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Genius is one percent inspiration
by Thomas Edison

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

Related topics: Motivational Perseverance Persistence

Opportunity is missed by most people
because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
- Thomas Edison

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

If we all did the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astound ourselves.
- Thomas Edison

 

There is no substitute for hard work.
- Thomas Edison

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

I have not failed.
I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
- Thomas Edison

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I have friends in overalls
whose friendship I would not swap
for the favor of the kings of the world.
- Thomas A. Edison

I do not believe in the God of the theologians;
but that there is a Supreme Intelligence I do not doubt.
- Thomas Edison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt

Genius, when young, is divine.
- Benjamin Disraeli

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

I am a genius who has written poems that will survive
with the best of Shakespeare,
Wordsworth and Keats.
- Irving Layton

T Bone is genius.
The way they've recorded my voice and the instrumentation
to these songs is really quite extraordinary.
- Betty Buckley

Doorman - a genius who can open the door of your car with one hand,
help you in with the other, and still have one left for the tip.
- Dorothy Kilgallen

The only genius that's worth anything is the genius for hard work.
- Kathleen Winsor

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age,
which mean never losing your enthusiasm.
- Aldous Huxley

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

Buddy Rich is one of a kind; he's a genius,
and that's all there is to it.
- Mel Torme

The problem with Ireland is that it's a country full of genius,
but with absolutely no talent.
- Hugh Leonard

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

Popular in our time, unpopular in his.
So runs the stereotype of rejected genius.
- Robert Hughes

If beauty isn't genius it usually signals at least
a high level of animal cunning.
- Peter York

It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place,
as it does for the rest of us.
- James Russell Lowell

To be complex does not mean to be fragmented.
This is the paradox and the genius of our Canadian civilization.
- Adrienne Clarkson

The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.
- Pablo Picasso

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

The ordinary man casts a shadow in a way we do not quite understand.
The man of genius casts light.
- George Steiner

Many a genius has been slow of growth.
Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring
up into beauty like a reed.
- George Henry Lewes

Genius is a word too often tossed around in musical circles.
- Stanley Jordan

It's a lucky child that knows that they're a genius,
unaimed and all that.
- Diana Wynne Jones

Andy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an I.Q.
of 60.
- Gore Vidal

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

Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victories without it.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

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

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


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