Genius Quotes

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

Malcolm Cowley

Genius is nothing but labor and diligence.

William Hogarth 1697

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

Thomas Edison

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

Bruce Feirstein

In the republic of mediocrity genius is dangerous.

Robert G. Ingersoll

To see things in the seed, that is genius.


Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.

Benjamin Disraeli 1804

But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

Carl Sagan

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

Oscar Levant

There is no great genius without some touch of madness.


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

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

Margot Fonteyn

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

Joe Theisman

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

E.B. White

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.

George Bernard Shaw

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

The reluctance to put away childish things may be a requirement of genius.

Rebecca Pepper Sinkler

If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Genius is perseverance in disguise

Mike Newlin

Genius is an overused word. The world has known only about a half dozen geniuses. I got only fairly near.

Fritz Kreisler

Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.

Madame de Stael

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

Max Beerbohm

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Updated On : December 22, 2013
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