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Genius Quotes and Sayings
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What is called genius is the
abundance of life and health.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

Genius always finds itself a century too early.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

 

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

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

Genius is the power to labor better and more availably.
Deserve thy genius: exalt it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity;
so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
- Henry David Thoreau

Important ideas can come from unexpected places.
We tend to label people - Genius, Idiot,
Socialist, Regressive, Wingnut, Revolutionary, Terrorist.
But it is helpful to remind ourselves to be open
to good ideas - whatever their source.
It is equally important to avoid accepting any idea
merely because we respect that person's
other ideas or accomplishments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

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 Jung

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

When nature has work to be done,
she creates a genius to do it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Genius is one percent inspiration
and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
- Thomas Edison

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

When you have shut your doors, and darkened your room,
remember, never to say that you are alone,
for you are not alone, but God is within,
and your genius is within.
- Epictetus

Men of lofty genius,
when they are doing the least work,
are most active.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Everyone is born a genius,
but the process of living de-geniuses them.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Everybody is a genius.
But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
- Albert Einstein

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

Towering genius disdains a beaten path.
It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
- Abraham Lincoln

True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation
of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.
- Winston Churchill

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

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius
and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous
than absolutely boring.
- Marilyn Monroe

Every true genius is bound to be naive.
- Friedrich Schiller

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

Not all Heroes wear capes.
- On an Apple Inc. "Genius Bar" T-shirt

What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Man is a genius when he is dreaming.
- Akira Kurosawa

I can't tell you if genius is hereditary,
because heaven has granted me no offspring.
- James Whistler

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
nothing is more common than unsuccessful men 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.
- Calvin Coolidge

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

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

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

I mean, Scorsese's a genius, and that's one way of shooting.
- Stanley Tucci

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 genius of our institutions is democratic -
baseball is a democratic game.
- Al Spalding

Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain,
With grammar, and nonsense, and learning,
Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning.
- Oliver Goldsmith

I am the farthest thing from a computer genius.
- Jonathan Brandis

Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom,
but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Jim Carrey, a comic genius, has a harder time overcoming
the public's desire for him to be funny simply because he's so good at it.
- Ben Stiller

If we will maintain our hope and confidence in the genius of our people,
they will work out this problem, and their ability
and industry will bring us back to normal conditions.
- Frank B. Kellogg

Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying
it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary
events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth.
- Denis Diderot

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

There are people who possess not so much genius as
a certain talent for perceiving the desires of the century,
or even of the decade, before it has done so itself.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

A science is any discipline in which the fool of this
generation can go beyond the point reached by the genius of the last generation.
- Max Gluckman

Genius makes its observations in short-hand;
talent writes them out at length.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

And I think it is the genius of actors to be able to
escape whatever people are expecting of them.
Otherwise you become like a factory worker.
- Olivier Martinez

A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression.
- Ezra Pound

There are very few men of genius in advertising agencies.
But we need all we can find.
Almost without exception they are disagreeable.
Don't destroy them.
They lay golden eggs.
- David Ogilvy

The Prime Minister has an absolute genius for putting
flamboyant labels on empty luggage.
- Aneurin Bevan

A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive,
is more likely to rise in the world than genius.
- Charles Horton Cooley

All the genius I have lies in this; when I have a subject in hand,
I study it profoundly.
- Alexander Hamilton Stephens

The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity,
although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due,
are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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

Genius creates, and taste preserves.
Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste,
genius is only sublime folly.
- Alexander Pope

David Ortiz is a genius.
He's incredible to watch.
Over and over, he hits home runs that are simply transcendent.
- Juliana Hatfield

It requires genius to make a good pun -
some men of bright parts can't reach it.
- Hannah Cowley

My job is to pay attention to my children's genius
and allow those leanings to lead them to their future.
- Lisa Whelchel

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 is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
- Thomas Carlyle

In this world no one rules by love; if you are but amiable,
you are no hero; to be powerful, you must be strong,
and to have dominion you must have a genius for organizing.
- John Henry Newman

Genius not only diagnoses the situation but supplies the answers.
- Robert Graves

The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
- William Gilmore Simms

There is no off position on the genius switch.
- David Letterman

No woman has ever been an authentic genius of the stature of men,
but that does not enrage me.
- Taylor Caldwell

Unless one is a genius, it is best to aim at being intelligible.
- Anthony Hope

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


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