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The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds.
David Hume

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

I used to say to my auntie, 'You throw my fu*kin' poetry out, and you'll regret it when I'm famous,' and she threw the bast*rd stuff out. I never forgave her for not treating me like a fu*kin' genius or whatever I was when I was a child.
John Lennon

I'm all in favour of the democratic principle that one idiot is as good as one genius, but I draw the line when someone takes the next step and concludes that two idiots are better than one genius.
Leo Szilard

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

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

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

The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.
Walter Lippmann

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

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

To see things in the seed, that is genius.
Lao Tzu

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

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

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

Marlon [Brando] is such a pure piece of animal flesh. He's pan-sexual, beyond normalcy of any kind. Once in a whlie, he'll give you a few minutes of his special genius - magic time.
Roy Scheider

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

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

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

Genius is sorrow's child.
John Adams

Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience.
George-Louis De Buffon

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

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

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

Genius is childhood recalled at will.
Pierre Charles Baudelaire

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 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

It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.
Gertrude Stein

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

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

Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together
Georg Lichtenberg

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

First, make yourself a reputation for being a creative genius. Second, surround yourself with partners who are better than you are. Third, leave them go get on with it.
David Ogilvy

I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience.
R Buckminster Fuller

Taste is the feminine of genius
Edward Fitzgerald

In men of the highest character and noblest genius there is to be found an insatiable desire for honour, command, power, and glory.
Cicero

Genius is a nuisance, and it is the duty of schools and colleges to abate it by setting genius-traps in its way.
Samuel Butler

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

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

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

The appearance of a single great genius is more than equivalent to the birth of a hundred mediocrities
Cesare Lombroso

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

The charm, one might say the genius, of memory is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental.
Elizabeth Barrett

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

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

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

Every work of Genius is tinctured by the feelings, and often originates in the events of times
Isaac Disraeli

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

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

There's no doubt he was in his own way a comic genius. He had this wonderful warmth and humour that came right through the screen and just embraced you. [on Ronnie Barker]
Nicholas Parsons

The divine egoism that is genius.
Mary Webb



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