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Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them. Disagree with them. Glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world
Are the ones who do.

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered -- either by themselves or by others.
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade.
Accept your genius and say what you think.
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men -- that is genius.
Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius.
The first and last thing required of genius is, love of the truth.
Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.
I have nothing to declare except my genius.
When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man's physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed.
Genius is sorrow's child.
A genius is one who can do anything except make a living.
Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves.
I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.
A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression.
The real people of genius were resolute workers not idle dreamers.
The greatest genius will never be worth much if he pretends to draw exclusively from his own resources.
Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.
Genius is nothing but a great capacity for patience.
Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
To see things in the seed is genius.
The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.
Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent -- the power to do the right thing the first time.
Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.
Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.
Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.
Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have is this. When I have a subject in mind. I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it... the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.
Genius must be born, and never can be taught.
Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.
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.
We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later.
The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.
Geniuses themselves don't talk about the gift of genius, they just talk about hard work and long hours.
It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us.
Towering genius disdains a beaten path.
The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.
In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
When Nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.
The greatest genius is the most indebted person.
Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth.
Since when was genius found respectable?
What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?
Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length.
Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up.
Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks.
One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius.
Wondering is the seed of genius
Every man is a potential genius until he does something.
It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.
It is personality with a penny's worth of talent. Error which chances to rise above the commonplace.
Genius is eternal patience.
Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last.
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.
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.)
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.
We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.
Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.
The definition of genius is that it acts unconsciously; and those who have produced immortal works, have done so without knowing how or why. The greatest power operates unseen.
Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly.
I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience.
Genius is entitled to respect only when it promotes the peace and improves the happiness of mankind.
The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue; and no genius can long or often utter anything which is not invited and gladly entertained by men around him.
What makes men of genius, or rather, what they make, is not new ideas, it is that idea -- possessing them -- that what has been said has still not been said enough.
When human power becomes so great and original that we can account for it only as a kind of divine imagination, we call it genius.
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.
The eye of genius has always a plaintive expression, and its natural language is pathos.
There are big men, men of intellect, intellectual men, men of talent and men of action; but the great man is difficult to find, and it needs --apart from discernment --a certain greatness to find him.
It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women.
Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire.
Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.
Everybody denies I am a genius --but nobody ever called me one!
The divine egoism hat is genius.
Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.
Genius is nothing more than inflamed enthusiasm.
Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores.
There is one subtle but important difference between genius and stupidity and that is that genius has its limits. You'll see yourself clearest in the eyes of your friends.
So few people think. When we find one who really does, we call him a genius
The function of genius is not to give new answers, but to pose new questions which time and mediocrity can resolve.
True genius sees with the eyes of a child and thinks with the brain of a genius.
Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.
Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them.
Genius is, to be sure, not a matter of arbitrariness, but rather of freedom, just as wit, love, and faith, which once shall become arts and disciplines. We should demand genius from everybody, without, however, expecting it.
One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy.
The lamp of genius burns quicker than the lamp of life.
Genius without religion is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace; it may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without, while the inhabitant sits in darkness.
There is no genius in life like the genius of energy and industry.
Every person of genius is considerably helped by being dead.
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.
Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together.
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.
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.
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.
Genius... means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an inhabitual way.
Rising genius always shoots out its rays from among the clouds, but these will gradually roll away and disappear as it ascends to its steady luster.
The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds.
Unpretending mediocrity is good, and genius is glorious; but a weak flavor of genius in an essentially common person is detestable. It spoils the grand neutrality of a commonplace character, as the rinsings of an unwashed wine-glass spoil a draught of fair water.
Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature.
Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction.
Talent is a faculty that is highly developed, but genius commands all the faculties.
Nothing is so envied as genius, nothing so hopeless of attainment by labor alone. Though labor always accompanies the greatest genius, without the intellectual gift labor alone will do little.
It is not because the touch of genius has roused genius to production, but because the admiration of genius has made talent ambitious, that the harvest is still so abundant.
Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.
A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness.
Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor.
Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.
His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.
Time, place, and action may with pains be wrought, but genius must be born; and never can be taught.
Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.
Genius, when young, is divine.
Genius, like truth, has a shabby and neglected mien.
Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them.
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.
Genius is independent of situation.
Passion holds up the bottom of the universe and genius paints up its roof.
What Romantic terminology called genius or talent or inspiration is nothing other than finding the right road empirically, following one's nose, taking shortcuts.
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.
Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner who works and brings it out.
Genius is childhood recaptured.
If what we think of ourselves were true, the planet would overflow with geniuses. They blossomed; they did not talk about blossoming. They grew; they did not talk about growing.
Einstein said that genius begins where rules end. He did however help invent nuclear weapons inadvertently and we've plunged toward a new world order since then as a result. One world or none - it seems the path cannot change. I'd go with Robert Frost on taking the path not traveled.