Brilliant Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old brilliant quotes, brilliant sayings, and brilliant proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There's nothing worse than a brilliant beginning.     

Pablo Picasso

A brilliant man would find a way not to fight a war.     

Isoroku Yamamoto

There is a brilliant child locked inside every student.     

Marva Collins

Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

How we learn has nothing to do with how brilliant we are.     

Henry Winkler

Our children are only as brilliant as we allow them to be.     

Eric Micha'el Leventhal

You weren't born to fit in. You were born to be brilliant.     

Simon T. Bailey

Humans: such a brilliant model of emotional self-awareness.     

Charles Stross

Don't trust a brilliant idea unless it survives the hangover.     

Jimmy Breslin

It's brilliant, being depressed; you can behave as badly as you like.     

Nick Hornby

Brilliant people never think of the lives they smash, being brilliant.     

Don DeLillo

Operating in an unlit world, the unconscious mind is a brilliant detective.     

Jo Coudert

Do you want a collection of brilliant minds or a brilliant collection of minds?     

Meredith Belbin

Surrounded yourself with brilliant people. You can't HELP but grow when that happens.     

Chris Brogan

The most brilliant fortunes are often not worth the littleness required to gain them.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Behind every brilliant performance there were countless hours of practice and preparation.     

Eric Butterworth

The most brilliant qualities become useless when they are not sustained by force of character.     

Louis-Philippe I of France

A brilliant mind was never as clever as three average minds sniffing after something of interest.     

Robert Reed

There is no idea so brilliant or original that a sufficiently-untalented writer can't screw it up.     

Raymond E. Feist

The most successful and brilliant work a lighting designer can do is usually the least noticeable.     

Jean Rosenthal

There are very few really brilliant men who have not had at least one madman among their ancestors.     

Andre Maurois

There are fine things that are more brilliant when they are unfinished than when finished too much.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The true test of a brilliant theory is what first is thought to be wrong is later shown to be obvious.     

Assar Lindbeck

If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.     

Stanley Kubrick

The most brilliant flashes of wit come from a clouded mind, as lightning leaps only from an obscure firmament.     

Christian Nestell Bovee

Champions are brilliant at the basics.     

John Wooden

Being in the desert was brilliant and it was hard.     

Toni Collette

If you're brilliant and open-minded, you can start at the top.     

Uri Geller

A brilliant design will always benefit from the input of others.     

Zaha Hadid

Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.     

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