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Genius of a kind has always been with me;
by Mary MacLane

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

The world is like a little marsh filled with mint and white hawthorn.
- Mary MacLane

When I was three years old I was taken with my family
to a little town in Western Minnesota,
where I lived a more or less vapid and ordinary life until I was ten.
- Mary MacLane

The only joy I had was writing what was.
That book was.
It no longer amuses me to be all the things I was when I wrote that.
But it is my story as I was then.
- Mary MacLane

 

I am a genius.
Then it amused me to keep saying so,
but now it does not.
I expected to be happy sometime.
Now I know I shall never be.
- Mary MacLane

I was born to be alone, and I always shall be;
but now I want to be.
- Mary MacLane

I would rather be a fairly happy wife and mother.
- Mary MacLane

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I want fame more than I can tell.
But more than I want fame I want happiness.
- Mary MacLane

I've never made plans for more than a day ahead.
- Mary MacLane

I read of the Kalamazoo girl who killed herself after reading the book.
I am not at all surprised.
She lived in Kalamazoo, for one thing,
and then she read the book.
- Mary MacLane

One must always say things that aim to interest,
because in the world one must after all pay for one's keep.
- Mary MacLane

I do not sing nor play, but I adore music,
particularly Chopin.
I like him because I cannot understand him.
- Mary MacLane

Fame is indeed beautiful and benign and gentle and satisfying,
but happiness is something at once tender and brilliant beyond all things.
- Mary MacLane

I want to live quietly.
- Mary MacLane

It is with pain that I read of the dire effects of
my book upon the minds of young girls.
- Mary MacLane

I love devils.
- Mary MacLane

Of poets I put Virgil first - he was greatest.
- Mary MacLane

I have never read a line of Walt Whitman.
- Mary MacLane

When I wrote my book I wanted to love someone.
I wanted to be in love.
Now I know that I shall never be in love -
and I no longer wish to be.
- Mary MacLane

Let me but make a beginning, let me but strike the
world in a vulnerable spot,
and I can take it by storm.
- Mary MacLane

I do not see any beauty in self-restraint.
- Mary MacLane

There is really no right and wrong.
I recognize no right and wrong.
- Mary MacLane

Just why I sent it to the publishers would be hard to say,
but when I had finished it I felt that it was literature,
because it is real and because it was well written.
And I know that the world wants such things.
- Mary MacLane

I want to write such things as compel the admiring
acclamation of the world at large,
such things as are written but once in years,
things subtle but distinctly different from the books written every day.
- Mary MacLane

The book, you understand, was not written for publication.
It was the portrayal of my emotions,
the analysis of my own soul life during three months of my nineteenth year.
I wrote then all the time, just as I do now,
but, though the book is in diary form,
it is not a diary.
- Mary MacLane

Well, if I am not vulgar, neither is my book.
I wrote myself.
Suggestiveness is always vulgar.
But truth never.
My book is not even remotely suggestive.
I call things by their names.
That is all.
- Mary MacLane

My intention to lecture is as vague as my intention is to go on the stage.
I will never consider an offer to lecture,
not because I despise the vocation, but because I have
no desire to appear on the public rostrum.
- Mary MacLane

You may think me crude, and probably I am crude,
but I am not so crude as I was, for I am clever enough
to see that the girl of nineteen who thought herself
a genius was only an unusual girl writing her heart out.
- Mary MacLane

I never give my real self.
I have a hundred sides, and I turn first one way and then the other.
I am playing a deep game.
I have a number of strong cards up my sleeve.
I have never been myself, excepting to two friends.
- Mary MacLane

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UNIX is basically a simple operating system,
but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity.
- Dennis Ritchie

The appearance of a single great genius is more than
equivalent to the birth of a hundred mediocrities.
- Cesare Lombroso

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

Genius is nothing but continued attention.
- Claude Adrien Helvetius

A man possesses talent; genius possesses the man.
- Isaac Stern


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