Genius Quotes

Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Mediocrity is self-inflicted. Genius is self-bestowed.

Walter Russell

If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius.

Larry Leissner

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.


Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Genius is entitled to respect only when it promotes the peace and improves the happiness of mankind

Lord Essex

Men of genius are meteors intended to burn to light their century.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.

Joseph Joubert

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

Leonardo da Vinci

Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius.

May Sarton

Supreme art is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truth, passed on from age to age, modified by individual genius, but never abandoned.

William Butler Yeats

Intelligence recognizes what has happened. Genius recognizes what will happen.

John Ciardi

Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities.

Anne Louise Germaine de StaÎl

Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius

Benjamin Disraeli

That is the true genius of America, a faith in the simple dreams of its people, the insistence on small miracles. That we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door. That we can have an idea and start our own business without paying a bribe or hiring somebody's son. That we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will be counted -- or at least, most of the time.

Barack Obama

After making a mistake or suffering a misfortune, the man of genius always gets back on his feet.

NapolČon Bonaparte

Someone has defined genius as intensity of purpose: the ability to do, the patience to wait... Put these together and you have genius, and you have achievement.

Leo J. Muir

Accept your genius and say what you think.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you

Malcolm Cowley

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.

Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.

C. W. Ceram

The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.

Walter Lippmann

Genius may conceive but patient labor must consummate

Horace Mann
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