Brilliance Quotes

Quotes tagged as "brilliance" Showing 1-30 of 118
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.”
Ali Ibn Abi Talib AS

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

Immanuel Kant
“Genius is the ability to independently arrive at and understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person.”
Immanuel Kant

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

“If we only live through the eyes of the others and don’t try to capture the vibration of our own individual experience, we may miss out the beam and brilliance of authenticity that is essential to move forward in life”
Erik Pevernagie

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

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 Koyczan

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

Criss Jami
“All things remarkable are surprisingly simple; albeit difficult to find.”
Criss Jami, Healology

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

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

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

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

“I've realized I don't need to keep looking for my path. I'm already on it. I just need to trust where it leads.”
Teresa R. Funke, Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life blog

Isabel Allende
“A public official must understand from his first day in office that any show of initiative will signal the end of his career because he isn't there to be meritorious but to reach his level of incompetence with dignity.”
Isabel Allende

Alex Beecroft
“What would [James} do now? Would he think to Aiden was too much trouble for too little reward? Would the sex matter to him so much that he would discout everything else in favour of it? Aiden didn't want to think so, hoped that James would see that love was so much more than that. What was so great about sharing fluids that looked like snot anyway? What did love have to do with that? But he know by now that ninety-nine percent of the population would call that opinion world. The mathematics of the situation were not in his favour.”
Alex Beecroft, Blue Steel Chain

Adrienne Posey
“Don't just see brilliance... Feel it.”
Adrienne Posey

Ambrose Bierce
“MAD, adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence; not conforming to standards of thought, speech and action derived by the conformants from study of themselves; at odds with the majority; in short, unusual. It is noteworthy that persons are pronounced mad by officials destitute of evidence that themselves are sane. For illustration, this present (and illustrious) lexicographer is no firmer in the faith of his own sanity than is any inmate of any madhouse in the land; yet for aught he knows to the contrary, instead of the lofty occupation that seems to him to be engaging his powers he may really be beating his hands against the window bars of an asylum and declaring himself Noah Webster, to the innocent delight of many thoughtless spectators.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

“Sensuality is allowing your brilliance and confusion to coexist.”
Lebo Grand

“Contrary to its association with brilliance, the reality of constant effortlessness is mediocrity. No matter how impressive it looks next to average, the true comparison was always with potential.”
Adeel Ahmed Khan

Rich DiSilvio
“The measure of brilliance is in its utility.”
Rich DiSilvio

“Madness is the only route towards genius.”
Scarlet Jei Saoirse

Maya Angelou
“We were singing for Dr. Du Bois' spirit, for the invaluable contributions he made, for his shining intellect and his courage. To many of us he was the first American Negro intellectual. We knew about Jack Johnson and Jesse Owens and Joe Louis. We were proud of Louis Armstrong and Marian Anderson and Roland Hayes. We memorized the verses of James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Countee Cullen, but they were athletes, musicians and poets, and White folks thought all those talents came naturally to Negroes. So, while we survived because of those contributors and their contributions, the powerful White world didn't stand in awe of them. Sadly, we also tended to take those brilliances for granted. But W.E.B. Du Bois and of course Paul Robeson were different, held on a higher or at least on a different plateau than the others.”
Maya Angelou, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

David Foster Wallace
“I have dickered over trinkets with malnourished children. I have learned what it is to become afraid of one's own cabin toilet. I have now heard—and am powerless to describe—reggae elevator music.”
David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

Michael Bassey Johnson
“The most brilliant student in class is a god and the rest are morons.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Before You Doubt Yourself: Pep Talks and other Crucial Discussions

« previous 1 3 4