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Thomas EdisonGenius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor

Oscar LevantWhat the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left.

—  Oscar Levant, 1906-1972, American pianist

Oscar LevantThere's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line

—  Oscar Levant, 1906-1972, American pianist

Arthur SchopenhauerFor everyday life, genius is as useful as a giant telescope in the theater.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Lao-TzuTo see things in the seed, that is genius.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

George Bernard ShawFind enough clever things to say, and you're a Prime Minister; write them down and you're a Shakespeare.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Benjamin FranklinGenius without education is like silver in the mine.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Albert EinsteinIt is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Arthur SchopenhauerA high degree of intellect tends to make a man unsocial.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerEvery child is in a way a genius; and every genius is in a way a child.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Oscar WildeI am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Oscar WildeI have nothing to declare except my genius.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

     (to Customs Officials in New York, in 1881)

Oscar WildeI put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Gore VidalAndy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an I.Q. of 60.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

Ronald ReaganThe best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

John DrydenGenius must be born, and never can be taught.

—  John Dryden, 1631-1700, English poet

Samuel JohnsonCuriosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Ralph Waldo EmersonSolitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius the stern friend.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Albert EinsteinIntellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Georg Christoph LichtenbergEveryone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

Walt DisneyWe allow no geniuses around our Studio.

—  Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American businessman & cartoonist

Samuel Taylor ColeridgeThe truth is, a great mind must be androgynous.

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, English poet & philosopher

NapoleonOne must indeed be ignorant of the methods of genius to suppose that it allows itself to be cramped by forms. Forms are for mediocrity, and it is fortunate that mediocrity can act only according to routine. Ability takes its flight unhindered.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Georg Christoph LichtenbergSome people come by the name of genius in the same way that certain insects come by the name of centipede: not because they have a hundred feet, but because most people can't count above 14.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

Stupid Quotes

Adolf HitlerA highly intelligent man should take a primitive woman. Imagine if on top of everything else, I had a woman who interfered with my work.

—  Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945, German dictator

Donald TrumpMy IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure; it’s not your fault.

—  Donald Trump, 1946-, President of the USA


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