Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.
The mark of genius is consistency. Do we hear of naive genius piano players? If anyone knows of one, try listening to it for an hour.
Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.
Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity.
A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
Every true genius is bound to be naive.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
He whose genius appears deepest and truest excels his fellows in nothing save the knack of expression; he throws out occasionally a lucky hint at truths of which every human soul is profoundly though unutterably conscious.
Genius is supposed to be a power of producing excellences which are put of the reach of the rules of art: a power which no precepts can teach, and which no industry can acquire.
Genius must be born, and never can be taught.
Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience.
There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
Obsessive devotion to creating can spark that which is called 'genius.' Smarter or more gifted? The 'madness' is the insatiable drive to discover, achieve and create. Monomania can develop into 'genius,' as the individual delves deeper into the process leaving normal parameters behind.
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm.
People of humor are always in some degree people of genius.
Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character, and one of the best instruments of success. Without it, genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies.
This is the nature of genius, to be able to grasp the knowable even when no one else recognizes that it is present.
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
A neurotic can perfectly well be a literary genius, but his greatest danger is always that he will not recognize when he is dull.
We are as much informed of a writer's genius by what he selects as by what he originates.
The lucky person passes for a genius.
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