…because talent isn't genius, and no amount of energy can make it so. I want to be great, or nothing.
The true genius shudders at incompleteness.
Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable.
I want to be great, or nothing. I won't be a commonplace dauber, so I don't intend to try any more.
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.
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.
Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius.
A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius.
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.
No one respects a talent that is concealed.
In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
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.
Genius is another word for magic.
Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best.
A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.
Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature.
Talent jogs to conclusions to which Genius takes giant leaps.
The best revenge is the massive success.
Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?
Genius is the gold in the mine, talent is the miner who works and brings it out.
I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Talent is that which is in a man's power; genius is that in whose power a man is.
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