Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored
"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."
Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
"Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this; when I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort that I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought."
There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
"Genius without education is like silver in the mine."
"A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth."
"Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from gei>neration to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn."
Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
"Men of genius are meteors destined to burn themselves out in lighting up their age."
Great men grow tired of contentedness.
What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.
"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."