There is no genius in life like the genius of energy and industry.
Name the greatest of all inventors: Accident.
Activity back of a very small idea will produce more than inactivity and the planning of genius.
He who anticipates his century is generally persecuted when living, and is always pilfered when dead.
Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly.
Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.
Sometimes men come by the name of genius in the same way that certain insects come by the name of centipede – not because they have a hundred feet, but because most people can’t count above fourteen.
Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves.
Genius and its rewards are briefly told: A liberal nature and a niggardly doom, A difficult journey to a splendid tomb.
Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks.