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Definition of Genius


  1. A good or evil spirit, or demon, supposed by the ancients to preside over a man's destiny in life; a tutelary deity; a supernatural being; a spirit, good or bad. Cf. Jinnee.
  2. The peculiar structure of mind with whoch each individual is endowed by nature; that disposition or aptitude of mind which is peculiar to each man, and which qualifies him for certain kinds of action or special success in any pursuit; special taste, inclination, or disposition; as, a genius for history, for poetry, or painting.
  3. Peculiar character; animating spirit, as of a nation, a religion, a language.
  4. Distinguished mental superiority; uncommon intellectual power; especially, superior power of invention or origination of any kind, or of forming new combinations; as, a man of genius.
  5. A man endowed with uncommon vigor of mind; a man of superior intellectual faculties; as, Shakespeare was a rare genius.

Genius Quotations

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
Albert Einstein

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
Marilyn Monroe

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
Calvin Coolidge

There is no great genius without some touch of madness.

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. - Thomas A. Edison
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Thomas A. Edison
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Genius Translations

genius in Dutch is genie, beschermgeest, genius
genius in Finnish is nerous
genius in German is Genie
genius in Italian is genio
genius in Spanish is ingenio
genius in Swedish is snille, geni, ande
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