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

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

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

I have nothing to declare but my genius.
Oscar Wilde

Curiosity, or the love of knowledge, has a very limited influence, and requires youth, leisure education, genius and example to make it govern any person
David Hume

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

I said, 'Look, I don't care how, who, what, where, when. Sacha Baron Cohen is a genius and I want to be a part of this project.'
Rhona Mitri

There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
Oscar Levant

Genius is one of the many forms of insanity.
Cesare Lombroso

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

Taste is the feminine of genius
Edward Fitzgerald

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

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

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

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

Genius can probably run on ahead and seek out new ways. But the good artists who follow after genius - and I count myself among these - have to restore the lost connection once more.
Kathe Kollwitz

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 leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category.
Adolf Hitler

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

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

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

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

Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you.
Malcolm Cowley

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

The man is a fucking genius. When you walk on set and you see the environment, the costumes, and you've got the make-up, it really makes it easy. [on Ridley Scott]
Orlando Bloom

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

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

Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them
Robertson Davies

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.
May Sarton

Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
Vladimir Nabokov

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

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

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

Genius is sorrow's child.
John Adams

If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

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

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

Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature
Josiah Gilbert Holland

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

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

I have learned that any fool can write a bad ad, but that it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one.
Leo Burnett

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

We should like to have some towering geniuses, to reveal us to ourselves in colour 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.
J B Priestley

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.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

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

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

The divine egoism that is genius.
Mary Webb



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