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Famous Genius Quotes

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A list of the best genius quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous genius quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic genius quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

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    It is personality with a penny's worth of talent. Error which chances to rise above the commonplace.

    Pablo Picasso More
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    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.

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    The eye of genius has always a plaintive expression, and its natural language is pathos.

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    The definition of genius is that it acts unconsciously; and those who have produced immortal works, have done so without knowing how or why. The greatest power operates unseen.

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    To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men -- that is genius.

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    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.

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    To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius.

    Henri-Frédéric Amiel More
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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe More
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    Who in the same given time can produce more than others has vigor; who can produce more and better, has talents; who can produce what none else can, has genius.

    Johann Kaspar Lavater More
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    To see things in the seed is genius.

    Laozi More
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    Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last.

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    What I do not like about our definitions of genius is that there is in them nothing of the day of judgment, nothing of resounding through eternity and nothing of the footsteps of the Almighty.

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

    Georg Christoph Lichtenberg More
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    Towering genius disdains a beaten path.

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    All the means of action -- the shapeless masses -- the materials -- lie everywhere about us. What we need is the celestial fire to change the flint into the transparent crystal, bright and clear. That fire is genius.

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    It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us.

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    Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent -- the power to do the right thing the first time.

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    The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.

    Arthur Koestler More
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    Genius sits in a glass house -- but in an unbreakable one --conceiving ideas. After giving birth, it falls into madness. Stretches out its hand through the window toward the first person happening by. The demon's claw rips, the iron fist grips. Before, you were a model, mocks the ironic voice between serrated teeth, for me, you are raw material to work on. I throw you against the glass wall, so that you remain stuck there, projected and stuck. (Then come the lovers of art and contemplate the bleeding work from outside. Then come the photographers. New art, it says in the newspaper the following day. The learned journals give it a name that ends in ism.)

    Paul Klee More
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    Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction.

    Heinrich Heine More
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    Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature.

    Josiah Gilbert Holland More
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    The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.

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    Unpretending mediocrity is good, and genius is glorious; but a weak flavor of genius in an essentially common person is detestable. It spoils the grand neutrality of a commonplace character, as the rinsings of an unwashed wine-glass spoil a draught of fair water.

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    I have nothing to declare except my genius.

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    Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.

    Victor Hugo More
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    The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds.

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    We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.

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    Genius... means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an inhabitual way.

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    Saying that a great genius is mad, while at the same time recognizing his artistic worth, is like saying that he had rheumatism or suffered from diabetes. Madness, in fact, is a medical term that can claim no more notice from the objective critic than he grants the charge of heresy raised by the theologian, or the charge of immorality raised by the police.

    James Joyce More
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    Genius is eternal patience.

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    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.

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    Genius is nothing more than inflamed enthusiasm.

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    Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.

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    Everybody denies I am a genius --but nobody ever called me one!

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    I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.

    Oscar Wilde More
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    Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves.

    Oscar Wilde More
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    The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.

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    Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.

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    “Sociologically, politically, psychologically, spiritually, it was never enough for him [James Baldwin] to categorize himself as one thing or the other: not just black, not just sexual, not just American, nor even just as a world-class literary artist. He embraced the whole of life the way the sun’s gravitational passion embraces everything from the smallest wandering comet to the largest looming planet. He both confronted and cultivated creative vision with a drive, passion, and brilliance that few have matched, and simply being able to watch his genius sparkle from one sentence to the next could generate both awe and revelation.”

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    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.

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    There is one subtle but important difference between genius and stupidity and that is that genius has its limits. You'll see yourself clearest in the eyes of your friends.

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    So few people think. When we find one who really does, we call him a genius

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    Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov More
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    The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.

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

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    Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller More
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    Genius is, to be sure, not a matter of arbitrariness, but rather of freedom, just as wit, love, and faith, which once shall become arts and disciplines. We should demand genius from everybody, without, however, expecting it.

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    Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them.

    Arthur Schopenhauer More
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