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Antony Jay Quotes

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The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers,
but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.
- Antony Jay

Related topics: Wisdom

He's suffering from Politicians' Logic.
Something must be done, this is something,
therefore we must do it.
- Antony Jay

You can judge a leader by the size of the problem he tackles.
Other people can cope with the waves,
it's his job to watch the tide.
- Antony Jay

Men grow to the stature to which they are stretched when they are young.
- Antony Jay

 

'Referring the matter to a committee' can be a device for diluting authority,
diffusing responsibility and delaying decisions.
- Antony Jay

The Opposition aren't really the Opposition.
They're just called the Opposition.
But in fact they are the Opposition in exile.
The Civil Service are the Opposition in residence.
- Antony Jay

Genius worship is the inevitable sign of an uncreative age.
- Clive Bell


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You know, people come up with formulas who are uncreative.
They can't picture something different so they can
only go by something that's laid out for them.
- Joseph Bologna

If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

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

Genius is the power to labor better and more availably.
Deserve thy genius: exalt it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing in the 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

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin it now.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I'm not a genius.
I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Everyone is born a genius,
but the process of living de-geniuses them.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Genius always finds itself a century too early.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men of lofty genius,
when they are doing the least work,
are most active.
- Leonardo da Vinci

When you have shut your doors, and darkened your room,
remember, never to say that you are alone,
for you are not alone, but God is within,
and your genius is within.
- Epictetus

What is called genius is the
abundance of life and health.
- Henry David Thoreau

To see things in the seed, that is genius.
- Lao Tzu

The man of genius inspires us with
a boundless confidence in our own powers.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

Not all Heroes wear capes.
- On an Apple Inc. "Genius Bar" T-shirt

Everyone is a genius at least once a year;
a real genius has his original ideas closer together.
- Georg Lichtenberg

Genius may have its limitations,
but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
- Elbert Hubbard

When nature has work to be done,
she creates a genius to do it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There's a fine line between genius and insanity.
I have erased this line.
- Oscar Levant

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

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity;
so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
- Henry David Thoreau

Everybody is a genius.
But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
- Albert Einstein

Important ideas can come from unexpected places.
We tend to label people - Genius, Idiot,
Socialist, Regressive, Wingnut, Revolutionary, Terrorist.
But it is helpful to remind ourselves to be open
to good ideas - whatever their source.
It is equally important to avoid accepting any idea
merely because we respect that person's
other ideas or accomplishments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy
between the genius and his human qualities
that one has to ask oneself whether
a little less talent might not have been better.
- Carl Jung

What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him
a situation which common sense,
without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.
- Walter Lippmann

True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation
of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.
- Winston Churchill

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt

Towering genius disdains a beaten path.
It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
- Abraham Lincoln

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
- Bruce Feirstein

Man is a genius when he is dreaming.
- Akira Kurosawa

Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.
- E. B. White

Every true genius is bound to be naive.
- Friedrich Schiller

Genius ain't anything more than elegant common sense.
- Josh Billings

I can't tell you if genius is hereditary,
because heaven has granted me no offspring.
- James Whistler

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

Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use.
- William Hazlitt

The eye of genius has always a plaintive expression,
and its natural language is pathos.
- Lydia M. Child

Genius creates, and taste preserves.
Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste,
genius is only sublime folly.
- Alexander Pope

Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying
it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary
events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth.
- Denis Diderot

It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavour;
riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work.
- Virginia Woolf

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

There is no genius in life like the genius of energy and industry.
- Donald G. Mitchell

Genius is sorrow's child.
- John Adams

Since when was genius found respectable?
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Genius is not a possession of the limited few,
but exists in some degree in everyone.
Where there is natural growth, a full and free play of faculties,
genius will manifest itself.
- Robert Henri

Every man of genius is considerably helped by being dead.
- Robert Lynd

It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place,
as it does for the rest of us.
- James Russell Lowell

There is no off position on the genius switch.
- David Letterman

Genius is childhood recalled at will.
- Charles Baudelaire

Genius at first is little more than a great capacity
for receiving discipline.
- George Eliot

Common sense is genius in homespun.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Reason is mechanical, wit chemical, and genius organic spirit.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

First have being in your mind.
Make real in your mind then bring that being into reality.
The genius is he who sees what is not yet and causes it to come to be.
- Peter Nivio Zarlenga

I like the idea of taking a true classic written by
a true genius and destroying it essentially!
I like the idea of bringing it down to earth a bit -
and even a bit lower than that.
- Randy Newman

Marriage requires a special talent, like acting.
Monogamy requires genius.
- Warren Beatty

Men of genius are not quick judges of character.
Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial
instinct by which you and I size people up.
- Max Beerbohm

Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to
tarry 'til a more convenient season.
- Mary Todd Lincoln

The man of genius is he and he alone who finds such
joy in his art that he will work at it come hell or high water.
- Stendhal

Is it not in the most absolute simplicity that real
genius plies its pinions the most wonderfully?
- E. T. A. Hoffmann

To be complex does not mean to be fragmented.
This is the paradox and the genius of our Canadian civilization.
- Adrienne Clarkson


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