Genius quotes
When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up thy head!

- William Blake
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
It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us.

- Lowell, James Russell
It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.

- Gertrude Stein
What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.

- Oscar Levant
People hate me because I am a multifaceted, talented, wealthy, internationally famous genius.

- Lewis, Jerry
Thoroughness characterizes all successful men. Genius is the art of taking infinite pains. All great achievement has been characterized by extreme care, infinite painstaking, even to the minutest detail.

- Hubbard, Elbert
Let us make life one poem--not of dreams or sentiments--but of actions, not done Byronically as proofs of genius, but for our own self-education, alone, in secret, awaiting the crisis which shall call us forth to the battle to do just what other people do, only, perhaps, by an utterly different self-education. That is the life of great spirits, after, perhaps, many many years of seclusion, of silent training in the lower paths of God's vineyard, till their hearts have settled into a still, deep, yet swift current, and those who have been faithful over a few things are made rulers over many things.

- MS. Letter. 1842.
Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo
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
People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel.

- Hazlitt, William
As a rule, adversity reveals genius and prosperity hides it.

- Horace
Be you in what line of life you may, it will be amongst your misfortunes if you have not time properly to attend to pecuniary [monetary] matters. Want of attention to these matters has impeded the progress of science and of genius itself.

- William Cobbett
Genius is born--not paid.

- Oscar Wilde
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
The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves, which leave us to wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them that we are missing.

- Gamel Abdel Nasser
Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Short of genius a rich man cannot even imagine poverty.

- Peguy, Charles
What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?

- Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes.

- Edgard Varese

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