Genius quotes

In the republic of mediocrity genius is dangerous.

- Robert G. Ingersoll

One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy.

- Ray, Man

Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.

- Amiel, Henri Frederic

The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the real value of things, and of the genius of the age in which we live.

- La Rochefoucauld, Francois De

The charm, one might say the genius of memory, is that it is choosy, chancy, and temperamental: it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust.

- Bowen, Elizabeth

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

One science only will one genius fit; so vast is art, so narrow human wit.

- Pope, Alexander

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.

- Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Gaiety --a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.

- Diderot, Denis

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

- Shakti Gawain

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

- Stein, Gertrude

The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius.

- Forster, Edward M.

Talent works, genius creates.

- Schumann, Robert

The first and last thing required of genius is, love of the truth.

- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.

- Goncourt, Edmond and Jules De

Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

- Benjamin Franklin

Geniuses themselves don't talk about the gift of genius, they just talk about hard work and long hours.

- Penney, J. C. (James Cash)

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.


Neatness begets order; but from order to taste there is the same difference as from taste to genius, or from love to friendship.

- Lavater, Johann Kaspar

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

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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