Genius Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 childhood recalled at will.
Pierre Charles Baudelaire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No communication or gift can exhaust genius or impoverish charity
Johann Lavater

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

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

If we wish to know the force of human genius, we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning, we may study his commentators.
William Hazlitt

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

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

Attention is the stuff that memory is made of, and memory is accumulated genius
James Russell Lowell

The elements are cricket's presiding geniuses.
Neville Cardus

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

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

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

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.
Max Beerbohm

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

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

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

Diego Maradona - a flawed genius who has now become a genius who is flawed.
Bob Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.
Ezra Pound

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

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

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

I have nothing to declare but my genius.
Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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



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