Quotes about Genius

"Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius."

Josh Billings (20 April 1818 – 14 October 1885) was the pen name of humorist born Henry Wheeler Shaw He was perhaps the second most famous humor writer and lecturer in the United States in the second half of the 19th century after Mark Twain, although his reputation has not fared so well with later generations.


"Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length."

Christian Nestell Bovee (-)


"Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe."

Benjamin Disraeli (21 December 1804 – 19 April 1881) was a British Prime Minister, parliamentarian, Conservative statesman and literary figure. He served in government for three decades, twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He was the country's first and thus far only Prime Minister who was born Jewish.


"Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together."

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1 July 1742 – 24 February 1799) was a German scientist, satirist and Anglophile. As a scientist, he was the first to hold a professorship explicitly dedicated to experimental physics in Germany.


"Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one."

Ezra Weston Loomis Pound (30 October 1885 – 1 November 1972) was an American expatriate poet and critic, and a major figure in the early modernist movement in poetry.


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

Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (April 26, 1798 – August 13, 1863) was the most important of the French Romantic painters.


"To understand Europe, you have to be a genius - or French."

Madeleine Korbel Albright (born May 15, 1937) is the first woman to become a United States Secretary of State. She was appointed by U.S. President Bill Clinton on December 5, 1996, and was unanimously confirmed by a U.S. Senate vote of 99-0. She was sworn in on January 23, 1997.