Quotes about Genius

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

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigm writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined himself. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.


"I've never met a genius. A genius to me is someone who does well at something he hates. Anybody can do well at something he loves - it's just a question of finding the subject."

Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American film actor, director, producer, and composer.


"There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line."

Oscar Levant (December 27, 1906 – August 14, 1972) was an American pianist, composer, author, comedian, and actor.


"First, make yourself a reputation for being a creative genius. Second, surround yourself with partners who are better than you are. Third, leave them to go get on with it."

David MacKenzie Ogilvy (June 23, 1911–July 21, 1999) was a notable advertising executive. He has often been called "The Father of Advertising." In 1962, Time called him "the most sought-after wizard in today's advertising industry." He was known for a career of expanding the bounds of both creativity and morality in advertising.


"The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius."

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (August 29, 1809 – October 7, 1894) was an American physician, professor, lecturer, and author. Regarded by his peers as one of the best writers of the 19th century.


"I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience."

Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller (July 12, 1895– July 1, 1983) was an American engineer, author, designer, inventor, and futurist.


"Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it."

Alan Jay Perlis (April 1, 1922 – February 7, 1990) as an American computer scientist known for his pioneering work in programming languages and the first recipient of the Turing Award.


"Adlai Stevenson has a genius for saying the right thing, at the right time, to the wrong people."

Joe E. Lewis (January 12, 1902 – 4 June 1971) born Joseph Klewan in New York City, was an American comedian and singer.


"Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius."

Amantine (also "Amandine") Lucile Aurore Dupin (Paris, 1 July 1804 – 8 June 1876) later Baroness Dudevant best known by her pseudonym George Sand was a French novelist and memoirist.