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Even when you are out there in the middle suffering you have to appreciate a genius at work
Brian Lara

Genius without religion is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace; it may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without, while the inhabitant sits in darkness.
Hannah More

'Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.'
Charlie Chaplin

Pavement slippery, people sneezing, Lords in ermine, beggars freezing; Titled gluttons dainties carving, Genius in a garret starving. (January, 1795)
Mary Robinson

Andy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an I.Q. of 60.
Gore Vidal

The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.
Gore Vidal

Genius sees the answer before the question
J Robert Oppenheimer

Short of genius a rich man cannot even imagine poverty.
Charles Peguy

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
Elbert Hubbard

The word-coining genius, as if thought plunged into a sea of words and came up dripping.
Virginia Woolf

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Genius is sorrow's child.
John Adams

Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent persperation.
Thomas Edison

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.
John Stuart Mill

Any fool can write a novel but it takes real genius to sell it.
J G Ballard

Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
Henri-Frederic Amiel

Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.
W H Auden

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
Aristotle

Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can. (Last words of a Sensitive Second-Rate Poet)
Owen Meredith

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.
Jose Ortega Y Gasset

The principle mark of a genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers
Arthur Koestler

Ramp up my genius, be not retrograde; But boldly nominate a spade a spade (The Poetaster)
Ben Jonson

The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.
John Stuart Mill

He that seeks popularity in art closes the door on his own genius: as he must needs paint for other minds, and not for his own
Anna Brownell Jameson

The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency
Margaret Fuller

I let my lads off training on Friday and took them ten-pin bowling instead because they were a bit tense. It turned out to be pure genius!
Ian Holloway

A critic is never too severe when he only detects the faults of an author. But he is worse than too severe when, in consequence of this detection, be presumes to place himself on a level with genius
Walter Landor

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.
Louisa May Alcott

Taste is the feminine of genius
Edward Fitzgerald

In Mozart and Salieri we see the contrast between the genius which does what it must and the talent which does what it can.
Maurice Baring

Genius without religion is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace; it may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without, while the inhabitant sits in darkness
Hannah More

I have nothing to declare but my genius.
Oscar Wilde

A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression.
Ezra Pound

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
Albert Einstein

Gift, like genius, I often think, only means an infinite capacity for taking pains.
Jane Ellice Hopkins

People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel.
William Hazlitt

If I've met three geniuses in my life, Marlon [Brando] would have to be top of the list.
Francis Ford Coppola

A genius can't be forced; nor can you make an ape an alderman.
George Bernard Shaw

A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
James Joyce

Creative people must entertain lots of silly ideas in order to receive the occasional strokes of genius.
Marshall Cook

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success
Bruce Feirstein

Action, so to speak, is the genius of nature.
Robert Blair

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.
Albert Pike

Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.
E B White

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.
George Eliot

Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.
C Ceram

A genius can never expect to have a good time anywhere, if he is a genuine article, but America is about the last place in which life will be endurable at all for an inspired writer of any kind.
Samuel Butler

I've played three presidents, three saints and two geniuses - and that's probably enough for any man
Charlton Heston

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

Evil always turns up in this world through some genius or other.
Denis Diderot



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