Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.
Scholars are those who have read in books, but thinkers, men of genius, world-enlighteners, and reformers of the human race are those who have read directly in the book of the world.
Genius lives only one storey above madness.
Full of wiles, full of guile, at all times, in all ways, are the children of Men.
Old age is second childhood.
Play is a child’s work and this is not a trivial pursuit.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
One science only will one genius fit; so vast is art, so narrow human wit.
Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly.
Be sure yourself and your own reach to know how far your genius taste and learning go.
I’m afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark.
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
Common sense is genius in homespun.
The man of genius in tune with nature will bend history to his will.
The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category.
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and its better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.