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Antony Jay Quotes and Sayings

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The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers,
but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.
- Antony Jay

Related topics: Wisdom

He's suffering from Politicians' Logic.
Something must be done, this is something,
therefore we must do it.
- Antony Jay

Men grow to the stature to which they are stretched when they are young.
- Antony Jay

You can judge a leader by the size of the problem he tackles.
Other people can cope with the waves,
it's his job to watch the tide.
- Antony Jay

 

The Opposition aren't really the Opposition.
They're just called the Opposition.
But in fact they are the Opposition in exile.
The Civil Service are the Opposition in residence.
- Antony Jay

'Referring the matter to a committee' can be a device for diluting authority,
diffusing responsibility and delaying decisions.
- Antony Jay

Genius worship is the inevitable sign of an uncreative age.
- Clive Bell

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You know, people come up with formulas who are uncreative.
They can't picture something different so they can
only go by something that's laid out for them.
- Joseph Bologna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Genius always finds itself a century too early.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I like the idea of taking a true classic written by
a true genius and destroying it essentially!
I like the idea of bringing it down to earth a bit -
and even a bit lower than that.
- Randy Newman

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

People hate me because I am a multifaceted,
talented, wealthy, internationally famous genius.
- Jerry Lewis

He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed
word can strike dumb the loquacious,
is a genius or a hero.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater

My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to
tarry 'til a more convenient season.
- Mary Todd Lincoln

Good sense travels on the well-worn paths;
genius,
never.
And that is why the crowd, not altogether without reason,
is so ready to treat great men as lunatics.
- Cesare Lombroso

Genius, when young, is divine.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Genius is talent set on fire by courage.
- Henry Van Dyke

No one turns down a film with Woody;
it's something everyone wants in their career as an important moment.
He's such a comedic genius, without question,
so I was thrilled.
- Mark Rydell

Clinton's fakery was so deft and deeply ingrained that
it was impossible to tell where it ended and the real Bill Clinton began.
This constituted a kind of political genius.
- Rich Lowry

A host is like a general: calamities often reveal his genius.
- Horace

A genius knows how to make himself easily understood
without being obvious about it.
- Jean Anouilh

I've learned any fool can write a bad ad,
but it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

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

If we will maintain our hope and confidence in the genius of our people,
they will work out this problem, and their ability
and industry will bring us back to normal conditions.
- Frank B. Kellogg

Genius does what it must, and talent does what it can.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

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

No woman has ever been an authentic genius of the stature of men,
but that does not enrage me.
- Taylor Caldwell

Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue
of humility in the domain of thought.
- Simone Weil

The difference between being able to understand something
and inventing it in the first place...
is called genius.
- Craig Bruce

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

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

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

Jim Carrey, a comic genius, has a harder time overcoming
the public's desire for him to be funny simply because he's so good at it.
- Ben Stiller

The definition of genius, really, should be that that
person can do what the rest of us have to learn how to do.
- James Lipton

Gene Roddenberry was a genius.
- Persis Khambatta


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