Quotations The Best Quotes About Genius  

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The first and last thing required of genius is, love of the truth. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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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

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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

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

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There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. Aristotle

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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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Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade. Benjamin Franklin

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

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Genius is eternal patience. Michelangelo

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

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

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

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Genius is nothing more than inflamed enthusiasm.

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

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

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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. W. H. Auden

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To see things in the seed is genius. Laozi

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

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

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

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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. Charles Caleb Colton

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Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius. Benjamin Disraeli

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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

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

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It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing. Gertrude Stein

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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

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

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Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline. George Eliot

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Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders. Desiderius Erasmus

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

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The lamp of genius burns quicker than the lamp of life. Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

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

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Since when was genius found respectable? Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

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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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Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite. Victor Hugo

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We are all geniuses up to the age of ten. Aldous Huxley

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

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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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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

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I have nothing to declare except my genius. Oscar Wilde

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When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. Jonathan Swift

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

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Towering genius disdains a beaten path. Abraham Lincoln

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Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them. Robertson Davies

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Genius is sorrow's child. John Adams

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Genius, like truth, has a shabby and neglected mien. Edward Dahlberg

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

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One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius. Simone de Beauvoir