Genius Quotations


In all important crises one can only consult his genius.—Journal, 27 December 1858
It takes a man of genius to travel in his own country, in his native village; to make any progress between his door and his gate.—Journal, 6 August 1851
My genius makes distinctions which my understanding can not and which my senses do not report.—Journal, 23 July 1851
Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity.—Journal, 5 January 1856
No man ever followed his genius till it misled him—Walden
The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or nature.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
The Good Genius is sure to prevail.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
The Man of Genius, referred to mankind, is an originator, an inspired or demonic man, who produces a perfect work in obedience to laws yet unexplored.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
The social condition of genius is the same in all ages. Aeschylus was undoubtedly alone and without sympathy in his simple reverence for the mystery of the universe.—Journal, 29 January 1840
There are new and patented inventions in this shape, purporting to be for the elevation of the race, which many a pure scholar and genius who has learned to read is for a moment deceived by, and finds himself reading a horse-rake, or spinning-jenny, or wooden nutmeg, or oak-leaf cigar, or steam-power press, or kitchen range, perchance, when he was seeking serene and biblical truths.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
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