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The world is not so much in need of new thoughts as that when thought grows old and worn with usage it should, like current coin, be called in, and, from the mint of genius, reissued fresh and new.

Alexander Smith


I have never been an innovator, a creative genius.

Lawrence Welk


Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.

Marilyn Monroe


The poets' scrolls will outlive the monuments of stone. Genius survives; all else is claimed by death.

Edmund Spenser


When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.

F. Scott Fitzgerald


While Napoleon believed his fortunes to be governed by destiny, his real genius lay in self-control and martial daring coupled with an indomitable will to power.

Michael Dirda


I think they should take everyone who works for The National Enquirer and the Star, and everyone who works for Us Weekly, and put them all to work looking for terrorists. I think they would find the terrorists. All of them. It would be genius!

Brittany Murphy


Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

Benjamin Franklin


He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero.

Johann Kaspar Lavater


Genius — quotes and aphorisms

Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.

Abraham Lincoln


Talent does whatever it wants to do. Genius does only what it can.

Eugene Delacroix


If I were a liberal Democrat, people would say I'm the super genius of all time. The super genius of all time. If you're a conservative Republican, you've got to fight for your life. It's really an amazing thing.

Donald Trump


If there be anything that can be called genius, it consists chiefly in ability to give that attention to a subject which keeps it steadily in the mind, till we have surveyed it accurately on all sides.

Robert Quillen


There is the myth that writing books for children is easier than writing books for grownups, whereas we know that truly great books for children are works of genius, whether it's 'Alice in Wonderland' or the 'Gruffalo' or 'Northern Lights'. When it's a great book, it's a great book, whether it's for children or not.

Michael Morpurgo


Rising genius always shoots out its rays from among the clouds, but these will gradually roll away and disappear as it ascends to its steady luster.

Washington Irving


Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Thomas A. Edison


God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.

Marcus Garvey


There is no great genius without some touch of madness.



No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.

Christopher Morley

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