Talent does whatever it wants to do. Genius does only what it can.
A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
To see things in the seed, that is genius.
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.
The lucky person passes for a genius.
One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.
But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
Passion is the genesis of genius.
Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
It is preferable to love a genius than to love the masterpieces of a mediocre soul.
Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.
Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring.
Talent works, genius creates.
My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water.
A host is like a general: calamities often reveal his genius.
Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.
Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.
What moves those of genius, what inspires their work is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.
But I just know from experience that accent wise, even if you're an accent genius, crossing the Atlantic is the hardest thing in the world either way.
The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.
No one can arrive from being talented alone, work transforms talent into genius.
The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas.