Genius is personal, decided by fate, but it expresses itself by means of system. There is no work of art without system.
I have never been an innovator, a creative genius.
Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but mercifully laughter intervened.
There are some cloudy days for the mind as well as for the world; and the man who has the most genius is twenty times a day in the clouds.
— Laurent Angliviel de la Beaumelle
I would say Steven Spielberg is family to me. He's a genius. We survived a hurricane together. I ran from half-puppet,half-nothing creatures. It was months of our life as family. It was the wildest film, Jurassic Park, I'd ever worked on that way.
Maybe you can make art out of unredeemed pain, but only if you're a genius - Dostoyevsky perhaps.
The defining character of Steve Jobs isn't his genius, it isn't his talent, it isn't his success. It's his love. That's why crowds came to see him. You could feel that. It sounds ridiculous to talk about love when you are making a gadget. But Steve loved his work, he loved the products he produced, and it was palpable. He communicated that love through bits of steel and plastic.
Martin Freeman is a genius, he really is. He gives you every color of the rainbow in every take and it's wonderful just to play off of him and opposite him.
To see things in the seed, that is genius.
I'm really compulsive with music. I listen too much, and I can't listen to one thing. I love iTunes Genius.
Boldness in itself is genius.
I'm supposed to be this musical genius and everything, but I can't really work the car seat that well.
He [Phil Jackson] is such a basketball genius in terms of the details of the game, the little nuances of the game and the rhythm of the game.
Not gifted with genius but honestly holding his experiences deep in his heart, he kept his simplicity and humanity.
We can all be geniuses because one definition of genius is the infinite capacity for taking pains.
No, I don't admire the genius. But I admire and love the result of the genius's activity in the world, of which the great man is only the poor necessary tool, only, so to speak, the paltry awl to bore with.
No matter where you are in the game, no matter how successful you might be, there will always be others out there who are more talented or more beautiful or more connected than you. Get used to it! If you start dwelling on everybody else's genius, it'll become a huge wave of doubt.
Maintaining the status quo is the same as regressing; while you are holding your own, others are passing you by. Be harsh on yourself. Do not ever think that you have made it; do not ever be staisfied by what you have done. Drive yourself for the rest of your life. If you do not move, you become paralyzed. Develop your potential to the fullest, for you, too, can wake the sleeping genius at will.
If you stick with a vision, it might not all work, but some of it will be absolute genius. To me, 15 minutes worth of absolute genius in a film is so much better than two hours of mediocrity. I would rather pay to see something different like that.
I so owed Arianna, that undead little genius.
Wit is often a mask. If you tear it you will find either genius irritated or cleverness juggling.
There are many perks to living for twenty-one centuries, and foremost among them is bearing witness to the rare birth of genius. It invariably goes like this: Someone shrugs off the weight of his cultural traditions, ignores the baleful stares of authority, and does something his countrymen think to be completely batshit insane. Of those, Galileo was my personal favorite. Van Gogh comes in second, but he really was batshit insane.
Most humans know their own "reason" only in the sense that Hume defined it, as "a slave to the passions"-and by "passions" he meant not moral passions or the passions of transcendent genius, but only low appetites or base desires, which society and economy ultimately shape and spur on in us.
For greatness is only the drayhorse that coaxes The built cart out; and where we go is reason. But genius is an enormous littleness, a trickling Of heart that covers alike the hare and the hunter.
An updated notion of genius would have to center around one's mastery of information and its dissemination.
I believe in the God-given genius of certain individuals, and I value a society that makes their existence possible.
People like me and Ozu get films made by hard work, but Shimizu is a genius...
my opinion is that we have, in the person of Da Free John, a Spiritual Master and religious genius of the ultimate degree. I assure you I do not mean that lightly. I am not tossing out high-powered phrases to 'hype' the works of Da Free John. I am simply offering to you my own considered opinion: Da Free John's teaching is, I believe, unsurpassed by that of any other spiritual Hero, of any period, of any place, of any time, of any persuasion.
The genius of our country is improvisation, and jazz reflects that. It's our great contribution to the arts.
Alexander Pope once wrote that the theater aspires to wake the soul by gentle strokes of art - to raise the genius and to mend the heart.
Genius has no age, no country, no race; it belongs to mankind.
I don't think you can be involved in film and not be a fan of theirs. The one that I just go back to and can watch anytime it's on TV and I'll watch to the end, is Fargo. I think it's, like, a perfect film, it's genius.
I always wondered, you know I watch "Cops" all the time - why doesn't a drug dealer design a trap door under their car? 'Cause cops don't have cameras under the cars, they get you for throwing stuff out the window! If you got a trap door under your car, boom! You would run over it. It would be genius.
Some people think I'm a mythical genius, others think I'm a junkie madman.
I think Yelena Akhtiorskaya is a genius. What she manages to do, linguistically and emotionally, in the span of a single sentence, is astonishing.
Genius is the ability to see the self-evident where the rest of the world turns blind.
Genius is often called crazy, but crazy is never called genius. So you just have to put out the work and let the chips fall where they may.
What has happened by chance is often difficult to repeat when it is sought deliberately. Chance is a genius.
The media works in sound bites. They can make you look like a genius or stupid.
The last verse [In My Secret Life] completely got to me, about how we all have great ideals but in reality we end up conforming, following everyone else. We want to be stronger so we lead that life inside, thinking of ourselves as these great brave souls. I literally thought when I was 15 that I was a musical genius and I could change the world, but in fact you're not and you can't and you don't, and that realisation is almost heartbreaking.