Talent and Genius

"At fifteen, beauty and talent do not exist; there can only be promise of the coming woman."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The visionary lies to himself, the liar only to others."

Rating: 7.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it."

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends."

Rating: 1.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Talent is nothing if it's not controlled, harnessed and disciplined."

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"I find out what the world needs. Then, I go ahead and invent it."

Rating: 4.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Talent is that which is in a man's power; genius is that in whose power a man is."

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Intuition is the clear conception of the whole at once."

Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Genius has no country. It blossoms everywhere. Genius is like the light, the air. It is the heritage of all."

Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Einstein was a giant. His head was in the clouds, but his feet were on the ground. Those of us who are not so tall have to choose!"

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Good sense travels on the well-worn paths; genius, never. And that is why the crowd, not altogether without reason, is so ready to treat great men as lunatics."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Genius sees the answer before the question."

Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Genius is one of the many forms of insanity."

Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A genius is a genius, regardless of the number of morons who belong to the same race - and a moron is a moron, regardless of the number of geniuses who share his racial origin."

Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand "The Virtue of Selfishness"

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Passion is the genesis of genius."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Talent is only the starting point."

Rating: 6.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Genius is the ability to look at things simply."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to dark place where it leads."

Rating: 7.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents."

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"It is a very rare thing for a man of talent to succeed by his talent."

Joseph Roux
Joseph Roux "Meditations of a Parish Priest"

Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"In Mozart and Salieri we see the contrast between the genius which does what it must and the talent which does what it can."

Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on."

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."

Rating: 6.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Common sense is genius dressed up in work clothes."

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Don't tell a man how to do a thing. Tell him what you want done, and he'll surprise you with his ingenuity."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Genius [...] has been defined as a supreme capacity for taking trouble. [...] It might be more fitly described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds and keeping them therein so long as the genius remains."

Samuel Butler
Samuel Butler "Notebooks"

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all the virtues are of no avail."

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes his biography."

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 6)

"Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off."

Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history."

Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy."

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Genius lasts longer than beauty."

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test."

Rating: 6.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Only great men have great faults."

Rating: 5.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Genius is the ability to see things invisible, to manipulate things intangible, to paint things that have no features."

Rating: 4.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The price of greatness is responsibility."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them."

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Genius without education is like silver in the mine."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Talent hits a target no-one else can hit; genius hits targets no-one else can see."

Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)