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Since when was genius found respectable?

Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Profession: British Poet

What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?

Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Profession: British Poet

Genius is nothing but a great capacity for patience.

Author: Georges-Louis Leclerc Buffon (1707-1788)

Profession: French Naturalist

Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.

Author: Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

Profession: British Novelist, Poet

A genius can never expect to have a good time anywhere, if he is a genuine article, but America is about the last place in which life will be endurable at all for an inspired writer of any kind.

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

I really cannot know whether I am or am not the Genius you are pleased to call me, but I am very willing to put up with the mistake, if it be one. It is a title dearly enough bought by most men, to render it endurable, even when not quite clearly made out, which it never can be till the Posterity, whose decisions are merely dreams to ourselves, has sanctioned or denied it, while it can touch us no further.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

What Romantic terminology called genius or talent or inspiration is nothing other than finding the right road empirically, following one's nose, taking shortcuts.

Author: Italo Calvino (1923-1985)

Profession: Cuban Writer, Essayist, Journalist

Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.

Author: C. W. Ceran


Passion holds up the bottom of the universe and genius paints up its roof.

Author: Chao Chang


The eye of genius has always a plaintive expression, and its natural language is pathos.

Author: Lydia M. Child (1802-1880)

Profession: American Abolitionist, Writer, Editor

Genius is independent of situation.

Author: Charles Churchill (1731-1764)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.

Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

As it must not, so genius cannot be lawless; for it is even that constitutes its genius -- the power of acting creatively under laws of its own origination.

Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Philosopher

The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity, although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due, are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end.

Author: Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

Profession: British Sportsman Writer