Quotes with genius
Genius is that which forces the inertia of humanity to learn.
A nation does wisely, if not well, in starving her men of genius. Fatten them, and they are done for.
Nothing in the 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. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing in the world 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.
I envy no quality of the mind or intellect in others; not genius, power, wit, nor fancy; but, if I could choose what would be most delightful, and, I believe, most useful to me, I should prefer a firm religious belief to every other blessing.
Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Harper's Monthly (September 1932 edition); spoken circa 1903.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius --- and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
Speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors "The Chance for Peace" (April 16, 1953)
Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this: When I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. I explore it in all its bearings. My mind becomes pervaded with it.
Then the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.
We hold that the most wonderful and splendid proof of genius is a great poem produced in a civilized age.
On Milton (1825)
Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius, throwing the reader of a book, or the spectator of a statue, into the very ideal presence whence these works have originated.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
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.
Success in business does not depend upon genius. Any young man of ordinary intelligence who is normally sound and not afraid to work should succeed in spite of obstacles and handicaps if he plays the game fairly and keeps everlastingly at it.
Genius is always allowed some leeway, once the hammer has been pried from its hands and the blood has been cleaned up.
The common practice of cunning is the sign of a small genius; it almost always happens that those who use it to cover themselves in one place lay themselves open in another.
In the mystic marriages which here and there in history unite a man to a people, something takes place of which the transports of sense, the delirium of love, seem to be the only symbol; a moment comes in which saints, or men of genius, feel unknown powers striving mightily within them; they strive, they seek, they struggle until, triumphing over all obstacles, they have forced trembling, swooning humanity to conceive by them.
Life of St. Francis d'Assisi (1894)
In the history of education, the most striking phenomenon is that schools of learning, which at one epoch are alive with a ferment of genius, in a succeeding generation exhibit merely pedantry and routine.
Horace's Compromise: The Dilemma of the American High School (1984)
When a person comes to die, no matter what their talents and influence and genius, if they die unloved their life must be a failure to them and dying is a cold horror. It seems to me that if you or I choose between two courses of thought or action we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.