowder hollow. 
Author: Thomas Henry Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 4 May 1825  - d. 29 June 1895
  
 Genius. To know without having learned; to draw just conclusions from Anonymous premises; to discern the soul of things. 
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1842  - d.  December 1914
  
 Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do. 
Author: W. H. Auden
Nationality: American
b. 21 February 1907  - d. 29 September 1973
  
 Gift, like genius, I often think, only means an infinite capacity for taking pains. 
Author: Jane Ellice Hopkins
Nationality: English
b. December 1836  - d.  December 1904
  
 Great geniuses have the shortest biographies. Their cousins can tell you nothing about them. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 He attacked everything in life with a mix of extrordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which. 
Author: Douglas Adams
Nationality: English
b. 11 March 1952  - d. 11 May 2001
  
 He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero. 
Author: Johann Kaspar Lavater
Nationality: Swiss
b. 15 November 1741  - d. 2 January 1801
  
 He who would acquire fame must not show himself afraid of censure. The dread of censure is the death of genius. 
Author: William Simms
Nationality: American
b. 17 April 1806  - d. 11 June 1870
  
 How to Become a Man of Genius: Woman exists, in D. H. Lawrence's philosophy, only as something soft and fat to rest the hero when he returns from his labours. Civilized societies have been learning to see something more than this in women; Lawrence will have nothing of civilization. He scours the world for what is ancient and dark and loves the traces of Aztec cruelty in Mexico. Young men, who had been learning to behave, naturally read him with delight and go round practicing cave-man stuff so far as the usages of polite society will permit. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Humour has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 I don't want to be a genius-I have enough problems just trying to be a man. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 I invoke the genius of the Constitution. 
Author: William Pitt the Elder
Nationality: English
b. 15 November 1708  - d. 11 May 1778
  
 If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 If Shakespeare's genius had been cultivated, those beauties, which we so justly admire in him, would have been undisgraced by those extravagancies, and that nonsense, with which they are so frequently accompanied. 
Author: Earl Philip Dormer Stanhope
Nationality: English
b. 22 September 1694  - d. 24 March 1773
  
 If there were no falsehood in the world, there would be no doubt; if there were no doubt, there would be no inquiry; if no inquiry, no wisdom, no knowledge, no genius. 
Author: Walter Savage Landor
Nationality: English
b. 30 January 1775  - d. 17 September 1864
  
 If we take habitual drunkards as a class, their heads and their hearts will bear advantageous comparison with those of any other class. There seems ever to have been a proneness in the brilliant and warm-blooded to fall into this vice. The demon of intemperance ever seems to have delighted in sucking the blood of genius and generosity. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 In the end, the state of the Union comes down to the character of the people. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, and it was not there. I sought for it in the fertile fields, and boundless prairies, and it was not there. I sought it in her rich mines, and vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. 
Author: Alexis de Tocqueville
Nationality: French
b. 29 July 1805  - d. 16 April 1859
  
 In the ordinary business of life, industry can do anything which genius can do, and very many things which it cannot. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous. 
Author: Robert G. Ingersoll
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1833  - d. 21 July 1899
  
 Individuality is either the mark of genius or the reverse. Mediocrity finds safety in standardization. 
Author: Frederick E. Crane
Nationality: American   
 Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 It is Genius that gets power; and its prime lieutenants are Force and Wisdom. The unruliest of men bend before the leader that has the sense to see and the will to do. 
Author: Albert Pike
Nationality: American
b. 29 December 1809  - d. 2 April 1891
  
 It is not because the touch of genius has roused genius to production, but because the admiration of genius has made talent ambitious, that the harvest is still so abundant. 
Author: Margaret Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1810  - d. 19 June 1850
  
 It is the genius of our Constitution that under its shelter of enduring institutions and rooted principles there is ample room for the rich fertility of American political invention. 
Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
Nationality: American
b. 22 April 1904  - d. 18 February 1967
  
 It is the great triumph of genius to make the common appear novel. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 It is the privilege of genius that to it life never grows commonplace as to the rest of us. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 It requires more than mere genius to be an Literature. 
Author: Jean de la Bruyère
Nationality: French
b. 16 August 1645  - d. 10 May 1696
  
 It takes a genius to whine appealingly. 
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nationality: American
b. 24 September 1896  - d. 21 December 1940
  
 It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing. 
Author: Gertrude Stein
Nationality: American
b. 3 February 1874  - d. 27 July 1946
  
 It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women. 
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1832  - d. 6 March 1888
  
 Less good from genius we may find Than that from perseverance flowing; So have good grist at hand to grind, And keep the mill a-going. 
Author: Thomas English
Nationality: American
b. 29 June 1819  - d. 1 April 1902
  
 Lose this day loitering, 'Twill be the same story Tomorrow - and the next more dilatory. Then indecision brings its own delays, and days are lost lamenting overdays! Are you ernest? Seize this very minute! What you can do, or dream you can - begin it! Courage has genius, power and magic in it. Only engage, and the mind grows heated. Begin it, and the work will be completed. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 Mediocrity knows nothing higher that itself, but talent instantly recognises genius! 
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Nationality: British
b. 22 May 1859  - d. 07 July 1930
  
 Men of genius are often dull and inert in society, as a blazing meteor when it descends to earth, is only a stone. 
Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1807  - d. 24 March 1882
  
 Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it, but they labor in it because they excel. 
Author: William Hazlitt
Nationality: English
b. 10 April 1778  - d. 18 September 1830
  
 Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active. 
Author: Leonardo da Vinci
Nationality: Italian
b. 15 April 1452  - d. 02 May 1519
  
 Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine-everybody drinks water. 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature. 
Author: Josiah Holland
Nationality: American
b. December 1819  - d.  December 1881
  
 Neatness begets order; but from order to taste there is the same difference as from taste to genius, or from love to friendship. 
Author: Johann Kaspar Lavater
Nationality: Swiss
b. 15 November 1741  - d. 2 January 1801
  
 Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius 
Author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nationality: Austrian
b. 27 January 1756  - d. 05 December 1791
  
 Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius. 
Author: Comte de Buffon
Nationality: French
b. 07 September 1707  - d. 16 April 1788
  
 No amount of genius can overcome a preoccupation with detail. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: French   
 No great genius is without an admixture of madness. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is somebody like Norman Einstein. 
Author: Joe Theisman
Nationality: American
b. 9 September 1949
  
 Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave. 
Author: Calvin Coolidge
Nationality: American
b. 4 July 1872  - d. 5 January 1933
  
 Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm; it moves stones, it charms brutes. Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victories without it. 
Author: Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 18 January 1873
  
 Of a Tale of a Tub: Good God! what a genius I had when I wrote that book. 
Author: Jonathan Swift
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 November 1667  - d. 19 October 1745
  
 One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius. 
Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Nationality: French
b. 9 January 1908  - d. 14 April 1986
  
 One of the greatest geniuses that ever existed, Shakespeare, undoubtedly wanted taste. 
Author: Horace Walpole
Nationality: English
b. December 1717  - d.  December 1797
  
 One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire. 
Author: John Watson Foster
Nationality: American
b. 2 March 1836  - d. 15 November 1917
  
 One science only will one genius fit, So vast is art, so narrow human wit. 
Author: Alexander Pope
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1688  - d. 30 May 1744
  
 Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius. 
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Nationality: British
b. 21 December 1804  - d. 19 April 1881
  
 People hate me because I am a multifaceted, talented, wealthy, internationally famous genius. 
Author: Jerry Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1926
  
 Perfect works are rare, because they must be produced at the happy moment when taste and genius unite; and this rare conjuncture, like that of certain planets, appears to occur only after the revolution of several cycles, and only lasts for an instant. 
Author: François Rene de Chateaubriand
Nationality: French
b. 4 September 1768  - d. 4 July 1848
  
 Poverty is the stepmother of genius. 
Author: Josh Billings
Nationality: American
b. 20 April 1818  - d. 14 October 1885
  
 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. 
Author: Washington Irving
Nationality: American
b. 3 April 1783  - d. 28 November 1859
  
 Since when was genius found respectable? 
Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Nationality: English
b. 6 March 1806  - d. 29 June 1861
  
 Skill is fine, and genius is splendid, but right contacts are more valuable than either. 
Author: Dr. Sir Archibald Mcindoe
Nationality: New Zealander
b. 04 May 1900  - d. 11 April 1960
  
 Supreme art is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truth, passed on from age to age, modified by individual genius, but never abandoned. 
Author: W. B. Yeats
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 June 1865  - d. 28 January 1939
  
 Take back the beauty and wit you bestow upon me; leave me my own mediocrity of agreeableness and genius, but leave me also my sincerity, my constancy, and my plain dealing; 'tis all I have to recommend me to the esteem either of others or myself. 
Author: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Nationality: English
b. 26 May 1689  - d. 21 August 1762
  
 Talent does what it can; genius does what it must. 
Author: Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 18 January 1873
  
 Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you. 
Author: Malcolm Cowley
Nationality: American
b. 28 August 1898  - d. 27 March 1989
  
 Talent isn't genius, and no amount of energy can make it so.I want to be great, or nothing.I won't be a commonplace dauber, so I don't intend to try any more. 
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Nationality: American
b. 29 November 1832  - d. 6 March 1888
  
 Talent repeats, genius creates. Talent is a cistern; genius a fountain. 
Author: Edwin Whipple
Nationality: American
b. 08 March 1819  - d. 16 June 1886
  
 Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason and imagination, rarely or never. 
Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Nationality: English
b. 21 October 1772  - d. 25 July 1834
  
 Taste is the feminine of genius. 
Author: Edward Fitzgerald
Nationality: English
b. 31 March 1809  - d. 14 June 1883
  
 The capacity of the female mind for studies of the highest order cannot be doubted, having been sufficiently illustrated by its works of genius, of erudition, and of science... It merits an improved system of education. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 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. 
Author: Carl Sagan
Nationality: American
b. 09 November 1934  - d. 20 December 1996
  
 The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 The genius of any slave system is found in the dynamics which isolate slaves from each other, obscure the reality of a common condition, and make united rebellion against the oppressor inconceivable. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 The genius of Man in our time has gone into jet-propulsion, atom-splitting, penicillin-curing, etc. There is none over for works of imagination; of spiritual insight or mystical enlightenment. I asked for bread and was given a tranquilizer. It is important to recognize that in our time man has not written one word, thought one thought, put two notes or two bricks together, splashed color on to canvas or concrete into space, in a manner which will be of any conceivable imaginative interest to posterity. 
Author: Malcolm Muggeridge
Nationality: British
b. 24 March 1903  - d. 14 November 1990
  
 The genius of the American system is that we have created extraordinary results from plain old ordinary people. 
Author: Phil Gramm
Nationality: American
b. December 1942  - d.  December 1985
  
 The genius of you Americans is that you never make any clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves that leave us scratching our heads wondering if we might possibly have missed something. 
Author: Gamal Abdel Nasser
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 15 January 1918  - d. 28 September 1970
  
 The greatest thing is style - a mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 The honors of genius are eternal. 
Author: Sextus Propertius
Nationality: Roman
b. December 50  - d.  December 16
  
 The lamp of genius burns quicker than the lamp of life. 
Author: Friedrich von Schiller
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1759  - d. 09 May 1805
  
 The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who early in life, clearly discerns his object, and towards that object habitually directs his powers. Even genius itself is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius. 
Author: Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 18 January 1873
  
 The mental disease of the present generation is impatience of study, contempt of the great masters of ancient wisdom, and a disposition to rely wholly upon unassisted genius and natural sagacity. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 The merit of great men is not understood, but by those who Are formed to be such themselves; genius speaks only to genius. 
Author: King Stanislaus Leszczynski
Nationality: Polish
b. 20 October 1677  - d. 23 February 1766
  
 The poets' scrolls will outlive the monuments of stone. Genius survives; all else is claimed by death. 
Author: Edmund Spenser
Nationality: English
b. December 1552  - d. 13 January 1599
  
 The Prime Minister has an absolute genius for putting flamboyant labels on empty luggage. 
Author: Aneurin Bevan
Nationality: British
b. 15 November 1897  - d. 6 July 1960
  
 The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers. 
Author: Arthur Koestler
Nationality: British
b. 5 September 1905  - d. 3 March 1983
  
 The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 The real accomplishment of modern science and technology consists in taking ordinary men, informing them narrowly and deeply and then, through appropriate organization, arranging to have their knowledge combined with that of other specialized but equally ordinary men. This dispenses with the need for genius. The resulting performance, though less inspiring, is far more predictable. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds. 
Author: David Hume
Nationality: Scottish
b. 26 April 1711  - d. 25 August 1776
  
 The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. 
Author: Aldous Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 26 July 1894  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 The three indispensables of genius are understanding, feeling, and perseverance. The three things that enrich genius are contentment of mind, the cherishing of good thoughts, and exercising the memory. 
Author: Robert Southey
Nationality: English
b. 12 August 1774  - d. 21 March 1843
  
 There are geniuses in trade as well as in war, or state, or letters; and the reason why this or that man is fortunate is not to be told. It lies in the man: that is all anybody can tell you about it. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 There is genius in persistence. It conquers all opposers. It gives confidence. It annihilates obstacles. Everybody believes in a determined man. People know that when he undertakes a thing, the battle is half won, for his rule is to accomplish whatever he sets out to do. 
Author: Orison S. Marden
Nationality: American
b. December 1850  - d.  December 1924
  
 There is no genius in life like the genius of energy and industry. 
Author: Donald Grant Mitchell
Nationality: American
b. 12 April 1822  - d. 15 December 1908
  
 There is no great genius without a tincture of madness. 
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationality: Roman
b. December 4  - d.  December 65
  
 There was never a genius without a tincture of madness. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. 
Author: Oscar Levant
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1906  - d.  December 1972
  
 Time, place, and action may with pains be wrought, But Genius must be born; and never can be taught. 
Author: John Dryden
Nationality: English
b. 19 August 1631  - d. 12 May 1700
  
 To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men - that is genius. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent.To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 To say nothing of its holiness or Literatureity, the Bible contains more specimens of genius and taste than any other volume in existence. 
Author: Walter Savage Landor
Nationality: English
b. 30 January 1775  - d. 17 September 1864
  
 To see things in the seed, that is genius. 
Author: Laozi
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 604  - d.  December 531
  
 True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information. 
Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Nationality: British
b. 30 November 1874  - d. 14 January 1965
  
 True genius sees with the eyes of a child and thinks with the brain of a genii. 
Author: Puzant Kevork Thomajan
Nationality: British   
 Universities are of course hostile to geniuses, which, seeing and using ways of their own, discredit the routine: as churches and monasteries persecute youthful saints. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 We are all either fools or undiscovered geniuses. 
Author: Bonnie Lin
Nationality: American   
 What is genius, anyway, if it isn't the ability to give an adequate response to a great challenge? 
Author: Alan Greenspan
Nationality: American
b. 06 March 1926
  
 Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. 
Author: Jonathan Swift
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 November 1667  - d. 19 October 1745
  
 When human power becomes so great and original that we can account for it only as a kind of divine imagination, we call it genius. 
Author: William Crashaw
Nationality: Irish   
 When Nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up thy head! 
Author: William Blake
Nationality: English
b. 28 November 1757  - d. 12 August 1827
  
 When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; nay, God is within, and your genius is within. And what need have they of light to see what you are doing? 
Author: Epictetus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 55  - d.  December 135
  
 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. 
Author: Johann Kaspar Lavater
Nationality: Swiss
b. 15 November 1741  - d. 2 January 1801
  
 Who makes quick use of the moment, is a genius of prudence. 
Author: Johann Kaspar Lavater
Nationality: Swiss
b. 15 November 1741  - d. 2 January 1801
  
 Without taste genius is only a sublime kind of folly. That sure touch which the lyre gives back the right note and nothing more, is even a rarer gift than the creative faculty itself. 
Author: François Rene de Chateaubriand
Nationality: French
b. 4 September 1768  - d. 4 July 1848
  
 Genius can do much, but even genius falls short of the actuality of a single human life. 
Author: Hamilton Wright Mabie
Nationality: American
b. December 1846  - d.  December 1916
  
 Those who have wrought great changes in the world never succeeded by gaining over chiefs; but always by exciting the multitude. The first is the resource of intrigue and produces only secondary results, the second is the resort of genius and transforms the universe. 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust. 
Author: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Nationality: Russian
b. 17 June 1882  - d. 06 April 1971
  
 Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one. 
Author: Elwyn Brooks White
Nationality: American
b. 11 July 1899  - d. 01 October 1985
  
 It seldom happens that a premature shoot of genius ever arrives at maturity 
Author: Marcus Fabius Quintillian
Nationality: Roman
b. December 35  - d.  December 100
  
 During this earlier period of his activity Voltaire seems to have been trying - half unconsciously, perhaps - to discover and to express the fundamental quality of his genius. 
Author: Giles Lytton Strachey
Nationality: British
b. 01 March 1880  - d. 21 January 1932
  
 In sheer genius Pascal ranks among the very greatest writers who have lived upon this earth. And his genius was not simply artistic; it displayed itself no less in his character and in the quality of his thought. 
Author: Giles Lytton Strachey
Nationality: British
b. 01 March 1880  - d. 21 January 1932
  
 The genius of the French language, descended from its single Latin stock, has triumphed most in the contrary direction - in simplicity, in unity, in clarity, and in restraint. 
Author: Giles Lytton Strachey
Nationality: British
b. 01 March 1880  - d. 21 January 1932
  
 Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.Only engage, and then the mind grows heated.Begin, and then the work will be completed. 
Author: Jean Anouilh
Nationality: French
b. 23 June 1910  - d. 3 October 1987
  
 We should like to have some towering geniuses, to reveal us to ourselves in color and fire, but of course they would have to fit into the pattern of our society and be able to take orders from sound administrative types. 
Author: Joseph Priestley
Nationality: British
b. 26 March 1733  - d. 8 February 1804
  
 The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency. 
Author: Margaret Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1810  - d. 19 June 1850
  
 One might think that the genius of this age must have uttered a like injunction. 
Author: Julia Ward Howe
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1819  - d. 17 October 1910
  
 Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience. 
Author: Paul Cezanne
Nationality: French
b. 19 January 1839  - d. 22 October 1906
  
 Genius is not perfected, it is deepened. It does not so much interpret the world as fertilize itself with it.  
Author: Andre Malraux
Nationality: French
b. 3 November 1901  - d. 23 November 1976
  
 To appreciate and use correctly a valuable maxim requires a genius; a vital appropriating exercise of mind closely allied to that which first created it. 
Author: William Rounseville Alger
Nationality: American
b. December 1822  - d.  December 1905
  
 The simplest of women are wonderful liars who can extricate themselves from the most difficult dilemmas with a skill bordering on genius. 
Author: Guy de Maupassant
Nationality: French
b. 5 August 1850  - d. 6 July 1893
  
 Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores.  
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nationality: American
b. 24 September 1896  - d. 21 December 1940
  
 Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind. 
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nationality: American
b. 24 September 1896  - d. 21 December 1940
  
 Genius is talent set on fire by courage. 
Author: Henry van Dyke
Nationality: American
b. December 1852  - d.  December 1933
  
 Aeschylus had a clear eye for the commonest things. His genius was only an enlarged common sense. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 No man with a genius for legislation has appeared in America. They are rare in the history of the world. There are orators, politicians, and eloquent men, by the thousand; but the speaker has not yet opened his mouth to speak who is capable of settling the much-vexed questions of the day. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 A genius knows how to make himself easily understood without being obvious about it. 
Author: Jean Anouilh
Nationality: French
b. 23 June 1910  - d. 3 October 1987
  
 This was Shakespeare's form; who walked in every path of human life, felt every passion; and to all mankind doth now, will ever, that experience yield which his own genius only could acquire 
Author: Mark Akenside
Nationality: English
b. 9 November 1721  - d. 23 June 1770
  
 To understand Europe, you have to be a genius - or French 
Author: Madeleine Albright
Nationality: American
b. 15 May 1937
  
 Action, so to speak, is the genius of nature. 
Author: Robert Blair
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1699  - d. 4 February 1746
  
 To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius. 
Author: Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Nationality: Swiss
b. 27 September 1821  - d. 11 May 1881
  
 A neurotic can perfectly well be a literary genius, but his greatest danger is always that he will not recognize when he is dull. 
Author: Louis Stanton Auchincloss
Nationality: American
b. 27 September 1917
  
 Surely, if knowledge is valuable, it can never be good policy in a country far wealthier than Tuscany, to allow a genius like Mr. Dalton's, to be employed in the drudgery of elementary instruction. 
Author: Charles Babbage
Nationality: British
b. 26 December 1791  - d. 18 October 1871
  
 Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely. 
Author: Marcus Aurelius
Nationality: Roman
b. 26 April 121  - d. 17 March 180
  
 From the naturalistic point of view, all men are equal. There are only two exceptions to this rule of naturalistic equality: geniuses and idiots. 
Author: Mikhail Bakunin
Nationality: Russian
b. 30 May 1814  - d. 1 July 1876
  
 They say geniuses mostly have great mothers. They mostly have sad fates. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity, although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due, are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 Everybody denies I am a genius - but nobody ever called me one! 
Author: Orson Welles
Nationality: American
b. 6 May 1915  - d. 10 October 1985
  
 Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought. 
Author: Simone Weil
Nationality: French
b. 3 February 1909  - d. 24 August 1943
  
 There is no off position on the genius switch. 
Author: David Letterman
Nationality: American
b. 12 April 1947
  
 What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left. 
Author: Oscar Levant
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1906  - d. 14 August 1972
  
 The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs. 
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly. 
Author: Jose Ortega y Gasset
Nationality: Spanish
b. 9 May 1883  - d. 18 October 1955
  
 The man whose action habitually bears the stamp of his mind is a genius, but the greatest genius is not always equal to himself, or he would cease to be human. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 The modes of expression of men of genius differ as much as their souls, and it is impossible to say that in some among them, drawing and color are better or worse than in others. 
Author: Auguste Rodin
Nationality: French
b. 12 November 1840  - d. 17 November 1917
  
 There are people who possess not so much genius as a certain talent for perceiving the desires of the century, or even of the decade, before it has done so itself. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 What I do not like about our definitions of genius is that there is in them nothing of the day of judgment, nothing of resounding through eternity and nothing of the footsteps of the Almighty. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 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. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 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 can't count above fourteen. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 We must not seek to abstract from the busts of the great Greeks and Romans rules for the visible form of genius as long as we cannot contrast them with Greek blockheads. 
Author: Georg Cristoph Lichtenberg
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1742  - d. 24 February 1799
  
 Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have been better. 
Author: Carl Jung
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 July 1875  - d. 6 June 1961
  
 Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius. Think of the capacity to learn! The freshness, the temperament, the will of a baby a few months old! 
Author: May Sarton
Nationality: American
b. 3 May 1912  - d. 16 July 1995
  
 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. 
Author: Antonin Artaud
Nationality: French
b. 4 September 1896  - d. 4 March 1948
  
 Dali is like a man who hesitates between talent and genius, or, as one might once have said, between vice and virtue. 
Author: André Breton
Nationality: French
b. 19 February 1896  - d. 28 September 1966
  
 Rules and models destroy genius and art. 
Author: William Hazlitt
Nationality: English
b. 10 April 1778  - d. 18 September 1830
  
 The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as "Soho" poverty. It comes from having the airs and graces of a genius and no talent. 
Author: Quentin Crisp
Nationality: English
b. 25 December 1908  - d. 21 November 1999
  
 Mediocrity of being neither genius nor fool, sits uncomfortably on my shoulders. 
Author: Greg Olson-Hyde
Nationality: Australian
b. 29 June 1949
  
 Unless one is a genius, it is best to aim at being intelligible. 
Author: Anthony Hope
Nationality: English
b. 9 February 1863  - d. 8 July 1933
  
 Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you. I believe the greatest characteristic of genius, is, above all, force. 
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Nationality: French
b. 12 December 1821  - d. 8 May 1880
  
 That, men of genius are like eagles, they live on what they kill, while men of talents are like crows, they live on what has been killed for them. 
Author: Josh Billings
Nationality: American
b. 20 April 1818  - d. 14 October 1885
  
 What a singular destiny has been that of this remarkable man! - To be regarded in his own age as a classic, and in ours as a companion! To receive from his contemporaries that full homage which men of genius have in general received only from posterity; to be more intimately known to posterity than other men are known to their contemporaries! 
Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nationality: English
b. 25 October 1800  - d. 28 December 1859
  
 We hold that the most wonderful and splendid proof of genius is a great poem produced in a civilized age. 
Author: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nationality: English
b. 25 October 1800  - d. 28 December 1859
  
 Nietzsche claimed that his genius was in his nostrils and I think that is a very excellent place for it to be. 
Author: Frederico Fellini
Nationality: Italian
b. 20 January 1920  - d. 31 October 1993
  
 One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy. 
Author: Man Ray
Nationality: American
b. 27 August 1890  - d. 18 November 1976
  
 Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victories without it. 
Author: Robert Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 8 November 1831  - d. 24 November 1891
  
 Genius does what it must, and talent does what it can. 
Author: Robert Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 8 November 1831  - d. 24 November 1891
  
 Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.  
Author: Robert Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 8 November 1831  - d. 24 November 1891
  
 Because of Mozart, it's all over after the age of seven. 
Author: Wendy Wasserstein
Nationality: American
b. 18 October 1950  - d. 30 January 2006
  
 Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe. 
Author: Isaac D'Israeli
Nationality: English
b. 11 May 1766  - d. 19 January 1848
  
 Theories of genius are the peculiar constructions of our own philosophical times; ages of genius had passed away, and they left no other record than their works; no preconcerted theory described the workings of the imagination to be without imagination, nor did they venture to teach how to invent invention. 
Author: Isaac D'Israeli
Nationality: English
b. 11 May 1766  - d. 19 January 1848
  
 The conglomerate heads may be business geniuses, but as far as movies are concerned they have virgin instincts; ideas that are new to them and take them by storm may have failed grotesquely dozens of times. But they feel that they are creative people - how else could they have made so much money and be in a position to advise artists what to do? Who is to tell them no? 
Author: Pauline Kael
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1919  - d. 3 September 2001
  
 Much more genius is needed to make love than to command armies. 
Author: Ninon de l'Enclos
Nationality: French
b. 10 November 1620  - d. 17 October 1705
  
 Language gradually varies, and with it fade away the writings of authors who have flourished their allotted time; otherwise, the creative powers of genius would overstock the world, and the mind would be completely bewildered in the endless mazes of literature. 
Author: Washington Irving
Nationality: American
b. 3 April 1783  - d. 28 November 1859
  
 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. 
Author: Sir Max Beerbohm
Nationality: English
b. 24 August 1872  - d. 20 May 1956
  
 Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up. 
Author: Sir Max Beerbohm
Nationality: English
b. 24 August 1872  - d. 20 May 1956
  
 Though Hitler was indeed racist and anti-Semitic to the core, a man who without compunction could commit murder and genocide, he was also an individual of great courage, a soldier's soldier in the Great War, a political organizer of the first rank, a leader steeped in the history of Europe, who possessed oratorical powers that could awe even those who despised him. Hitler's success was not based on his extraordinary gifts alone. His genius was an intuitive sense of the mushiness, the character flaws, the weakness masquerading as morality that was in the hearts of the statesmen who stood in his path. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 It is not genius, nor glory, nor love that reflects the greatness of the human soul; it is kindness. 
Author: Jean Baptiste Lacordaire
Nationality: French
b. 12 May 1802  - d. 21 November 1861
  
 "Genius", which means transcendent capacity of taking trouble, first of all. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 To the Arab Nation it was as a birth from darkness into light; Arabia first became alive by means of it. A poor shepherd people, roaming unnoticed in its deserts since the creation of the world, a hero-prophet was sent down to them with a word they could believe, see, the unnoticed becomes world-notable, the small has grown world-great; within one century afterwards, Arabia is at Grenada on this hand, at Delhi on that, glancing in valor and splendor and the light of genius, Arabia shines through long ages over a great section of the world. Belief is great, life-giving. The history of a nation becomes fruitful, soul-elevating, great, so soon as it believes. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Our revolution has made me feel the full force of the axiom that history is fiction and I am convinced that chance and intrigue have produced more heroes than genius and virtue. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 We allow no geniuses around our Studio. 
Author: Walt Disney
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1901  - d. 15 December 1966
  
 Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them. 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience. 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience. 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 About the life and sayings of Jesus there is a stamp of personal originality combined with profundity of insight in the very first rank of men of sublime genius of whom our species can boast. When this pre-eminent genius is combined with the qualities of probably the greatest moral reformer and martyr to that mission who ever existed on earth, religion cannot be said to have made a bad choice in pitching upon this man as the ideal representative and guide for humanity. 
Author: John Stuart Mill
Nationality: English
b. 20 May 1806  - d. 8 May 1873
  
 In Mozart and Salieri we see the contrast between the genius which does what it must and the talent which does what it can. 
Author: Maurice Baring
Nationality: English
b. 27 April 1874  - d. 14 December 1945
  
 Marriage requires a special talent, like acting. Monogamy requires genius. 
Author: Warren Beatty
Nationality: American
b. 30 March 1937
  
 This sudden and unexpected revelation of Shakespeare overwhelmed me. The lightning-flash of his genius revealed the whole heaven of art to me, illuminating its remotest depths in a single flash. I recognised the meaning of real grandeur, real beauty, and the real dramatic truth. 
Author: Hector Berlioz
Nationality: French
b. 11 December 1803  - d. 8 March 1869
  
 Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 You can't have a civilization without able citizens. Five morons do not make a genius. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 Nor ought a genius less than his that writ Attempt translation. 
Author: John Denham
Nationality: English
b. December 1615  - d. 10 March 1669
  
 The three towering geniuses of European culture, Shakespeare, Mozart and Leonardo da Vinci were not allowed to appear on the euro note as they might, in their separate ways, cause offense: Mozart because he was a "womanizer," Shakespeare because he wrote The Merchant of Venice, a play judged to be anti-Semitic, and Leonardo because he was reported to fancy boys. Now the euro note carries a picture of a rather dull bridge. 
Author: John Mortimer
Nationality: British
b. 21 April 1923  - d. 16 January 2009
  
 I should like to know why nearly every man that approaches greatness tends to homosexuality, whether he admits it or not. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 I was proceeding down the road. The trees on the right were passing me in orderly fashion at 60 miles per hour. Suddenly one of them stepped in my path. 
Author: John von Neumann
Nationality: American
b. 28 December 1903  - d. 08 February 1957
  
 Too often we forget that genius depends upon the data within its reach, that Archimedes could not have devised Edison's inventions. 
Author: Ernest Dimnet
Nationality: American
b. 09 July 1866  - d.  December 1954
  
 President Bush and thousands of others, politicians and preachers, are making speeches and lying in their teeth, all agreeing that they can't explain such tragedies, but they're just certain a loving God had nothing to do with the massacre. They say, evil did it, like Star Wars, some evil force. 
Author: Fred Waldron Phelps
Nationality: American
b. 13 November 1929
  




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