One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Elbert Hubbard, US publisher, editor (1856-1915)
Genius is that energy which collects, combines, amplifies and animates.
Samuel Johnson, British poet, critic, lexicographer (1709-1784)
It takes a lot of time to be a genius; you have to sit around so much doing nothing, absolutely nothing.
Gertrude Stein, US author (1874-1946)
When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
Jonathan Swift, Irish clergyman, poet, satirist (1667-1745)
In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
Robert G Ingersoll, US politician, orator (1833-1899)
Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.
Fulton John Sheen, US clergyman, evangelist (1895-1979)
Genius begins great works; labour alone finishes them.
Joseph Joubert, French essayist, moralist (1754-1824)
Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.
William James, US philosopher, psychologist (1842-1910)
Talent is that which is in a man’s power; genius is that in whose power a man is.
John Russell Lowell, US poet, critic, statesman (1819-1891)
Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
Abraham Lincoln, US President (1809-1865)
Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
Horace, Roman poet, satirist (65-8 BC)
Innovators and men of genius have almost always been regarded as fools at the beginning (and very often at the end) of their careers.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian author, essayist (1821-1881)