Quotes About Brilliance

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Ray Bradbury
“If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that sort don't change.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly.”
Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

Neil Gaiman
“Idris: Are all people like this?
The Doctor: Like what?
Idris: So much bigger on the inside.”
Neil Gaiman

Criss Jami
“In order to share one's true brilliance one initially has to risk looking like a fool: genius is like a wheel that spins so fast, it at first glance appears to be sitting still.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Eric Micha'el Leventhal
“Our children are only as brilliant as we allow them to be.”
Eric Micha'el Leventhal

Shane L. Koyczan
“To discover the thing you're brilliant at you first have to endure realizing all the things you're average at.”
Shane L. Koyczan

G.K. Chesterton
“Ten thousand women marched through the streets shouting, 'We will not be dictated to,' and went off and became stenographers.”
G.K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton
“The modern habit of saying "This is my opinion, but I may be wrong" is entirely irrational. If I say that it may be wrong, I say that is not my opinion. The modern habit of saying "Every man has a different philosophy; this is my philosophy and it suits me" – the habit of saying this is mere weak-mindedness. A cosmic philosophy is not constructed to fit a man; a cosmic philosophy is constructed to fit a cosmos. A man can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon.”
G.K. Chesterton

Alain de Botton
“For the rest of history, for most of us, our bright promise will always fall short of being actualised; it will never earn us bountiful sums of money or beget exemplary objects or organisations....

Most of us stand poised at the edge of brilliance, haunted by the knowledge of our proximity, yet still demonstrably on the wrong side of the line, our dealings with reality undermined by a range of minor yet critical psychological flaws (a little too much optimism, an unprocessed rebelliousness, a fatal impatience or sentimentality). We are like an exquisite high-speed aircraft which for lack of a tiny part is left stranded beside the runway, rendered slower than a tractor or a bicycle.”
Alain de Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

G.K. Chesterton
“Another savage trait of our time is the disposition to talk about material substances instead of about ideas. The old civilisation talked about the sin of gluttony or excess. We talk about the Problem of Drink--as if drink could be a problem. When people have come to call the problem of human intemperance the Problem of Drink, and to talk about curing it by attacking the drink traffic, they have reached quite a dim stage of barbarism. The thing is an inverted form of fetish worship; it is no sillier to say that a bottle is a god than to say that a bottle is a devil. The people who talk about the curse of drink will probably progress down that dark hill. In a little while we shall have them calling the practice of wife-beating the Problem of Pokers; the habit of housebreaking will be called the Problem of the Skeleton-Key Trade; and for all I know they may try to prevent forgery by shutting up all the stationers' shops by Act of Parliament.”
G.K. Chesterton, All Things Considered

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
“How terrible it is to recognize that one’s brilliance rests solely upon the small-mindedness of others.”
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Madeleine is Sleeping

Michael R. Hicks
“The sun's glow had given way to a brilliant twilight that colored the great mountains with violet and orange rivers.”
Michael R. Hicks

Wil Wheaton
“I can't believe you said that about fire ants and thunderstorms! You are such a Houstonist!”
Wil Wheaton

K.A. Laity
“Some are born brilliant, some have brilliance thrust upon them -- and others cower in the dark crying, "It burns! It burns!”
K.A. Laity

“It is in the darkest hour, when we are faced with our deepest most wrenching fears, that we are given the greatest strength. The choice is whether we succumb to the fear or rise with courage to face our truth and shine our brilliance as our sword of valor.”
Monika Zands

“When you find your passion, turn a deaf ear to the naysayers and follow your dreams.”
Teresa R. Funke, Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life blog

“Spend one more day in pursuit of art that only you can produce, and somewhere, someone is envying your courage to do just that.”
Teresa R. Funke, Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life blog

“Owing to the shape of a bell curve, the education system is geared to the mean. Unfortunately, that kind of education is virtually calculated to bore and alienate gifted minds. But instead of making exceptions where it would do the most good, the educational bureaucracy often prefers not to be bothered.

In my case, for example, much of the schooling to which I was subjected was probably worse than nothing. It consisted not of real education, but of repetition and oppressive socialization (entirely superfluous given the dose of oppression I was getting away from school). Had I been left alone, preferably with access to a good library and a minimal amount of high-quality instruction, I would at least have been free to learn without useless distractions and gratuitous indoctrination. But alas, no such luck.

Let’s try to break the problem down a bit. The education system […] is committed to a warm and fuzzy but scientifically counterfactual form of egalitarianism which attributes all intellectual differences to environmental factors rather than biology, implying that the so-called 'gifted' are just pampered brats who, unless their parents can afford private schooling, should atone for their undeserved good fortune by staying behind and enriching the classroom environments of less privileged students.

This approach may appear admirable, but its effects on our educational and intellectual standards, and all that depends on them, have already proven to be overwhelmingly negative. This clearly betrays an ulterior motive, suggesting that it has more to do with social engineering than education. There is an obvious difference between saying that poor students have all of the human dignity and basic rights of better students, and saying that there are no inherent educationally and socially relevant differences among students. The first statement makes sense, while the second does not.

The gifted population accounts for a very large part of the world’s intellectual resources. As such, they can obviously be put to better use than smoothing the ruffled feathers of average or below-average students and their parents by decorating classroom environments which prevent the gifted from learning at their natural pace. The higher we go on the scale of intellectual brilliance – and we’re not necessarily talking just about IQ – the less support is offered by the education system, yet the more likely are conceptual syntheses and grand intellectual achievements of the kind seldom produced by any group of markedly less intelligent people. In some cases, the education system is discouraging or blocking such achievements, and thus cheating humanity of their benefits.”
Christopher Langan

Rachel Cusk
“To observe is not to not feel—in fact, it is to put yourself at the mercy of feeling, like the child's warm skin meeting the cold air of midnight. My own children, too, have been roused from the unconsciousness of childhood; theirs too is the pain and the gift of awareness. 'I have two homes,' my daughter said to me one evening, clearly and carefully, 'and I have no home.' To suffer and to know what it is that you suffer: how can that be measured against its much-prized opposite, the ability to be happy without knowing why?”
Rachel Cusk, Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“The miracle is that the brilliance of the miraculous can live in the blandness of the mundane. The greater miracle is that we have enough brilliance in our own blandness to see it.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“In times of trouble, people need artists. We create those spaces where their own pain and worry and sadness can rest, and where their broken hearts can hope again.”
Teresa R. Funke, Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life blog

“Sometimes those whose blood runs thick with Celtic heritage are brilliant, poetic, charismatic. Gifted but complicated. Some brilliant lights burn out far too soon.”
Eileen Anglin

“It's ever so fun and fulfilling to be clever, but more lasting and effective to be consistent.”
Teresa R. Funke, Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life blog

“As with everything else, the more we separate ourselves from each other, the weaker we become.”
Teresa R. Funke, Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life blog

Curtis Tyrone Jones
“Hating yourself is like hating the sun. No matter how much you complain of it agitating your eyes, its brilliance shines on.”
Curtis Tyrone Jones, Giants At Play: Finding Wisdom, Courage, And Acceptance To Encounter Your Destiny

“Whether the changes that are coming in your life will be unexpected or determined by your choices and actions, the wheels are in motion. The adventure has just begun.”
Teresa R. Funke, Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life blog

“A tiny bit of brilliance rubs off on you every time you interact with someone brilliant.”
Hrishikesh Agnihotri

“May your smile brighten the days ahead of you
May your cheer lighten up the moods of everyone around you
May your face glow with joy and happiness
May your laughter sparkle with a lot more frequentness
May your brilliance in some way dazzle all humanity
And may your presence enlighten the whole world ultimately.”
Hrishikesh Agnihotri

Frank Herbert
“Peace punishes mistakes without rewarding brilliance.”
Frank Herbert, Dune Messiah

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