Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.
When we lose twenty pounds... we may be losing the twenty best pounds we have! We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius, our humanity, our love and honesty.
Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.
This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time.
It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavour; riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work.
In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
The appearance of a single great genius is more than equivalent to the birth of a hundred mediocrities.
A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius.
There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.
To appreciate and use correctly a valuable maxim requires a genius; a vital appropriating exercise of mind closely allied to that which first created it.
Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius. Think of the capacity to learn! The freshness, the temperament, the will of a baby a few months old.
A man of genius is inexhaustible only in proportion as he is always renourishing his genius.
Genius always gives its best at first, prudence at last.
Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction.
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.
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
There is no genius free from some tincture of madness.
Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows, and there is his tragedy.
Such is the privilege of genius; it perceives, it seizes relations where vulgar eyes see only isolated facts.
Genius discovers a system; average talent stereotypes it till it is shattered by fresh genius. It is dangerous for an army to be led by veterans; for on the other side God may place Napoleon.
The man whose action habitually bears the stamp of his mind is a genius, but the greatest genius is not always equal to himself, or he would cease to be human.
Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up.
He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero.
Genius is always accompanied by enthusiasm.