I have the handicap of being born with a special language to which I alone have the key.
There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.
It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other.
From such a gentle thing, from such a fountain of all delight, my every pain is born.
God gives talent. Work transforms talent into genius.
I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring.
One is not born a woman, but becomes one.
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
In Italy, the country where fascism was born, we have a particular relation with the Holocaust, but as a turning point in history it belongs to everybody in the world. It is a part of humanity.
Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.
I've always known that I was born to sing, ever since I was a child.
Sleep is lovely, death is better still, not to have been born is of course the miracle.
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.
In soft regions are born soft men.
There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.
Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you. I believe the greatest characteristic of genius, is, above all, force.
To be born woman is to know - although they do not speak of it at school - women must labor to be beautiful.
Every positive value has its price in negative terms... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.
Genius is eternal patience.
No one can arrive from being talented alone, work transforms talent into genius.
Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience.
One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.
It is perhaps a more fortunate destiny to have a taste for collecting shells than to be born a millionaire.