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Genius quotes and quotations

Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
Vladimir Nabokov

As diamond cuts diamond, and one hone smooths a second, all the parts of intellect are whetstones to each other; and genius, which is but the result of their mutual sharpening, is character too.
Cyrus Augustus Bartol

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

There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
Oscar Lavant

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

Here lies our good Edmund, whose genius was such We scarcely can praise it or blame it too much; Who, born for the universe, narrow'd his mind, And to party gave up what was meant for mankind.
Oliver Goldsmith

Genius is an infinite capacity for taking life by the scruff of the neck.
Christopher Quill

Time, place, and action may with pains be wrought, But Genius must be born; and never can be taught.
John Dryden

Genius and its rewards are briefly told: A liberal nature and a niggard doom, A difficult journey to a splendid tomb.
John Forster

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

One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.
John Watson Foster

Genius does what it must, and talent does what it can.
Edward G. Bulwer-lytton

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

Every work of Genius is tinctured by the feelings, and often originates in the events of times.
Isaac D'Israeli

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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes men come by the name of genius in the same way that certain insects come by the name of centipede--not because they have a hundred feet, but because most people can't count above fourteen.
G. C. Lichtenberg

Philosophy becomes poetry, and science imagination, in the enthusiasm of genius.
Isaac D'Israeli

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

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

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
John Dryden

True genius sees with the eyes of a child and thinks with the brain of a genii.
Puzant Kevork Thomajan

I don't want to be a genius--I have enough problems just trying to be a man.
Albert Camus

Genius hath electric power which earth can never tame.
Lydia M Child

Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.
Thomas A. Edison

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Albert Einstein

But genius must be born, and never can be taught.
John Dryden

Genius develops in quiet places, character out in the full current of human life.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction.
E. F. Schumacher

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

Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.
Joseph Joubert

No great genius is without an admixture of madness.

The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them which we are missing.
Gamal Abdel Nasser

Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius--and a lot of courage--to move in the opposite direction.
John Dryden

Genius . . . means the transcendent capacity of taking trouble.
Thomas Carlyle

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
Elbert Hubbard

Genius is the power of lighting one's own fire.
John Forster

Genius is only patience.
George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

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

Genius is intensity. The man who gets anything worth having is the man who goes after his object as a bulldog goes after a cat - with every fiber in him tense with eagerness and determination.
C. Holman

Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use.
William Hazlitt

Nobody in the game of football should be called a genius. A genius is somebody like Norman Einstein.
Joe Theisman

Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
Benjamin Disraeli

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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.
Isaac D'Israeli

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

To think, and to feel, constitute the two grand divisions of men of genius--the men of reasoning and the men of imagination.
Isaac D'Israeli

Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes.
Edgard Varese

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

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.

Vivutur ingenio, that damn'd motto there Seduced me first to me a wicked player.
George Farquhar

Many men of genius must arise before a particular man of genius can appear.
Isaac D'Israeli

It is the privilege of genius that to it life never grows commonplace as to the rest of us.
James Russell Lowell