Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you
Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius
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.
Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius.
Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.
Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.
There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
I'm all in favour of the democratic principle that one idiot is as good as one genius, but I draw the line when someone takes the next step and concludes that two idiots are better than one genius.
We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later.
Improvement makes straight roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.
What is the good of being a genius if you cannot use it as an excuse for being unemployed?
The art of meditation may be exercised at all hours, and in all places; and men of genius, in their walks, at table, and amidst assemblies, turning
the eye of the mind inwards, can form an artificial solitude; retired amidst a crowd, calm amidst distraction, and wise amidst folly.
What is genius, anyway, if it isn't the ability to give an adequate response to a great challenge
Necessity is often the spur to genius.
Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable.
Conversation enriches the understanding; but solitude is the school of genius.
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it is better to absolutely ridiculus than absolutely boring.
Hunger is the handmaid of genius
In our own time it has been seen... that simple children, roughly brought up in the wilderness, have begun to draw by themselves, impelled by their own natural genius, instructed solely by the example of these beautiful paintings and sculptures of Nature.
Genius is its own end, and draws its means and the style of its architecture from within, going abroad only for audience, and spectator, as we adapt our voice and phrase to the distance and character of the ear we speak to
An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark - that is critical genius.
Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.
Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.