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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.

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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.

    Carl Jung More
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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe More
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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.

    William Hazlitt 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.

    Lydia Child More
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    Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson More
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    Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.

    George Eliot More
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    Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

    Thomas Edison More
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    His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.

    Thomas Edison More
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    Time, place, and action may with pains be wrought, but genius must be born; and never can be taught.

    John Dryden More
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    Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.

    John Dryden More
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    Genius must be born, and never can be taught.

    John Dryden More
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    Genius, when young, is divine.

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    It is not because the touch of genius has roused genius to production, but because the admiration of genius has made talent ambitious, that the harvest is still so abundant.

    Margaret Fuller More
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    The greatest genius is the most indebted person.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson More
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    I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience.

    Buckminster Fuller More
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    Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade.

    Benjamin Franklin More
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    Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

    Benjamin Franklin More
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    Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.

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    A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson More
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    Accept your genius and say what you think.

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    Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.

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    In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.

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    When Nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.

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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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    The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue; and no genius can long or often utter anything which is not invited and gladly entertained by men around him.

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    Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.

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    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.

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    What makes men of genius, or rather, what they make, is not new ideas, it is that idea -- possessing them -- that what has been said has still not been said enough.

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    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 More
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    Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks.

    Henry Ward Beecher More
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    One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius.

    Simone de Beauvoir More
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    Genius is childhood recaptured.

    Jean Baudrillard More
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    Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man's physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed.

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    Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.

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    There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.

    Aristotle More
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    We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later.

    Louis Aragon More
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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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    Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.

    Henri-Frédéric Amiel More
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    new! Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length.

    Christian Nevell Bovee More
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    What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning More
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    Since when was genius found respectable?

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning More
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    Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them.

    Robertson Davies More
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    Genius, like truth, has a shabby and neglected mien.

    Edward Dahlberg More
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    Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.

    Leonardo da Vinci More
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    As it must not, so genius cannot be lawless; for it is even that constitutes its genius -- the power of acting creatively under laws of its own origination.

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge More
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    True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.

    Winston Churchill More
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    Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.

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    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 More
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