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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!

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