Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men’s stupidity, but your talent to their reason.
With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
Common people are merely intent on spending time – whoever has some talent, on making use of it.
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.
Ordinary people merely think how they shall ‘spend’ their time; a man of talent tries to ‘use’ it.
Genius lives only one storey above madness.
There is no such thing as talent. There is pressure.
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.
Everybody has a talent, but its what you do with that talent to make it great.
I’m afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark.
We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.
There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all its virtues are of no avail.
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.
If I haven’t any talent for writing books or newspaper articles, well, then I can always write for myself.
Common sense is genius in homespun.
The man of genius in tune with nature will bend history to his will.