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True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information. Winston Churchill
To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius. Henri Frederic Amiel
Genius, when young, is divine. Benjamin Disraeli
Genius is an African who dreams up snow. Vladimir Nabokov
Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple. C. W. Ceran
True genius sees with the eyes of a child and thinks with the brain of a genius. Puzant Kevork Thomajan
Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought. Simone Weil
One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius. Simone De Beauvoir
Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them. Robertson Davies
We are all geniuses up to the age of ten. Aldous Huxley
Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius. Henri Frederic Amiel
It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing. Gertrude Stein
The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds. David Hume
I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works. Oscar Wilde
There are big men, men of intellect, intellectual men, men of talent and men of action; but the great man is difficult to find, and it needs --apart from discernment --a certain greatness to find him. Margot Asquith
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Thomas A. Edison
Time, place, and action may with pains be wrought, but genius must be born; and never can be taught. John Dryden
So few people think. When we find one who really does, we call him a genius . Anonymous
Everybody denies I am a genius --but nobody ever called me one! Orson Welles
Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active. Leonardo Da Vinci
We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later. Louis Aragon
Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length. Christian Nevell Bovee
The definition of genius is that it acts unconsciously; and those who have produced immortal works, have done so without knowing how or why. The greatest power operates unseen. William Hazlitt
To see things in the seed is genius. Lao-Tzu
Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains. Thomas Carlyle
Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction. Heinrich Heine
It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women. Louisa May Alcott
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. Oscar Wilde
Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius. Isaac D'Israeli
What makes men of genius, or rather, what they make, is not new ideas, it is that idea -- possessing them -- that what has been said has still not been said enough. EugFne Delacroix
Genius is nothing but a great capacity for patience. Georges-Louis Leclerc Buffon
Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it. Germaine De Stael
Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders. Desiderius Erasmus
A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is personality with a penny's worth of talent. Error which chances to rise above the commonplace. Pablo Picasso
Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks. Henry Ward Beecher
The first and last thing required of genius is, love of the truth. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The divine egoism hat is genius. Mary Webb
Every man is a potential genius until he does something. Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
There is no genius in life like the genius of energy and industry. Don G. Mitchell
I have nothing to declare except my genius. Oscar Wilde
The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue; and no genius can long or often utter anything which is not invited and gladly entertained by men around him. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Genius is nothing more than inflamed enthusiasm. Anonymous
When human power becomes so great and original that we can account for it only as a kind of divine imagination, we call it genius. William Crashaw
What I do not like about our definitions of genius is that there is in them nothing of the day of judgment, nothing of resounding through eternity and nothing of the footsteps of the Almighty. Georg C. Lichtenberg
Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide. John Dryden
A genius can never expect to have a good time anywhere, if he is a genuine article, but America is about the last place in which life will be endurable at all for an inspired writer of any kind.Samuel Butler
I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience. Buckminster Fuller
Genius, like truth, has a shabby and neglected mien. Edward Dahlberg
Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire. Bern Williams
There is one subtle but important difference between genius and stupidity and that is that genius has its limits. You'll see yourself clearest in the eyes of your friends. Anonymous
All the means of action -- the shapeless masses -- the materials -- lie everywhere about us. What we need is the celestial fire to change the flint into the transparent crystal, bright and clear. That fire is genius.'' Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite. Victor Hugo
What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality? Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together. Georg C. Lichtenberg
Geniuses themselves don't talk about the gift of genius, they just talk about hard work and long hours. J. C. (James Cash) Penney
Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent -- the power to do the right thing the first time. Elbert Hubbard
Rising genius always shoots out its rays from among the clouds, but these will gradually roll away and disappear as it ascends to its steady luster. Washington Irving
Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade. Benjamin Franklin
Genius is eternal patience. Michelangelo
Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline. George Eliot
Who in the same given time can produce more than others has vigor; who can produce more and better, has talents; who can produce what none else can, has genius. Johann Kaspar Lavater
Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves. Oscar Wilde
Genius without religion is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace; it may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without, while the inhabitant sits in darkness. Hannah More
Nothing is so envied as genius, nothing so hopeless of attainment by labor alone. Though labor always accompanies the greatest genius, without the intellectual gift labor alone will do little. B. R. Hayden
The eye of genius has always a plaintive expression, and its natural language is pathos. Lydia M. Child
Accept your genius and say what you think. Ralph Waldo Emerson
What Romantic terminology called genius or talent or inspiration is nothing other than finding the right road empirically, following one's nose, taking shortcuts. Italo Calvino
The lamp of genius burns quicker than the lamp of life. Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
As it must not, so genius cannot be lawless; for it is even that constitutes its genius -- the power of acting creatively under laws of its own origination. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Genius must be born, and never can be taught. John Dryden
The function of genius is not to give new answers, but to pose new questions which time and mediocrity can resolve. H. R. Trevor-Roper
When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. Jonathan Swift
Passion holds up the bottom of the universe and genius paints up its roof. Chao Chang
His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine. Thomas A. Edison
Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last. Johann Kaspar Lavater
Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly. Jose Ortega Y Gasset
The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity, although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due, are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end. Charles Caleb Colton
The greatest genius will never be worth much if he pretends to draw exclusively from his own resources. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima. Pablo Picasso
Genius is independent of situation. Charles Churchill
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men -- that is genius. Ralph Waldo Emerson
A genius is one who can do anything except make a living. Joey Lauren Adams
When Nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it. Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. Aristotle
Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them. Arthur Schopenhauer
Every person of genius is considerably helped by being dead. Robert S. Lund
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered -- either by themselves or by others. Mark Twain
Talent is a faculty that is highly developed, but genius commands all the faculties. Francis Herbert Hedge
Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have been better. Carl Jung
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. Sir Max Beerbohm
Genius is sorrow's child. John Adams
Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature. Josiah Gilbert Holland
Towering genius disdains a beaten path. Abraham Lincoln
Genius is childhood recaptured. Jean Baudrillard
The real people of genius were resolute workers not idle dreamers. George Henry Lewes
It is not because the touch of genius has roused genius to production, but because the admiration of genius has made talent ambitious, that the harvest is still so abundant. Margaret Fuller
The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers. Arthur Koestler
Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Genius... means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an inhabitual way. William James
It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us. James Russell Lowell
The greatest genius is the most indebted person. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do. W. H. Auden
One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy. Man Ray
Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius. Benjamin Disraeli
Genius without education is like silver in the mine. Benjamin Franklin
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 entitled to respect only when it promotes the peace and improves the happiness of mankind. Lord Essex
A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression. Ezra Pound
The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner who works and brings it out. Marguerite Gardiner Blessington
Since when was genius found respectable? Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores. Anonymous
Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth. Denis Diderot

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