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Saying that a great genius is mad, while at the same time recognizing his artistic worth, is like saying that he had rheumatism or suffered from diabetes. Madness, in fact, is a medical term that can claim no more notice from the objective critic than he grants the charge of heresy raised by the theologian, or the charge of immorality raised by the police.

Author: James Joyce (1882-1941)

Profession: Irish Author

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have been better.

Author: Carl Jung (1875-1961)

Profession: Swiss Psychiatrist

Genius sits in a glass house -- but in an unbreakable one --conceiving ideas. After giving birth, it falls into madness. Stretches out its hand through the window toward the first person happening by. The demon's claw rips, the iron fist grips. Before, you were a model, mocks the ironic voice between serrated teeth, for me, you are raw material to work on. I throw you against the glass wall, so that you remain stuck there, projected and stuck. (Then come the lovers of art and contemplate the bleeding work from outside. Then come the photographers. ''New art,'' it says in the newspaper the following day. The learned journals give it a name that ends in ''ism.'')

Author: Paul Klee (1879-1940)

Profession: Swiss Artist

All of us, you, your children, your neighbors and their children are everyday geniuses, even though the fact is unnoticed and unremembered by everyone. That's probably because school hasn't encouraged us to notice what's hidden inside us waiting for the right environment to express itself.

Author: Peter Kline

Profession: American Peak Performance Expert

The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.

Author: Arthur Koestler (1905-1983)

Profession: Hungarian Born British Writer

To see things in the seed is genius.

Author: Lao-Tzu

Profession: Chinese Philosopher, Founder of Taoism, Author of the ''Tao Te Ching''

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

Author: Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801)

Profession: Swiss Theologian, Mystic

Who in the same given time can produce more than others has vigor; who can produce more and better, has talents; who can produce what none else can, has genius.

Author: Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801)

Profession: Swiss Theologian, Mystic

The real people of genius were resolute workers not idle dreamers.

Author: George Henry Lewes (1817-1878)

Profession: British Writer

Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together.

Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Profession: German Physicist, Satirist

What I do not like about our definitions of genius is that there is in them nothing of the day of judgment, nothing of resounding through eternity and nothing of the footsteps of the Almighty.

Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Profession: German Physicist, Satirist

Towering genius disdains a beaten path.

Author: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Profession: Sixteenth President of the USA

All the means of action -- the shapeless masses -- the materials -- lie everywhere about us. What we need is the celestial fire to change the flint into the transparent crystal, bright and clear. That fire is genius.''

Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892)

Profession: American Poet

It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us.

Author: James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

Profession: American Poet, Critic, Editor

Every person of genius is considerably helped by being dead.

Author: Robert S. Lund

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