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The divine egoism that is genius.
Mary Webb

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

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

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans.

The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.
Aldous Huxley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Genius is childhood recalled at will.
Pierre Charles Baudelaire

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

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

'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

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

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

There is generally only one genius at any one time and I think you're going to see Alonso taking on that mantle.
Jackie Stewart

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

Love is rarer than genius itself. And friendship is rarer than love.
Charles Peguy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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