It is preferable to love a genius than to love the masterpieces of a mediocre soul.
Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.
The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; High towers fall with a heavier crash; And the lightning strikes the highest mountain.
The sacred mountain is an "axis mundi" connecting earth with heaven.
To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
Let me be accurate in everything, for though you and I have seen some strange things together, you may at the first think that I, Van Helsing, am mad. That the many horrors and the so long strain on nerves has at the last turn my brain.
What is Genius? - To aspire to a lofty aim and to will the means to that aim.
Take back the beauty and wit you bestow upon me; leave me my own mediocrity of agreeableness and genius, but leave me also my sincerity, my constancy, and my plain dealing; 'Tis all I have to recommend me to the esteem either of others or myself.
The "axis mundi", seen in the sky in the form of the Milky Way, appears in the ceremonial house in the form of a sacred pole.
Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.
The crucial discovery was made that, in order to become painting, the universe seen by the artist had to become a private one created by himself.
The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas.
Also, if you have an accident, you can't start to dance again at the top, you're too weak; you start with the easy things - the way you did them when you were young, and come up up up, the way you did then.
When things go right it's hard to figure out why, but when things go wrong it's really easy.
I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.
A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build as well.
Do you think it is only a little thing to possess a house from which lovely things can be seen?
To me there is nothing more sacred than love and laughter, and there is nothing more prayerful than playfulness.
A family with the wrong members in control; that, perhaps, is as near as one can come to describing England in a phrase.
I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust.
I was never polluted by the world of cinema. I didn't even have a TV until I was 16. My expression is a reflection of the world I have seen, and in that world everyone was barefoot in bathing suits, following the order of the sea, the natural order of sunrise and sunset.
I am leaving the town to the invaders: increasingly numerous, mediocre, dirty, badly behaved, shameless tourists.
A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.