On Genius

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Crack-Up”, Esquire Magazine (February 1936)

Geniuses are like thunderstorms. They go against the wind, terrify people, cleanse the air.

Soren Kierkegaard (Danish Philosopher – 19th Century)

To see things in the seed, that is genius.

Lao-tzu (Chinese philosopher – 5th – 4th Century B.C.)

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.

Aristotle (Greek Philosopher – 4th Century B.C.)

And my favorite:

A genius is one who can do anything except make a living.

Joey Adams (Comedian)


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