Genius Quotes

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Thomas Edison

In the republic of mediocrity genius is dangerous.

Robert G. Ingersoll

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.

Bruce Feirstein

Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.

Thomas Edison

Genius is nothing but labor and diligence.

William Hogarth 1697

Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you.

Malcolm Cowley

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

Jonathan Swift

Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.

George Bernard Shaw

In every work of genius, we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.

E.B. White

The word "genius" isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.

Joe Theisman

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.

Kin Hubbard

Genius is 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration.

Thomas Edison

The drama is not a mere copy of nature, not a facsimile. It is the free running hand of genius, under the impression of its liveliest wit or most passionate impulses, a thousand times adorning or feeling all as it goes; and you must read it, as the healthy instinct of audiences almost always does, if the critics will let them alone, with a grain of allowance, and a tendency to go away with as much of it for use as is necessary, and the rest for the luxury of laughter, pity, or poetical admiration.

Leigh Hunt

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Genius is eternal patience


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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Talent is a flame, but genius is a fire.


Genius is the talent of a person who is dead.

Edmond de Goncourt

Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable.

Margot Fonteyn

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius --- and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

Albert Einstein

There is no great genius without some touch of madness.


There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.

Oscar Levant

Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.

Benjamin Disraeli 1804
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