Quotations on Genius

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A genius is one who can do anything except make a living.
- Joey Lauren Adams
(Keywords: Genius, Living)

Genius is sorrow's child.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Genius, Sorrow)

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
(Keywords: Genius, Books, Mankind, Posterity)

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)

To understand Europe, you have to be a genius - or French.
- Madeleine Albright
(Keywords: Genius, Europe)

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)

To appreciate and use correctly a valuable maxim requires a genius; a vital appropriating exercise of mind closely allied to that which first created it.
- William R. Alger
(Keywords: Genius, Exercise, First, Maxim, Mind)

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)

A genius knows how to make himself easily understood without being obvious about it.
- Jean Anouilh
(Keywords: Genius, Being, Obvious)

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

The function of genius is to furnish cretins with ideas twenty years later.
- Louis Aragon
(Keywords: Genius, Ideas, Years)

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 no great genius without a mixture of madness.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Genius, Madness)

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Genius, Madness)

No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Genius, Madness)

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)

Well, you cannot think of cinema now, and you cannot think of cinema in the UK and not place Chaplin in the most extraordinary elevated context, if there can be such a thing, in that he was a genius, he was unique.
- Richard Attenborough
(Keywords: Genius, Cinema, Now)

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
(Keywords: Genius, Danger, Literary, Will)

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

Surely, if knowledge is valuable, it can never be good policy in a country far wealthier than Tuscany, to allow a genius like Mr. Dalton's, to be employed in the drudgery of elementary instruction.
- Charles Babbage
(Keywords: Genius, Policy, Knowledge, Country)

The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Genius, Nation, Spirit, Wit)

Any fool can write a novel but it takes real genius to sell it.
- J. G. Ballard
(Keywords: Genius, Fool)

The man whose action habitually bears the stamp of his mind is a genius, but the greatest genius is not always equal to himself, or he would cease to be human.
- Honore De Balzac
(Keywords: Genius, Action, Man, Mind)

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)

Genius is childhood recalled at will.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Genius, Childhood, Will)

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

Because you are a great lord, you believe yourself to be a great genius. You took the trouble to be born, but no more.
- Pierre Beaumarchais
(Keywords: Genius, Trouble)

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
(Keywords: Genius, Thought, Dogs)

I'm the artist formally known as Beck. I have a genius wig. When I put that wig on, then the true genius emerges. I don't have enough hair to be a genius. I think you have to have hair going everywhere.
- Beck
(Keywords: Genius, Artist, Hair)

I have known no man of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Genius, Gods, Affliction, Man, Spiritual)

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)

Genius is the capacity for productive reaction against one's training.
- Bernard Berenson
(Keywords: Genius, Training)

Genius is that which forces the inertia of humanity to learn.
- Henri Bergson
(Keywords: Genius, Humanity)

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)

Genius - to know without having learned; to draw just conclusions from unknown premises; to discern the soul of things.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Genius, Soul)

Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.
- Josh Billings
(Keywords: Genius, Common sense, Instinct)

Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense.
- Josh Billings
(Keywords: Genius, Common sense)

As far as me knowing if Frank was a genius - in those days, I thought Einstein was the only genius around.
- Jimmy Carl Black
(Keywords: Genius, Thought)

Of all the projects I've worked on, I've never worked with another director like Billy Friedkin. I think he's a genius.
- Linda Blair
(Keywords: Genius, Projects)

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)

I've learned any fool can write a bad ad, but it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one.
- Daniel J. Boorstin
(Keywords: Genius, Fool)

I am the farthest thing from a computer genius.
- Jonathan Brandis
(Keywords: Genius, Computer)

The genius of America is that we are still a land of undiscovered shores, and we are at our best when we open our hearts and allow the night winds to bring renewed visions of great deeds.
- Phil Bredesen
(Keywords: Genius, America, Deeds, Land, Night, Open, Visions)

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)



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