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All genius is a conquering of chaos and mystery. ...
by Otto Weininger

All genius is a conquering of chaos and mystery.
- Otto Weininger

The genius which runs to madness is no longer genius.
- Otto Weininger

Every true, eternal problem is an equally true,
eternal fault; every answer an atonement,
every realisation an improvement.
- Otto Weininger

Fate determines many things, no matter how we struggle.
- Otto Weininger

 

No men who really think deeply about women retain a high opinion of them;
men either despise women or they have never thought seriously about them.
- Otto Weininger

Among the notable things about fire is that it also
requires oxygen to burn -
exactly like its enemy,
life.
Thereby are life and flames so often compared.
- Otto Weininger

The fixed stars signify the angel in man.
That is why man orients himself by them;
and that is why women have no appreciation for the starry sky;
because they have no sense of the angel in man.
- Otto Weininger

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I mean, Scorsese's a genius, and that's one way of shooting.
- Stanley Tucci

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

Genius is the very eye of intellect and the wing of thought;
it is always in advance of its time,
and is the pioneer for the generation which it precedes.
- William Gilmore Simms

Everybody denies I am a genius - but nobody ever called me one!
- Orson Welles

Unless one is a genius, it is best to aim at being intelligible.
- Anthony Hope

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

Learning is the ally, not the adversary of genius...
he who reads in a proper spirit, can scarcely read too much.
- William Godwin

I make no claim to being a business genius.
You can make so much money in this business that it loses its value.
- Nat King Cole

The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept
a majority of the people from ever questioning the
inequity of a system where most people drudge along,
paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.
- Gore Vidal

Innocence in genius, and candor in power,
are both noble qualities.
- Madame de Stael

To know one's self is wisdom, but not to know one's neighbors is genius.
- Minna Antrim

Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of
a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In Mozart and Salieri we see the contrast between the
genius which does what it must and the talent which does what it can.
- Maurice Baring

There are people who possess not so much genius as
a certain talent for perceiving the desires of the century,
or even of the decade, before it has done so itself.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

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

But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant,
of the arts and is touched by the same madness and genius.
- Marston Morse

The capacity of the female mind for studies of the
highest order cannot be doubted,
having been sufficiently illustrated by its works of genius,
of erudition, and of science.
- James Madison

I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the
variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of
human genius will never exhaust.
- Igor Stravinsky

Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning,
but wisdom is like the sun.
- Franz Grillparzer

Genius is immediate, but talent takes time.
- Janet Flanner

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind,
which are delivered down from generation to generation
as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
- Joseph Addison

Conversation enriches the understanding,
but solitude is the school of genius.
- Edward Gibbon

Olivier was another case of a genius,
who couldn't understand why anybody would have any trouble doing this,
because for him it came so easily.
- James Lipton

Dali is like a man who hesitates between talent and genius,
or, as one might once have said, between vice and virtue.
- Andre Breton

There is nothing in the genius of America more precious
today than the spirit of religious and political tolerance
in its application to our own people.
- Paul Harris

No one can arrive from being talented alone,
work transforms talent into genius.
- Anna Pavlova


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