Genius Quotes

Manners are the happy way of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love --now repeated and hardened into usage. They form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned. If they are superficial, so are the dewdrops which give such depth to the morning meadows.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity

Thomas Henry Huxley

I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring.

James McNeill Whistler

Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience.

George-Louis de Buffon

Take back the beauty and wit you bestow upon me; leave me my own mediocrity of agreeableness and genius, but leave me also my sincerity, my constancy, and my plain dealing; 'tis all I have to recommend me to the esteem either of others or myself.

Mary Wortley Montagu

Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense.

Josh Billings

Every man of genius is considerably helped by being dead.

Robert S. Lynd

Every true genius is bound to be naive.

J.C.F. von Schiller

Men of genius are meteors destined to burn themselves out in lighting up their age.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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

William James

The word "genius" isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.

Joe Theisman

Talent is that which is in a man's power; genius is that in whose power a man is

James Russell Lowell

Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this; when I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort that I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.

Alexander Hamilton

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.

Denis Diderot

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

Hannah Moore

Genius, in one respect, is like gold; numbers of persons are constantly writing about both, who have neither.

Charles Caleb Colton

A genius is a man who can rewrap a new shirt and not have any pins left over.

Dino Levi

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.

Joseph Addison 1672

Contemporary criticism only represents the amount of ignorance genius has to contend with.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Genius, by its very intensity, decrees a special path of fire for its vivid power.

Phillips Brooks

I have known no man of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect, either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him.

Max Beerbohm

To run over better waters the little vessel of my genius now hoists her sails, as she leaves behind her a sea so cruel.

Durante degli Alighieri

It is almost impossible to be a doctor and an honest man, but it is obscenely impossible to be a psychiatrist without at the same time bearing the stamp of the most incontestable madness: that of being unable to resist that old atavistic reflex of the mass of humanity, which makes any man of science who is absorbed by this mass a kind of natural and inborn enemy of all genius.

Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud
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