QUOTES ON GENIUS
I can doubt everything,
except one thing, and that is the very fact that I doubt. Simply put -
I think, therefore I am
- Rene Descartes
(1596 - 1650)
Cartesian, adj. Relating
to Descartes, a famous philosopher, author of the celebrated dictum, Cogito
ergo sum... The dictum might be improved, however, thus: Cogito cogito
ergo cogito sum---"I think that I think, therefore I think that I am";
as close an approach to certainty as any philosopher has yet made.
- Ambrose Bierce,
The Enlarged Devil's Dictionary
The lights of stars that
were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who
died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities.
- Kahlil Gibran
The secret isolated joy
of the thinker, who knows that, a hundred years after he is dead and forgotten,
men who never heard of him will be moving to the measure of his thought.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes,
former Supreme Court Justice
The greatness comes not
when things go always good for you. But the greatness comes when you're
really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness
comes. Because only if you've been in the deepest valley can you ever know
how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
- Richard M. Nixon
Some men see things as
they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.
- George Bernard
The reasonable man adapts
himself to the world. The unreasonable man adapts the world to himself.
All progress, therefore, depends upon the unreasonable man.
- George Bernard
Vision is the art of seeing
- Jonathan Swift
Nearly all men can
stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln
Greatness is never appreciated
in youth, called pride in midlife; it is dismissed in old age and reconsidered
in death — because we cannot tolerate greatness in our midst, we do all
we can to destroy it.
- Lady Morella, in "Babylon 5"
It's too bad I'm not
as wonderful a person as people say I am, because the world could use a
few people like that.
- Alan Alda
Lives of great men all
remind us we can make our lives sublime,
And departing, leave
behind us footprints on the sands of time.
- Longfellow, A Psalm
This knowledge I pursure
is the finest pleasure I have ever known. I could no sooner give it up
that I could the very air that I breath.
- Paolo Uccello, Renaissance
artist, discoverer of the laws of perspective
Mankind must work continually
to produce individual great human beings - this and nothing else is the
task... for the question is this : How can your life, the individual life,
retain the highest value, the deepest significance? Only by living for
the good of the rarest and most valuable specimens.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
We grant, although he
had much wit, he was very shy of using it.
- Samuel Butler ,
A dwarf standing on the
shoulders of a giant may see farther than a giant himself.
- Robert Burton (1577-1640)
There is something much
more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize
- Robert Half
These are times in which
a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the
repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed... Great
necessities call out great virtues.
- Abigail Adams,
19 January 1780
Discovery consists in
seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought.
- Albert Szent-Gyorgi
Small minds discuss people,
average minds discuss events, and great minds discuss ideas.
Small is the number of
them that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
- Albert Einstein
We are what we repeatedly
do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
In the beginner's mind
there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few.
- Shunryu Suzuki
There is a curious thing that one feels sometimes.
When you are considering a subject, suddenly a whole train of reasoning
comes before you like a flash of light. You see it all, yet it takes you
perhaps two hours to put on paper all that has occured to your mind in
an instant. Every part of the subject, the bearings of all its parts upon
each other, and all the consequences are there before you.
- The Duke of Wellington
Doing easily what others
find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
Superior ability breeds
- Spock, "Space Seed",
Mediocrity knows nothing
higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.
- Sherlock Holmes
in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Valley Of Fear"
Be great in act, as you
have been in thought.
- William Shakespeare
Genius does what it must,
and Talent does what it can.
- Owen Meredith
We owe most of what we
know to about one hundred men
- R.W. Dickson
Time, place, and action
may with pains be wrought, - but genius must be born; and can never be
- John Congreve
Great wits are sure
to madness near allied,
- John Dryden , "Absalom
Truly great madness cannot
be achieved without significant intelligence.
- Henrik Tikkanen
Better a diamond with
a flaw than a pebble without.
- Confucius, Analects
Some faults are so closely
allied to qualities that it is difficult to weed out the vice without eradicating
Thin partitions do
their bounds divide.
- Oliver Goldsmith
have been behind most of the major advances in civilization. If Vincent
Van Gogh had been able to get on with his neighbours, then he might have
become an excellent painter-decorator, and received a big turn out at his
funeral, and that would be that. But the genes wouldn't let him.
- Declan Lynch, The
"Geniuses of certain kinds
- mathematicians, chess players, computer programmers - seem, if not mad,
at least lacking in the social skills most easily identified with sanity."
- James Gleick
"If there's anything the
Institute has too much of already, it's concord and placidity. There's
no tension on the premises, no crackle in the air, no sense at all that
there are mad geniuses lurking about. "
"I wish we had more
crazy people here,"
- Ed Regis, "Who
Got Einstein's Office?"
To create a community
of radical scholars, men and women who recognize that rules and social
conventions are arbitrary, but have mastered them nonetheless, a community
which shares such a scorn and disrespect for the present society that it
can embrace the whole bundle of rules and subvert them thereby, that should
be our goal.
- Howard Adelman,
"In Search of a University", The University Game
The higher we soar,
the smaller we seem to those who cannot fly
- Friedrich Nietzsche.
You could say this of
him - he had the right enemies
When a true genius appears
in this world, you may know him by this sign, that all the dunces are all
in confederacy against him.
- Jonathan Swift,
Thoughts on Various Subjects
If all mankind minus one
were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that
one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing
The great creators - the
thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors - stood alone against
the men of their time. Every great new thought was opposed. Every great
new invention was denounced. The first motor was considered foolish. The
airplane was considered impossible... But the men of unborrowed vision
went ahead. They fought, they suffered and they paid. But they won.
- Ayn Rand, "For
the new Intellectual"
Great spirits have always
encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
- Albert Einstein
In my stars I am above
thee, but be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve
greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
- William Shakespeare,
He thinks too much. Such
men are dangerous.
- Shakespeare, "Julius
I always consider being
described as human an insult.
- Sam Marshall
It is a love/hate relationship
I have with the human race. I am an elitist, and I feel that my responsibility
is to drag the human race along with me, that I will never pander to, or
speak down to, or play the safe game.
- Harlan Ellison
# QUOTES ON DREAMS
"How many Zen masters
does it take to change a light bulb?":
- Kalle Mikkola.
Dreaming permits each
and everyone of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.
- Charles William
Only in their dreams can
men be free. It was always thus, and always thus will be.
The aim of every artist
is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed
so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again
since it is life.
- William Feather
We are such stuff as dreams
are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
- Shakespeare, "The
All men dream: but not
equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds
wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day
are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make
-T.E. Lawrence, Seven
Pillars of Wisdom
In dreams begin responsibility.
- William Butler
In the theatre that
I call my soul, I always play the starring role.
- The Police,
Once I dreamed I was a
butterful, and now I no longer know whether I am Chuang Tzu, who dreamed
I was a butterfly, or whether I am a butterful dreaming that I am Chuang
- Chuang Tzu
Some of us awake in the
night with strange phantasms of enchanted hills and gardens, of fountains
that sing in the sun, of golden cliffs overhanging murmuring seas, of plains
that stretch down to sleeping cities of bronze andstone, and of shadowy
companies of heroes that ride caparisoned white horsesalong the edges of
thick forests, and then we know that we have looked backthrough the ivory
gates into that world of wonder that was ours, before we were wise and
- H.P. Lovecraft,
"A tree in the golden
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