Quotes About Genius

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

To do what others cannot do is talent.  To do what talent cannot do is genius.
Will Henry

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

A genius is a man who takes the lemons that fate hands him and starts a lemonade stand with them.
Elbert Hubbard

There are one-story intellects, two-story intellects, and three-story intellects with skylights. All fact collectors with no aim beyond their facts are one-story men. Two-story men compare reason and generalize, using labor of the fact collectors as well as their own.  Three-story men idealize, imagine, and predict.  Their best illuminations come from above through the skylights.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

The man of genius...does not steal, he conquers.
Alexandre Dumas

If there is such a thing as genius, which is just what — what the f*** is it? — I am one, you know.  And if there isn’t, I don’t care.
John Lennon

Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it, but they labor in it because they excel.
William Hazlitt

Name the greatest of all the inventors.  Accident.
Mark Twain

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

Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
Benjamin Disraeli

I don’t think necessity is the mother of invention — invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness.  To save oneself trouble.
Agatha Christie

Genius does what it must, and talent does what it can.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Intelligence recognizes what has happened. Genius recognizes what will happen.
John Ciardi

Since when was genius found respectable?
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
Arthur Conan Doyle

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.  No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Elbert Hubbard

A harmless hilarity and a buoyant cheerfulness are not infrequent concomitants of genius; and we are never more deceived than when we mistake gravity for greatness, solemnity for science, and pomposity for erudition.
Charles Caleb Colton

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

Everyone is a genius at least once a year.  The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

There is no great genius without a touch of madness.
Seneca the Younger

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

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

A genius? Perhaps, but before I was a genius, I was a drudge.
Ignace Jan Paderewski



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