True Genius

Sunday, January 7, 2018 – True Genius

Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. I think that would qualify as not smart but genius – and a very stable genius at that! ~ Donald J. Trump, Saturday, January 6, 2018

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. ~ Albert Einstein

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. ~ Calvin Coolidge

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. ~ Marilyn Monroe

There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. ~ Oscar Levant

Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire. ~ Bernard Williams

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is called genius is the abundance of life and health. ~ Henry David Thoreau

No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does. ~ Christopher Morley

Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius. ~ George Sand

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

Genius is patience. ~ Isaac Newton

The true artist is not proud: he unfortunately sees that art has no limits; he feels darkly how far he is from the goal, and though he may be admired by others, he is sad not to have reached that point to which his better genius only appears as a distant, guiding sun. ~ Ludwig van Beethoven

Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius. ~ Matthew McConaughey

I have nothing to declare except my genius. ~ Oscar Wilde

Genius without education is like silver in the mine. ~ Benjamin Franklin

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

Genius and virtue are to be more often found clothed in gray than in peacock bright. ~ Van Wyck Brooks

Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

I’m not a genius. I’m just a tremendous bundle of experience. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima. ~ Pablo Picasso

We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later. ~ Louis Aragon

When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him. ~ Jonathan Swift

A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. ~ James Joyce

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

Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows, and there is his tragedy. ~ Havelock Ellis

Every true genius is bound to be naive. ~ Friedrich Schiller

The general interest of the masses might take the place of the insight of genius if it were allowed freedom of action. ~ Denis Diderot

No one can resist the idea of a crippled genius. ~ Stephen Hawking

Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein. ~ Joe Theismann

Every man of genius is considerably helped by being dead. ~ Robert Staughton Lynd

Because you are a great lord, you believe yourself to be a great genius. You took the trouble to be born, but no more. ~ Pierre Beaumarchais

Genius is the ability to renew one’s emotions in daily experience. ~ Paul Cezanne

There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him. ~ Antonin Artaud

Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty. ~ Louisa May Alcott

Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day. ~ Samuel Goldwyn

He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero. ~ Johann Kaspar Lavater

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have been better. ~ Carl Jung

Every man is a potential genius until he does something. ~ Herbert Beerbohm Tree

A genius knows how to make himself easily understood without being obvious about it. ~ Jean Anouilh

People hate me because I am a multifaceted, talented, wealthy, internationally famous genius. ~ Jerry Lewis

A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself. ~ Samuel Johnson

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

You see Miss Gertrude is a genius. And a genius is a genius. So what if no one understands a word she writes. Some day they might. ~ Jonah Winter, Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude

Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but mercifully laughter intervened. ~ Lawrence Durrell

Genius-worship is the inevitable sign of an uncreative age. ~ Clive Bell

But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. ~ Carl Sagan

The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor. ~ George Bernard Shaw

I don’t want to be a genius. I have enough problems just trying to be a man. ~ Albert Camus