„Too often we forget that genius, too, depends upon the data within its reach, that even Archimedes could not have devised Edison's inventions. We also forget that genius is not genius all the time, although it is superior all the time.“
— Joshua Reynolds English painter, specialising in portraits 1723 - 1792
Discourse no. 3; vol. 1, p. 57.
— Eugene J. Martin American artist 1938 - 2005
Context: Genius does not only require superior knowledge and skill, but also superior patience.
— Saul Bellow Canadian-born American writer 1915 - 2005
Herzog (1964) [Penguin Classics, 2003, ], p. 82
„In general, we Portuguese only begin to be idiotic when we reach the age of reason. While we are young we all have a spark of genius.“
— José Maria Eça de Queiroz Portuguese writer 1845 - 1900
"A Literatura de Natal"; "Christmas Literature" p. 42.
„Mussolini is a man no less extraordinary than Lenin. He, too, is a political genius, of a greater reach than all the statesmen of the day, with the only exception of Lenin…“
— Georges Sorel French philosopher and sociologist 1847 - 1922
As quoted in The Myth of the Nation and the Vision of Revolution: The Origins of Ideological Polarization in the 20th Century, Jacob L. Talmon, University of California Press (1981) p. 451. Sorel’s March 1921 conversations with Jean Variot, published in Variot’s Propos de Georges Sorel, (1935) Paris, pp. 53-57, 66-86 passim
„I quite agree with Dr. Nordau's assertion that all men of genius are insane, but Dr. Nordau forgets that all sane people are idiots.“
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
— Henry Ward Beecher American clergyman and activist 1813 - 1887
„In science men have discovered an activity of the very highest value in which they are no longer, as in art, dependent for progress upon the appearance of continually greater genius, for in science the successors stand upon the shoulders of their predecessors; where one man of supreme genius has invented a method, a thousand lesser men can apply it.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Ch. 2: The Place of Science in a Liberal Education
„We too often forget that not only is there "a soul of goodness in things evil," but very generally also, a soul of truth in things erroneous.“
— Herbert Spencer English philosopher, biologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist 1820 - 1903
Pt. I, The Unknowable; Ch. I, Religion and Science; quoting from "There is some soul of goodness in things evil / Would men observingly distil it out", William Shakespeare, Henry V, act iv. sc. i
„It’s time we all acknowledged the genius of the North’s propaganda apparatus, however much distaste we feel about it. It works with the grain of human nature“
— Brian Reynolds Myers American professor of international studies 1963
Context: It’s time we all acknowledged the genius of the North’s propaganda apparatus, however much distaste we feel about it. It works with the grain of human nature. Kim Il Sung’s first speech in Pyongyang in October 1945 went down terribly, because he lacked the natural charisma to make plausible the biographical legend the Soviets had chosen for him. But the propaganda apparatus quickly made clear that by swallowing his legend, the whole nation could regard its own colonial past in a nobler light. In celebrating the leader as the embodiment of ethnic virtues, 25 million people celebrate themselves. Which is not to say the cult hasn’t cooled a lot.
„Of what use is genius, if the organ is too convex or too concave and cannot find a focal distance within the actual horizon of human life?“
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
„All these words we use, anybody can be a genius now. It used to be you had to have a thought no one ever had before or you had to invent a number. Now, it’s like, “Hey, I’ve got a cup in case we need another cup.” “Dude, you’re a genius!“
— Louis C.K. American comedian and actor 1967
„The centuries rarely produce a genius. It is our bad luck that the great genius of our era was granted to the Turkish nation. We could not beat Mustafa Kemal.“
— David Lloyd George Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1863 - 1945
Lloyd George is portrayed as saying this, as George Nathaniel Curzon was making a complaint against Raymond Poincaré <!-- perhaps in 1922 --> in the Turkish TV series, Kurtuluş (1994), but no prior citation of such a statement has yet been found.