Genius Quotes

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

William James

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous

Robert Green Ingersoll

No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does

Christopher Morley

The essence of genius is to know what to overlook.

William James

Talent may be in time forgiven, but genius never

Lord Byron

Genius is always allowed some leeway, once the hammer has been pried from its hands and the blood has been cleaned up

Terry Pratchett

Common sense is as rare as genius, - is the basis of genius

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows, and there is his tragedy

Havelock Ellis

The function of genius is not to give new answers, but to pose new questions - which time and mediocrity can solve.

Hugh Trevor-Roper

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

William James

True genius sees with the eyes of a child and thinks with the brain of a genie

Puzant Kevork Thomajan

The true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.

Edgar Allan Poe

I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.

Oscar Wilde

Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts. The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it; so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it.

Elbert Hubbard

The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.

Arthur Koestler

When Nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Genius is there in all of us, just waiting for us to tap into it

Robert R. Toth

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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.


There is no great genius without some touch of madness.

Lucius Annaeus Senec

The world thinks eccentricity in great things is genius, but in small things, only crazy.

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.

Aldous Huxley

Any intelligent 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.

E. F. Schumacker

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

Percy Bysshe Shelley
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