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A Dictionary of New Epigrams


A genius is a person who has the ability to see new applications of an existing reality that others have not seen, and therefore the genius can innovate new ideas. But new ideas require adaptation by those other people who do not see, and therefore they label the geniuses as crazy and dangerous, and do what they can to suppress them.

Genius is not a static state of being; it is based on a moment of active thinking and innovating new things. It is usually one percent innovation of an idea and ninety-nine percent perspiration in making it work properly, as Thomas Edison said, and the perspiration comes not only from trying to make a new idea work, but a big part of that perspiration comes from convincing the public of its usefulness.

Most innovation takes too much work without any certainty of reward to be worth the effort and the risks for most people to pursue a possible new idea.

Genius is seeing in a direction the crowd doesn’t want to look.

Some geniuses come into being in their old age when they are no longer as limited by the opinion of others.

Often the genius needs a support group from an early age, and some desperate need to accomplish something worthy of praise.

Some geniuses, like mathematicians, do well in adolescence and can do some unusual things their peers never see, so they aren’t ostracized.

Most people could be geniuses if they were courageous enough to step forward with their unusual ideas and face ridicule.

Genius is the ability to work on ideas that will probably bring ridicule when discussed in the development stage, and also when first revealed, and even when working properly.

Sometimes genius is like wisdom, and is just common sense to an uncommon degree.

A lot of genius comes to a person as a genetic gift, but unless it is cultivated with curiosity, given the tools to work with, and obtains the opportunity to exploit what is available, it comes to nothing.

One of the key elements of a genius personality is the desire to see the essence of a problem clearly for themselves, and work out the solutions to those problems for themselves. The public prefers answers that are easy to understand and can be promoted with a simple slogan.

Brilliance requires intelligence, but genius needs that plus daring.

Genius finds the needle lost in the haystack with a strong magnet; that is, a genius knows how to find and deploy the right tools.

To find something never seen by others requires generating your own enthusiasm to find that thing; others will just call you a fool and laugh. If people aren’t laughing at your ideas they probably are not original ideas.

For the public to recognize a genius it is necessary for him to make something formerly invisible easy to see.

Geniuses may make many mistakes, but rarely the same ones.

When looking into the unknown it takes genius to know what is unusual and what is commonplace.