Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.
Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience.
Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.
The modes of expression of men of genius differ as much as their souls, and it is impossible to say that in some among them, drawing and color are better or worse than in others.
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.
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men-that is genius.
A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the luster of the firmament of bards and sages.? Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his.? In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
A man of genius is unbearable, unless he possesses at least two things besides: gratitude and purity.
The man whose action habitually bears the stamp of his mind is a genius, but the greatest genius is not always equal to himself, or he would cease to be human.
It will work. I am a marketing genius.
Every true genius is bound to be naive.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.
Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.
Every positive value has its price in negative terms... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.
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.
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
They say geniuses mostly have great mothers. They mostly have sad fates.
I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.
You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man's form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl.
If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.
There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.
Nietzsche claimed that his genius was in his nostrils and I think that is a very excellent place for it to be.
The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people.