If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in our private heart is for all men - that is genius.
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.
The word "genius" isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.
Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.
Men of genius are meteors destined to burn themselves out in lighting up their age.
Every true genius is bound to be naive.
Every man of genius is considerably helped by being dead.
Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense.
Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience.
I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring.
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity
The charm, one might say the genius, of memory is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental; it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust.
The man of genius is he and he alone who finds such joy in his art that he will work at it come hell or high water.
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
Genius is the talent of a person who is dead.
Talent is a flame, but genius is a fire.
Talent finds its models, methods, and ends in society, exists for exhibition, and goes to the soul only for power to work. Genius is its own end, and draws its means and the style of its architecture from within.
Genius is eternal patience
The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the real value of things, and of the genius of the age in which we live.
Accept your genius and say what you think.
After making a mistake or suffering a misfortune, the man of genius always gets back on his feet.
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.
Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities.
As common sense and initaitive becomes less common in Australia, I tend to advise people frustrated by feeling surrounded by ineptness and mediocrity that they should instead try thinking of it as "I am a genius amongst zombies," when I tell people this they look really very suddenly relieved.