100 Geniu Quotes And Sayings

People who have great genius often do not believe they are. That is why they are geniuses. – Albert Einstein

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both...
Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have...
There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. Oscar Levant
It takes a lot of time to be a genius....
It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much, doing nothing, really doing nothing. Gertrude Stein
But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. Carl Sagan
For a long time now a hint of aversion had lain on everything he did and experienced, a shadow of impotence and loneliness, an all-encompassing distaste for which he could not find the complementary inclination. He felt at times as though he had been born with a talent for which there was at present no objective. Robert Musil
The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by...
The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. Bruce Feirstein
There's a thin line between genius and bottom-barrel stupidness. I...
There's a thin line between genius and bottom-barrel stupidness. I hover delicately on a tightrope between the two, wondering where I'll land if I'll ever fall. Suzanne Crowley
Incredibly intelligent people always seem odd to those who are...
Incredibly intelligent people always seem odd to those who are not as sharp. Alexei Maxim Russell
Genius is 10% talent and 90% hard work Sesan Kareem
If you wish success in life, make perseverance you bosom...
If you wish success in life, make perseverance you bosom friend, experience your wise councellor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius. Joseph Addison
Rocket shipsare excitingbut so are roseson a birthday.
Rocket shipsare excitingbut so are roseson a birthday. Leonard Nimoy
This man has talent, that man genius And here's the...
This man has talent, that man genius And here's the strange and cruel difference: Talent gives pence and his reward is gold, Genius gives gold and gets no more than pence. W.H. Davies
If for instance the sentiment possessing for the moment the empire of our mind is sorrow, will not the genius sharpen the sorrow and the sorrow purify the genius? Together, will they not be like a cut diamond for which language is only the wax on which they stamp their imprint? I believe that genius, thus awakened, has no need to seek out details, that it scarcely pauses to reflect, that it never thinks of unity: I believe that the details come naturally without search by the poet, that inspiration takes the place of reflection and as for unity, I think there is no unity so perfect as that which results from a heart filled with a single idea.. The nature of genius is related to that of instinct; it's operation is both simple and marvelous. Unknown
One night I was layin' down, I heard Papa talkin'...
One night I was layin' down, I heard Papa talkin' to Mama, I heard Papa say to let that boy boogie-woogie.' Cause it's in him and it's got to come out. John Lee Hooker
If there were a master of stupidity in this world,...
If there were a master of stupidity in this world, I would really love to listen to his success story. Toba Beta
I used to love the saying, 'If you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.' It sounds great, right? The only problem is that, as it turns out, it’s not even remotely true. Worse yet, it encourages people to passively wait for someone else to give them a break. Most people who do that will grow old waiting for someone to come along and recognize their genius. John Hawkins
Never underestimate spite as a motivator for genius.
Never underestimate spite as a motivator for genius. Sam Kean
We're all a genius, but If you judge a fish...
We're all a genius, but If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Albert Einstien
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. Oscar Wilde
I don't want to be a genius- I have enough...
I don't want to be a genius- I have enough problems just trying to be a man. Albert Camus
Living myth is about the experience of the waters parting again in the here and now. As a critical moment opens before us the spirit of life and genius of the soul speaks to us and through us. What was about to crush us suddenly parts before us and we shoot forward with the sudden vitality of life, fueled by the living imagination needed to survive. Michael Meade
Madness is the acme of intelligence. Unknown
Intelligence, Kant reminds, is not so much a result of genius, rather it is a consequence of a determination to use it. Michael R. LeGault
My genius is not so frail a thing that it cowers from the dirty fingers of newspapernen. Diane Setterfield
Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active. Leonardo Da Vinci
If it sounds good, it is good. Louis Armstrong
Genius is when you strike a chord accidently, and the ensuing music is beyond your control Bangambiki Habyarimana
True genius without heart is a thing of nought - for not great understanding alone, not intelligence alone, nor both together, make genius. Love! Love! Love! that is the soul of genius. Unknown
There is a myth at the heart of things and some element of genius in the heart of each person. Michael Meade
Being innovative is to allow yourself to expose your mind to something great that has potential to change lives and the world positively and you take action on it. Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
This was genius at close quarters, and genius had that something above normal in it that was a great strain upon the ordinary mind and feeling. All five were different from each other, yet each had that curious quality of burning intensity, the single-mindedness of purpose that made such a terrifying impression. She did not know whether it were a quality of brain or rather a quality of outlook, of intensity. But each of them, she thought, was in his or her way a passionate idealist. . Agatha Christie
This reasoning is based on the wishful thinking that genius can only be earned through education and hard work. It denies the time-proven truth that genius can strike like a random bolt of lightning, at any time in any place, even in a humble glover's home in a small town in Elizabethan England. Andrea Mays
I had often said that I would write, the wives of geniuses I have sat with. I have sat with so many. I have sat with wives who were not wives, of geniuses who were real geniuses. I have sat with real wives of geniuses who were not real geniuses. In short, I have sat very often and very long with many wives and wives of many geniuses.' Gertrude Stein wrote this in the voice of her partner, Alice B. Toklas, Stein being apparently the genius, Alice apparently the wife. 'I am nothing, ' Alice said after Gertrude dies, 'but a memory of her.'..the flashing blues and red made him look ill, then well, then ill again.. . Lauren Groff
We are born winners, but we are hypnotized by the society to succumb to mediocrity and moulded into self-victimization. It is for each one of us to regain our self-geniusness. Vishwas Chavan
I refuse to settle for what you call reality. Solange Nicole
If you can be kind to people, you will be a genius in this world. Bryant McGill
The mainspring of genius is curiosity. Charles Baudelaire
You're a Genius all the time Jack Kerouac
Sometimes she arches away from me and wears a light halo of genius about her. Priya Parmar
Genius is a sovereign power; it forms schools; it lays hold on the spirits of men, with irresistible might; and it exercises an immeasurable influence on the whole condition of human life. This sovereignty of genius is a gift of God, possessed only by his grace. It is subject to no one and is responsible to him alone who has granted it this ascendancy. Abraham Kuyper
I think it's important to remember that writers do not have a monopoly of wisdom on their books. They can be wrong about their own books, they can often learn about their own books Unknown
I love writing and can't imagine not being able to do it. I want an easy life and if it had been difficult doing it I wouldn't be doing it. I do admire writers who do it even though it costs them. Iain M. Banks
It would always be my burden, not that I lacked genius, but that I was fully aware of it. Pat Conroy
Girls did that then — knocked themselves out to support some man’s notion of his own genius. What was Gavin doing to help pay the rent? Not much, though she suspected him of dealing pot on the side. Once in a while they even smoked some of that, though not often, because it made Constance cough. It was all very romantic. Margaret Atwood
Genius and science have burst the limits of space, and few observations, explained by just reasoning, have unveiled the mechanism of the universe. Would it not also be glorious for man to burst the limits of time, and, by a few observations, to ascertain the history of this world, and the series of events which preceded the birth of the human race? Georges Cuvier
Genius in general is poetic. Where genius has been active it has been poetically active. The truly moral person is a poet. Novalis
And here we go creating great men out of artisans who happened to have stumbled on a way to improve electrical apparatus or pedal through Sweden on a bicycle! And we solicit great men to write books promoting the cult of other great men! It's really very funny, and worth the price of admission! It will all end up with every village having his own great man - a lawyer, a novelist, and a polar explorer of immense stature! And the world will become wonderfully flat and simple and easy to master . . Knut Hamsun
No, I don't admire the genius. But I admire and love the result of the genius's activity in the world, of which the great man is only the poor necessary tool, only, so to speak, the paltry awl to bore with. Knut Hamsun
There was never a great genius without a touch of madness. Ben Jonson
The true genius shudders at incompleteness – imperfection – and usually prefers silence to saying the something which is not everything that should be said. Edgar Allan Poe
PARAPHRASE: Genius is not that you are smarter than everyone else. It is that you are ready to receive the inspiration. Albert Einstein
A genius is a grown-up that did not grow up. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
The word genius was whispered into my ear the first things I ever Heard while I was still mewling in my crib, laughs Orson (Welles), so it never occured to me that I wasn't until middle age Barbara Leaming
You gleefully say, “I just thought of something! ”, when in fact your brain performed an enormous amount of work before your moment of genius struck. When an idea is served up from behind the scenes, your neural circuitry has been working on it for hours or days or years, consolidating information and trying out new combinations. But you take credit without further wonderment at the vast, hidden machinery behind the scenes. David Eagleman
Developing your unique thought to the level of being appreciated and adopted by the world - that's genius. Ogwo David Emenike
Henry held up his taco- formerly Vlad's- and grinned. " Little known fact, gentlemen. Tacos are the food of genius."pg248 Henry to Vlad & Joss Heather Brewer
The team must consist of three sorts of specialists, he says. Otherwise the revolution, whether in politics or the arts or the sciences or whatever, is sure to fail. The rarest of these specialists, he says, is an authentic genius - a person capable of having seemingly good ideas not in in general circulation. "A genius working alone, " he says, "is invariably ignored as a lunatic." The second sort of specialist is a lot easier to find; a highly intelligent citizen in good standing in his or her community, who understands and admires the fresh ideas of the genius, and who testifies that the genius is far from mad. "A person like this working alone, " says Slazinger, "can only yearn loud for changes, but fail to say what their shaped should be." The third sort of specialist is a person who can explain everything, no matter how complicated, to the satisfaction of most people, no matter how stupid or pigheaded they may be. "He will say almost anything in order to be interesting and exciting, " says Slazinger. "Working alone, depending solely on his own shallow ideas, he would be regarded as being as full of shit as a Christmas turkey. . Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
One of her favorite lines was, "The difference between genius and stupidity s that genius has limits. Kate Karyus Quinn
Some were brilliant bordering on genius. Others, genius bordering on madness Erich Segal
He's no idiot, in fact he's a genius... and that's as far from an idiot as you can get without reaching madness. Mike Judge
Madness, genius, originality - it's all the same thing; it's a breaking of our normal value structure and the substitution of another one. Malcolm Bradbury
You never know your true genius untill you do what you love Wouter Van Gastel
Talent is hereditary; it may be the common possession of a whole family (eg, the Bach family); genius is not transmitted; it is never diffused, but is strictly individual. Otto Weininger
A gifted violin player in danger of becoming a virtuoso and thus too attached to his instrument handed it over to the Oneida authorities and never played again. When a visiting Canadian teacher complained that the community did not foster “genius or special talent, ” Noyes was delighted, replying, “We never expected or desired to produce a Byron, a Napoleon, or a Michelangelo.” You know you've reached a new plateau of group mediocrity when even a Canadian is alarmed by your lack of individuality. Sarah Vowell
The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor. George Bernard Shaw
…because talent isn't genius, and no amount of energy can make it so. I want to be great, or nothing. Louisa May Alcott
It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women. Louisa May Alcott
Talent is a spring from which fresh water is constantly flowing. But this spring loses its value if it is not used in the right way. Ludwig Wittgenstein
Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can. Edward Robert BulwerLytton
Genius is the recovery of childhood at will. Arthur Rimbaud
Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will. Charles Baudelaire
The only genius that's worth anything is the genius for hard work. Kathleen Winsor
People like me are aware of their so-called genius at ten, eight, nine. I always wondered, ``Why has nobody discovered me?'' In school, didn't they see that I'm cleverer than anybody in this school? That the teachers are stupid, too? That all they had was information that I didn't need? I got fuckin' lost in being at high school. I used to say to me auntie ``You throw my fuckin' poetry out, and you'll regret it when I'm famous, '' and she threw the bastard stuff out. I never forgave her for not treating me like a fuckin' genius or whatever I was, when I was a child. It was obvious to me. Why didn't they put me in art school? Why didn't they train me? Why would they keep forcing me to be a fuckin' cowboy like the rest of them? I was different I was always different. Why didn't anybody notice me? A couple of teachers would notice me, encourage me to be something or other, to draw or to paint - express myself. But most of the time they were trying to beat me into being a fuckin' dentist or a teacher . John Lennon
Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple. Woody Guthrie
If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldn't call it genius. Michelangelo Buonarroti
Genius inspires resentment. A sad fact of life. Eoin Colfer
The more obscure our tastes, the greater the proof of our genius. Jennifer Donnelly
Genius is an infinite capacity for causing pain. Margaret Atwood
Genius is neither learned nor acquired. It is knowing without experience. It is risking without fear of failure. It is perception without touch. It is understanding without research. It is certainty without proof. It is ability without practice. It is invention without limitations. It is imagination without boundaries. It is creativity without constraints. It is...extraordinary intelligence! Patricia Polacco
I quite agree with Dr. Nordau's assertion that all men of genius are insane, but Dr. Nordau forgets that all sane people are idiots. Oscar Wilde
WHORES.Necessary in the nineteenth century for the contraction of syphilis, without which no one could claim genius. Julian Barnes
Persons of genius, it is true, are, and are always likely to be, a small minority; but in order to have them, it is necessary to preserve the soil in which they grow. John Stuart Mill
You are vain and wicked- as a genius should be. Unknown
There is no such thing as an evil genius, as evil in it's self is stupidity. David Farland
Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Genius is full of trash. Herman Melville
Geniuses have the shortest biographies. Claire Messud
Great minds that are healthy are never considered geniuses, while this sublime qualification is lavished on brains that are often inferior but are slightly touched by madness. Guy De Maupassant
Oh! how near are genius and madness! Men imprison them and chain them, or raise statues to them. Denis Diderot
There is no off position on the genius button. CBS News
There have only been two geniuses in the world – Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare. Tallulah Bankhead
On, I don't think I'm a genius! ' cried Josie, growing calm and sober as she listened to the melodious voice and looked into the expressive face that filled her with confidence, so strong, sincere and kindly was it. 'I only want to find out if I have talent enough to go on, and after years of study be able to act well in any of the good plays people never tire of seeing. I don't expected to be a Mrs. Siddons or a Miss Cameron, much as I long to be; but it does seem as if I had something in me which can't come out in any way but this. When I act I'm perfectly happy. I seem to live, to be in my own world, and each new part is a new friend. I love Shakespeare, and am never tired of his splendid people. Of course I don't understand it all; but it's like being alone at night with the mountains and the stars, solemn and grand, and I try to imagine how it will look when the sun comes up, and all is glorious and clear to me. I can't see, but I feel the beauty, and long to express it. Louisa May Alcott
I think MacGregor might be a genius. Anyone so oblivious to the horror of the human world must be. Susan Juby
Genius is finding the invisible link between things. Vladimir Nabokov
Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius. Fulton J. Sheen
Genius is the true mystery, and at its edge--the abyss. Guillermo Del Toro
Genius tries to conquer the world with art, with songs, with words; stupid tries to conquer it with sword, with guns, with arrows! Mehmet Murat Ildan
You see Miss Gertrude is a genius. And a genius is a genius. So what if no one understands a word she writes. Some day they might. Jonah Winter
Genius is play, and man's capacity for achieving genius is infinite, and many may achieve genius only through play. William Saroyan
We have no need for genius - genius is dead. We have need for strong hands, for spirits who are willing to give up the ghost and put on flesh... Henry Miller