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Albert Einstein was a genius and so were Thomas Alva Edison and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Now what set these people apart from the rest and made them achieve what they did? What made them make mortal men, look like just that, mortal men? It’s pretty simple really. It’s nothing but a stroke of natural genius that each and every one of these names were blessed with that made them summit at unattainable heights in their lifetime. Read on to for an unrestricted access to a quite a number of quotations and sayings on masterminds!

Matthew McConaughey

Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.

Justin Hartley

It's called 'A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius' by Dave Eggers. It is absolutely everything the title implies. It's the greatest book I've ever.

David Letterman

There is no off position on the genius switch.

Charles Baudelaire

Genius is childhood recalled at will.

Marilyn Monroe

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.

Richard Attenborough

'E.T.' depended absolutely on the concept of cinema, and I think that Steven Spielberg, who I'm very fond of, is a genius.

John F. Kennedy Jr.

I'm clearly not a major legal genius.

Pablo Picasso

Every positive value has its price in negative terms... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.

Bill Watterson

Genius is never understood in its own time.

Nicolas Cage

Mike Myers as Austin Powers makes me laugh - that was genius - and Daffy Duck makes me laugh, but I like odd behavior. I don't like hip dialogue and one-liners and all that sort of cool, sophomoric comedy. It's just not for me.

Charlie Chaplin

Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.

Paris Hilton

It will work. I am a marketing genius.

Joseph Addison

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.

Vladimir Nabokov

I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child.

Jude Law

When you step back and watch people, you realize that we use every single body part. Movement, dance - I find it genius because it's ultimate expression, really.

John Stuart Mill

The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?

Christopher Morley

No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.

Edgar Allan Poe

The true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.


Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.

I think they should take everyone who works for The National Enquirer and the Star, and everyone who works for Us Weekly, and put them all to work looking for terrorists. I think they would find the terrorists. All of them. It would be genius!

Isaac Newton

Genius is patience.

Richard Attenborough

Well, you cannot think of cinema now, and you cannot think of cinema in the UK and not place Chaplin in the most extraordinary elevated context, if there can be such a thing, in that he was a genius, he was unique.

Alexander Skarsgard

I'm really into 'Veep.' I think that the showrunner Armando Iannucci is a genius.

William Butler Yeats

Talent perceives differences; genius, unity.

Charles Bukowski

Almost everybody is born a genius and buried an idiot.

Emma Roberts

Jennifer Aniston is a genius.

Washington Irving

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.

Quentin Crisp

The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as 'Soho' poverty. It comes from having the airs and graces of a genius and no talent.

Paul Rudd

Amy Poehler, Amy Sedaris - they're both genius.


There is no great genius without some touch of madness.

Mel Brooks

Oh, I'm not a true genius. I'm a near genius. I would say I'm a short genius. I'd rather be tall and normal than a short genius.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Since when was genius found respectable?

Simone Weil

Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.

Charles Bukowski

Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.

Lao Tzu

To see things in the seed, that is genius.

Walt Whitman

The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people.

Vladimir Nabokov

Genius is an African who dreams up snow.

Benjamin Franklin

Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

Gertrude Stein

It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.

Alexis de Tocqueville

The genius of democracies is seen not only in the great number of new words introduced but even more in the new ideas they express.

Abraham Lincoln

Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.

John Dryden

Genius must be born, and never can be taught.

John Adams

Genius is sorrow's child.

Michael Keaton

I always thought what made 'Beetlejuice' look so great was because it looked like some genius kid made it in his basement.

Madonna is her own Hollywood studio - a popelike mogul and divine superstar in one. She has a laserlike instinct for publicity, aided by her visual genius for still photography (which none of her legion of imitators has). Unfortunately, her public life has dissolved into a series of staged photo ops.

Elbert Hubbard

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

Clint Eastwood

I've never met a genius. A genius to me is someone who does well at something he hates. Anybody can do well at something he loves - it's just a question of finding the subject.

Leonardo da Vinci

Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.

John Dryden

Time, place, and action may with pains be wrought, but genius must be born; and never can be taught.

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Marilyn Manson

I've started to think that maybe I wouldn't mind passing my demented genius on to some small thing who can set fire and breathe profanity.

William James

Genius... means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone.

Cory Booker

The greatest natural resource our country has is not oil. It's not gas. It's not coal. It's the genius of our children.

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James Russell Lowell

Freedom is the only law which genius knows.

Pablo Picasso

The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.

Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them.

James Madison

The capacity of the female mind for studies of the highest order cannot be doubted, having been sufficiently illustrated by its works of genius, of erudition, and of science.

Lyndon B. Johnson

It is the genius of our Constitution that under its shelter of enduring institutions and rooted principles there is ample room for the rich fertility of American political invention.

Jonathan Groff

I've never met Lena Dunham, but I'm such a huge fan - I think she's a crazy genius.

Samuel Johnson

A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself.

Sean Penn

In school, I was a genius of the year preceding the year I was in, every year.

Victor Hugo

Taste is the common sense of genius.

Jordan Peterson

There were some great clinicians in the 20th century - great men. Freud was a genius; Jung was a genius, Carl Rogers was a genius - there's a half-dozen psychologists of the 1950s and humanists of the 1960s.

Lil Wayne

I do not consider myself a literal genius.

Virginia Woolf

It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavour; riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work.

Ron Howard

I think it gets overused and tossed around in ways that aren't true. Every impressive achievement is not genius.

Walt Whitman

There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.

Boris Johnson

What I really think about Banksy is I think he's a genius; he's a great artist, and I like his stuff. But he's got to accept it if, from time to time, someone will need to paint over his work.

James Russell Lowell

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

Marcus Aurelius

Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.

Henry David Thoreau

What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.

Kanye West

The most genius thing about the way I create is to create with other geniuses.

Carl Jung

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.

Leonardo da Vinci

Men of lofty genius sometimes accomplish the most when they work least, for their minds are occupied with their ideas and the perfection of their conceptions, to which they afterwards give form.

What might be taken for a precocious genius is the genius of childhood. When the child grows up, it disappears without a trace. It may happen that this boy will become a real painter some day, or even a great painter. But then he will have to begin everything again, from zero.

Benjamin Disraeli

Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.

Anna Kendrick

I'm a big fan of '30 Rock,' which I think is the most genius show on television.

George Eliot

Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.

Carl Sandburg

A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.


A host is like a general: calamities often reveal his genius.

Ron Howard

One of the big surprises for me about Einstein was... that he wasn't this big introvert; he was more like a novelist or a painter. It's amazing how close society came to not benefiting from Albert Einstein's genius.

Lou Holtz

I'm no genius.

Matt Bomer

Oh, I think Janie Bryant is a genius. I mean, I think she changed menswear almost single-handedly with what she did on 'Mad Men.'


I don't want anyone to fail, so if you can make money off music even though you can't sing or dance, that's genius.

Pope Francis

We have to work harder to develop a profound theology of women within the church. The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions.

Kenneth Branagh

I'm a devotee of Stephen Sondheim. I think he's a genius.


There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.

Our nation was not founded because we all looked alike, or prayed alike, or descended from the same family tree. But our founders, in their genius, in this, the oldest constitutional democracy, put forth on this earth the idea that all are created equal; that we all have inalienable rights.

Oscar Wilde

I have nothing to declare except my genius.

Victor Hugo

There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.

Anthony Hopkins

I wouldn't use the word 'scared' for my role as Hitchcock, but it was my most insecure. Taking on such a formidable, giant personality such as Hitchcock; he was one of the great geniuses of world cinema. Sheer genius.

George Eliot

You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man's form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl.

Rob Lowe

I'm no genius, but I'm real smart in one area - I picked the right mate.

R. Kelly

Ronald Isley is a musical genius.

Cory Booker

This world has a way of trying to homogenize you. Trying to sanitize you. Trying to scrub you of your unique divine genius. This world wants to make you regular.

Ridley Scott

If you go back and look, a completely underrated film is 'Quest for Fire.' That was one of the most genius, simplistic but incredibly sophisticated notion of what it was. The evolution of that was just fantastic.

Stephen Hawking

No one can resist the idea of a crippled genius.