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Genius is always allowed some leeway,
by Terry Pratchett

Genius is always allowed some leeway,
once the hammer has been pried from its hands and the
blood has been cleaned up.
- Terry Pratchett

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett

Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.
- Terry Pratchett

The trouble with having an open mind, of course,
is that people will insist on coming along
and trying to put things in it.
- Terry Pratchett

 

Only in our dreams are we free.
The rest of the time we need wages.
- Terry Pratchett

Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess,
and you don't find out til too late that he's been
playing with two queens all along.
- Terry Pratchett

Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree.
- Terry Pratchett

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They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing,
but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.
- Terry Pratchett

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness
has always got there first,
and is waiting for it.
- Terry Pratchett

The intelligence of the creature known as a crowd,
is the square root of the number of people in it.
- Terry Pratchett

Taxation is just a sophisticated way of demanding money with menaces.
- Terry Pratchett

You can't trample infidels when you're a tortoise.
I mean, all you could do is give them a meaningful look.
- Terry Pratchett

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day.
Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
- Terry Pratchett

The truth may be out there, but lies are inside your head.
- Terry Pratchett

Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.
- Terry Pratchett

He was the sort of person who stood on mountaintops
during thunderstorms in wet copper armour shouting
"All the Gods are bastards."
- Terry Pratchett

The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short,
and the pen is very sharp.
- Terry Pratchett

Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.
- Terry Pratchett

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods;
they have not forgotten this.
- Terry Pratchett

Sometimes it is better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.
- Terry Pratchett

It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes.
It is in fact true.
It's called living.
- Terry Pratchett

In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
- Terry Pratchett

Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind.
It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can.
Of course, I could be wrong.
- Terry Pratchett

It's not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone,
somewere, would much rather you weren't doing.
- Terry Pratchett

Sooner or later we're all someone's dog.
- Terry Pratchett

Men of lofty genius,
when they are doing the least work,
are most active.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Genius is the power to labor better and more availably.
Deserve thy genius: exalt it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To see things in the seed, that is genius.
- Lao Tzu

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin it now.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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.
- Albert Einstein

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

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

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

If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

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.
- Calvin Coolidge

When you have shut your doors, and darkened your room,
remember, never to say that you are alone,
for you are not alone, but God is within,
and your genius is within.
- Epictetus

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

I'm not a genius.
I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The man of genius inspires us with
a boundless confidence in our own powers.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not all Heroes wear capes.
- On an Apple Inc. "Genius Bar" T-shirt

Genius always finds itself a century too early.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When nature has work to be done,
she creates a genius to do it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Important ideas can come from unexpected places.
We tend to label people - Genius, Idiot,
Socialist, Regressive, Wingnut, Revolutionary, Terrorist.
But it is helpful to remind ourselves to be open
to good ideas - whatever their source.
It is equally important to avoid accepting any idea
merely because we respect that person's
other ideas or accomplishments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity;
so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
- Henry David Thoreau

Everybody is a genius.
But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
- Albert Einstein

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

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

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

Everyone is a genius at least once a year;
a real genius has his original ideas closer together.
- Georg Lichtenberg

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

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
- Bruce Feirstein

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

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

Genius may have its limitations,
but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
- Elbert Hubbard

What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense.
- Josh Billings

Towering genius disdains a beaten path.
It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
- Abraham Lincoln

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

Man is a genius when he is dreaming.
- Akira Kurosawa

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt

I can't tell you if genius is hereditary,
because heaven has granted me no offspring.
- James Whistler

The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him
a situation which common sense,
without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.
- Walter Lippmann

Genius is an overused word.
The world has known only about a half dozen geniuses.
I got only fairly near.
- Fritz Kreisler

Then I heard this genius teacher Stella Adler -
I recommend you read anything you might find about
her and if you have anyone interested in theatre,
you get them one of her books.
- Harvey Keitel

Genius of a kind has always been with me;
an empty heart that has taken on a certain wooden quality;
an excellent,
strong woman's body and a pitiably starved soul.
- Mary MacLane

During this earlier period of his activity Voltaire
seems to have been trying -
half unconsciously,
perhaps - to discover and to express the fundamental quality of his genius.
- Lytton Strachey

The dread of criticism is the death of genius.
- William Gilmore Simms

A science is any discipline in which the fool of this
generation can go beyond the point reached by the genius of the last generation.
- Max Gluckman

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
- Aristotle

Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.
- Benjamin Disraeli

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


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