Best Quotes About Genius

The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully. -Walter Lippmann

The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return. -Gore Vidal

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn. -Joseph Addison

Talent does what it can; genius does what it must. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category. -Adolf Hitler

The genius of impeachment lay in the fact that it could punish the man without punishing the office. -Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

If we wish to know the force of human genius, we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning, we may study his commentators. -William Hazlitt

There is no off position on the genius switch. -David Letterman

I have learned that any fool can write a bad ad, but that it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one. -Leo Burnett

There are very few men of genius in advertising agencies. But we need all we can find. Almost without exception they are disagreeable. Don't destroy them. They lay golden eggs. -David Ogilvy

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

Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together. -Georg C. Lichtenberg

Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others. -Mark Twain

I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring. -James Whistler

If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every true genius is bound to be naive. -Friedrich Schiller

No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The true genius shudders at incompleteness – and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be. -Edgar Allan Poe

I'm the artist formally known as Beck. I have a genius wig. When I put that wig on, then the true genius emerges. I don't have enough hair to be a genius. I think you have to have hair going everywhere. -Beck

A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. -James Joyce

Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius. -An Wang

Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them. -R. Buckminster Fuller

Popular in our time, unpopular in his. So runs the stereotype of rejected genius. -Robert Hughes

Industry is a better horse to ride than genius. -Walter Lippmann

Genius is an overused word. The world has known only about a half dozen geniuses. I got only fairly near. -Fritz Kreisler

Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius. -Thomas Carlyle

A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself. -Samuel Johnson

Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly. -Alexander Pope

Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active. -Leonardo da Vinci

Almost all the noblest things that have been achieved in the world, have been achieved by poor men; poor scholars, poor professional men, poor artisans and artists, poor philosophers, poets, and men of genius. -Albert Pike

I've learned any fool can write a bad ad, but it takes a real genius to keep his hands off a good one. -Daniel J. Boorstin

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed. -Jean Anouilh

My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine – everybody drinks water. -Marilyn French

Being stuck is a position few of us like. We want something new but cannot let go of the old – old ideas, beliefs, habits, even thoughts. We are out of contact with our own genius. Sometimes we know we are stuck; sometimes we don't. In both cases we have to DO something. -Rush Limbaugh

To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

What is called genius is the abundance of life and health. -Henry David Thoreau

The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers. -Arthur Koestler

It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing. -Gertrude Stein

First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I'm all in favor of the democratic principle that one idiot is as good as one genius, but I draw the line when someone takes the next step and concludes that two idiots are better than one genius. -Leo Szilard

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius. -Arthur Conan Doyle

Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning. -Oliver Goldsmith

The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Since when was genius found respectable? -Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

I have nothing to declare except my genius. -Oscar Wilde

Only a genius can play a fool. -Michael Rapaport

The person who figures out how to harness the collective genius of his or her organization is going to blow the competition away. -Walter Wriston

No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings. -Peter Drucker

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. -Oscar Wilde

To understand Europe, you have to be a genius – or French. -Madeleine Albright

We allow no geniuses around our Studio. -Walt Disney

He who would acquire fame must not show himself afraid of censure. The dread of censure is the death of genius. -William Gilmore Simms

When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him. -Jonathan Swift

You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty. -Louisa May Alcott

Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character had abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and courage which it contained. -John Stuart Mill

Innocence in genius, and candor in power, are both noble qualities. -Madame de Stael

Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius. -Josh Billings

Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius. -Henri Frederic Amiel

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them. -Albert Einstein

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

The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make the rest of us wonder at the possibility that we might be missing something. -Gamal Abdel Nasser

Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes. -Edgard Varese

Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them. -Robertson Davies

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.

Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. -Abraham Lincoln

Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly. -Jose Ortega y Gasset

Every positive value has its price in negative terms… the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima. -Pablo Picasso

We should like to have some towering geniuses, to reveal us to ourselves in colour and fire, but of course they would have to fit into the pattern of our society and be able to take orders from sound administrative types. -J. B. Priestley

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

The lucky person passes for a genius. -Euripides

The genius of our institutions is democratic – baseball is a democratic game. -Al Spalding

Everybody denies I am a genius – but nobody ever called me one! -Orson Welles

To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius. -Henri Frederic Amiel

Unless you are a genius, it is best to aim at being intelligible. -Anthony Hope

True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information. -Winston Churchill

It seldom happens that a premature shoot of genius ever arrives at maturity. -Quintilian

The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency. -Margaret Fuller

No one can arrive from being talented alone, work transforms talent into genius. -Anna Pavlova

A neurotic can perfectly well be a literary genius, but his greatest danger is always that he will not recognize when he is dull. -Louis Auchincloss

The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people. -Walt Whitman

There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius. -Walt Whitman

Common sense is genius in homespun. -Alfred North Whitehead

Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought. -Simone Weil

One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy. -Man Ray

Passion is the genesis of genius. -Tony Robbins

Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them. -Joseph Addison

It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women. -Louisa May Alcott

Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty. -Louisa May Alcott

There is no great genius without some touch of madness. -Aristotle

There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him. -Antonin Artaud

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. -E. F. Schumacher

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. -Unknown

You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man's form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl. -George Eliot

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous. -Robert Green Ingersoll

Rising genius always shoots out its rays from among the clouds, but these will gradually roll away and disappear as it ascends to its steady luster. -Washington Irving

Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up. -Max Beerbohm

The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs. -Francis Bacon

Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victories without it. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

My own experience is that a certain kind of genius among students is best brought out in bed. -Allen Ginsberg

Common sense is the genius of humanity. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Commerce changes the fate and genius of nations. -Thomas Gray

Adlai Stevenson has a genius for saying the right thing, at the right time, to the wrong people. -Joe E. Lewis

It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us. -James Russell Lowell

Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence. -Johann Kaspar Lavater

He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero. -Johann Kaspar Lavater

The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius. -E. M. Forster

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand. -Henry David Thoreau

There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling. -Victor Hugo

Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature. -Josiah Gilbert Holland

We are all geniuses up to the age of ten. -Aldous Huxley

People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel. -William Hazlitt

We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later. -Louis Aragon

Taste is the fundamental quality which sums up all the other qualities. It is the nec plus ultra of the intelligence. Through this alone is genius the supreme health and balance of all the faculties. -Comte de Lautreamont

I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience. -R. Buckminster Fuller

Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by friction. -Heinrich Heine

Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius. -Benjamin Disraeli

Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe. -Benjamin Disraeli

Time, place, and action may with pains be wrought, but genius must be born; and never can be taught. -John Dryden

Because you are a great lord, you believe yourself to be a great genius. You took the trouble to be born, but no more. -Pierre Beaumarchais

The dread of criticism is the death of genius. -William Gilmore Simms

The eye of genius has always a plaintive expression, and its natural language is pathos. -Lydia M. Child

People of humor are always in some degree people of genius. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity, although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due, are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end. -Charles Caleb Colton

Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance. -Charles Caleb Colton

The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as 'Soho' poverty. It comes from having the airs and graces of a genius and no talent. -Quentin Crisp

What Romantic terminology called genius or talent or inspiration is nothing other than finding the right road empirically, following one's nose, taking shortcuts. -Italo Calvino

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have been better. -Carl Jung

It is the genius of our Constitution that under its shelter of enduring institutions and rooted principles there is ample room for the rich fertility of American political invention. -Lyndon B. Johnson

The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time. -John Stuart Mill

Talent is a faculty that is highly developed, but genius commands all the faculties. -Francis Herbert Hedge

Nor ought a genius less than his that writ attempt translation. -John Denham

Talent works, genius creates. -Robert Schumann

In this world no one rules by love; if you are but amiable, you are no hero; to be powerful, you must be strong, and to have dominion you must have a genius for organizing. -John Henry Newman

Like many businessmen of genius he learned that free competition was wasteful, monopoly efficient. And so he simply set about achieving that efficient monopoly. -Mario Puzo

Love is rarer than genius itself. And friendship is rarer than love. -Charles Peguy

Short of genius a rich man cannot even imagine poverty. -Charles Peguy

What might be taken for a precocious genius is the genius of childhood. When the child grows up, it disappears without a trace. It may happen that this boy will become a real painter some day, or even a great painter. But then he will have to begin everything again, from zero. -Pablo Picasso

One science only will one genius fit; so vast is art, so narrow human wit. -Alexander Pope

A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression. -Ezra Pound

Nothing is so envied as genius, nothing so hopeless of attainment by labor alone. Though labor always accompanies the greatest genius, without the intellectual gift labor alone will do little. -B. R. Hayden

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. -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. -Bruce Feirstein

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness. -Aristotle

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius. -Fulton J. Sheen

If there be anything that can be called genius, it consists chiefly in ability to give that attention to a subject which keeps it steadily in the mind, till we have surveyed it accurately on all sides. -Robert Quillen

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. -Aldous Huxley

But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. -Carl Sagan

Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm. -Benjamin Disraeli

I think you're all mad. But that's part and parcel of being an artistic genius, isn't it? -Charles de Lint

Great geniuses have the shortest biographies. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

All genius is a conquering of chaos and mystery. -Otto Weininger

His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine. -Thomas A. Edison

When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. -Oscar Levant

Evil always turns up in this world through some genius or other. -Denis Diderot

Rules and models destroy genius and art. -William Hazlitt

If beauty isn't genius it usually signals at least a high level of animal cunning. -Peter York

This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time. -Aneurin Bevan

There has been a time on earth when poets had been young and dead and famous – and were men. But now the poet as the tragic child of grandeur and destiny had changed. The child of genius was a woman, now, and the man was gone. -Tom Wolfe

My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water. -Mark Twain

Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius. -Isaac D'Israeli

UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity. -Dennis Ritchie

When you're young you believe it when people tell you how good you are. And that's the danger, you inhale. Everyone will tell you you're a genius, which you are not, and if you understand that, you win. -George Clooney

I also think if you're an actor and you can improvise, when you go on an audition and you can improvise you're just a genius. If you can, you know, take a Tide commercial and you can just say one funny line that's not in the commercial they think you're a genius. -Amy Poehler

I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust. -Igor Stravinsky

Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius. -Isaac D'Israeli

The genius of America is that we are still a land of undiscovered shores, and we are at our best when we open our hearts and allow the night winds to bring renewed visions of great deeds. -Phil Bredesen

If you stick with a vision, it might not all work, but some of it will be absolute genius. To me, 15 minutes worth of absolute genius in a film is so much better than two hours of mediocrity. I would rather pay to see something different like that. -Kim Cattrall

The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius. -Sid Caesar

With the stones we cast at them, geniuses build new roads with them. -Paul Eldridge

I think they should take everyone who works for The National Enquirer and the Star, and everyone who works for Us Weekly, and put them all to work looking for terrorists. I think they would find the terrorists. All of them. It would be genius! -Brittany Murphy

To be complex does not mean to be fragmented. This is the paradox and the genius of our Canadian civilization. -Adrienne Clarkson

This was Shakespeare's form; who walked in every path of human life, felt every passion; and to all mankind doth now, will ever, that experience yield which his own genius only could acquire. -Mark Akenside

I like the idea of taking a true classic written by a true genius and destroying it essentially! I like the idea of bringing it down to earth a bit – and even a bit lower than that. -Randy Newman

Yesterday I was thinking about the whole idea of genius and creative people, and the notion that if you create some magical art, somehow that exempts you from having to pay attention to the small things. -bell hooks

My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry 'til a more convenient season. -Mary Todd Lincoln

Action, so to speak, is the genius of nature. -Robert Blair

The difference between being able to understand something and inventing it in the first place… is called genius. -Craig Bruce

There is no genius in life like the genius of energy and industry. -Donald G. Mitchell

The burning of an author's books, imprisonment for opinion's sake, has always been the tribute that an ignorant age pays to the genius of its time. -Joseph Lewis

When you step back and watch people, you realize that we use every single body part. Movement, dance – I find it genius because it's ultimate expression, really. -Jude Law

It is the union of independence and dependence of these branches – legislative, executive and judicial – and of the governmental functions possessed by each of them, that constitutes the marvellous genius of this unrivalled document. -J. Reuben Clark

When I edit, I'm not from the school of Hello, I'm a genius, so everybody shut up. I'm from the school of Let's play it once in front of an audience, and then I'll tell you where it is going. -Garry Marshall

The only genius that's worth anything is the genius for hard work. -Kathleen Winsor

One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire. -John W. Foster

God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement. -Marcus Garvey

Everything I do, I feel is genius. Whether it is or it isn't. -Rufus Wainwright

A genius is one who can do anything except make a living. -Joey Lauren Adams

People think that computer science is the art of geniuses but the actual reality is the opposite, just many people doing things that build on eachother, like a wall of mini stones. -Donald Knuth

It is always well to get near to men of genius. -William Henry Moody

Learning is the ally, not the adversary of genius… he who reads in a proper spirit, can scarcely read too much. -William Godwin

The man of genius is he and he alone who finds such joy in his art that he will work at it come hell or high water. -Stendhal

The cult of individuality and personality, which promotes painters and poets only to promote itself, is really a business. The greater the 'genius' of the personage, the greater the profit. -George Grosz

Which is why, in my lieder concerts, I always strove, when possible, to sing only the works of a single composer, so that the audience could be gradually drawn into a particular creative genius' way of thinking, and could follow him. -Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Taste is the feminine of genius. -Edward Fitzgerald

The art music of the West has developed through out its history by means of individual geniuses, and out of the soil supporting them; non-Western musicians were born, and grew like the grasses of the field. -Toru Takemitsu

He's a tremendous guy. And what's more, he's virtually a genius in the field of management. -John Wozniak

She was a genius, my mother. -Sally Kirkland

All of a sudden, those few pages of script that he had shown me with the weird images I could visualize all of that in my brain, and I knew that there was this mad little genius at work here and I really wanted to do the film. -Jack Nance

I was induced to establish several orders of merit, from conviction that emulation, well directed, becomes a useful servant; and, that the latent genius of some youth is more easily brought into action this way, than by the more sordid gratification of self-interest. -Joseph Lancaster

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. -W. H. Murray

A particularly fine head on a man usually means that he is stupid; particularly deep philosophers are usually shallow thinkers; in literature, talents not much above the average are usually regarded by their contemporaries as geniuses. -Robert Musil

We can all be geniuses because one definition of genius is the infinite capacity for taking pains. -Knute Rockne

There is nothing in the genius of America more precious today than the spirit of religious and political tolerance in its application to our own people. -Paul P. Harris

Susceptibility to the highest forces is the highest genius. -Henry Adams

Many now born, by the time they are voters will compose part of a nation with a genius nowhere equaled, and with a vast territory upon which those energies and that genius can operate. -Richard Parks Bland

No one turns down a film with Woody; it's something everyone wants in their career as an important moment. He's such a comedic genius, without question, so I was thrilled. -Mark Rydell

Some Italians are geniuses, but you have to find a balance. -Alain Prost

If we will maintain our hope and confidence in the genius of our people, they will work out this problem, and their ability and industry will bring us back to normal conditions. -Frank B. Kellogg

As far as me knowing if Frank was a genius – in those days, I thought Einstein was the only genius around. -Jimmy Carl Black

It's a lucky child that knows that they're a genius, unaimed and all that. -Diana Wynne Jones

Mike gets to play four roles this time, if we ever did it again, he will play my role as well. He is a comic genius, everyone wants to be in this movie, let's hope that everyone will wish to see it as well. -Michael York

I do feel very strongly that this is one of the things which people need encouragement to sort out, because I have this very strong feeling that everybody is probably a genius at something, it's just a question of finding this. -Diana Wynne Jones

And indeed if you think you're a genius at something, what you achieve is very much according to your expectations; if you think you're no good, you're not going to get anywhere. -Diana Wynne Jones

I feel very fortunate to have been associated with people such as Rodgers and Hammerstein. I think they were geniuses of their time. -Shirley Jones

I mean, Scorsese's a genius, and that's one way of shooting. -Stanley Tucci

In Goodfellas they have this one scene where the camera goes down some steps and walks through a kitchen into a restaurant and the critics were all over this as evidence of the genius of Scorsese and Scorsese is a genius. -Alex Cox

The genius of our country is improvisation, and jazz reflects that. It's our great contribution to the arts. -Ken Burns

Then I heard this genius teacher Stella Adler – I recommend you read anything you might find about her and if you have anyone interested in theatre, you get them one of her books. -Harvey Keitel

The problem with Ireland is that it's a country full of genius, but with absolutely no talent. -Hugh Leonard

Well, you cannot think of cinema now, and you cannot think of cinema in the UK and not place Chaplin in the most extraordinary elevated context, if there can be such a thing, in that he was a genius, he was unique. -Richard Attenborough

I figured if the plane goes down, I'll go with a great genius and will always have my name connected with his. -Matthew Sweet

Governmental aid is a drawback rather than an assistance, as, although it may facilitate in the routine of artistic production, it is an impediment to the development of true artistic genius. -John Philip Sousa

The genius of the economic machine is in its ability to convert these indulgences into profitability. It converts desire into attention, a grip on our eyeballs and eardrums, which in turn can be marketed to advertisers. -Todd Gitlin

Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed. -George Henry Lewes

I think one of the geniuses of Bound and The Matrix and Memento is the complete collaboration of the effort. There were no rotten apples. -Joe Pantoliano

They shaved my head, eyebrows. This is not a sci-fi picture. It's not a fantasy picture. You're dealing with something that's supposed to be in reality. But we had a genius makeup artist. -Rick Yune

As a bull market continues, almost anything you buy goes up. It makes you feel that investing in stocks is a very easy and safe and that you're a financial genius. -Ron Chernow

Australians are geniuses with a good sense of humour. -Fred Schneider

If you are a genius, you'll make your own rules, but if not – and the odds are against it – go to your desk no matter what your mood, face the icy challenge of the paper – write. -J. B. Priestley

Olivier was another case of a genius, who couldn't understand why anybody would have any trouble doing this, because for him it came so easily. -James Lipton

The definition of genius, really, should be that that person can do what the rest of us have to learn how to do. -James Lipton

Men of genius sometimes accomplish most when they work the least, for they are thinking out inventions and forming in their minds the perfect idea that they subsequently express with their hands. -Giorgio Vasari

In our own time it has been seen… that simple children, roughly brought up in the wilderness, have begun to draw by themselves, impelled by their own natural genius, instructed solely by the example of these beautiful paintings and sculptures of Nature. -Giorgio Vasari

Genius can probably run on ahead and seek out new ways. But the good artists who follow after genius – and I count myself among these – have to restore the lost connection once more. -Kathe Kollwitz

The only way you can get good, unless you're a genius, is to copy. That's the best thing. Just steal. -Ritchie Blackmore

Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein. -Joe Theismann

I am the farthest thing from a computer genius. -Jonathan Brandis

We have to set our own agenda, we have to set our own standards, we have to be very strong about what we want, we have to be very strong about our passion and if it's not right for you, you shouldn't do it just because you're advised by so-called geniuses. -Jackie DeShannon

Surely, if knowledge is valuable, it can never be good policy in a country far wealthier than Tuscany, to allow a genius like Mr. Dalton's, to be employed in the drudgery of elementary instruction. -Charles Babbage

Those who have wrought great changes in the world never succeeded by gaining over chiefs; but always by exciting the multitude. The first is the resource of intrigue and produces only secondary results, the second is the resort of genius and transforms the universe. -Martin Van Buren

I have never been an innovator, a creative genius. -Lawrence Welk

I make no claim to being a business genius. You can make so much money in this business that it loses its value. -Nat King Cole

A few of the sublimest geniuses of Rome and Athens had some faint discoveries of the spiritual nature of the human soul, and formed some probable conjectures, that man was designed for a future state of existence. -David Brainerd

Good sense travels on the well-worn paths; genius, never. And that is why the crowd, not altogether without reason, is so ready to treat great men as lunatics. -Cesare Lombroso

The appearance of a single great genius is more than equivalent to the birth of a hundred mediocrities. -Cesare Lombroso

Unfortunately, goodness and honor are rather the exception than the rule among exceptional men, not to speak of geniuses. -Cesare Lombroso

Could we teach taste or genius by rules, they would be no longer taste and genius. -Joshua Reynolds

Marriage requires a special talent, like acting. Monogamy requires genius. -Warren Beatty

And we owe science to the combined energies of individual men of genius, rather than to any tendency to progress inherent in civilization. -Chauncey Wright

This homage has been rendered not to me – for the Polish soil is fertile and does not lack better writers than me – but to the Polish achievement, the Polish genius. -Henryk Sienkiewicz

If a professional musician in a symphony orchestra is playing Beethoven. But this particular orchestra have played this particular chestnut so many times, they can play it in their sleep. Does the genius remain present in the music or not? -Robert Fripp

But I don't think I have any particular talent for prediction, because when you have three or four elements in hand, you don't have to be a genius to reach certain conclusions. -Antonio Tabucchi

Jim Carrey, a comic genius, has a harder time overcoming the public's desire for him to be funny simply because he's so good at it. -Ben Stiller

David Ortiz is a genius. He's incredible to watch. Over and over, he hits home runs that are simply transcendent. -Juliana Hatfield

It's not that complicated. If you hear something and it makes you want to hear it again, that's the ticket. You have to be lucky enough to find geniuses, welcome them and get out of their way. -Jerry Moss

And I think it is the genius of actors to be able to escape whatever people are expecting of them. Otherwise you become like a factory worker. -Olivier Martinez

I truly miss the genius of the music of John Lennon, as I'm sure everybody does. -Peter Fonda

Ismail Merchant was just the most seductive, passionate, outrageous, driven, genius of a man. -Glenn Close

I realized what you could do in motion pictures by surrounding yourself with geniuses. -Richard Donner

My job is to pay attention to my children's genius and allow those leanings to lead them to their future. -Lisa Whelchel

But I just know from experience that accent wise, even if you're an accent genius, crossing the Atlantic is the hardest thing in the world either way. -Hugh Grant

Mike Patton is a genius… It is definitely the hardest music I've ever played. -Dave Lombardo

The genius of the French language, descended from its single Latin stock, has triumphed most in the contrary direction – in simplicity, in unity, in clarity, and in restraint. -Lytton Strachey

In sheer genius Pascal ranks among the very greatest writers who have lived upon this earth. And his genius was not simply artistic; it displayed itself no less in his character and in the quality of his thought. -Lytton Strachey

During this earlier period of his activity Voltaire seems to have been trying – half unconsciously, perhaps – to discover and to express the fundamental quality of his genius. -Lytton Strachey

To understand Mozart's contradictory qualities would indeed be to understand genius. -Lukas Foss

Anybody can put things together that belong together. to put things together that don't go together, and make it work, that takes genius like Mozart's. Yet he is presented in the play Amadeus as a kind of silly boy whom the gods loved. -Lukas Foss

Buddy Rich is one of a kind; he's a genius, and that's all there is to it. -Mel Torme

The first Matrix genius, the second one, what's up with the dancing? I haven't even seen the third one. -Ethan Embry

We hold that the most wonderful and splendid proof of genius is a great poem produced in a civilized age. -Thomas Babington Macaulay

In some parts of life, like mathematics and science, yeah, I was a genius. I would top all the top scores you could ever measure it by. -Steve Wozniak

Gene Roddenberry was a genius. -Persis Khambatta

The meetings of the legislature at Springfield then first brought together that splendid group of young men of genius whose phenomenal careers and distinguished services have given Illinois fame in the history of the nation. -John George Nicolay

All of us, who are members of the Germanic peoples, can be happy and thankful that once in thousands of years fate has given us, from among the Germanic peoples, such a genius, a leader, our Fuehrer Adolf Hitler, and you should be happy to be allowed to work with us. -Heinrich Himmler

I am a genius. Then it amused me to keep saying so, but now it does not. I expected to be happy sometime. Now I know I shall never be. -Mary MacLane

You may think me crude, and probably I am crude, but I am not so crude as I was, for I am clever enough to see that the girl of nineteen who thought herself a genius was only an unusual girl writing her heart out. -Mary MacLane

The only folk I can judge are people like Woody Allen who I think is a genius, largely because I think he has beaten the system. He has his own company, and his films are all his own ideas. It's his direction, and so it comes out the way he imagined it. -Nigel Kneale

If my impressions are correct, our educational planing mill cuts down all the knots of genius, and reduces the best of the men who go through it to much the same standard. -Simon Newcomb

When my nephew was 3 and 4, he would say the most genius things. He said, You're hammer macho with FBI dogs. I thought it was just one of those great lines. -Beck

The media works in sound bites. They can make you look like a genius or stupid. -Kato Kaelin

But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched by the same madness and genius. -Marston Morse

It requires genius to make a good pun – some men of bright parts can't reach it. -Hannah Cowley

Many men of genius must arise before a particular man of genius can appear. -Isaac D'Israeli

To think, and to feel, constitute the two grand divisions of men of genius – the men of reasoning and the men of imagination. -Isaac D'Israeli

The golden hour of invention must terminate like other hours, and when the man of genius returns to the cares, the duties, the vexations, and the amusements of life, his companions behold him as one of themselves – the creature of habits and infirmities. -Isaac D'Israeli

But at the time when he wrote, Englishmen, with the rarest exceptions, wrote only in French or Latin; and when they began to write in English, a man of genius, to interpret and improve on him, was not found for a long time. -George Saintsbury

No woman has ever been an authentic genius of the stature of men, but that does not enrage me. -Taylor Caldwell

Of all the projects I've worked on, I've never worked with another director like Billy Friedkin. I think he's a genius. -Linda Blair

A man possesses talent; genius possesses the man. -Isaac Stern

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it. -Horace

God gives talent. Work transforms talent into genius. -Anna Pavlova

Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day. -Samuel Goldwyn

Freedom is the only law which genius knows. -James Russell Lowell

Man is a genius when he is dreaming. -Akira Kurosawa

It will work. I am a marketing genius. -Paris Hilton

Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows, and there is his tragedy. -Havelock Ellis

People hate me because I am a multifaceted, talented, wealthy, internationally famous genius. -Jerry Lewis

Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities. -Oscar Wilde

Any fool can write a novel but it takes real genius to sell it. -J. G. Ballard

What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality? -Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Real genius of moral insight is a motor which will start any engine. -Edmund Wilson

To know one's self is wisdom, but not to know one's neighbors is genius. -Minna Antrim

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius. -Edward Gibbon

Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but mercifully laughter intervened. -Lawrence Durrell

No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does. -Christopher Morley

A genius knows how to make himself easily understood without being obvious about it. -Jean Anouilh

I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child. -Vladimir Nabokov

The Prime Minister has an absolute genius for putting flamboyant labels on empty luggage. -Aneurin Bevan

There are plenty of clever young writers. But there is too much genius, not enough talent. -J. B. Priestley

I've played three presidents, three saints and two geniuses – and that's probably enough for any man. -Charlton Heston

Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there. -Emil Cioran

Nietzsche claimed that his genius was in his nostrils and I think that is a very excellent place for it to be. -Federico Fellini

Every man is a potential genius until he does something. -Herbert Beerbohm Tree

The genius which runs to madness is no longer genius. -Otto Weininger

Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you. -Malcolm Cowley

Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded. -Charlie Chaplin

I am a genius who has written poems that will survive with the best of Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Keats. -Irving Layton

Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The ordinary man casts a shadow in a way we do not quite understand. The man of genius casts light. -George Steiner

The genius of the American system is that through freedom we have created extraordinary results from plain old ordinary people. -Phil Gramm

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

Neatness begets order; but from order to taste there is the same difference as from taste to genius, or from love to friendship. -Johann Kaspar Lavater

A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius. -Charles Horton Cooley

First have being in your mind. Make real in your mind then bring that being into reality. The genius is he who sees what is not yet and causes it to come to be. -Peter Nivio Zarlenga

I have known no man of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him. -Max Beerbohm

Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius. Think of the capacity to learn! The freshness, the temperament, the will of a baby a few months old! -May Sarton

The simplest of women are wonderful liars who can extricate themselves from the most difficult dilemmas with a skill bordering on genius. -Guy de Maupassant

The failure of women to produce genius of the first rank in most of the supreme forms of human effort has been used to block the way of all women of talent and ambition for intellectual achievement. -Anna Garlin Spencer

Can a woman become a genius of the first class? Nobody can know unless women in general shall have equal opportunity with men in education, in vocational choice, and in social welcome of their best intellectual work for a number of generations. -Anna Garlin Spencer

There is no self-knowledge but an historical one. No one knows what he himself is who does not know his fellow men, especially the most prominent one of the community, the master's master, the genius of the age. -Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

What moves those of genius, what inspires their work is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough. -Eugene Delacroix

I was more independent than any farmer in Concord, for I was not anchored to a house or farm, but could follow the bent of my genius, which is a very crooked one, every moment. -Henry David Thoreau

Every complete man has his genius. True virtue is genius. -Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Unless one is a genius, it is best to aim at being intelligible. -Anthony Hope

How are men to be secured in any rights without instruction; how to be secured in the equal exercise of those rights without equality of instruction? By instruction understand me to mean knowledge – just knowledge; not talent, not genius, not inventive mental powers. -Frances Wright

Clinton's fakery was so deft and deeply ingrained that it was impossible to tell where it ended and the real Bill Clinton began. This constituted a kind of political genius. -Rich Lowry

Churchill was one of the few men I have met who even in the flesh give me the impression of genius. George Bernard Shaw is another. It is amusing to know that each thinks the other is overrated. -David Low

The general interest of the masses might take the place of the insight of genius if it were allowed freedom of action. -Denis Diderot

The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima. -Pablo Picasso

They say geniuses mostly have great mothers. They mostly have sad fates. -D. H. Lawrence

The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas. -Victor Hugo

An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark – that is critical genius. -Billy Wilder

Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you. I believe the greatest characteristic of genius, is, above all, force. -Gustave Flaubert

The genius of democracies is seen not only in the great number of new words introduced but even more in the new ideas they express. -Alexis de Tocqueville

Dandyism is a variety of genius. -William Hazlitt

Taste is the common sense of genius. -Victor Hugo

Is it not in the most absolute simplicity that real genius plies its pinions the most wonderfully? -E. T. A. Hoffmann

The man whose action habitually bears the stamp of his mind is a genius, but the greatest genius is not always equal to himself, or he would cease to be human. -Honore de Balzac

Creative genius is a divinely bestowed gift which is the coronation of the few. -Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

A host is like a general: calamities often reveal his genius. -Horace

Reason is mechanical, wit chemical, and genius organic spirit. -Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Who in the same given time can produce more than others has vigor; who can produce more and better, has talents; who can produce what none else can, has genius. -Johann Kaspar Lavater

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius. -Joseph Addison

It is in the gift for employing all the vicissitudes of life to one's own advantage and to that of one's craft that a large part of genius consists. -Georg C. Lichtenberg

Dali is like a man who hesitates between talent and genius, or, as one might once have said, between vice and virtue. -Andre Breton

Doorman – a genius who can open the door of your car with one hand, help you in with the other, and still have one left for the tip. -Dorothy Kilgallen

The difference in the education of men and women must give the former great advantages over the latter, even where geniuses are equal. -Samuel Richardson

The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtle, without being at all acute; hence there is so much humour and so little wit in their literature. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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 Ogilvy

There are people who possess not so much genius as a certain talent for perceiving the desires of the century, or even of the decade, before it has done so itself. -Georg C. Lichtenberg

It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavour; riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work. -Virginia Woolf

The capacity of the female mind for studies of the highest order cannot be doubted, having been sufficiently illustrated by its works of genius, of erudition, and of science. -James Madison

Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined; and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common. -Denis Diderot

The genius of any slave system is found in the dynamics which isolate slaves from each other, obscure the reality of a common condition, and make united rebellion against the oppressor inconceivable. -Andrea Dworkin

It takes application, a fine sense of value, and a powerful community-spirit for a people to have serious leisure, and this has not been the genius of the Americans. -Paul Goodman

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. -Clint Eastwood

To appreciate and use correctly a valuable maxim requires a genius; a vital appropriating exercise of mind closely allied to that which first created it. -William R. Alger

From the naturalistic point of view, all men are equal. There are only two exceptions to this rule of naturalistic equality: geniuses and idiots. -Mikhail Bakunin

The truth is that our race survived ignorance; it is our scientific genius that will do us in. -Stephen Vizinczey

The modes of expression of men of genius differ as much as their souls, and it is impossible to say that in some among them, drawing and color are better or worse than in others. -Auguste Rodin

Genius is not a possession of the limited few, but exists in some degree in everyone. Where there is natural growth, a full and free play of faculties, genius will manifest itself. -Robert Henri

In Mozart and Salieri we see the contrast between the genius which does what it must and the talent which does what it can. -Maurice Baring

You don't have to be a political genius to sniff the smell of blood in the water. -Rich Galen

Every man of genius is considerably helped by being dead. -Robert Staughton Lynd

The world is not so much in need of new thoughts as that when thought grows old and worn with usage it should, like current coin, be called in, and, from the mint of genius, reissued fresh and new. -Alexander Smith

I wouldn't say jamie is an evil genius. I'm not sure he's evil and I'm not sure he's a genius. -Adam Savage

I think that my interpretation of Italian was a lot more southern than what my husband cooks. You know, I grew up in Queens and in Brooklyn, and we – really, it's more southern. It's Naples and Sicily. It's heavier. It's over-spiced. And like most Americans, I thought spaghetti and meatballs was genius. -Debi Mazar

T Bone is genius. The way they've recorded my voice and the instrumentation to these songs is really quite extraordinary. -Betty Buckley

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. -Calvin Coolidge

You go to college not only for the latest knowledge but also to meet people from different backgrounds. That's the genius of the American higher-education system compared with the Europeans'. We don't simply skim the elite. -Donna Shalala

In the startup world, you're either a genius or an idiot. You're never just an ordinary guy trying to get through the day. -Marc Andreessen

As actors, we deal with rejection so much more than any other business. So I don't care how much of a genius you are, if you don't have the propensity to be able to get back up every time you get knocked down, then you're not going to survive. -Ryan Kwanten

Honestly, I feel like I spent the last 10 years just trying to work, just get my hands on the best material I could. I'd like to say that it was quite calculated and genius, my ability to take one step forward and two steps back. -Timothy Olyphant

Hong Kong girls have a genius sense of style. I came back to the States thinking no one here has any individuality. Or cute enough socks. -Camilla Belle

My favorite types of movies definitely aren't thrillers, but at the same time you can't deny the genius of Hitchcock's films. -Aaron Yoo

President Obama's view of a free economy is to send your money to his friends. My vision for a free enterprise economy is to return entrepreneurship and genius and creativity to the American people! -Mitt Romney

I do not consider myself a literal genius. -Lil Wayne

I don't want to compare myself to him – I don't want people to see me as this great genius – but when I see Charlie Chaplin's movies there is a combination of drama, naivety and social meaning that I can see in myself, at a different level. -Michel Gondry

Someday a political genius will come along and make the Senate work. -Robert Caro

I can't change overnight into a serious literary author. You can't compare apples to oranges. William Faulkner was a great literary genius. I am not. -John Grisham

Everyone around me says, You're a genius! You're great! That's your voice! But I'm not sure if they're right. -Dave Chappelle

The guy that I worked on 'Thriller ' was a genius and he was 20 years old, but it was like working with a gifted 10-year-old. The guy who I worked on with 'Black Or White' was crazy. Michael had gone mad. -John Landis

David Shire and I have been happily married for 21 years! We have a 12-year-old son. David is a genius. He writes the most magnificent music and he is a devoted and loving husband and father. I am so blessed! -Didi Conn

I believe that Ryan Murphy is a genius. His instincts remind me of Andy Warhol. I recently went to the Warhol museum in Pittsburgh, and you can see a lot of echoes of Andy in Ryan's work. Like Andy, Ryan's finger is so on the pulse of culture that he's ahead of culture. Their aesthetic and their vision of the world are very similar. -Dylan McDermott

No company should depend on one person no matter how that person is smart or genius, whether it's Apple or News Corp, or Citibank or any other company in the world. -Al-Waleed bin Talal

When you work in the United States Senate, and you are around people of all different ideas and beliefs, you realize that what our Founding Fathers did that was so genius, is that they made the Senate the place where compromises are supposed to happen because of the makeup of the Senate. -Claire McCaskill

You know, it doesn't take a genius in the private sector to know that you can save literally hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending if you can make it more responsive. That's the main job. -Darrell Issa

You don't have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream. -Michael Dell

Thirty, 40 years ago, more than that now, even, the cook was certainly at the bottom of the social scale. And any mother would've wanted their child to marry a doctor, a lawyer, an architect, not a cook. Now, we are genius, it's different. -Jacques Pepin

Culture and tradition have to change little by little. So 'new' means a little twist, a marriage of Japanese technique with French ingredients. My technique. Indian food, Korean food; I put Italian mozzarella cheese with sashimi. I don't think 'new new new.' I'm not a genius. A little twist. -Masaharu Morimoto

JR was a 1-dimensional, evil character. JR was multi-dimensional, and Larry Hagman is probably one of the greatest actors that we have. Then, you go back and look at 'I Dream of Jeannie' – I mean, he's a comic genius, as well. So, I think they should give him an honorary Emmy Award. -Charlene Tilton

When the idea of 'Chopped' surfaced, it was originally meant to be taped at some guy's mansion with him and his crazy Chihuahua. A stuffy fellow in a tuxedo was to host, and the losing chef's dish was then fed to the dog! I am not kidding, I saw it! I think it is genius! Twisted, but genius! -Ted Allen

There are few words in the music business or in art that I'll say people or some writers are overgenerous with words like 'legend' or 'genius', 'he's a pioneer' and all of that. -Stanley Clarke

I've always said that the word 'genius,' especially in Hollywood, is way overused. -Ted McGinley

I've started to think that maybe I wouldn't mind passing my demented genius on to some small thing who can set fire and breathe profanity. -Marilyn Manson

No one can resist the idea of a crippled genius. -Stephen Hawking

When you hear the party that glorified Occupy Wall Street blast success; when you hear them minimize the genius of the men and women who make jobs out of nothing, is that what you teach your children about work? -Artur Davis

My ultimate is Peter Sellers – his ability to go broad and somehow humanize that and be hilarious at the same time. He was just relatable, real at the same time as insane. I find Ricky Gervais absolutely hilarious. Steve Martin is another hero of mine – he's a genius. -Hank Azaria

Affirmative action based on quotas is wrong – wrong because it is antithetical to the genius of the American idea: individual liberty. -Jack Kemp

Oh, I'm not a true genius. I'm a near genius. I would say I'm a short genius. I'd rather be tall and normal than a short genius. -Mel Brooks

Mild autism can give you a genius like Einstein. If you have severe autism, you could remain nonverbal. You don't want people to be on the severe end of the spectrum. But if you got rid of all the autism genetics, you wouldn't have science or art. All you would have is a bunch of social 'yak yaks.' -Temple Grandin

There's a perceived inverse relation between looks and talent. Look at Charlize Theron – she made herself ugly for 'Monster' and suddenly everyone said 'she's a genius.' It shouldn't be like that. -Lena Headey

I'm a big fan of '30 Rock,' which I think is the most genius show on television. -Anna Kendrick

I am thankful that geniuses and artists and good people, no matter how hard it is, will eventually be recognized. I am doubly thankful that also goes for idiots. -Elayne Boosler

Madonna is her own Hollywood studio – a popelike mogul and divine superstar in one. She has a laserlike instinct for publicity, aided by her visual genius for still photography (which none of her legion of imitators has). Unfortunately, her public life has dissolved into a series of staged photo ops. -Camille Paglia

Making 'Birdsong,' on the one hand you have how prestigious it is and the reputation of the book, which is something that's an extraordinary piece of work. Sebastian Faulkes is a genius. So you feel that responsibility when you're portraying that character that he's imagined and millions of readers have pictured. -Eddie Redmayne

The only good political movement I've seen lately was Occupy Wall Street. They had no leaders, which was genius. But unfortunately it always ends up with some hippy playing a flute. -John Lydon

There is no hierarchy of values any more. Real progress is due mainly to human genius, and that's rare, and usually stems from a real elite, from a hierarchy. -Vivienne Westwood

I mean, I do love clever and witty, but I think that the 'Three Stooges' were geniuses. They'd have to be for their appeal to have lasted this long. -Paula Poundstone

Alber Elbaz is just a genius. He'll be in a dinner jacket and he doesn't care what time of day it is: I love that about him. He just marches to the beat of his own drum. -Pharrell Williams

No, I don't believe in genius. I believe in freedom. I think anyone can do it. Anyone can be like Rembrandt. -Damien Hirst

Picasso, Michelangelo, possibly, might be verging on genius, but I don't think a painter like Rembrandt is a genius. -Damien Hirst

I think there have to be Bachs and Beethovens. We may have – there are so many more people. Musical training is available to so many more, but it may be that we've hit a right wall in terms of accessible styles and since we demand innovation as a criterion of genius, there may not be more innovative styles to be found. -Stephen Jay Gould

Science is not a heartless pursuit of objective information. It is a creative human activity, its geniuses acting more as artists than as information processors. -Stephen Jay Gould

I consider myself to be a genius who happens to play chess. -Bobby Fischer

I've run into certain geniuses of individualism – they are very few and far between – who live their lives completely on their own terms; they are very powerful and have a great amount of happiness. We all should aspire to that. -David Duchovny

I admire Johann Strauss a lot. I believe he was a genius of his time. -Andre Rieu

I mean, you're gonna be left behind if you don't appreciate the genius that is Meredith Vieira. -Mo Rocca

At home I have a Tibetan terrier. I'm still not sure if he's a genius or very thick. It's a fine line. -Hugh Bonneville

Music looks very formidable to people outside of it and it looks like it's this realm of spooky genius. -Jon Brion

Historically, the Republicans have been geniuses at throwing away advantages. -Bob Packwood

I think Stephen Sondheim is a – and I hardly ever use this word – but this is as close as it gets to a genius. -Christoph Waltz

John Lennon was a musical genius. All I have to do is think of some of his songs and even the titles make me feel good… and I'm not the only one. His music has crossed cultures and even generations. -Ray Comfort

A lot of the younger Indian generation are either IT geniuses or doctors – the number of doctors I've seen in L.A. who are Indian is just crazy. So it is a very common thing. Or an accountant! That again is a very, very big thing. -Freida Pinto

Bernard Herrmann was a genius, a great, great composer. -Michel Hazanavicius

Almost all institutions own a lot more art than they can ever show, much of it revealing for its timeliness, genius, or sheer weirdness. -Jerry Saltz

I'm a genius. I'm like Prince. -Josh Hopkins

Karl Lagerfeld and Tom Ford are both geniuses. -Arizona Muse

There's the same percentage of genius happening in both genders, but there's less women writing scripts and out there looking for the job. -Dan Harmon

There are so many remarkable playwrights working right now, that I see everything I can. Annie Baker is a genius, I'll see anything she writes. The same for Lynn Nottage, Cynthia Hopkins, and Lisa D'Amour. Anything they've got going on, I'll go see. -Lucy Alibar

One of my top 10 favorite movies of all time was 'South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.' 'Team America' is a work of genius to me. -Josh Gad

Martin Lawrence is one of my comedic heroes, and he's a genius. -Tracy Morgan

There's a certain pattern that exists with geniuses – an eccentricity, a lack of social graces and an inability to really communicate with mere mortals. -John Noble

When things don't go well, it helps to think of yourself as a genius and the rest of the world as a bunch of idiots. -Tom Perrotta

The genius of a folk melody or story is not the feeling that it's original but quite the opposite – the feeling that it has existed all along. -Susan Orlean

Every decade of my life I attempted to write a novel. But I had nothing to say. I was far too self-absorbed, and now I realize I was writing for others, so that they'd applaud me, see my genius, tell me how wonderful I am, or be jealous of my success. -Louise Penny

Why hire these geniuses if they're forced to stick with the script? You want to empower your actors as collaborators. -Shawn Levy

My dream artists to collaborate with are probably Cee Lo Green and Imogen Heap. They're completely out of my genre but they're both musical geniuses. -Kina Grannis

There's a fine line between genius and insanity, as we all know. -Mackenzie Phillips

I went to a very academically competitive high school. So I was always quite studious and quiet, just to keep up with the other geniuses who were in my school. -Ben Barnes

You don't disrupt genius at work. -Dylan O'Brien

Jennifer Aniston is a genius. -Emma Roberts

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. -Marilyn Monroe

As Fallingwater demonstrates, Wright's genius was always specific, but also always lively, always daring. -Jane Smiley

My favorite period is when we lived in the land of the three-minute song. The Motown thing – I thought they were genius in knowing that's as much as a listener can take. -Meshell Ndegeocello

There is the myth that writing books for children is easier than writing books for grownups, whereas we know that truly great books for children are works of genius, whether it's 'Alice in Wonderland' or the 'Gruffalo' or 'Northern Lights.' When it's a great book, it's a great book, whether it's for children or not. -Michael Morpurgo

Who doesn't love Enya? Whenever I'm in a trying time, she is the calm in the middle of the storm. If I put her on, I'll be in this crazy peaceful state. I love her style. And her harmonies are freaking genius. -Nicki Minaj

Anyone who can do the splits and come back up on the backbeat, as James Brown and Prince can, has my eternal respect. Prince, who is a genius of the highest order, can come back up while singing and playing the guitar. -Bill Nighy

There's a fine line between what would characterize you as a troglodyte and what would characterize you as a brilliant, avant-garde, forward-thinking genius. There's some middle ground. -Michael Eisner

Ricky Gervais is a genius. -Oscar Nunez

A lot of chefs are traditional and do it very well. But the ones who are the most successful are the ones who change things. That is why someone like Heston Blumenthal is a genius. -Wolfgang Puck

We reserve the term 'genius' for people who are creative, who are innovators, who think in ways that are entirely new. In the Middle Ages, the term 'genius' was reserved for people with the best memories. That is telling. -Joshua Foer

There's a gap somehow between empathy and activism. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of 'soul force' – something that emanates from a deep truth inside of us and empowers us to act. Once you identify your inner genius, you will be able to take action, whether it's writing a check or digging a well. -Sue Monk Kidd

I think 'Pan's Labyrinth' is genius. -Joe Dante

I was diagnosed with a severe temporal spatial deficit, a learning disability that means I have zero spatial relations skills. It was official: I was a genius trapped in an idiot's body. -Sloane Crosley

Now that I'm on Broadway, it's like NASA engineering with the costumes. I was very grateful for the slightly more high-tech ones in my show, 'Venus in Fur'; our costume designer Anita Yavich is kind of a genius. -Nina Arianda

My father and mother are both very smart people and I always felt I was a little short of the mark. So I would compensate with a character like Logan Cale. He's wearing glasses, he's in a wheelchair, he's a computer genius. He's very far away from who I am, but I really wanted to play roles where I'd be taken seriously. -Michael Weatherly

It is crazy. It's our first kid, and all of a sudden, she identifies letters as what they are, and you go, 'This kid is a genius – she's obviously some sort of savant!' -Max Greenfield

Todd Rundgren is a genius, and I don't use that word a lot. -Jim Steinman

Our society is very, very good at developing certain types of skills and certain types of genius. We are fantastically good at identifying and developing athletic skills – better than we are, really, at almost anything else. We are quite good at developing and rewarding inventiveness. -Bill James

We don't genuinely need more literary geniuses. One can only read so many books in a lifetime. -Bill James

It's a very naive idea to think that the chef is cooking everything, and, on top of it, is irreplaceable. That would mean that basically he is the only genius, and there are idiots all around him, which doesn't make sense. -Eric Ripert

Most geniuses are weird. -T-Pain

I'm a musical genius. -Timbaland

We need creative people working with broadcasters, making smart content to inspire people to be geniuses.

When you're onstage with Chris Rock, anything can happen. He is one of the greatest comic geniuses we've ever seen. -Yul Vazquez

Bob Dylan may be the Charlie Chaplin of rock n' roll. Both men are regarded as geniuses by their entire audience. Both were proclaimed revolutionaries for their early work and subjected to exhaustive attack when later works were thought to be inferior. Both developed their art without so much as a nodding glance toward their peers. -Jon Landau

The grim reality is that most start-ups fail. Most new products are not successful. Yet the story of perseverance, creative genius, and hard work persists. -Eric Ries

Nowadays people talk about PayPal's founders as prescient geniuses who would inevitably change the world. It was, however, not so obvious that PayPal would taste its first major success by helping people sell Beanie Babies on eBay. But they had a vision, a hope, and the perseverance to try multiple iterations until they got it right. -Eric Ries

I can't say I'm not grateful to have journalists writing about me as a genius. But I know it's not true. I'm not confused. I understand that success comes through a lot of failure and a lot of very embarrassing failure. People want to create the next Facebook, but they are too afraid to create the next Facemash. -Eric Ries

Yes, I think I am a genius, but not a rebel. -Mario Balotelli

There's pressure to come up with something genius every time. I feel like I keep letting myself down with my Twitter posts. I have to start keeping a journal of rough drafts of prophetic ideas about the world. -Ari Graynor

Instead of being lionized and admired for her genius, instead of being able to earn a decent living as a writer, Andrea Dworkin was misrepresented and demonized. -Catharine MacKinnon

If you're a man and you ask questions, you're a genius; if you're a woman, you're difficult. -Martine McCutcheon

A product is usually created to improve people's lives; otherwise, why buy it? I'm no genius, but I am an American, and gosh-darnit, I consume, so I know what I'm talking about. -Steven Weber

A modern-day Dickens with a popular voice and a genius for storytelling in any genre, Stephen King has written many wonderful books. -Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Of course creativity is a mystery. We don't know what drives it or what constitutes it. It's one of those things, like genius, you know it when you see it but it's impossible to define. -Daniel Tammet

Martin Freeman is a genius, he really is. He gives you every color of the rainbow in every take and it's wonderful just to play off of him and opposite him. -Lara Pulver

The iambic pentameter owes its pre-eminence in English poetry to its genius for variation. Good blank verse does not sound like a series of identically measured lines. It sounds like a series of subtle variations on the same theme. -James Fenton

Robert Burns enriched Scottish song with his genius and is mainly responsible for the rich treasure house of song that we enjoy today. He collected folk songs, retained the melodic line, kept what words were usable and rewrote the rest. He didn't claim ownership. -Jimmy Reid

The true genius of a great manager is his or her ability to individualize. A great manager is one who understands how to trip each person's trigger. -Marcus Buckingham

Truly, the bench is a boon to idlers. Whoever first came up with the idea is a genius: free public resting places where you can take time out from the bustle and brouhaha of the city, and simply sit and watch and reflect. -Tom Hodgkinson

Creativity runs across many categories in life, from the arts-and-crafts project a mum or dad does with their kids, to the bestselling author's manuscript, to the designs of the hairdresser, to the creations of the computer programming genius. -Tabatha Coffey

From every ancient source, we have testimony to Cleopatra's irresistible charm, as Plutarch has it, to her ability to speak many languages including, as he puts it, the language of flattery and essentially, to be able to turn people to her will – really a great political genius, in that respect. -Stacy Schiff

Here's Kanye, the great musical genius of his generation in hip hop, but, like, society really can't even deal with him because he's always saying something that people go, 'Oh, I can't believe Kanye said that. I can't believe he did that.' -Ben Horowitz

I've always been sensible with my money. I can't say I'm a business genius. -Jasper Carrott

The genius of the American Founders was to create an intricate system of balanced powers both within the state and between state and society – a system that has fostered unprecedented political, social, and intellectual freedom. -Nancy Pearcey

By and large, talent is in such short supply that mediocrity can be taken for brilliance rather more than genius can go undiscovered. -Charles Saatchi

I am a free man. I do not need to copy Petrarca or Boccaccio. My own genius is enough. Let others worry themselves about style, and so cease to be themselves. Without a master, without a model, without a guide, I go to work and earn my living, my well-being and my fame. -Pietro Aretino

Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius. -Pietro Aretino

Character is greater than talent, genius, fame, money, friends – there is nothing to compare with it. A man may have all these and yet remain comparatively useless – be unhappy – and die a bankrupt in soul. -George Matthew Adams

The critic is genius at one remove; he is not unlike an actor on the stage, and incarnates in his mind, as the actor embodies in his person, another's work; only thus does he understand art, realize it, know it; and having arrived at this, his task is done. -George Edward Woodberry

Art has a double visage: it looks before and after. Romance is its forward-looking face. The germ of growth is in romanticism. Formalism, on the other hand, consolidates tradition; gleans what has been gained and makes it facile to the hand or the mind; economizes the energy of genius. -George Edward Woodberry

A marvellous power of expression over language often distinguishes genius; but Shakespeare in his phrases seems independent of the bonds of language as of the bonds of metre. -George Edward Woodberry

I loved Stephen Wright, and I loved Mitch Hedberg, but they seemed like geniuses you could never emulate. You'd just be ripping them off. -Anthony Jeselnik

Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius. -Matthew McConaughey

I'd love to work with David Lynch. I'm such a big fan. He's a genius. -Olga Kurylenko

I'm a massive fan of Brit Art in general and Damien Hirst in particular. I think he's an absolute genius and should be celebrated in every way. -David Morrissey

However people feel about Kanye is their opinion, but I think he's a genius. -Pooch Hall

I grew up listening to AM radio in the '70s and hearing all of that great soul and rhythm and blues music, which definitely influenced the way I sing. But singing gospel has made me a much more humble person. There are so many people who were geniuses who only a few people knew about when they were alive. -Patty Griffin

I never said I was a genius. -Orson Welles

If I wait for the genius to come, it just doesn't arrive. -Ian Fleming

Upper berth, lower berth, that's the difference between talent and genius. -George Gershwin

The so-called 'materialistic conception of history,' with the crude elements of genius of the early form which appeared, for instance, in the 'Communist Manifesto,' still prevails only in the minds of laymen and dilettantes. -Max Weber

Unless a man enters upon the vocation intended for him by nature, and best suited to his peculiar genius, he cannot succeed. I am glad to believe that the majority of persons do find their right vocation. -P. T. Barnum

As an actor, I really like Philip Seymour Hoffman. I think he's a genius. -Simon Cowell

The man who puts life into an idea is acclaimed a genius, because he does the right thing at the right time. Therein lies the difference between the genius and a commonplace man. -Douglas Fairbanks

You can't hang around geniuses forever because they end up taking everything you've got. That's why they're the genius and you're not. -Bob Colacello

It is quite possible for the vulgar to be funny, but to succeed, it must rise to a certain genius. -Roger Ebert

Sometimes miraculous films come into being, made by people you've never heard of, starring unknown faces, blindsiding you with creative genius. -Roger Ebert

I think I'm a vocal genius, not a musical genius. I like background vocals. I consider myself a voice, not a singer. A voice is a sound, and singing is what you do with that sound. -Brian Wilson

I'm not a genius. I'm just a hard-working guy. -Brian Wilson

I think it's important that kids see another kid – Coraline – who doesn't have guns, she doesn't have super-powers, she's not a super-genius. To see a pretty normal kid – I mean, she's probably a little more curious, a little more stubborn, but she's a real kid – go up against something that's truly dark and evil and powerful. And she does win. -Henry Selick

Almost all the producers I know and dig, like Quincy Jones or Brian Eno, are really musicians first. I'm a composer, an orchestrator, an arranger and a musician first. I know how to write and rewrite songs, and the genius is really in the rewriting. -Nile Rodgers

Stanley Kubrick is one of the geniuses of this century. -Roberto Benigni

Robert Zemeckis is a genius filmmaker who is an amazing individual. I feel really blessed that I've gotten to work with him on many different occasions. -Charles Fleischer

I love cooking. My Italian mother is a genius cook, and I picked that up from her. I make my own sauce, which takes four hours, from a recipe that's been refined over many years. I won't tell anybody what it is. -Josh Fox

Some people are better at maths than others: no one thinks you can be 'taught' to be a mathematical genius. And no one thinks of teaching, in that context, as a kind of forcing of the will. But there seems to be an idea of writing as an intuitive pastime which is being dishonestly subjected to counterintuitive methods. -Rachel Cusk

I am not a genius. But I am nerdy. -Claire Danes

Richard Avedon is a true genius of photography and one of the greatest artists of our time. -Donatella Versace

There's been so many different types of musicals, and it's a funny genre because there's a fine line between clever and stupid. It really takes a genius to know how to do it. -Melissa Etheridge

I love David Fincher and I think he's a genius. -Trent Reznor

I am not worthy to be on a Mariah Carey record. She's a true artist, so I just step back and watch the genius occur. -Nick Cannon

It is easy to be seen as either a genius or a crank. If you have a Ph.D., at least you somewhat lower the chances that you will be seen as a crank. -Evgeny Morozov

I wish I was this dark genius artist – like Richard Pryor or something. -Artie Lange

The problem was Le Corbusier was a genius and an enormous artist, but he tried to resolve problems to which there is no solution. So the idea to demolish the centre of Paris in order to adapt it to the car – he drew it! – is something not even the most bloody dictators conceived. -Leon Krier

The popular mythology of creative genius depends on beloved stereotypes of the artist in youth and old age: the misunderstood upstart who forces us to see the world afresh; and the revered sage who shows us depths of insight attainable only through a lifetime of hard-won experience. -Martin Filler

I think David Letterman is a genius. Night after night he is funny and smart. He seems to really enjoy his jokes. They seem connected to who he really is. I like watching him, and there is no one better at turning an awkward moment into something very funny. -Casey Affleck

I do love the clothes on 'Mad Men' because my character has been so elegant and I would never have had access to these clothes. I think Janie Bryant is a costume designing genius. They'll call and tell me, 'It will only take an hour,' and I'm like, 'I will try on the whole truck!' -Cara Buono

The free sharing and teaching of open source is incompatible with the notion of the solitary genius. -Golan Levin

You know, Leonard Cohen is amazing, just a mastermind, and really one of the great geniuses of our time. -Jake Shimabukuro

I think 'Game Of Thrones' has been genius, and I really don't want it to end. Every episode is huge. It's totally immense, and the actors are all fantastic in it. It has totally drawn me in. -Eric Balfour

Some people think architecture is about the genius sketch; I don't. Great architecture is a collaboration among a lot of people over a long period of time. -Joshua Prince-Ramus

Working off one genius sketch is not the way great architecture should be made. -Joshua Prince-Ramus

Very first thing in the morning, I spew some rough genius directly on to the laptop. Then I have coffee and rewrite for three hours. -Kevin Barry

I think that we see Steve Jobs as the genius speaker in the mock black turtleneck with the round glasses, sort of beautifully delivering his new product, and I think that for people to understand that he started in a garage. -Joshua Michael Stern

I'm not exactly a maths genius – I'm really good at maths, maths was my favorite subject in school, but I wasn't a genius. -Matt Dallas

No one will ever be as good as Phil Hartman. He was such an amazing genius, and may be the best sketch performer of all time. -Nick Swardson

Estelle Getty used the language of a truck driver, or a sailor. Bea Arthur didn't wear shoes. Bea Arthur was a comic genius. Her timing was extraordinary. -Leland Orser

Talent perceives differences; genius, unity. -William Butler Yeats

Graham Yost is a genius, and I know that very well because we worked together on 'Band of Brothers' and 'Boomtown.' -Neal McDonough

'Mad Men' still lives in my life as the best job that I've ever had because I thought the character was genius. It was so well-written. -Patrick Fischler

We have to work harder to develop a profound theology of women within the church. The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions. -Pope Francis

Jim Henson was an absolute genius. -Marcus Brigstocke

The three theater peeps I would love to dine with are Mel Brooks, because he is so funny; Stephen Sondheim, because he is a god-like genius; and Ethel Merman, to compare notes on fabulous belting. -Nancy Allen

I wouldn't use the word 'scared' for my role as Hitchcock, but it was my most insecure. Taking on such a formidable, giant personality such as Hitchcock; he was one of the great geniuses of world cinema. Sheer genius. -Anthony Hopkins

The launch of iPhone is very possibly bigger than the launch of the first Apple II or the first Mac. Steve Jobs's genius is his ability to use technology to create products that define fundamental cultural shifts. -John Sculley

The extraordinary genius of John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie 100 years ago was their recognition that the great wealth they had amassed could be put to public good and used to solve the complex problems for which there were no other sources of capital. -Judith Rodin

There are so many cliches associated with mental health – such as the 'fine line between lunacy and genius' – which are, on the whole, a load of rubbish. -Jo Brand

Mike Myers as Austin Powers makes me laugh – that was genius – and Daffy Duck makes me laugh, but I like odd behavior. I don't like hip dialogue and one-liners and all that sort of cool, sophomoric comedy. It's just not for me. -Nicolas Cage

Berlusconi is a genius in communication. Otherwise, he would never have become so rich. -Umberto Eco

Joss Whedon who created 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer,' 'Angel,' and all that… he is a genius. -Christian Kane

Remember when those CD-ROMs from AOL came in the mail almost every day? The company was considered ubiquitous, invincible. Former AOL CEO Steve Case was no less a genius than Mark Zuckerberg. -Douglas Rushkoff

The idea of Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula, all I could think of was, why haven't they done this with him before? It's such a genius idea. 'Dracula' has always been done as film, so it's been an hour and 40 minutes. What we're done is 10 hours of 'Dracula,' so you have a lot of freedom with all the different mythologies and nuances. -Victoria Smurfit

I probably have genius. But no talent. -Francis Ford Coppola

Michael Jackson fundamentally altered the terms of the debate about African American music. Remember, he was a chocolate, cherubic-faced genius with an African American halo. He had an Afro halo. He was a kid who was capable of embodying all of the high possibilities and the deep griefs that besieged the African American psyche. -Michael Eric Dyson

Oprah Winfrey represents the most ingenious and creative expression of black spiritual genius in the public mainstream that we've had in quite a long time, if ever. -Michael Eric Dyson

Obviously, Jay-Z is one of the greatest entertainers of the world today. Not only is he a remarkable rhetorical genius, he's also a man of deep sympathy and empathy for those who are lost and vulnerable, but especially under-educated youth of all cultures and stripes. -Michael Eric Dyson

Speaking out against rap music is useless, and it's futile. The reality is there's criticism for everything, but Jay-Z is one of the most remarkable artists of our time of any genre, and as a hip-hop artist he carries the weight of that art form with such splendor and grace and genius. -Michael Eric Dyson

When I started out in the duck-call business, my college buddies would come in and say, 'Robertson, you have a college degree. What are you doing?' Then they drove away saying, 'What an idiot!' Thirty-five years later, they're saying, 'The sucker's a genius!' -Si Robertson

I have no physical genius about me. I can't dribble a ball and run at the same time, I can't do lay-ups – I'm not an athlete. But my experience as a kid was, I was made fun of so much that what I did then, is, I wouldn't participate. And I think I cheated myself out of a lot of fun. -Rich Mullins

I didn't want to be a genius! That ain't cool. -Missy Elliott

Professor Hawking is heralded as 'the genius of Britain,' yet he believes in the scientific impossibility that nothing created everything and that life sprang from non-life. Why should anyone believe Mr. Hawking's writings if he cannot provide evidence for his unscientific belief that out of nothing, everything came? -Kirk Cameron

Today, I'd like to talk to Bob Marley. I'd just like to ask him what was his method. Bob is one of the greatest songwriters ever. I don't know if people understand how powerful his songs are and the simplicity and genius behind them, from 'Redemption Song' to 'Is This Love?' and 'I Shot the Sheriff.' -Bruno Mars

When I write a play, and we read it for the first time, the great fear is that everybody is going to say, 'You're a bum and you can't write. This stinks.' and throw the script in the garbage. The great hope is that they're all going to lift me up on their shoulders and carry me to the streets, singing, 'He's a genius, he's a genius!' -Tracy Letts

If there are nine guys auditioning and they're all gorgeous, I have an advantage, because gorgeous guys are a dime a dozen. But if they need someone else – like a goofy guy with bad hair who is just okay – then that's me. And finally, the other 2 percent who audition are geniuses that I could never touch. -Tom Hanks

In school, I was a genius of the year preceding the year I was in, every year. -Sean Penn

My mother's a genius. She just kept feeding me art on whatever we had; paper plates, silver platter, didn't matter. You know, she just kept feeding it to me. So we went to see all kinds of theater. We would go to the art museum pretty much every Sunday, and I would watch her. She let me know that art was supposed to touch. -Jill Scott

Charles Schultz is a really interesting case. He wrote that comic strip and drew it himself from beginning to end, and it's a work of genius. It's very simply drawn, but it has some really deep emotions that you don't expect in a silly-looking comic strip. -Matt Groening

You've got to invest in the world, you've got to read, you've got to go to art galleries, you've got to find out the names of plants. You've got to start to love the world and know about the whole genius of the human race. We're amazing people. -Vivienne Westwood

I really got into 'The Walking Dead.' That was genius. And I have to say, my husband is on 'Shameless,' and I think it's a brilliant show. -Sarah Shahi

Quentin Tarantino is a genius. I want to do every single film with him. -Vanessa Ferlito

Geniuses come in many shapes and colors, and they often run in packs. If you can find one, it may lead you to others. Collaborate with geniuses. Send them your spells. Look carefully at theirs. What could you do together? Combination is creation. -Aaron Koblin

If you win a Super Bowl before you're fired, you're a genius, and everyone listens to you. But a coach is just a guy whose best class in grammar school was recess and whose best class in high school was P.E. I never thought I was anything but a guy whose best class was P.E. -John Madden

In Oakland, Al Davis was a genius. We had Ron Wolff there, too, and he was a genius. There was no room for me to be a genius. -John Madden

A clone of Einstein wouldn't be stupid, but he wouldn't necessarily be any genius, either. -James D. Watson

I don't think Ireland has ever had a genius for the novel. Of course, there were plenty of Irish novels, but I don't think that was ever the natural means of expression for the Irish. -Lady Gregory

I love to get to the underbelly of why people are up in arms about anything. Really, what I see is a big shadow in the West, in America especially, and everyone's afraid of looking stupid. But the truth is, I'm a genius and I'm stupid at the same time. -Alanis Morissette

You don't even really need a place. But you feel like you're doing something. That is what coffee is. And that is one of the geniuses of the new coffee culture. -Jerry Seinfeld

I feel genius in great works of art. I have seen medical cures that science can't explain, some seemingly triggered by faith. The same is true of millions of other people. -Deepak Chopra

Everyone has the potential to become an encourager. You don't have to be rich. You don't have to be a genius. You don't have to have it all together. All you have to do is care about people and initiate. -John C. Maxwell

Steve McQueen is a genius. And I think that word is overused, but I think with Steve it's rightly used. He's a genius. -Lupita Nyong'o

I didn't get into rap to be no lyrical genius. I got into rap to feed my family and help the people in need around me, that's it. A lot of people say, 'Man, Waka Flocka ain't go no lyrics,' so I was like, 'Yeah, you right!' -Waka Flocka Flame

It's a total big difference between a person that got lyrics and a person that can make hit singles. I'm a person that can make some hit singles. I'm not in no booth trying to be a lyrical genius. I'm preparing to make me some singles, and as I develop as a man, then they'll respect my emcee skills. -Waka Flocka Flame

I've made money, and I've been ripped off. I've had creative freedom, and I've been pressured to make hits. I have dealt with diva behavior from crazy musicians, and I have seen genius records by wonderful artists get completely ignored. I love music. I always will. -David Byrne

When I had the wonderful occasion to play a goofball, Jane, in 'Coupling,' it was definitely an homage to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who I just think is a genius. -Gina Bellman

At the beginning, Edo was a photographer, and I was more of a talent scout and doing styling and modelling. Then all of a sudden, in 1977, he gave me a Polaroid camera, and I discovered that instead of having to go to a lab and develop the film, I could just take a click and get a picture! It was genius, and I was very good at manipulating it. -Maripol

I love Stewart Lee's 'Comedy Vehicle' on BBC2. The guy is a genius. -Jez Butterworth

I do not use the word 'genius' lightly, but if David Bowie is not a genius, then there is no such thing. -Mick Rock

People think that I'm some kind of genius who's got these statements to say, and… I'm not really. -Chris Lilley

I think pattern makers are some of the most underrated, undervalued people in fashion. They're the people who are sometimes the geniuses in designing clothing. -Thom Browne

Pain is definitely a genius in his own right. 'Thr33 Ringz' is definitely one of my top 10 albums. It's one of those albums you listen to front-to-back. -Travie McCoy

David Fincher is a genius. -Chuck Palahniuk

I know quite a few fellow members of the news analysis and commentary business, and I have it from the highest-placed sources, on the record, that each and every one of our children is a genius. -P. J. O'Rourke

Whether you are a genius or an idiot, a thief or, like me, a Zen priest who has cultivated the mind for 30 years – the mind anyway is subject to conditions. -Zoketsu Norman Fischer

Young men and young women, full of courage, originality, and genius, are everywhere to be met with. -Frank Crowninshield

Even when writing your own poems, you need to talk to people; you need to magpie around, getting words and things. I'm very against the celebrity culture that wants to say: 'this is a genius, this is one person who has done something brilliant.' There are always a hundred people in the background who have helped to make it. -Alice Oswald

What most readers do not realize is that it takes a particular genius to write funny, to satirize. -F. Sionil Jose

The genius idea of industrialism was the concept of the Model T: In exchange for something cheap and well-made, we'd forgo unique, lovely design. -Clive Thompson

My father believed, like Pericles, that a man's genius could be easily judged by the number of unenlightened fools set in phalanx against his ideas. -Thomas Steinbeck

A people do not throw their geniuses away. And if they are thrown away, it is our duty as artists and as witnesses for the future to collect them again for the sake of our children and, if necessary, bone by bone. -Alice Walker

Jesus of Nazareth was a poet, no less than a prophet, of pre-eminent genius. -Orson F. Whitney

Doing 'Veronica Mars,' Rob Thomas is a genius. He's one of my best friends. I had this feeling like I couldn't write anything other than my stuff in Jersey and what we were talking about, like that little world, like if I can throw my Aunt Janice into it, I'm cool, but otherwise I'm screwed. -Diane Ruggiero

Prior to 'Tokyo Drift,' the iconic perception of Asians in Hollywood films has been either the Kung Fu guy, the Yakuza guy or some technical genius. It used to be such a joke, to be laughed at rather than with. -Sung Kang

We've gone from the image of India as land of fakirs lying on beds of nails, and snake charmers with the Indian rope trick, to the image of India as a land of mathematical geniuses, computer wizards, software gurus. -Shashi Tharoor

I'm no genius. -Lou Holtz

In its heyday, the car was an expression of technical flair and design genius: the original Mini, the Beetle, the 2CV, and the Fiat 500 were all, in their various ways, inspired incarnations of functionality. -Martin Jacques

I would still work with Mel Gibson! He's talented, man! Come on, he came up with 'Apocalypto,' man! I want to work with this guy. I've worked with Steven Seagal. He's out of his mind. I mean, I've worked with Spike Lee for four films. I've worked with some people that you can say are right there teetering between genius and madness. -Isaiah Washington

The default mode of modern writing about art is to despise any notion of singularity as so much overheated genius-fetishism. -Simon Schama

There are some good teachers out there, but the only one who is a genius at diagnosing my swing is my mom. She took up golf late, when she was 39, but in her younger days, she was an amazing athlete. She never read an instruction book or took lessons, but she has a remarkable eye for motion. -Boo Weekley

However old-fashioned and right-wing this may sound, the American genius for language lies in understatement, in saying things simply, pointedly and quickly, and in making new and clean and swift what otherwise might be ponderous, round and slow. -Walter Kirn

You have plausible deniability, as they say in politics, as an author with movies. Because if the movie is terrible, you simply say they failed to catch the genius of the book. -Walter Kirn

The lead singer for Deerhunter, Bradford Cox… I don't like saying people are geniuses or whatever, but I just think that dude is so good at every single thing he does. He stays within his genre, but I think he does so well experimenting with stuff. -Blake Anderson

My mother was an artist, and I was fairly good at art as a child. I was always the best drawer in class, except in second grade when an artistic genius passed through our school! -Natalie Babbitt

The element of truth in the concept of genius is to be sought in the object, in what is open, not confined by repetition. -Theodor W. Adorno

I'm no genius, and others can outwork me. What I do is ask the naive, honest questions, and then I'm not satisfied until I get the answers. -Herman Daly

I have been motivated by this idea since I was a kid that if we invented machines that were created in the way that people are – were aware, have free will, inventive machines, machines that would be geniuses – potentially, they could reinvent themselves. They're not just applying it to other things – they could actually redesign themselves. -David Hanson

My goal is to create friend machines. Friendly genius machines. Machines with genius capabilities. -David Hanson

I think I have had so much blessing – I've had my brother, who was brilliant – I think my family came closest to making a genius when they made my brother – Bailey was just all of that. He loved me. -Maya Angelou

Buckminster Fuller was one of those world historic geniuses who reminded us of the extraordinary things that are possible, and inspires all of us to set about doing them! -Marianne Williamson

My husband wrote me love letters while I was on location in Canada and pregnant. They turned into being about food, and it turned it into a cookbook. He called it 'The Tuscan Cookbook for the Pregnant Male.' It was kind of genius. When I took it a book agent, he was like, 'Men don't buy cookbooks.' -Debi Mazar

For me, my core genius lies in the area of teaching and motivating. I love to do it, I do it well, and people report that they get great value from it. Another core genius is compiling and writing books. Along with my co-author Mark Victor Hansen and others, I have written, co-authored, compiled and edited more than 200 books. -Jack Canfield

Oh, there's so much ego with men; in their head, they can't possibly think about Tesco's when they are doing Othello. Er, why not? They want to think that they are such geniuses they can't muddy their day with domesticity, and I've got no truck with it whatsoever. -Lesley Manville

I grew up listening to Teenage Fanclub and Eugenius. Scottish music cast a huge influence on me. -Withered Hand

The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner. -Gordon B. Hinckley

It's easy to be a genius in your twenties. In your forties, it's difficult. -Robbie Robertson

When I think of musical geniuses, I think of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Prince. That's who comes to mind. -R. Kelly

The writer Richard Curtis is a genius. -Eric Fellner

To be called a genius at 17 or 18 years old can sometimes cause arrested development. -Paul Dano

I know people I feel are extremely talented, but I don't know that I've ever heard any geniuses. -Aretha Franklin

Ataturk approved of the mevlevi dervish approach to God as being 'an expression of Turkish genius' that reclaimed Islam from what he saw as hide-bound, backward Arab tradition. -Stephen Kinzer

How do you rate works of genius? Partly by personal inclination, partly by accepted wisdom, partly by popularity. -Robert Gottlieb

When I was at Cambridge in the early fifties, there was a school nearby for training Army officers in Russian, and some imaginative genius came up with the idea of putting on Russian plays with the students to improve their language skills. -Robert Gottlieb

Martha Graham, along with George Balanchine, is one of the two commanding figures in 20th-century American dance. For those much younger than I am, her genius as a performer will have to be taken on faith – and on the always-suspect evidence of film. What will last, if things go well, is her genius as a choreographer, as a woman of the theater. -Robert Gottlieb

The genius of Kate Middleton is that she hasn't gone too far. She's still dressing in a way that people can relate to. -Kate Reardon

What seems like a crazy idea today eventually grows. It's a 'with hindsight' thing. One day, someone will turn around and say, 'That was genius.' -Natalie Massenet

I'm playing an Amazon warrior princess in a new radio comedy series called 'Elvenquest,' and I'm playing a Russian genius in the comeback of 'Red Dwarf.' -Sophie Winkleman

I remembered watching the film from Alfred Hitchcock, 'Dial M for Murder,' and he shot almost all of that movie in one room. There was a genius in what Hitchcock did by manipulating things in that room so that you could see the distances between things like the tables and the vases because of how he used perspective. -Dario Argento

I'm into the lyrical side of rap. I listen to some old Eminem songs and think, 'Wow, he's a genius.' He's one of the greatest poets of our time. Even when he's out of control, like on 'Cold Wind Blows,' it's incredible. -Phoebe Tonkin

I buy everything India Arie, just because she's such a positive person, and I just love her music. Her music's so soulful… I think Kanye West is a genius musically. -Tika Sumpter

Even though Da Vinci was a genius, it's important to remember he was just a man. -Tom Riley

Sometimes the hardest thing about committing the perfect crime can be keeping your genius to yourself. -Sarah Lacy

Most people in the Western world grow up with the received wisdom that Mozart was a genius. But few people necessarily know why. More than anyone else, he captured this something which is the human condition, the fine line that we all constantly dance between joy and pain, between absolute happiness and absolute heartbreak. -Charles Hazlewood

George Saunders is a complete genius. -Bill Hader

I'm pretty handy in the kitchen. But my wife's the real genius. -Chris Diamantopoulos

'Sesame Street's' genius lies in finding gentle ways to talk about hard things – death, divorce, danger – in terms that children understand and accept. -Nancy Gibbs

My wife determined that my genius should prevail, and that my final success as an ornithologist should be triumphant. -John James Audubon

I thought that Hollywood was just for geniuses and that directors come from three generations of directors. I was worried that I was not up to the challenge of making a movie. Then realized that all a director has to do is know what he wants to do. -Fede Alvarez

I did buy 'The Sun' a few times, but I just don't read the tabloids. Sometimes they can have genius witty headlines, but that's all. There's nothing to read. -Lucy Punch

Poesy must not be drawn by the ears: it must be gently led, or rather, it must lead, which was partly the cause that made the ancient learned affirm it was a divine, and no human skill, since all other knowledges lie ready for any that have strength of wit; a poet no industry can make, if his own genius be not carried into it. -Philip Sidney

I just want people to recognize my father as an artist who was way ahead of his time. He was a genius. His life just burnt out quicker than it should have. And that is unfortunate, but what is more unfortunate is that everybody focuses on the nature of his death as opposed to the nature of his life, which was so much greater and more important. -Freddie Prinze, Jr.

While the world may feel entitled and have the power to pronounce an individual crazy, are there times when the innocent genius, the insightful individual or just the old grandmother may reasonably declare the world to be mad? Probably, but what hope or happiness would such an individual have? -Michael Leunig

I'm no genius, but I'm real smart in one area – I picked the right mate. -Rob Lowe

If bearing a reputation as a weirdo is all it takes to be a genius, I'm a shoo-in. Come to think of it, half the people I know are geniuses – the other half, peculiarly enough, idiots. -Todd Rundgren

There are some musicians who are talented and see themselves as some kind of natural geniuses or something because of a certain amount of natural ability. But that is often rarely the case over the long term. -Pat Metheny

All cartoonists are geniuses, but Arnold Roth is especially so. -John Updike

I was fortunate to be able to do two movies with Harold Ramis. He was the kindest of any director with whom I worked. Harold was a genius. On top of his talent, he could do the 'New York Times' crossword puzzle faster than anyone! I am lucky to have known him as well as I did. I will miss him. -Andie MacDowell

I'm a huge Muppets fan. Gigantic. I think they're genius. I think they're some of the best work out there and completely underrated, just because of how genius they are. I love that kind of humor. It's so innocent but brilliant. -Andie MacDowell

I really love Hitchcock; I think he was a complete genius, to me one of the best directors. Such a sense of how to put things together. -Kate Bush

Clive Barker is just genius, and he's incredibly gifted in so many different ways. He can write and direct and paint and do all these different things, and he can do them all extremely well. -Scott Bakula

Thinking you're a genius is death. -John Jeremiah Sullivan

Charlie Parker was a genius, as was Lester Young. -Sebastian Coe

People are like, 'Wow you started your own record label,' and treat me like I'm some sort of innovative genius, when I'm not at all. You've got the Internet and music – you put them together, and people hear your music. -Courtney Barnett

Hollywood is a special place; a place filled with creative geniuses – actors, screenwriters, directors, sound engineers, computer graphics specialists, lighting experts and so on. Working together, great art happens. But in the end, all artists depend on diverse audiences who can enjoy, be inspired by and support their work. -Ryan Kavanaugh

My first husband, John Barry, was a composer. I couldn't believe that this sophisticated, talented genius chose me and not any of the other girls. I was so flattered, so excited, so in love with him. Of course, my parents were horrified, as he'd been married once and had a daughter with the au pair girl. -Jane Birkin

One of my greatest inspirations for stand-up was Jonathan Winters. He was a genius. One thing about him, and also Lenny Bruce, is that they were in the tradition of the one-man show. That's why Richard Pryor was so great, and George Carlin, too. They prowled the stage, they used voices, they were really talents. -Robert Klein

I'm doing what all modern artists do now, which is nothing – just sit around and dream about things. I'll do what they call 'the stroke of genius.' -Billy Al Bengston

A possible link between 'madness' and genius is one of the oldest and most persistent of cultural notions. -Kay Redfield Jamison

Jerry Orbach is just phenomenal. He is genius, so present. -Michael Cudlitz

Many African people are smarter than me – kids who could have been better. I have no claim for genius. -Mo Ibrahim

Hendrix was a natural genius who played many beautiful styles. Talent as great as his doesn't come through life very frequently. Hendrix was one in a billion. -Alex Lifeson

There is in the DNA of the Italians a bit of madness, which in the overwhelming majority of cases is positive. It is genius. It is talent. It's the masterpieces of art. It's the food, fashion, everything that makes Italy great in the world. -Matteo Renzi

If you go back and look, a completely underrated film is 'Quest for Fire.' That was one of the most genius, simplistic but incredibly sophisticated notion of what it was. The evolution of that was just fantastic. -Ridley Scott

Isn't it lovely to know that even the great Sherlock Holmes, the quirky and genius Sherlock Holmes, is vulnerable to love as we all are? -Natalie Dormer

There's very few geniuses that come and revolutionize everything. For the rest of us that want to be artists and have something to say, it's a lot of work and a lot of luck. -Oscar Isaac

Only a great genius like the Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell can be mother, wife and novelist without solitude. I couldn't write until my youngest child went to school, and then I began – the first morning – and I've never stopped. -Jane Gardam

I was a 'Glee' fan before I joined the show! Since my background is musical theater, it was exciting to see a TV show that incorporated music so much and in such a genius way. -Becca Tobin

I know it is very hard to rise above the influences of party prejudice. Often, it almost drowns the sentiment of patriotism. Party rancor and party hatred are the last serpents which the genius of patriotism can crush. -Joseph P. Bradley

When those of Jewish blood exhibit moral or intellectual superiority, genius or special talent, we feel pride in them, even if they have abjured the faith like Spinoza, Marx, Disraeli or Heine. Despite the meditations of pundits or the decrees of council, our own instincts and acts, and those of others, have defined for us the term 'Jew.' -Louis D. Brandeis

Ronald Reagan knew audiences. It was a key element of his political genius. One of the things at which brilliant politicians are better than mediocre ones is smelling new public concerns over the horizon before they are picked up by polls – before the public even knows to call them 'issues' at all. -Rick Perlstein

I'm not a genius; I'm a worker. -Anthony Mann

You see the genius that Whitney Houston has as an interpreter of material, and you realize why genius can be applied to only a few interpretive performers. She finds meaning and depth and soulfulness in a song that often the writer and composer never really knew was there. -Clive Davis

I think Kurosawa was one of the first storytelling geniuses who began to change the narrative structure of films. -Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I think 'A Serious Man' is genius. -John Requa

I always thought what made 'Beetlejuice' look so great was because it looked like some genius kid made it in his basement. -Michael Keaton

Some of the best ideas come from sheer discovery, and not by some masterminded, preconceived genius. -Spike Jonze

A lot of writers dream of feature films, but television – by way of TNT, CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark Hall of Fame – has always called my name. And after seeing 'True Detective,' can there be any doubt that the storytelling on TV is as genius as it gets? -Luanne Rice

When people say that the Internet is going to make us all geniuses, that was said about the telegraph. On the other hand, when they say the Internet is going to make us stupid, that also was said about the telegraph. -James Gleick

Queen Victoria was a woman of peerless common sense; her common sense, which is a rare gift at any time, amounted to genius. She had been brought up by her mother with the utmost simplicity, and she retained it to the end, and conducted her public and private life alike by that infallible guide. -E. F. Benson

The genius of David Petraeus has always been his masterful manipulation of the media. -Michael Hastings

I'm a huge, huge fan of Chris Morris. I think he's a genius, and it is not a word I use very often. I think he's fantastic. -Robert Webb

So, okay, I'm not a genius. Vincent Van Gogh and Albert Einstein were geniuses. -Bonnie Bassler

If I had an idea for a genius app, don't you think I would be getting it made immediately? -Amanda Crew

Much as my Boomer friends will hate me for saying this, Kanye West is the New Dylan. Not only do Kanye's best lyrics match Dylan's prescience, highly inventive word-play and genius for storytelling, his indefatigable cockiness eerily channels Muhammad Ali. -Dan Hill

It's a weird thing where, especially in jazz, you have to totally mention cutting sessions and people one-upping each other and people being super, super tough on each other. And out of it emerge these genius musicians. -Damien Chazelle

Rainer Maria Rilke was admittedly not a Dockers tagger, but a sort of European equivalent: a German poet – in many respects, a charlatan masquerading as a genius who turned out to be a genius. -Richard Flanagan

The USA marketing team are geniuses at what they do. They do the right kind of thing for every medium. They're very active on social media; they're releasing videos every day up to the premiere. -Lennon Parham

I think some of my darkness comes from my dad. There is definitely convict history on that side of the family, a lot of dodginess. But with the darkness can also come entrepreneurialism, genius traits. -Rebel Wilson

Love can reach the same level of talent, and even genius, as the discovery of differential calculus. -Lev Vygotsky

Almost no one wants to admit the genius of Jeff Bezos and Amazon. Apparently, many have failed to see that Amazon has become the world's biggest retail company. -Hubert Burda

I'm no genius, sure, but I'm no dum-dum. -Sandra Dee

As well as being a creative genius, Vidal Sassoon was a formative figure of the Sixties. Along with the Pill and the mini-skirt, his influence was truly liberating. -Mary Quant

I think eyebrow gel is genius. -Suki Waterhouse

Hands down, Rick Ross is a genius. Hands down, Diddy is a genius. Hands down, Kanye is a genius. All of them. -Betty Wright

It took me six years to get close to Picasso. I learnt a lot from him, and he was an absolute genius. He almost became my grandfather at the time. It was like he was a magician or something. -Rene Burri

Music is like the genius of humankind, universal… People who have never really taken the time to get into music, their lives are a lot smaller. Kids deserve the richness and dimension of it in their lives. -Flea

In real estate, you make 10% of your money because you're a genius and 90% because you catch a great wave. -Jeff Greene

Two actors who have different motivations and skill sets can work together and be magic. Charles Grodin and Robert DeNiro technically couldn't work more differently, and yet they made 'Midnight Run,' which is a genius comedy. -John Carroll Lynch

I know so many women, comic geniuses. Where are the parts? -Melanie Mayron

There are great comic books, these great geniuses that manage to tell you a story in one frame, and that became the thing that opened my eyes. -Pierre Coffin

If you are delusional, sometimes the reality catches up with your delusion, and then all of a sudden you are a genius. -Jason Calacanis

We live in a world in which courage is in less supply than genius. -Peter Thiel

I always used to watch 'The Daily Show,' and there were all these comedic geniuses there. I didn't know if I was going to be hired full time or not. At the beginning, I was sort of hired as a part time, on and off guy. When I first got hired – it was August 2006 – and I was working on and off, and they'd call me whenever. -Aasif Mandvi

What's genius about 'Gravity' is that you are close upon the actors, but 3D works best when you have foreground, middle ground and background. -Gavin Hood

I hate when people use this term, but Matt Weiner is a genius. -Randee Heller

Maybe you've decided you're not a genius, that you're not brilliant, that you're not prosperous, that you're not wonderful, that you're not lovable. Well, you know what? You're both: you're unlovable and you are lovable. And they both need equal time. -Debbie Ford

My brother and I have matching tattoos on our arms. It says, 'Humility is strength,' in Portuguese and Italian, because my genius brother taught English in both Italy and Brazil. -Nikki Reed

I'm a devotee of Stephen Sondheim. I think he's a genius. -Kenneth Branagh

I sleep till one, and I'm always surprised when someone in blue rinse on a talk show says, 'You're a genius, Mr. Newley, you do so many things.' Tony Newley never realized his potential, did the things he should have done. -Anthony Newley

To copy Nature? A boy with a camera can do that. To get the spirit of Nature? A woodman or a shepherd can follow the trail of the whistling wind to hoarded sunshine in distant wolds. But to interpret Nature and inform it with a human personality that rises above it, invokes the divine in it, is the work of genius. -Ameen Rihani

Chris Brown is a star. He's a genius. Anybody should want to work with him. He makes hits. -Juicy J

The jury is still out on whether I'm a genius or not. -Jason Robert Brown

If I were a liberal Democrat, people would say I'm the super genius of all time. The super genius of all time. If you're a conservative Republican, you've got to fight for your life. It's really an amazing thing. -Donald Trump

Genius is a potential that lives within you and every other human being. You have many moments of genius in your lifetime. These are the times when you have a uniquely brilliant idea and implement it even if only you are aware of how fantastic it is. -Wayne Dyer

Take the complications, rules, shoulds, musts, have tos, and so on out of your life. By uncomplicating your life and removing the trivial pursuits that occupy so much of it, you open a channel for the genius within you to emerge. -Wayne Dyer

When the sacredness of one's word is matched in the attributes of his character throughout, all that constitutes a man, then we find that there is something in a man's life greater than his occupation or his achievements; grander than acquisition or wealth; higher than genius; more enduring than fame. -Orison Swett Marden

Should you be so unfortunate as to suppose you are a genius, and that 'things will come to you,' it would be well to undeceive yourself as soon as possible. Make up your mind that industry must be the price of all you obtain, and at once begin to pay down. -Orison Swett Marden

It has been said that a man of genius should select his ancestors with great care – and yet there does not seem to be as much in heredity as most people think. The children of the great are often small. -Robert Green Ingersoll

Kings had their clowns, the people their actors and musicians. Shakespeare was scheduled as a servant. It is thus that successful stupidity has always treated genius. -Robert Green Ingersoll

In every age in which books have been produced, the governing class, the respectable, have been opposed to the works of real genius. -Robert Green Ingersoll

Voltaire made up his mind to destroy the superstition of his time. He fought with every weapon that genius could devise or use. He was the greatest of all caricaturists, and he used this wonderful gift without mercy. -Robert Green Ingersoll

Before 'Giant,' I had only ever worked with Michael Greif, Michael John LaChiusa and Kate Baldwin in readings. It's really exciting to be blessed with the opportunity to work with so many I would put in the 'genius' book. -Aaron Lazar

The history of Rome presents various men of greater genius than Scipio Aemilianus, but none equalling him in moral purity, in the utter absence of political selfishness, in generous love of his country, and none, perhaps, to whom destiny has assigned a more tragic part. -Theodor Mommsen

Not being a genius, I believe in collaboration, and my background as a problem solver means I've never been afraid to work with people cleverer than myself. -Daniel Barber

The genius of vinyl is that it allows – commands! – us to put our fingerprints all over that history: to blend and chop and reconfigure it, mock and muse upon it, backspin and skip through it. -Adam Mansbach

Graffiti writers were the most interesting people in hip hop. They were the mad scientists, the mad geniuses, the weird ones. -Adam Mansbach

I'm a sport fan. So, I have always watched everything, and I used to watch racing. Formula One was always on. The genius about it is that it's on at lunchtime on a Sunday. -Asif Kapadia

We are all losers in comparison to Malala Yousafzai. But we are not all geniuses. Like me. -Ta-Nehisi Coates

I've done all the table reads for Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow for all the pirate movies, because he's just been doing other stuff, and I just love the whole Jack Sparrow thing he's got going on; it is just genius, and I just think he has so much fun with it. -Owain Yeoman

I love 'Girls.' The writing is so clever. I think Lena Dunham is a genius. I can't believe she writes it, directs it and stars in it. It's really exciting that a young woman has been able to achieve all of that. -Helen George

Alan Turing is so important to me and to the world, and his story is so important to be told, so it was a big thing to take up, and I was a little petrified. Like, who am I to write the Alan Turing story? He's one of the great geniuses of the 20th century – who was horribly persecuted for being gay – and I'm a kid from Chicago. -Graham Moore

I don't think that genius goes hand in hand with being socially inept or being a sociopath or being a misanthrope, but I do think that it is a mind that can think so differently – so beyond how one is supposed to think. -Hanya Yanagihara

Between their rise in the thirteenth century and their sudden fall in the seventeenth, when the line abruptly ended, the Medicis produced three popes, two queens, and many Florentine rulers, and they supported the work of Galileo, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Botticelli – a veritable parade of geniuses. -Hanya Yanagihara

The 'Chronicles of Narnia' have been favourites of mine since my childhood when I misread 'Aslan' as 'Alsatian' and was struck by the genius of naming a lion after a dog! -Chris Riddell

I cherish the ballets made for myself by Mr. Balanchine. He never lost his temper. He was quiet, humble, the genius of the 20th century. -Patricia McBride

It's called 'Miles Davis, Prince of Darkness,' and it's about Miles Davis, the genius, and why he was the way he was, and how he changed music so many times. He changed music six times. So, I'm excited about that movie. -George Tillman, Jr.

I never paid attention to many of the Nicholas Sparks films. 'The Notebook,' which my wife liked, I felt that Ryan Gosling was a genius in it and Rachel McAdams has this thing about her that you just want to take care of her. I remember that chemistry between them. -George Tillman, Jr.

I've written about superheroes. I've written about talking ferrets and math geniuses being chased by madmen. I've written about spies and demon-hunting soccer moms. I've created an entire world that centers around a paranormal judicial system. -Julie Kenner

Charlie Parker and Art Tatum to me were genius, and I'm right below that. I did, in my own way, do something different on the instrument, and that's the way I'd like to be remembered. -Buddy DeFranco

You know what's a great way of tricking people into thinking you're a genius? Write a show about geniuses! -Lin-Manuel Miranda

I have to hold a meeting with the rising generation every evening, and that takes time. Henry can say, 'Twinkle, twinkle,' all himself, and Edward can repeat it after his father! Giants of genius! Paragons of erudition! -Adoniram Judson

The men who miss success have two general alibis: 'I'm not a genius' is one; the other, 'There aren't the opportunities today there used to be.' Neither excuse holds. The first is beside the point; the second is altogether wrong. -Charles M. Schwab

Most talk about 'super-geniuses' is nonsense. I have found that when 'stars' drop out, successors are usually at hand to fill their places, and the successors are merely men who have learned by application and self-discipline to get full production from an average, normal brain. -Charles M. Schwab

Great love, like great genius, can never be a duty: both are life's gracious gifts to its elect. -Ellen Key

Hollandaise, I would like to pour over my head and just rub all over myself. Eggs Benedict is genius. It's eggs covered in eggs. -Wylie Dufresne

Carbon has this genius of making a chemically stable, two-dimensional, one-atom-thick membrane in a three-dimensional world. And that, I believe, is going to be very important in the future of chemistry and technology in general. -Richard Smalley

The buckyball, with sixty carbon atoms, is the most symmetrical form the carbon atom can take. Carbon in its nature has a genius for assembling into buckyballs. The perfect nanotube, that is, the nanotube that the carbon atom naturally wants to make and makes most often, is exactly large enough that one buckyball can roll right down the center. -Richard Smalley

I'm always interested in talented or odd people, and my whole life I've written about geniuses who society has treated badly and they strike back – or not. -David Lagercrantz

The manager believes soccer is a science and the field a laboratory, but the genius of Einstein and the subtlety of Freud is not enough for the owners and the fans. They want a miracle worker like Our Lady of Lourdes, with the stamina of Gandhi. -Eduardo Galeano

The genius of the Marx Brothers is for parody. They never are themselves. They exist too abundantly to be content with being that – they must go on, by the rapidest of transitions, to being something else. Groucho, in my opinion the bright star among the three, is never anything but the thing he is at the moment pretending to be. -Mark Van Doren

All this is rather pretentious and fey to even talk about, but Flannery O'Connor sat down to write stories. The rest of us, some of us, don't have that kind of wit and genius. We don't do that. We sit down and have some accidents. -Padgett Powell

I'm fascinated by the concept of what I call 'clusters of creativity': the Brontes, the Waughs, families with several geniuses. I'm one of four; competition among siblings has to be a factor. -Nigel Hamilton

While Napoleon believed his fortunes to be governed by destiny, his real genius lay in self-control and martial daring coupled with an indomitable will to power. -Michael Dirda

'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' is, to my mind, a work of perfect genius. -Amity Gaige

There's a band in the U.K. called Elbow. They're not that big in the U.S., but I think they're genius. -Jamie Lawson

I took a test once; they said I was a genius. -Alex Honnold

The last time I had to make a career decision, I was 17. I could have gone to Ballet Theatre or National Ballet of Canada. There were options. But as I became exposed to the Robbins repertoire, I realized that there was a living genius in the house. -Damian Woetzel

What basically happens is that when a company becomes great, and I'm being a bit rude here, people think they're some kind of genius. So now we can move into all sorts of other businesses because the net bottom line is, it's because we're just geniuses. They become overconfident and expand too far. -Jorgen Vig Knudstorp

Great music was written by the great geniuses, and you want to do it justice. -Joshua Bell

I am so thankful for the genius of Phil Spector, for his recognition of my talent to be the main voice of his Wall of Sound. -Darlene Love

I wish – I wish instead of just recommending these books, I could set them down at your doorstep. The collected stories of John Updike, the second volume of T.C. Boyle's collected stories, and Stanley Crouch's book about the rise and times of our genius saxophone player Charlie Parker. These are deep books, books that you can get lost in. -Alan Cheuse

Sad to think that we won't have any new stories from John Updike, one of the last century's masters. But so many here in the two volumes of his collected stories, 186 by my count, stories to read, reread, savor over the course of a cold season. Updike's genius in the short form spills out of these many, many pages. -Alan Cheuse

Biggie was a lyrical genius: he was a musical painter with words. As he rapped, you would see the picture come to life as you heard his story. You hear a lot of rappers rap; you hear a lot of singers sing, but you don't see the movie in your head the way you do when you hear Biggie rap. -R. Kelly

There are so many songs in me that haven't been born yet. So I can't call myself a genius, but I never turn away a compliment, and I feel like I'm on my way to that mountain. -R. Kelly

Ronald Isley is a musical genius. -R. Kelly

If you think about it, Jesus was this religious genius who grows up on the Silk Road, and so He's getting from the West all these Greek ideas from Plato about body and soul. -Jay Parini

It is somewhat remarkable that Cornwall has produced no musical genius of any note, and yet the Cornishman is akin to the Welshman and the Irishman. -Sabine Baring-Gould

What I really think about Banksy is I think he's a genius; he's a great artist, and I like his stuff. But he's got to accept it if, from time to time, someone will need to paint over his work. -Boris Johnson

If you set the attractiveness bar really low, people have to compliment you on your looks when they meet you in person. I'm pretty much a genius. I'm actually applying to work at the Genius Bar based on this trick. -Megan Amram

The iPhone will forever be associated with the inventive genius of Steve Jobs and Silicon Valley. But the roots of innovation can be traced back – from one genius to another, at least – back to the genius who put the phone in iPhone: Alexander Graham Bell. -Marvin Ammori

This adoration of an artist as a lone genius is quite misled, I think, because they are very much part of their time and their community. -Hannah Gadsby

The independents who were our fiercest competitors all succumbed to the one-hit-makes-you-a-genius philosophy. It is a mistake to think you have the magic touch. Show business is roulette. If you start to play for stakes you can't afford, there's no way you can survive. -Samuel Goldwyn

Despite his dodgy politics, Yeats remains an inspiration for his genius and the simple fact that the older he got, the better he wrote. -David Benioff

The dead play a very prominent part in the experience of the wanderer abroad. The houses in which they were born, the tombs in which they lie, the localities they made famous by their good or evil deeds, and the works their genius left behind them are necessarily the chief shrines of his pilgrimage. -Thomas Bailey Aldrich

I don't want anyone to fail, so if you can make money off music even though you can't sing or dance, that's genius. -Prince

Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot. -Charles Bukowski

Even a genius cannot completely resist his Zeitgeist, the spirit of his time. -Viktor E. Frankl

The true artist is not proud: he unfortunately sees that art has no limits; he feels darkly how far he is from the goal, and though he may be admired by others, he is sad not to have reached that point to which his better genius only appears as a distant, guiding sun. -Ludwig van Beethoven

I think the American system is incredibly well developed. I think the founding fathers were geniuses. -Marc Andreessen

The genius of guys like Lincoln and Reagan and FDR – the great communicator leaders – is that they're actually educators, so they understand when they use a phrase that they have to explain it, because, by definition, you won't understand it or they wouldn't need to be using it. -Newt Gingrich

Our nation was not founded because we all looked alike, or prayed alike, or descended from the same family tree. But our founders, in their genius, in this, the oldest constitutional democracy, put forth on this earth the idea that all are created equal; that we all have inalienable rights. -Cory Booker

The greatest natural resource our country has is not oil. It's not gas. It's not coal. It's the genius of our children. -Cory Booker

This world has a way of trying to homogenize you. Trying to sanitize you. Trying to scrub you of your unique divine genius. This world wants to make you regular. -Cory Booker

What does genius mean? God has put us here specifically… every person has a job or journey to do. It's just a matter of finding what we're here to fulfill or execute. That's genius to me. -Savion Glover

I don't think I'm a genius. Not yet. -Savion Glover

Our music is an answer to the early Seventies when artsy people with big egos would do vocal harmonies and play long guitar solos and get called geniuses. -Tommy Ramone

'E.T.' depended absolutely on the concept of cinema, and I think that Steven Spielberg, who I'm very fond of, is a genius. -Richard Attenborough

Since I came from another part of the world, I expected many differences in the way things worked, but at the end of the day, there actually were more similarities between the American and Indian entertainment industry: the same chaos, creativity, passion, and genius all around. -Priyanka Chopra

'Wet Hot American Summer' was sort of lowbrow genius, you know? But smart in its cultish silliness. It wasn't considered something of great cultural caliber. But like many cult pieces, it sort of became something culturally relevant, which I think is what's so wonderful about it. -Lake Bell

Mel Brooks is one of the few authentic geniuses working in comedy in America today. -Gene Wilder

The most famous actress who did the 'dumb blond' routine was Marilyn Monroe, but she was a genius actress. -Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

There's a certain amount of screwball and genius in 'Willy Wonka.' -Douglas Hodge

I am no genius; I just worked hard like my other teammates, and I believe all my teammates can win the title as they work hard, too. -Lin Dan

When it comes to peaking at the right time, I have to thank my coach Mike Holmes: he is a genius. -Katarina Johnson-Thompson

I wouldn't be where I am without my dad. He's a genius. -Katie Taylor

Chris Parnell's a genius, so he'd be amazing on 'Who's Line.' -Aisha Tyler

I'm surrounded by geniuses, which is really not good for my own personal self-esteem! -Aisha Tyler

Depression is an illness. It is not a ticket to genius. It is not an interesting personality quirk. It is horrible and all-consuming and really hurts. -Matt Haig

Fundamentalists are crazy. They're the real world equivalent to the evil geniuses of our spy fiction and our superhero comics. They want to mold the world into a specific shape that they really believe in, and if you don't believe in that, if you can't relate to that, it just seems crazy. -Christopher McCulloch

The basic idea of 'The Venture Brothers' was taking the world of 'Jonny Quest' and jumping back into 30 years later, seeing how someone who grew up like Jonny – with that kind of space race enthusiasm and disregard for other cultures – would turn out. Dr. Venture is a boy genius who didn't grow up to be what he should have been. -Christopher McCulloch

I am a writer… I am a genius of a writer; I have it in me. I am writing the best poems of my life; they will make my name. -Sylvia Plath

It is of no consequence whether a man of genius have learned either art or science before twenty-five: all that is necessary, or even desirable, is that his powers should be unfolded, his emulation roused, and his habits conducted into a right channel. -William Godwin

There is nothing that human imagination can figure brilliant and enviable that human genius and skill do not aspire to realize. -William Godwin

My dad is very down to earth, and I view him as a creative genius, and I am very proud of that. -Dylan Lauren

Of course, I consider myself a feminist, but I wouldn't say I'm a feminist genius or anything. -Zara Larsson

I am a normal guy from the Black Forest, and I do not compare myself with the geniuses. -Jurgen Klopp

I'm not a genius. I need other people to get the perfect information. When we have this, we will decide to sign or sell a player. -Jurgen Klopp

You begin to realize that the genius of our country is the constant push to be more inclusive and find new ways of engaging everyone. -Maggie Hassan

No matter what Sarah Palin and these geniuses she surrounds herself with try to tell you, climate change is not a liberal versus conservative thing, but the people who profit from ignoring it want you to believe it is. -Jimmy Kimmel

Having worked with so many of the geniuses, I'd learned so much. It's the best sort of photography school, to work with people like Penn or Avedon or Meisel. -Francois Nars

Don Cornelius was a genius. He created a show where he was breaking artists' songs. If you were on his show, he made the consumer want to go out and purchase your music. He will be greatly missed. If they ever try to recreate what he did, it has to been done right, authentic and real with soul! That's what Don displayed. -Missy Elliott

My father was into fame and leaving his mark. He was a city planner, sort of a genius in that world, the Robert Moses of Philadelphia. He was on the cover of 'Time' once, and I remember going to his office and seeing, like, two hundred copies, which he would hand out to people. -Kevin Bacon

I have so many funny friends that I hang out and do bits with, and the fact that we can hire each other is amazing. I asked all of them to help make 'Kroll Show' the best that it can be. I'm selfishly trying to use their funny genius for my own benefit. -Nick Kroll

I think the first 'Hellraiser' is a work of genius. -Scott Derrickson

The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy, and a gentleman. And, of course, he'd have to be a genius… For he will have to feed a family on a policeman's salary. -Paul Harvey

People either think I'm this totally savage, idiot-savant genius guy who's lucked out or they think I'm a super-manipulative crafty businessman, this kind of MBA guy who's spotted a gap in the market and knows how to create a product for it. It's flattering, but I've not got that much of a gameplan. -Irvine Welsh

Holy Joy were a cult '80s band led by the wonderful songwriting genius that is Johny Brown. -Irvine Welsh

Foucault's genius is to go down to the little dramas, dress them in facts hardly anyone else has noticed, and turn these stage settings into clues to a hitherto un-thought series of confrontations out of which, he contends, the orderly structure of society is composed. -Ian Hacking

If I had been brilliant or a genius, I wouldn't have needed to break the law just to survive. -Frank Abagnale

Talent and effort, combined with our various backgrounds and life experiences, has always been the lifeblood of our singular American genius. -Michelle Obama

Kevin Gates is probably the smartest person I've ever worked with. He's cool, he's crazy, but he's genius. -Trevor Jackson

Great innovators like Thomas Alva Edison, Henry Ford, and Andrew Carnegie didn't rely on government. There was hardly any of it in those days. More recently, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Larry Ellison used genius to put brand-new ideas into production. -Lawrence Kudlow

When 'Watchmen' was published in 1986, the vast majority of comics readers deemed it a watershed in comics history. The 12-part serial comic book was widely acclaimed as a genius subversion of the superhero genre, and it did much to popularize comics to adults. -Lydia Millet

Oh, 'Step Brothers' is genius. I could watch that film a thousand times. -Justin Kurzel

Lars Von Trier is a genius. Every film he makes is so honest and powerful. -Toni Collette

I think the core of fans' relationship is one that vacillates schizophrenically and mercurially from reverence to resentment. Fans fetishize the players' athletic genius and both deify it and demonize it; witness the way awe turns into anger whenever a player holds out or flips off the offensive coordinator. -David Shields

There ain't no genius here. Strategy in baseball is overrated. People say, 'That Weaver, he plays for the long ball too much.' You bet I do. Hit 'em out. Then I got no worry about somebody lousing up a bunt, I got no worry about the hit and run – and that's really overrated – I got no worry about base-running errors. And I can't screw it up myself. -Earl Weaver

Part of the mystique of shows like 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' is the idea that they begin with a couple of plot lines, and then a bunch of geniuses improvise dialogue. It's not quite that unstructured and loose. It makes for a good urban myth, but everything's a little more tightly scripted and programmed than that. -Alan Thicke

The sheer genius of talk radio and is that the environment is so interactive. -Mike Gallagher

Each major wave of technology innovation has given rise to one or more super-unicorns – companies that could change your life to work at or invest in if you're not lucky/genius enough to be a co-founder. -Aileen Lee

My acting teacher, Earle Gister. He had a genius for knowing exactly where every one of us were in our development as actors. He always knew precisely what to say or suggest to unlock a moment. He somehow always made it seem like it was our idea. I call him 'The Invisible Hand.' -Michael Potts

It's not every actor that can play a genius. -Morten Tyldum

It helps me to learn things in different languages, even if it's just phonetically, and to make myself vulnerable to other audiences by trying to reflect back to them the genius of their own cultures, and to do that, oftentimes, in new jazz settings, new arrangements. It's a way to show respect. -Kurt Elling

My brother's my best friend, without a doubt. Me and my big sister get along so well. She moved to East London, though, so points off, but she's wicked. And then my little sister is a little genius. She's super talented and such a great person, always been far more mature and cool than me. -Will Poulter

Genius is a grace. The true man of genius acts by movement or by impulsion. -Joseph de Maistre

I think there are ways to get so caught up in your career and being so heavy and dramatic, and everyone wants to be a tortured genius. -Laura Dern

I'd love to work with Kanye West. He's gone through a lot of stuff in the public eye, but his music is genius. He always takes risks. -Bebe Rexha

I got to pick the mind of a genius, and I realized why he was a genius. And I realized the man behind the veil or whatever you want to call it. Do you know what I mean? I got to see what makes Dr. Dre Dr. Dre, and I got to interpret that. It's hard to put it into words, so the only thing I know how to do is put it on the screen. -Corey Hawkins

I talked a bunch of crap for years and then went out and worked hard. That's the extent of it. There's no magical genius to it, as much as I'd like to think there is. I'm just a guy who works hard – and I hope guys are challenged by that. -Shawn Michaels

A photographic memory, to me, is kind of like brainiac, genius type. I don't think I have that. -Carson Wentz

The most common thing over the years is, 'What's it like to work with David Lynch?' That's absolutely the fascination, whether it's people that are in the industry or it's just diehard fans. Because he's our modern-day master. We're lucky enough to be alive at the time that an absolute master and genius is working. -Madchen Amick

Pete Docter's a genius isn't he? -Diane Lane

I think Bill Finn's one of the geniuses of theatre, and James Lapine's one of the diamonds of my generation. The two together are a joy! -Mandy Patinkin

I saw 'Hamilton' when it was at the Public, and I just wept profusely in my seat because this is a form I love deeply, and to watch it be reinvented in such a genius, gifted way and executed by such a brilliant company of human beings, I was overwhelmed with not just appreciation for the piece of work itself but for the possibility. -Mandy Patinkin

I think Baz Luhrmann's 'Romeo + Juliet' is a work of genius. -Kelly Asbury

The H-1B visa is called the 'genius visa' for a reason. -Michio Kaku

Pun was just a natural-born genius with music, and he basically taught me so many tricks on how to make better music, even though I was the one that discovered him. He was so far advanced than me; he taught me a lot. -Fat Joe

Spare functional furniture, in my opinion, is the genius of 20th-century design. -Luca Guadagnino

I really want to work with Chris Martin. I think he's a genius. -Charli XCX

I'm a huge fan of R. Kelly's. He's a musical genius and probably the most prolific artist of the generation before mine. -The Weeknd

We have a lot of supergeniuses in the Marvel universe, but very few of them are women. -Mark Waid

I want to do 'Chicago P.D.' for as long as it's on the air. I love the show; I love the Dick Wolf family. I think he's created something genius with the crossovers and having everyone on these shows inhabit the same universe as far as 'Chicago Med' and 'Chicago Fire' and 'Chicago P.D.' -Jesse Lee Soffer

That's the great thing about being a teenager. You think you're a genius. -Daveed Diggs

Many people think I am an idiot. I think I am a genius. -Charo

As a little girl, I didn't dream of being a ballet dancer; I dreamt of being a movie star like Ginger Rogers and dancing with Fred Astaire. I used to watch the Sunday double-bills on TV and Iong to be part of what seemed a perfect Disneyland world. Astaire was a genius. -Darcey Bussell

Every one of you is a super genius if you just focus your common sense. -Eliyahu Goldratt

It should be quite clear that it is possible for unpleasant people who are small in various ways other than in their artistic genius to produce great art. Art and morality have no necessary connection. -Fred Kaplan

Lincoln is a genius of language and a brilliant writer who deserves to be seen as part of the canon of great writers in American literature. -Fred Kaplan

There are geniuses, savants; I'm not one of them. I work hard, I see where popular culture's going to move, but I've gotta keep having information pumped into me. I look under every rock. -Jimmy Iovine

I think it gets overused and tossed around in ways that aren't true. Every impressive achievement is not genius. -Ron Howard

One of the big surprises for me about Einstein was… that he wasn't this big introvert; he was more like a novelist or a painter. It's amazing how close society came to not benefiting from Albert Einstein's genius. -Ron Howard

I could talk for seven hours about Johnny Depp. There's no one like him. He has this amazing ability to watch something and then pick it up and do it, within seconds. He'll hate me for saying this, but I don't care. I'm going to say it anyway. He's Fred Astaire. He's this genius dancer. He says that he can't dance, but he can. -Rob Marshall

George Saunders's 'Lincoln in the Bardo' is a hands-down masterpiece – the subject of Abraham Lincoln and the genius of this author is a perfect union. -Jeffrey Tambor

The one who really captured me and became my absolute favorite was Nat King Cole. He was a genius at what he did. Most people don't realize what a great pianist he was. After listening to him for years, I finally met him, and he was the nicest human being. -Johnny Mathis

I imagine if you're one of those genius people working on AI, the desire to find out what's possible is presumably the driving factor, but I hope there are just as many people who are thinking about what we actually want. Just because something's possible it doesn't mean it's going to be good to us. -Emily Berrington

I think David Hewlett is a comedic genius. I think he's great. -Brian J. Smith

Your ideas and the things that you do are dumb and stupid and make no sense – until you start getting recognized and making money. Then you're a genius. -GloZell

I think the founding fathers, in their genius, created a system of three co-equal branches of government and a built-in system of checks and balances. -James Clapper

Oh, I think Janie Bryant is a genius. I mean, I think she changed menswear almost single-handedly with what she did on 'Mad Men.' -Matt Bomer

I just love Stephen Colbert. He's a genius. -Billy Eichner

Amy Poehler, Amy Sedaris – they're both genius. -Paul Rudd

The thing about Drew Goddard and Mike Schur is that they are legit geniuses, and they love storytelling. They love creating worlds, love messing with the audience; they love doing things that we don't expect. To get to be a part of that is too good to be true. -D'Arcy Carden

When I was in grade five or six, I just remember quite a lot of people were always talking about me like I was some kind of math genius. And there were just so many moments when I realized, like, okay, why can't I just be like some normal person and go have a 75% average like everyone else. -Vitalik Buterin

Drake is a lyrical genius, and he's great with melodies, and Pharrell is an amazing producer and songwriter. -Justine Skye

When you deal with Alan Ball, you're dealing with a person who is a genius in terms of how art imitates life. -Nelsan Ellis

I don't know what 'genius' even means. It's just a matter of keeping your eye on the ball. -Lindsey Buckingham

For me, Kate McKinnon can do no wrong. She is an absolute genius. She's a hero of mine. Melissa McCarthy is hilarious. -Laura Benanti

Having a million-dollar net worth doesn't make you a genius, and having less than a million-dollar net worth doesn't make you a fool. -Naval Ravikant

You must figure out where the money is coming from. Money won't come find you. There are a ton of genius technologists in the blockchain space, but the harder part is figuring out how to make money. -Brayton Williams

David Chase is a genius. -Frank Vincent

The genius of Rachel Dolezal's transracial achievement is that it has nearly limitless applications. Rachel is taking 'the power of positive thinking' to a whole new level. -Tom Tancredo

I think Mike Nichols is brilliant, but I think Jerry Robbins was a genius. -Rita Moreno

Undereye patches are genius. From traveling, I get really puffy under my eyes. Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches are a great ten-minute trick to look refreshed. They're perfect for moms running on no sleep. -Lily Aldridge

Tracey Cunningham is my colorist, and she is genius! We match my color from when I was a kid. -Lily Aldridge

My encouragement: delete the energy vampires from your life, clean out all complexity, build a team around you that frees you to fly, remove anything toxic, and cherish simplicity. Because that's where genius lives. -Robin S. Sharma

I'll just say that there are times when TV shows, like 'The Honeymooners' or 'I Love Lucy' or something, where they're totally in their stride, and this thing happens, where you can tell they got everything they wanted. And it starts to look a little relaxed. No criticism to the shows whatsoever; these people are geniuses. -Fred Armisen

I look at bands like the Beach Boys, Hall & Oates and Blur, and those are the bands I want to be in company with because their songwriting is intelligent, and yet you don't need to be a musical genius to pick it up. -Mark Foster

This paradox of vision – the genius of youthful ignorance – is nothing new. Had Bill Gates not been in diapers in the early days of computer software, he might have understood that there could never be a market for consumer software – but the 19-year-old Gates went ahead and cofounded Microsoft. -Steven Levy

My favorite thing to do with my iPod was to shuffle my entire music collection and marvel at what songs came next. Sometimes the segues would be so perfect that it seemed a genius deejay was behind the wheel. -Steven Levy

Homer, Vergil, Dante, Shakespeare, Goethe, Proust – not exactly authors one expects to whiz through or take lightly, but like all works of genius, they are meant to be read out loud and loved. -Andre Aciman

It is Proust's implacable honesty, his reluctance to cut corners or to articulate what might have been good enough or credible enough in any other writer that make him the introspective genius he is. -Andre Aciman

What's lovely about 'Eureka' is that it's a sci-fi show, but it's not monsters from outer space; it's not craziness from outer space. It's just about this community of people and what they do. These geniuses have sometimes done wonderful things and sometimes created global warming. It has this wonderful left-of-center sense of humor. -Joe Morton

I became a genius on 'Ed,' though I'm not sure it was very convincing. -David Eigenberg

I want people to think I'm a creative genius. -Michael Connelly

Be known as a great resource. Are you an Excel genius? An expert on local restaurants? Fabulous at proofreading? Go beyond your job description by being an open resource for others in the company who could benefit from your talents. I believe that paying it forward will serve you well one way or another in the future. -Katrina Lake

Airbnb's genius was moving into cities and recognizing that millennials would want to go and maybe spend a vacation or visit some friends in an urban center. -Brad Stone

Mark Zuckerberg is a genius. Not in the Asperger's, autistic way depicted in the very fictional movie 'The Social' Network, the cognitive genius of exceptional ability. That's a modern definition that reduces the original meaning. -Antonio Garcia Martinez

I actually think that I'm a genius; not to toot my own horn or anything, but I think I'm a musical genius. -O. T. Genasis

I think there are very few people that I would give the title of genius to, really, but Beethoven unquestionably is one of them. -Stephen Hough

There are no black women geniuses that are being named in canons. I could name a bunch, but it's not part of common knowledge. It's not how the world is taught to think about black women. -Kelela

Jesse Eisenberg, this little nebbishy guy, as Lex Luthor? For me, that's a genius move. -Laurence Fishburne

There's something very funny about giving a menial task to a genius and watching him find so much complexity and overanalyse it to such a degree that the waitress from Nebraska working at the Cheesecake Factory has passed them all by. -Simon Helberg

I'm really into 'Veep.' I think that the showrunner Armando Iannucci is a genius. -Alexander Skarsgard

You have to be a little bit cautious when the market gets quite strong because there's a tendency to anoint a genius artist every other day. That would be a word of advice for the collectors out there. -Larry Gagosian

It is high time we found out about this man Cummings. Let us give him every opportunity to show us at once whether he is a genius, a charlatan, or a congenital defective – and get him off our minds. -Edna St. Vincent Millay

We Harvard students live in a tourist attraction with movie stars and geniuses; we're recognized on all continents as the creme of the brulee, the syrup on the pancakes of greatness. Yet most of us complain like vegans at a barbecue cook-off. -David Fahrenthold

I was taught Shakespeare brilliantly by an eccentric genius at Harrow named Jeremy Lemmon who made me want to be a writer. -Simon Sebag Montefiore

I like songs to mean something as well as sound good, and Paul Simon is a maestro. While Art Garfunkel was a voice and moved on to other things Simon remained the genius lyricist and composer. -Tim Pigott-Smith

I go through phases sometimes: 'I'm a genius; they get me,' and sometimes I'm like, 'Why does anyone want to hear me?' -Frankie Cosmos

I am shocked and deeply saddened by McQueen's death. He was a genius, and his talent was second to none. Like many others, I always cited him as a hugely inspirational leader of world fashion. He will be greatly missed. -Matthew Williamson

The Dabo people are consumer marketing geniuses. This is exactly why we acquired them. -Richard Edelman

I've never met Lena Dunham, but I'm such a huge fan – I think she's a crazy genius. -Jonathan Groff

I think that Tyler Perry's genius really has been to tap into the domestic market. He knows what his audience is based on, having toured America for so long, and then giving them the blueprint for his films prior to the films coming out, and then the films have the built-in audience because they've seen it in theaters already. -Hilton Als

Julius Eastman is the kind of American genius not enough people know about. -Hilton Als

Oh, I'm impressed with Lorraine Hansberry. She was a genius at whose feet I could sit. -Ruby Dee

'Get Out' was born out of the genius mind of Jordan Peele, to whom I will be forever grateful for believing in me and allowing me to help him tell a story so dear to him. -Daniel Kaluuya

I think Joss Whedon is a genius. -Julie Plec

It's very important that when you have a designer like Marc Jacobs, who is a genius, you give him complete freedom. -Bernard Arnault

I met David Bowie when I was 14, and he became a hero to me – because he was an artist, and because he was a genius who had the time to be kind. I'd never met such an extraordinary artist before, and I haven't since – the world will be a greyer place without him. -Jennifer Connelly

The most genius thing about the way I create is to create with other geniuses. -Kanye West

Judd Apatow and Paul Reubens are two people who I'd be more than happy to learn from because I think they're geniuses at what they do. -Paul Rust

I was trained in storytelling by Jim Shooter, Stan Lee, and Larry Hama. Doesn't make me a genius, and there really isn't anything fancy about the stage direction in my scripts. -Christopher Priest

I would sing around the house, and I would always play on things just because instruments were always there, but I didn't show any genius as a child. I wasn't a prodigy or anything like that. -Jack Garratt

I wish I was a prolific writing wondrous boy genius – I wish I was Stevie Wonder – but I wasn't. I was me. I wrote terrible songs about girls I was head-over-heels about. As soon as a pretty girl looks at me, that's it – I'm in love, and I should probably write a song about it! -Jack Garratt

My grandfather was a church organist and would sing in choirs and was a musical genius to a certain extent. -Jack Garratt

In their infancy, startups need geniuses who fit their current tight-knit culture and will iterate quickly as they push towards an ambitious vision – and they need a scaffolding of advisors, strategists, early users, and product-thinkers around these savants to guide them. -Joe Lonsdale

The Wonderstar collection is a fantastic fusion of Hollywood glamour and Wonderbra's technical genius. -Jenny Packham

Once you let go of the idea of waiting for a magical lightning bolt of genius to hit, you can really get to work. -Mary Pilon

Donna Tartt is a genius. -Fiona Barton

I'm not going to say that I'm some musical genius, but I've always loved music. -Alyson Stoner

Comedy, I'm still in awe of. I think you need a comic genius somewhere in the mix. It's got to be the actor or someone. But the 'comic genius' actors are the darkest people on the planet – and that kind of scares me! -John Hillcoat

Rogers and Hammerstein were such a genius pair. They were able to touch on subject matter so far ahead of its time. -Ruthie Ann Miles

Sana Takeda is a genius. It's really that simple. Her vision and sense of story and beauty is beyond compare. I loved working with her on 'X-23.' I knew, though, that she could do much more beyond the constraints of a traditional superhero story. -Marjorie Liu

Artists and scientists both think outside the box. They've got to come with genius experiments or ideas to expose the most interesting phenomena. -Cornelia Parker

I think Berry Gordy is a genius, I really do, and it's not a word I throw around lightly. But with all that comes the idiosyncratic behavior of a self-made, talented, creative person, and that's not easy to come up against. -Suzanne de Passe

Karina Longworth, the genius behind 'You Must Remember This', has quite correctly spun off her series about the Sharon Tate murders as a separate podcast called 'You Must Remember Manson' to mark the passing of the man who unleashed hell because he couldn't get a recording contract. -David Hepworth

No, I will never do another Rainbow album. I'll never ever do that again. I want no part in doing it; I want no part in doing anything with Ritchie at all. I respect him. He's a genius. He was a great part of my life, but I don't need to go through that hell. -Ronnie James Dio

People say to me, 'You're a genius; you're great.' I don't know if I'll ever feel that way about myself. Some things, I feel like, are better left for other people to say, and I'm just not into, like, tooting my own horn or bragging or anything. -Poo Bear

I think Milly Shapiro is a genius. She's just a fantastic person and a fantastic actress. -Alex Wolff

Ryan Murphy is a genius. In terms of television, very few have been as prolific. -Glen Powell

Nick Hornby's a genius. -Lisa Jewell

My love of Green Day is on so many levels. It's their genius for songwriting, the fact that they write about very important subjects, both personal and political, and they're just a timeless band. -Tom Kitt

John Waters is a genius. -Stephen Malkmus

Einstein was very attracted to Mozart. There's a mathematical, classical structure to the music, and I think he identified with that very strongly. I think there also is a connection between being a genius and a polymath. -Geoffrey Rush

There is great work to be done, and the women will lead us. So I say, Astonish us with your genius. Inspire us with your creation. Work with one another. Endure the tribulations. -Caterina Fake

One good thing about being a woman is we haven't too many examples yet of what a genius looks like. -Sheila Heti

Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus – I put Issa Rae in that category of comic genius. -Jay Ellis

I always thought from my knowledge of London theater and the audiences here that they would appreciate a truly genius piece of theatrical work. -Brandon Victor Dixon

When I was a youngster, I wrote all this music – it just came out of me – and I think record executives were like, 'Oh, wow, he's a genius, let's give him a million dollars!' But the minute I started producing the records, they'd be like, 'Oh, my God, you're terrible! You're all over the place! We can't market this!' -Fantastic Negrito

Nina Simone is a musical genius and a rich and precious treasure who paid a heavy price for her artistic freedom. -Dianne Reeves

Donna Summer was such a genius. -Grace Potter

Yachty is a genius. -Kyle

Fullscreen is doing some really interesting work. They are taking these YouTube stars and people who have made entire careers out of social media and bringing them into an even bigger limelight on a new entrepreneur platform – and that's fascinating! That's genius to me. -Madeline Brewer

#TimesUp is you can't hold it in anymore: Time's up! The doors have to give way. It can't be that every 27-year-old born into a male body is a designated genius. It can't be that the language used to review male and female films is different. -Debra Granik

There were some great clinicians in the 20th century – great men. Freud was a genius; Jung was a genius, Carl Rogers was a genius – there's a half-dozen psychologists of the 1950s and humanists of the 1960s. -Jordan Peterson

How could you look at CM Punk and not think that he has the 'it' factor? I don't think I'm any great visionary or genius because I saw something in CM Punk; I think everyone else is a stupid schmuck for not seeing it in CM Punk. -Paul Heyman

Tina Fey is a genius – I've seen it with my own eyes now. She's a very observant person, and I've never seen somebody write such a high volume or as quickly as she does. -Barrett Wilbert Weed

Trust in our economic system and the genius and hard work of our citizens beyond the mandate and control of government. -Rick Tumlinson

I've always known I was a genius. But I never thought I was a star. -Syd

There's a line between being egotistical and being genius or great. -Lecrae

Loner heroes do appeal to that part of yourself that feels as though your genius hasn't been recognised. -Shaun Evans

Art Tatum was a genius. -Aretha Franklin

I think the makeup and the effects that I saw on 'The Walking Dead,' I'd never seen anything like that in my life. Those guys are just geniuses. -Juliana Harkavy

When the audience reacts all together, it's genius. The audience is its own being in a way. It's a weird, amorphous beast that is also somehow a golden emperor that is also somehow every adult you've ever come across in your life who doesn't approve of you – all in one place. -Baron Vaughn

On 'Sweet Genius,' you have to be tough with the chefs, but my goal was to guide them and choose the genius who will win $10,000 – not a bad sum at all for one day's work. -Ron Ben-Israel

I am not trying to say I'm a genius, but 'Underground' was the strongest attack there has been on Milosevic. It is about a man who locks his friends in a cellar for 40 years and convinces them that the war is still going on. He uses them, but they still think he is a great guy. And this was shown in every cinema in Serbia. -Emir Kusturica

Most people only remember Maradona for the bad parts now. But he was a genius, someone who lifted us and himself up to the level of the gods. -Emir Kusturica

People call me a genius. I don't know much about geniuses. But I do believe that what I achieved was not just because of the ability that I was born with but also because I worked hard. -Garfield Sobers

With so many delicious varieties and flavors ranging from subtle to bold, Keebler and Carr's crackers are an unexpectedly genius way to celebrate leftovers and serve up one-of-a-kind recipes. -Damaris Phillips

People bought bitcoin because they thought it would be worth more tomorrow. And a lot of people got lucky. But we're not seeing real people use bitcoin. And we don't know what problem it solves. Now, blockchain, I think, is a genius advancement in technology. -Taavet Hinrikus

I think I am the Elizabeth Barrett of 2015. Not in terms of genius but in bed a lot. -Viv Albertine

Ian Curtis was a young genius. -Genesis P-Orridge

There are not many people that I respect more than rappers. I'm a huge fan of hip hop. It's incredible, one of the most influential things to me. It takes real genius to be able to do well. It's a very deep art form. -Brett Gelman

I think that all the Mel Brooks' company of actors is just tremendous. It was a crazy group of genius people. All of them taught me what kind of actor I should be and what was funny. -Brett Gelman

To me, the real genius in making television for kids is making something that inadvertently – or perhaps intentionally – becomes something that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. -Janet Varney

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