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Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pavement slippery, people sneezing, Lords in ermine, beggars freezing; Titled gluttons dainties carving, Genius in a garret starving. (January, 1795)
Mary Robinson

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

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

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

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

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 miracles of genius always rest on profound convictions which refuse to be analyzed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

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

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

Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense.
Josh Billings

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

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

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

Taste is the feminine of genius
Edward Fitzgerald

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

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

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am convinced all of humanity is born with more gifts than we know. Most are born geniuses and just get de-geniused rapidly.
R Buckminster Fuller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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