Genius Quotes

The real people of genius were resolute workers not idle dreamers. - George Henry Lewes


Every person of genius is considerably helped by being dead. - Robert S. Lund


A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression. - Ezra Pound


The lamp of genius burns quicker than the lamp of life. - Johann Friedrich Von Schiller


Genius is, to be sure, not a matter of arbitrariness, but rather of freedom, just as wit, love, and faith, which once shall become arts and disciplines. We should demand genius from everybody, without, however, expecting it. - Friedrich Schlegel


Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it. - Germaine De Stael


It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing. - Gertrude Stein


True genius sees with the eyes of a child and thinks with the brain of a genius. - Puzant Kevork Thomajan


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


Genius is nothing more than inflamed enthusiasm. - Source Unknown


The divine egoism hat is genius. - Mary Webb


Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought. - Simone Weil

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. - Oscar Wilde


A genius is one who can do anything except make a living. - Joey Lauren Adams


Genius is sorrow's child. - John Adams


It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women. - Louisa May Alcott


Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man's physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed. - Charles Baudelaire


One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius. - Simone de Beauvoir


Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length. - Christian Nevell Bovee

Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple. - C. W. Ceran


Passion holds up the bottom of the universe and genius paints up its roof. - Chao Chang


True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information. - Winston Churchill


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


Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius. - Isaac D'Israeli


Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active. - Leonardo Da Vinci


Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. - Thomas A. Edison


Accept your genius and say what you think. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


The greatest genius is the most indebted person. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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


Genius is entitled to respect only when it promotes the peace and improves the happiness of mankind. - Lord Essex


Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade. - Benjamin Franklin


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 greatest genius will never be worth much if he pretends to draw exclusively from his own resources. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have is this. When I have a subject in mind. I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it... the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought. - Alexander Hamilton


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


Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction. - Heinrich Heine


Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature. - Josiah Gilbert Holland


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


All of us, you, your children, your neighbors and their children are everyday geniuses, even though the fact is unnoticed and unremembered by everyone. That's probably because school hasn't encouraged us to notice what's hidden inside us waiting for the right environment to express itself. - Peter Kline


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


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