Brilliance Quotes

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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.”
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

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

“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

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

“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

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

“All the statistics in the world can not measure the brilliance of compassion.”
Prof.Salam Al Shereida

Michael Whone
“Upon hearing of the story of Glenn Gould, I felt an affinity with him. He spent most of his time in a cabin on Lake Simcoe, was a tremendous pianist, and later in life took obscene amounts of prescribed medications for illnesses, which may or may not have been correctly diagnosed, resultant of his brilliant, but tumultuous mind.”.”
Michael Whone, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Etgar Keret
“He invented ordinary things, and I stress, ordinary. Not brilliant, just ordinary, and that's exactly what humanity needs. Brilliant inventions might be good for brilliant people, but how many brilliant people are there? On the other hand, ordinary inventions are good for everyone.”
Etgar Keret, The Nimrod Flipout

“Why do you devour everything?” I said. “Look at you—Haven’t you had your fill of life yet?”

He looked at me, for all the world like an elder brother.

“It is my intention,” he said, “to leave nothing left left over. No false reverence. I love my knees too much to dirty them by kneeling before anyone or anything.”

“Why, you pompous fool.”

“Perhaps,” he said. “You see, we don’t kneel down before that which is worthy—to think that is to make a mistake in psychology. We kneel to make ourselves worthy. We kneel as a means of generating the true spirit of submission. Not the other way around. So it is that the weak kneel, for it empowers them. It is the slave’s religion. If Narcissus kneels, Narcissus is worthy. That is the Western deal. So he kneels wherever he can. And you, you are the greatest kneeler I have ever met. You would even kneel to me. You are a born slave—yes, born to it—for you have not even the primitive republican’s desire to question your captivity. You see yourself in the heroes of books and you feel emancipated from the tyranny of living only one life. But heroes in novels are slaves, too—which is why you identify with them; they are trapped in their fictional worlds and you are trapped in the real one. If someone gave you the key to liberate yourself from your prison you wouldn’t know what to do with it.”

"What is the key?” I said, in spite of myself.

He paused, and gently pushed his empty glass towards me.

“Brilliance.”

At that moment I despised him.”
Simon Robson, The Separate Heart

Geneen Roth
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. Since that uniqueness needs a vehicle of expression, and since the vehicle we've been given is our body, we do what we can to keep the channel open. When you stuff or starve it, your body shuts down. It can not reveal its purpose or creativity or wisdom to you. Its uncomfortable to walk around in a body that is uncomfortable. Its hard to let innate brilliance or power express itself when you are schlepping around twenty or fifty extra pounds. Not Impossible, just more difficult. And since there is already so much inherent difficulty in being alive, why not make life easier on yourself?”
Geneen Roth, This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide

“A leader helps the brilliance of others shine and never allows them to be hidden in his or her shadow.”
Jeffrey G. Duarte

Lillian Hellman
“[France] may be the only country in the world where the rich are sometimes brilliant.”
Lillian Hellman, An Unfinished Woman: A Memoir

Lars Kepler
“The reputation of the best people in any field goes down to compensate for brilliance.”
Lars Kepler, Stalker

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“We have watched men and women expend the whole of their lives brilliantly form-fitting the Word of God to the ever-changing contour of the culture. Yet, true brilliance is found in recognizing that the ‘ever-changing’ contour of the culture is a result of the fact that we’ve refused to form-fit it to the ‘never-changing’ contour of scripture. And anything less than that is brilliance brilliantly faked.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“If a thousand suns
had risen
in the sky
all at once,
such brilliance
would be
the brilliance
of that great self.”
Laurie L. Patton, The Bhagavad Gita

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

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

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