Saturday, 8 December 2012


A genius is the man in whom you are least likely to find the power of attending to anything insipid or distasteful in itself. He breaks his engagements, leaves his letters unanswered, neglects his family duties incorrigibly, because he is powerless to turn his attention down and back from those more interesting trains of imagery with which his genius constantly occupies his mind. - William James

A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce

Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot. - Charles Bukowski

Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows. - Havelock Ellis

Every man who observes vigilantly, and resolves steadfastly, grows unconsciously into genius. - Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them. - Robertson Davies

From time to time there appear on the face of the earth men of rare and consummate excellence, who dazzle us by their virtue, and whose outstanding qualities shed a stupendous light. Like those extraordinary stars of whose origins we are ignorant, and of whose fate, once they have vanished, we know even less, such men have neither forebears nor descendants: they are the whole of their race. - Jean de La Bruyere

Genius ain’t anything more than elegant common sense. - Josh Billings

Genius always looks forward, and not only sees what is, but what necessarily will be. - Fluke Greville

Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them. - Joseph Joubert

Genius has oftenest been the pariah of his time, the unhoused god whom none cared for, unnamed till they whom he first promoted, enriched and honoured, found it honourable to own their benefactor. - Amos Bronson Alcott

Genius holds its universal dominion because it touches the deepest suggestions and utters the multiform experiences of a common nature. - E. H. Chapin

Genius is a steed too fiery for the plow or the cart. - Henry Ward Beecher

Genius is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. - Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Genius is experience. Some seem to think that it is a gift or talent, but it is the fruit of long experience in many lives. Some are older souls than others, and so they know more. - Henry Ford

Genius is knowing to stay silent as others demonstrate their ignorance. - Eric Lau

Genius is mainly an affair of energy. - Matthew Arnold

Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one. - E. B. White

Genius is naught but a greater aptitude for patience. - Comte de Buffon

Genius is often only the power of making continuous efforts. The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it – so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it. How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience, would have achieved success. - Elbert Hubbard

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration. - Thomas Alva Edison

Genius is only a greater aptitude for patience. - George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

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

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

Genius is talent set on fire by courage. - Henry van Dyke

Genius is the ability to receive from the universe. - I Ching

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

Genius is the accumulated wealth of our humanity – its most intense development concentrated at one point, and then with clearer expression and with mysterious power shot back to us across the galvanic lines of thought and feeling. - E. H. Chapin

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

Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way. - William James

Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way. - Charles Bukowski

Genius not only diagnoses the situation but supplies the answers. - Robert Graves

Genius without Education is like Silver in the Mine. - Benjamin Franklin

Genius begins great works; labour alone finishes them. - Joseph Joubert

Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts. - Elbert Hubbard

Genius is the capacity for taking infinite pains. - Thomas Carlyle

Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way. - William James

GENIUS, like a planet, takes a wide circuit through the pure expanse of nature, and visits not regions only, but whole worlds, which SENSE does not know to exist. - Fluke Greville

Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use. - William Hazlitt

No great genius is without an admixture of madness. - Aristotle

People are often dazzled by the show of genius by others, not knowing that they too have it somewhere in themselves. - Unknown

Philosophy becomes poetry, and science imagination, in the enthusiasm of genius. - Benjamin Disraeli

Society has come to be somewhat perversely suspicious of the genius, almost as if there is something rather unjust about being unusually speedy in a person’s mental growth. - Unknown

Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it. - Sherlock Holmes

The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits. - Albert Einstein

The principle mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers. - Unknown

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. - Aldous Huxley

Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others. - Mark Twain

To wake up the genius within your mind, you must first believe there is a genius residing there. - Unknown

We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or other people’s models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open. - Unknown

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