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A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.
Carl Sandburg

Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.
Isaac Disraeli

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.
Lyndon Johnson

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

Many men of genius must arise before a particular man of genius can appear.
Isaac Disraeli

A genius is one who can do anything except make a living.
Joey Lauren Adams

Liam is a songwriting genius. His songs make me cry 'cause they are better than mine.
Noel Gallagher

Indulge, and to thy genius freely give,
For not to live at ease is not to live
Persius

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.
Carl Gustav Jung

Philosophy becomes poetry, and science imagination, in the enthusiasm of genius.
Isaac Disraeli

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

Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.
G H Lewes

The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I'm a different style for Ronnie O'Sullivan, who's a genius, but I've just beaten the world champion. People can say what they like but I don't care.
Peter Ebdon

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

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common then unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ' press on ' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Calvin Coolidge

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

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

Now I think I'm good, but I don't think I'm a genius - Paul Daniels would have a good job here, I tell you.
Kevin Blackwell

When my nephew was 3 and 4, he would say the most genius things. He said, You're hammer macho with FBI dogs. I thought it was just one of those great lines.
Beck

'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

The elements are cricket's presiding geniuses.
Neville Cardus

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

Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction.
Heinrich Heine

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 is childhood recalled at will.
Pierre Charles Baudelaire

Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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.
Louisa May Alcott

The word 'genius' isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.
Jon Theisman

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
James Madison

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

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

Like many businessmen of genius he learned that free competition was wasteful, monopoly efficient. And so he simply set about achieving that efficient monopoly.
Mario Puzo

One of the greatest geniuses that ever existed, Shakespeare, undoubtedly wanted taste.
Horace Walpole Fourth Earl Of Oxford

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
William Hazlitt

One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius.
Simone De Beauvoir

Industry is a better horse to ride than genius.
Walter Lippmann

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

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

There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.
Walt Whitman

This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organising genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time.
Aneurin Bevan

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

A neurotic can perfectly well be a literary genius, but his greatest danger is always that he will not recognize when he is dull.
Louis Auchincloss

Talent is that which is in a man's power! Genius is that in whose power a man is.
James Russell Lowell

Are you still hanging around? [to the ultra-pretentious Nick Robinson, BBC correspondent who speaks each word that comes out of his lips as though it is a work of sheer genius]
George W Bush

He was a genius. To think all these years on his comedy is still making us laugh [on Charlie Chaplin]
Eddie Izzard

People hate me because I am a multifaceted, talented, wealthy, internationally famous genius.
Jerry Lewis

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

'I'm equal part genius, equal part buffoon.'
Noel Gallagher

Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
Vladimir Nabokov



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