Action, so to speak, is the genius of nature.
True great genius is always accompanied with good sense.
I have observed that vulgar readers almost always lose their veneration for the writings of the genius with whom they have had personal intercourse.
Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity, and truth accomplishes not victories without it.
Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm; it moves stones, it charms brutes. Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victories without it.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
There is but one book for genius - nature.
He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero.
Heroism is active genius; genius, contemplative heroism. Heroism is the self-devotion of genius manifesting itself in action.
Heroism is the self-devotion of genius manifesting itself in action.
Inspiration and genius - one and the same.
Curiosity, or the love of knowledge, has a very limited influence, and requires youth, leisure, education, genius and example to make it govern any person.
The spirit of the people must frequently be roused, in order to curb the ambition of the court; and the dread of rousing this spirit must be employed to prevent that ambition. Nothing so effectual to this purpose as the liberty of the press; by which all the learning, wit, and genius of the nation, may be employed on the side of freedom, and every one be animated to its defense.
The true genius is a mind of large general powers, accidentally determined to some particular direction.
Those who, in the confidence of superior capacities or attainments, neglect the common maxims of life, should be reminded that nothing will supply the want of prudence; but that negligence and irregularity, long continued will make knowledge useless, with ridiculous, and genius contemptible.
The greatness of a popular character is less according to the ratio of his genius than the sympathy he shows with the prejudices and even the absurdities of his time. Fanatics do not select the cleverest, but the most fanatical leaders.
He alone is a man who can resist the genius of the age, the tone of fashion, with vigorous simplicity and modest courage.
A strong determination to get the best out of life; a keen desire to enjoy what one has, and no regrets if one fails; this is the secret of the Chinese genius for contentment.
The genius - in his works, in his deeds - is necessarily a prodigal: his greatness lies in the fact that he expends himself.
Every positive value has its price in negative terms, and you never see anything very great which is not, at the same time, horrible in some respect... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.