Genius Sayings and Quotes

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

A genius is one who shoots at something no one else can see — and hits it.     


Genius: The capacity to see and to express what is simple, simply!     

Bruce Lee

Men of genius are rarely much annoyed by the company of vulgar people.      

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Genius is the true mystery, and at its edge--the abyss.     

Guillermo Del Toro

Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last.     

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.     

John W. Foster

Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Kathleen Winsor

Every great genius has an admixture of madness.     


Genius is eternal patience.     


Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.     

Arthur Rimbaud

This is the nature of genius, to be able to grasp the knowable even when no one else recognizes that it is present.      

Deepak Chopra

Genius is finding the invisible link between things.     

Vladimir Nabokov

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

Simone Weil

Genius hath electric power which earth can never tame.     

Lydia M. Child

Geniuses don't become geniuses until they find the right moron to compare themselves to.     

James McGregor

The role of genius is not to complicate the simple, but to simplify the complicated.     

Criss Jami

What the world needs is more geniuses with humility. There are so few of us left.     

Oscar Levant

Genius without Education is like Silver in the Mine.     

Benjamin Franklin

We all have genius within us, never doubt that fact.     

Catherine Pulsifer

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

James Joyce

Genius is never understood in its own time.     

Bill Watterson

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

Ezra Pound

Every true genius is bound to be naive.     

J.C.F. von Schiller

Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered — either by themselves or by others.     

Mark Twain

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

Louis Aragon

Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense.     

Josh Billings

Genius always looks forward, and not only sees what is, but what necessarily will be.     

Fulke Greville

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.     

Robert G. Ingersoll

Becoming a genius is not just knowing that it is possible - it is taking action and having genius experiences.     

Andrei G. Aleinikov

Genius is experience. Some seem to think that it is a gift or talent, but it is the fruit of long experience in many lives. Some are older souls than others, and so they know more.     

Henry Ford

Genius is the ability to renew one's emotions in daily experience.     

Paul Cezanne

Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.     

Leonardo da Vinci

Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.     

Charles Bukowski

One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius.      

Simone De Beauvoir

Taste is the common sense of genius.     

Victor Hugo

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

R. Buckminster Fuller

Genius thinks out of box when leader adjusts the size of box.     

Toba Beta

All geniuses die young.     

Groucho Marx

Geniuses have the shortest biographies.     

Claire Messud

Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid.     


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

Aldous Huxley

See the genius in everyone you encounter. Just as the mountain cannot crack a nut though it can carry a forest on its back, so too does every living creature have its own perfection built into it.     

Wayne Dyer

We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.     

Aldous Huxley

Almost everyone is born a genius and buried an idiot.     

Charles Bukowski

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.     

Albert Einstein

Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.     

E. B. White

Genius is talent set on fire by courage.     

Henry Van Dyke

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.     

Thomas A. Edison