Quotations on Genius

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Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Men, Genius, Learning, Pearls, Want)

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
(Keywords: Experience, Life, Brother, Genius, Friend, Hope, Perseverance, Caution, Succeed)

This was Shakespeare's form; who walked in every path of human life, felt every passion; and to all mankind doth now, will ever, that experience yield which his own genius only could acquire.
- Mark Akenside
(Keywords: Experience, Life, Genius, Mankind, Now, Passion, Shakespeare, Will, Yield)

It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women.
- Louisa May Alcott
(Keywords: Men, Time, Women, Talent, Genius, People, Difference)

You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty.
- Louisa May Alcott
(Keywords: Power, Talent, Genius, Charm, Conceit, Danger, Gifts, Goodness, Modesty, Will)

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
(Keywords: Power, Talent, Genius, Charm, Conceit, Consciousness, Danger, Goodness, Modesty, Will)

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed.
- Jean Anouilh
(Keywords: Work, Power, Genius, Boldness, Magic, Mind, Will)

To know one's self is wisdom, but not to know one's neighbors is genius.
- Minna Antrim
(Keywords: Wisdom, Genius, Neighbors, Self)

We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later.
- Louis Aragon
(Keywords: Nature, Genius, Ideas, Idiots, Years)

There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him.
- Antonin Artaud
(Keywords: Life, Genius, People, Idea, Solution)

Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.
- Marcus Aurelius
(Keywords: Imagination, Genius, Reason, Understanding)

In Mozart and Salieri we see the contrast between the genius which does what it must and the talent which does what it can.
- Maurice Baring
(Keywords: Talent, Genius, Contrast)

Marriage requires a special talent, like acting. Monogamy requires genius.
- Warren Beatty
(Keywords: Marriage, Talent, Genius, Acting)

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
(Keywords: Men, Genius, People, Character, Deep, Instinct, Judges, Quick, Thinking)

Genius worship is the inevitable sign of an uncreative age.
- Clive Bell
(Keywords: Age, Genius, Worship)

This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time.
- Aneurin Bevan
(Keywords: Time, Genius, Fish)

Action, so to speak, is the genius of nature.
- Robert Blair
(Keywords: Nature, Genius, Action)

Many now born, by the time they are voters will compose part of a nation with a genius nowhere equaled, and with a vast territory upon which those energies and that genius can operate.
- Richard Parks Bland
(Keywords: Time, Genius, Nation, Now, Will)

Dali is like a man who hesitates between talent and genius, or, as one might once have said, between vice and virtue.
- Andre Breton
(Keywords: Talent, Genius, Virtue, Man, Vice)

What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
(Keywords: Power, Genius, Individuality)

No woman has ever been an authentic genius of the stature of men, but that does not enrage me.
- Taylor Caldwell
(Keywords: Men, Genius, Woman)

What Romantic terminology called genius or talent or inspiration is nothing other than finding the right road empirically, following one's nose, taking shortcuts.
- Italo Calvino
(Keywords: Talent, Genius, Inspiration, Nothing, Right, Road, Romantic)

Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Humor, Genius, Perfection)

If you stick with a vision, it might not all work, but some of it will be absolute genius. To me, 15 minutes worth of absolute genius in a film is so much better than two hours of mediocrity. I would rather pay to see something different like that.
- Kim Cattrall
(Keywords: Work, Genius, Vision, Film, Mediocrity, Will, Worth)

Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience.
- Paul Cezanne
(Keywords: Experience, Genius, Ability, Emotions)

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
(Keywords: Men, Genius, Man)

Charlie Chaplin's genius was in comedy. He has no sense of humor, particularly about himself.
- Lita Grey Chaplin
(Keywords: Humor, Genius, Comedy, Sense)

Intelligence recognizes what has happened. Genius recognizes what will happen.
- John Ciardi
(Keywords: Intelligence, Genius, Will)

I make no claim to being a business genius. You can make so much money in this business that it loses its value.
- Nat King Cole
(Keywords: Business, Money, Genius, Being, Value)

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Keywords: Imagination, Talent, Genius, Action, Being, Lying, Reason, Understanding)

People of humor are always in some degree people of genius.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Keywords: Humor, Genius, People)

Genius, scholar, and war hero though he is, you have to admit - or maybe you should think about admitting - that George Bush might have rushed things a little in invading Iraq.
- Alan Colmes
(Keywords: War, Genius, Iraq)

Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Wisdom, Genius, Acquaintance, Moderation)

A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius.
- Charles Horton Cooley
(Keywords: Talent, Genius, Mediocrity, World)

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
- Calvin Coolidge
(Keywords: Education, Talent, Genius, People, Determination, Nothing, Persistence, Will, World)

The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as "Soho" poverty. It comes from having the airs and graces of a genius and no talent.
- Quentin Crisp
(Keywords: Talent, Genius, Poverty)

What moves those of genius, what inspires their work is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.
- Eugene Delacroix
(Keywords: Work, Genius, Idea, Ideas, Obsession)

Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.
- Denis Diderot
(Keywords: Men, Quality, Genius, Disorder, Machine)

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
(Keywords: Men, Age, Genius, Events, Present)

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
- Arthur Conan Doyle
(Keywords: Talent, Genius, Mediocrity, Nothing)

Time, place, and action may with pains be wrought, but genius must be born; and never can be taught.
- John Dryden
(Keywords: Time, Genius, Action, May)

Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but mercifully laughter intervened.
- Lawrence Durrell
(Keywords: Men, Genius, Laughter)

Genius is talent set on fire by courage.
- Henry Van Dyke
(Keywords: Talent, Genius, Courage, Fire)

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
- Bruce Feirstein
(Keywords: Success, Genius, Insanity)

Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Keywords: Life, Genius, Feet, Fools, Wonder, World, Youth)

The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius.
- E. M. Forster
(Keywords: Men, Experience, Genius, Gain, Historians, Will, World)

Anybody can put things together that belong together. to put things together that don't go together, and make it work, that takes genius like Mozart's. Yet he is presented in the play Amadeus as a kind of silly boy whom the gods loved.
- Lukas Foss
(Keywords: Work, Genius, Gods, Play, Silly)

One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.
- John W. Foster
(Keywords: Power, Genius, Fire)

If a professional musician in a symphony orchestra is playing Beethoven. But this particular orchestra have played this particular chestnut so many times, they can play it in their sleep. Does the genius remain present in the music or not?
- Robert Fripp
(Keywords: Music, Genius, Play, Present, Sleep)

The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency.
- Margaret Fuller
(Keywords: Women, Genius, Spiritual)



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