KEVIN LILES ASSESSMENT RESULTS-- -- -- -- -- below is a synopsis of my full report.
Suleiman is motivated to associate and interact with others.
Suleiman is motivated to manage people and their activities.
Because emphasis is on the management of people, this is seen by Suleiman as a service role where the managing is
in the interest of those being managed.
Suleiman is conscious of existence, meaning, purpose, potential and destiny of humankind, people, and self.
Suleiman is motivated by a self-felt, self-accepted calling to the cause of good, growth, and gain in the lives of others.
Influential communication of ideas is a primary way of achieving those objectives.
Perception and thinking tend to be holistic and conceptual; i.e., seeing the big picture.

TEMPERAMENT FOR THE JOB
Suleiman prefers and needs change and variety.
Change is motivating, stimulating, and energizing.
Suleiman looks for new options, challenges, assignments, acquaintances, relationships, and even new careers in new
places.
- - - - - Suleiman tires of sameness, repetition, and routine even in activities that were interesting at the start.
- - - - - Once things become routine for Suleiman, this becomes a motivation to move on to more interesting things.
Emphasis is on management of people, but that is directly tied to performance of existing, available skills and abilities.
Performance and results are the main emphasis.
- - - - - Suleiman does not prefer being tied to or tied down by timed, repetitious sensory/physical activity.
- - - - - Such work quickly becomes boring, frustrating, and stressful.
- - - - - In such work, Suleiman seeks and needs frequent breaks and other change and/or variety.
- - - - - Performance and quality of work tend to fade as repetitive activity continues.
- - - - - Suleiman does not generally see, retain, and/or recall verbatim detail and, instead, shows an awareness of
concepts, patterns, general ideas, etc.
Suleiman "Gets the drift" of what is seen, read, or heard. Recall is in general and in relative terms and not in specifics.
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APTITUDE FOR THE JOB
Suleiman's preferences and motivations are derived from understanding the deeper or "real" meaning of ideas and
words and uses them effectively in written or oral communication.
Literary in this factor means intentional search for ideas expressed by the minds of others for one's own use,
assimilation, learning, etc.
The source can be books, other publications, historical documents, research information, movies, television, the
"information highway" or internet, etc.
Emphasis is on communication: picking up information from minds of others or communication aimed toward the minds
of others.
When the trait is highly motivated, as it is here, it suggests both literary and communicative abilities that are or could
become a usable skill or a developed talent.
Mentor: a trusted counselor or guide." Suleiman is interested in (and consciously prefers) to consider the existence,
meaning, purpose, potential, and destiny of mankind, people, persons, and self; with self-felt, self-accepted
responsibility to influence and/or cause good, growth, and gain in the lives of all concerned. Suleiman has intuition and
philosophical curiosity that causes an awareness of personality, intentions, emotions, ethics, values, and moods of
other persons, and of self. By itself, this is not benevolence. If Suleiman is highly motivated for benevolent activities,
this trait is compulsively central to personal and vocational activities. If there is a lack of personal motivation, then the
preference for consideration tends to be more philosophical or academic in nature, but still service oriented.

Highly motivated persuasion means that Suleiman intends to assertively, even aggressively, make direct personal
contact with others, orally project a message with the deliberate intent and attempt to cause the listener or listeners to
hear what is said, accept what is said, and act on what was said, so that Suleiman can close the deal. If it is for
commission (i.e., in the seller's interest), it will be a hard-sell even though it might come across as a soft-sell. If it has
philosophical or benevolent objectives, it will be a soft-sell. But if Suleiman is defending and/or championing the cause
of the underdog or the less fortunate, then it will seem as if some modern-day Don Quixote is doing the persuading.
(Note: As a single trait, persuasion is the most deliberately assertive, often aggressive, psychological expression/effort
of an individual.)
Philosophical, literary, scientific, managerial and/or persuasive traits may be involved in Suleiman's motivation and
drive to educate, train, or influence others. The main preference is to share knowledge and information that will be
useful. So, conveying information to others assumes that educating self-precedes educating others. Suleiman is
motivated by learning, seeing the big picture, recognizing how pieces fit the picture, and prefers passing information on
to others"
Suleiman feels both privilege and responsibility to use communication (including persuasion) to voluntarily provide
beneficial information to others. This includes strongly motivated benevolent and literary traits. Self-satisfaction comes
almost exclusively from the subjective realization that the information, voluntarily given, has been helpful to other
persons. Suleiman is further motivated to learn and understand the other person(s) needs wishes and listening
preferences. Non-persuasive service communication can become persuasive and persistent when expressed in the
interest of someone needing Suleiman to stand up for them.
Suleiman's personal motivations support the willing acceptance of responsibility for planning, assigning, and
supervising work activities of others in operational or administrative activities. Preferences focus on daily scheduling,
procedures, expediting, motivating, solving problems as they arise, and meeting functional objectives. This sort of
preference considers the prime responsibility as developing the will to work with employees and motivating them to
higher levels of attainment and performance.
Suleiman's motivations are heightened significantly by persuasive, gregarious, auditory-musical, visual-artistic, and
communicative traits to entertain others with intent to convince them toward a particular idea, viewpoint, direction,
objective, or product. In this motivational context, entertainment is more than pleasing people. It has promotional and
marketing objectives. Some preferred activities include: marketing, sales, public relations, television commercials,
lobbying, political campaigns, promotional consulting, sports announcing, etc. Motivations may also be driven at the
prospect of efforts to get ahead in various areas of entertainment and/or acting, i.e., to advance one's own career.
Persuasion is the primary preferred trait. A high level of motivation exists because there is an element of risk involved
where the effort has a goal tied to the end of the act.
Suleiman has motivation and, more than likely, the natural talent for assertively negotiating.
Strategic thinking is considered a preferred key element.
Suleiman is empathetically aware of the hurts, needs, problems, and wishes of others and is motivated to help
whenever possible.
There is inclination and willingness to get personally involved in the personal lives of others in order to help with one's
talents and resources.
Although only moderately motivated in this social service trait, it is hard for Suleiman to ignore or say "no" to anyone
less fortunate.

DO NOT WORK

Engineering activities, regarding mechanics, systems, etc., do not fit Suleiman's vocational interests.
For one or more of a variety of possible reasons, Suleiman does not prefer working with heavy equipment operation.
Suleiman's preferences and motivations in vocational activity are not oriented toward routine, alert monitoring,
recording, and reporting of operational or machine processes. Such activity is too clerical for Suleiman's preferences.
Manual labor is not an activity where Suleiman is in any way motivated. Routine, elementary, sensory/physical activity
is not preferred; instead, it probably is experienced as boring, frustrating, and stressful.
Suleiman's motivations are not compatible with assembly line activity where one is locked into operational processes
by station, function, and timing.
Suleiman does not prefer mail-room activities; i.e., duplicating and processing forms, bulletins, envelopes, etc.
Detail and routine are most likely avoided as are activities related to them.
Suleiman is not motivated to participate where simple, routine, basic tasks are primary.
Suleiman literally may get "system claustrophobia" if he has prolonged involvement in running, monitoring, or
maintaining systems.
Methodical, meticulous, routine activities do not motivate, are not acceptable, or tolerable for Suleiman.
Change, variety, options, challenge, and opportunity to move up based on merit represent more preferred activities.
Suleiman may simply lack interest or the motivation to express self vocationally through the use of basic math skills
while possibly quite capable.
This is most likely demonstrated by consistent inaccuracy when making basic arithmetic calculations.
Suleiman does not prefer activities requiring verbatim perception, recording, and/or processing of details, especially
where numbers are involved.
For Suleiman technical information management is not a motivational factor. There is seemingly too much detail,
routine, and paper work to maintain interest beyond a brief period of time.
Suleiman does not pay particularly close attention to non-motivational information, data, or detail such as elementary
and basic instructions. The natural preference may be to simply use common sense or to experiment in order to figure
it out.
Suleiman is not motivated for what is called `workbench activity where a person manually (primarily arms, hands,
fingers) processes materials.

DO WORK [DATA]
Synthesize: putting two or more things together to form a whole; the combination of separate elements of thought into
a whole; the operation by which divided parts are united (Webster). Suleiman is motivated by seeing the big picture so
much so that (s)he, attempts to see all parts of the picture in that larger context, then sees all parts relative to each
other, but still within that larger context. Perception and thinking are therefore holistic and conceptual. Philosophical
and intuitive processes are involved. Scientific, managerial, and/or literary preferences may also be involved.
Suleiman has analytical, research, and innovative preferences. Establishing an objective for new breakthroughs,
innovative pathways, and achieving developmental progress motivate mental activity.
Suleiman is most likely open to new ideas and also motivated to identify the usefulness of those ideas.
Suleiman is motivated to coordinate (i.e., manage, manipulate, administer, etc.) that which is at hand to achieve
planned, known or strategic objectives.
This means that Suleiman prefers to do something functional, directional, and goal-oriented with thinking processes,
decisions, and actions.
Suleiman prefers an emphasis on utility when called upon to recognize and identify or classify important factors related
to the context, content, operations, and objectives of projects.
Suleiman's motivational levels support being conscious of the importance of information and evidence relative to the
"whole story" of a subject or topic.
This support extends into perception that there is a natural sorting process of separating what is important from what is
trivial.
And Suleiman is most likely to be deliberate, methodical, and thorough in compiling, labeling, and storing information
for later use.
Suleiman is strongly motivated to apply thinking to the big picture through holistic ideas, concepts, options, and
strategies.
This does not mean, suggest, or imply that thinking is kept only in a holistic context but it does mean that the first and
constant priority or preference for consideration and focus are on the big picture.
(Example: Suleiman more likely prefers to be an executive rather than a manager, and more inclined to be a manager
rather than a supervisor.)
Considering how pieces of the picture are brought in to the big picture stimulates motivation for the activity.
===identifying, analyzing, and solving challenges and/or problems by collecting data, establishing facts, connecting
abstract and concrete variables, drawing valid conclusions, determining appropriate actions, and devising strategies
and systems to achieve objectives.
Suleiman is motivated and perhaps even mentally equipped for troubleshooting: to recognize or otherwise identify

problems or developing problems in familiar operational or procedural areas; to tackle problems with intent to solve the
problems and restore function to former levels or better. (NOTE: This requires onsite familiarity with those operations,
a sense or suspicion of where things might or could break down, and savvy about ways to fix the problem).
Suleiman is motivated and probably equipped to work with, use, and apply math at management levels for tracking,
analyzing, and proving business activities and performance. This is part of a management generalist preference.
Suleiman's preferences tend to be methodically curious, exploratory, analytical and systematic, with math as an
important tool for such activity.
However, math is not an end in itself but used more as a tool as just stated. Suleiman prefers to consider proof as a
primary basis for thought.
Suleiman is highly motivated to consider creative writing and communicating at professional levels.
Preferences are holistic, conceptual, imaginative, and creative. "Ideas trigger more ideas" can probably be said about
Suleiman.
High motivational levels for this worker trait indicate an interactive combination of literary and philosophical traits.
As Dean W. R. Inge said, "Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art." That probably makes a
great deal of sense to Suleiman.
Motivation at this level indicate preferences that probably include writing fiction, poetry, scripts for movies or television,
advertising copy, marketing copy, teaching creative writing, etc.
Logical explanation and education can be motivational for Suleiman in some instances. This motivational level is
based on the complementary interaction of a number of traits: social, leadership, influential, technical, service and
functional.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -JOB CONTENT-- -- -- -- -- -- --
Direct business contact and interaction with others
Management of social or organizational activities
Work for personal gain, recognition, status
Concerned with people, communication of ideas
Abstract, innovative, creative activities
Output drive: production, goals, efficiency
-- -- -- -- -- JOB TEMPERAMENT-- -- -- -- -- --
Change and variety: accept, utilize, cause change
Plan, control, direct activities of others
Organizational involvement, teamwork, roles
Aggressively influence, persuade, get agreement
Handle responsibilities, choices, decisions
Intuition, creativity: ideas, concepts, options
Provide service dedicated to interest of others
-- -- -- -- -- -APTITUDE- -- -- -- -- -- -
Intellectual and/or Analytical orientation
Literary and/or Communicative orientation
Mental/Sensory awareness of "the big picture"
Sensory/Mental awareness of "pieces of the picture"
-- -- -- -- -- PEOPLE-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Mentor: size up people, personalities, motives
Negotiate: confront, communicate to achieve goal
Instruct: teach, train, influence, demonstrate
Supervise: plan, manage work activity of others
Entertain: to deliberately influence others
Persuade: assertively influence, convince others
Service communication: voluntarily inform others
-- -- -- -- -- DATA-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -
Synthesize: holistic, conceptual, strategic thinking
Coordinate: plan, implement, and manage procedures
Compare: recognize important factors for use
Compile: gather, classify, store information

-- -- -- -- -- -REASONING- -- -- -- -- -- -- -
Holistic concepts, meanings, options, strategies
Apply ideas and strategies to real problems/tasks
Solving on-going problems in familiar areas
-- -- -- -- -- -- -LANGUAGE- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Creative literary, communicative ability
Systematic, logical explanation and education
-- -- -- -- -- -- -LEADERSHIP- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Executive leadership, strategy, influence
Social, fraternal, organizational leadership
-- -- -- -- -- -- INTERPERSONAL-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Other-oriented: involvement, sharing, caring
Tactful concern for feelings of others
Aggressive personal action; confrontation
Tactful concern for feelings of others
Persuasive motivation to influence others
Take charge leadership and influence; dominance
Avoid conflict; seek harmony, compatibility
-- -- -- -- -- -- -SOCIAL- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Philosophical interest in life, meaning, destiny
Benevolent concern and service for others
Organizational involvement and cooperation
Communicative: oral, persuasive or literary
-- -- -- -- -- -- PERFORMANCE-- -- -- -- -- --
New problem solving: theory, hypothesis, options
Flexibility in decisions, actions, strategy
Adaptability: ability to fit in; tolerance
Understanding the basic nature of things
-- -- -- -- -- -- VOCATIONAL-- -- -- -- -- -- -
Entertainment, Promotion
Counseling, Guidance
Business Relations
Merchandising: Selling, Demonstrating
Medicine and Health
Writing and Journalism
-- -- -- -- -- -BUSINESS RELATIONS-- -- -- -- -- -- -
Consulting, Business Services: evaluate, influence
Interview/Inform: gather, dispense information
Corporate Leadership: executive, managerial
Contract Negotiations: confront, persuade, close
Business Training: teach, demonstrate, communicate
-- -- -- -- -- -- COUNSELING/GUIDANCE-- -- -- -- -- --
Counseling, guidance, Social Work
Research, Social Science, Psychological
-- -- -- -- -- -- -EDUCATION/TRAINING- -- -- -- -- -- -- -
Training Services: human resource development
High School, College, University; teach/counsel
Kindergarten, Elementary Education: teach, nurture
-- -- -- -- -- -ENGINEERING- -- -- -- -- -- -
Sales Engineering regarding Technical Markets and Customers
Human Engineering: identify, develop/apply human skills
-- -- -- -- -- -- ENTERTAINMENT-- -- -- -- -- -- --

Musical, Creative: compose, arrange, and improvise
Creative Entertainment: imagination; spontaneous
Specialty Entertainment: please others to make sales
Radio, TV Announcing: poise, vocabulary, delivery
Modeling: artistic display; fashions, apparel
-- -- -- -- -- -- -MERCHANDISING- -- -- -- -- -- --
Promotion/Publicity: advertise, market, promote
Demonstration sales: store contact with customers
Purchase and Sales: merchandising; stores, markets
Sell in Seller's Interest: gain for self; commissions
-- -- -- -- -- -- -MENTAL ORIENTATION (How you think)-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Philosophical: conceptual, strategic; deal w/ideas
Symbolic/dramatic: visualize/project roles, images
Intuitive/Impulsive: subconscious awareness/action
-- -- -- -- -- -- -PERCEPTUAL ORIENTATION (How you retain or block information)-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Triggered imagination; innovative use of options
General concept retention: primary ideas; essence
Triggered fantasy; thinking apart from facts/reality
Blockage of data; not perceptive of fact, detail
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- PERCEPTION RE: INPUT `MEDIA" (How you prefer to receive information)-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Auditory: general ideas, concepts; explanations
Written essay: informal "literary" explanations
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -PREFERRED LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Dialog: learning by talking it over with others
Loose Structure: guidelines with individual choice
Nonstructured: self-discipline, options, choices
Social (small group) dialog, sharing, support
Social (large group) involvement, interaction
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -PREFERRED CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENTS-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Benefit from harmonious class environment
Benefit from friendly/involved class environment
Benefit from benevolent teaching and/or counseling
Copes well in tolerant classroom environment

-- -- -- -- -- -- -Top Ten Vocational Areas-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -
Craft Management: plan, oversee craft activities 72
Training Services: human resource development 63
Counseling, Guidance 63
Entertainment, Promotion 63
Promotion/Publicity: advertise, market, promote 63
Business Relations 61
Consulting, Business Services: evaluate, influence 61
Merchandising: Selling, Demonstrating 61

Happiness

For

Success

Have lots of money. —⌚🛩⛵️   freedom (time. travel. leisure fun.)

Have good health. — 🏆💪💡🌎 Power (body strength. champion thoughts. powerful ideas.)

Have great relationships. 😁😜😄😍  Love (laughter. happiness. support.)

Unity in a society does not come from conformity. Unity can only come from granting equality and validity to the infinite diversity of all the individuals. The universe is infinitely diverse. Every being has their own way of exploring the idea of infinite creation, and all these ways are equally valid. When a society encourages the unique expression of each individual, that is when the society is strongest and most unified. 

When you grant equality and validity to everyone, you are granting equality and validity to all aspects of Creation, and as a reflective result of this, the entire Creation supports you in everything you do as well.

We can be our own best friends or we can be our own worst enemies. In the degree that we become friends to the highest and best within us, we become friends to all; and in the degree that we become enemies to the highest and best within us, do we become enemies to all. In the degree that we open ourselves to the higher powers and let them manifest through us, then by the very inspirations we carry with us do we become in a sense the saviours of our fellow-men, and in this way we all are, or may become, the saviours one of another. In this way you may become, indeed, one of the world's redeemers. 

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 Great men grow tired of contentedness.

Napoleon Bonaparte

 

Great men are meteors that burn so that the earth may be lighted.

Napoleon Bonaparte

 

Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone.

Longfellow

 

Every great action is extreme.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld

 

However brilliant an action may be, it should not be accounted great when it is not the result of great purpose.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld

 

There are two kinds of geniuses. The characteristic of the one is roaring, but the lightning is meagre and rarely strikes; the other kind is characterized by reflection by which it constrains itself or restrains the roaring. But the lightning is all the more intense; with the speed and sureness of lightning it hits the selected particular points - and is fatal.

Kierkegaard

 

The case with most men is that they go out into life with one or another accidental characteristic of personality of which they say: Well, this is the way I am. I cannot do otherwise. Then the world gets to work on them and thus the majority of men are ground into conformity. In each generation a small part cling to their "I cannot do otherwise" and lose their minds. Finally there are a very few in each generation who in spite of all life's terrors cling with more and more inwardness to this "I cannot do otherwise". They are the geniuses. Their "I cannot do otherwise" is an infinite thought, for if one were to cling firmly to a finite thought, he would lose his mind.

Kierkegaard

 

Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the madness with which you should be cleansed? Behold, I show you the Superman. He is this lightning, he is this madness.

Nietzsche (in Zarathustra)

 

Geniuses are like thunderstorms. They go against the wind, terrify people, cleanse the air.

Kierkegaard

 

A genius is one who can do anything except make a living.

Joey Adams

 

Genius is born, not paid.

Oscar Wilde

 

I swear to you, sirs, that excessive consciousness is a disease — a genuine, absolute disease. For everyday human existence it would more than suffice to have the ordinary share of human consciousness; that is to say, one half, one quarter that that which falls to the lot of a cultivated man in our wretched nineteenth century [...] It would, for instance, be quite enough to have the amount of consciousness by which all the so-called simple, direct people and men of action live.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

 

Genius borrows nobly.

R.W Emerson

 

Great geniuses have the shortest biographies. Their cousins can tell you nothing about them.

R.W Emerson

 

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.

Samuel T. Coleridge

 

Genius is not so much about new ideas as it is about clarity of ideas. Two people can have the same idea yet it will be genius in the one and mediocrity in the other.

Kevin Solway

 

It has been seen that the object of a sane upbringing is increasingly to direct all emotion towards objects which involve other people. Now basically the situation of being finite is an infinitely frustrating one, which would be expected to arouse sensations of desperation and aggression - as indeed it may sometimes be seen to do in very young children. I am aware that I must be careful, in using the word aggression, to state that I do not mean aggression directed towards people. What I mean is an impersonal drive directed against reality - it is difficult to give examples but it may be presumed that geniuses who are at all worthy of the name preserve a small degree of this. However, since all emotion must be directed towards people, it is obvious that the only form of aggression which a sane person can understand is aggression against people, which is probably better described as sadism or cruelty.

Celia Green

 

I was a man who stood in symbolic relations to the art and culture of my age...The gods had given me almost everything. I had genius, a distinguished name, high social position, brilliancy, intellectual daring; I made art a philosophy, and philosophy an art: I altered the minds of men and the colour of things: there was nothing I said or did that did not make people wonder...I treated Art as the supreme reality, and life as a mere mode of fiction: I awoke the imagination of my century so that it created myth and legend around me: I summed up all systems in a phrase, and all existence in an epigram.

Oscar Wilde, in De Profundis

 

Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent - the power to do the right thing the first time.

Elbert Hubbard

 

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.

Albert Einstein

 

To see things in the seed, that is genius.

Lao-tzu

 

The ability of someone to choose and arrange the details of their creative field guided by a vision is a major hallmark of a genius.

John Briggs

 

Philosophy becomes poetry and science imagination, in the enthusiasm of genius.

Disraeli

 

Both wit and understanding are trifles without integrity. The ignorant peasant without fault is greater than the philosopher with many. What is genius or courage without a heart?

Oliver Goldsmith

 

A man of genius is unbearable, unless he possesses at least two things besides: gratitude and purity.

Nietzsche

 

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.

Wolfgang A. Mozart

 

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

 

The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 

The poets' scrolls will outlive the monuments of stone. Genius survives; all else is claimed by death.

Edmund Spenser

 

Next to possessing genius one's self is the power of appreciating it in others.

Mark Twain

 

Two sorts of writers possess genius: those who think, and those who cause others to think.

R.W. Emerson

 

In every work of genius, we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.

R.W. Emerson

 

The reason we have so few geniuses is that people do not have faith in what they know to be true.

Kevin Solway

 

Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can.

Owen Meredith Earl of Lytton

 

Andy Warhol is the only genius with an IQ of 60.

Gore Vidal

 

I have nothing to declare except my genius.

Oscar Wilde's response to an American customs official

 

Genius is an infinite capacity for giving pains.

Oscar Wilde

 

Genius learns from nature, its own nature. Talent learns from art.

Oscar Wilde

 

Genius:

1. to believe your own thought. To believe that what is true for you is ultimately true.

2. a sledgehammer.

3. the fruit of labour and thought.

4. the ability to see the obvious.

5. soul.

6. the ability to put into effect what is in your mind.

7. something one can become.

 

Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by friction.

Heinrich Heine

 

At the bidding of a Peter the Hermit millions of men hurled themselves against the East; the words of an hallucinated enthusiast such as Mahomet created a force capable of triumphing over the Graeco-Roman world; an obscure monk like Luther bathed Europe in blood. The voice of a Galileo or a Newton will never have the least echo among the masses. The inventors of genius hasten the march of civilization. The fanatics and the hallucinated create history.

Gustave Le Bon

 

Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them.

Arthur Schopenhauer

 

A man of genius makes no mistakes . His Errors are the portals of discovery.

James Joyce

 

There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him.

Antonin Artaud, of Van Gogh

 

Oh! how near are genius and madness! Men imprison them and chain them, or raise statues to them.

Denis Diderot

 

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.

Aristotle

 

It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist, as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man. If he is more than a popular story-teller it may take humanity a generation to absorb and grow accustomed to the new geography with which the scientist or artist presents us. Even then, perhaps only the more imaginative and literate may accept him. Subconsciously the genius is feared as an image breaker; frequently he does not accept the opinions of the mass, or man's opinion of himself.

Loren Eiseley, in "The Mind as Nature"

 

Genius . . . is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.

Ezra Pound

 

Genius not only diagnoses the situation but supplies the answers.

Robert Graves

 

It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.

Gertrude Stein

 

The true genius is a mind of large general powers, accidentally determined to some particular direction.

Samuel Johnson

 

Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

The man of genius does not steal, he conquers.

Dumas

 

The principal mark of a genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers

Arthur Koestler

 

Talent warms-up the given (as they say in cookery) and makes it apparent; genius brings something new. But our time lets talent pass for genius. They want to abolish the genius, deify the genius, and let talent forge ahead.

Kierkegaard

 

It is through woman that ideality is born into the world and - what were man without her! There is many a man who has become a genius through a woman, many a one a hero, many a one a poet, many a one even a saint; but he did not become a genius through the woman he married, for through her he only became a privy councillor; he did not become a hero through the woman he married, for through her he only became a general; he did not become a poet through the woman he married, for through her he only became a father; he did not become a saint through the woman he married, for he did not marry, and would have married but one - the one whom he did not marry; just as the others became a genius, became a hero, became a poet through the help of the woman they did not marry.

Kierkegaard

 

Women, in general, are not attracted to art at all, nor knowledge, and not at all to genius.

Rousseau

 

Male conspiracy cannot explain all female failures. I am convinced that, even without restrictions, there still would have been no female Pascal, Milton, or Kant. Genius is not checked by social obstacles: it will overcome.

Camille Paglia, in Sexual Personae

 

There are no female geniuses because there are no female Jack-the-Rippers.

Camille Paglia

 

Women of genius commonly have masculine faces, figures and manners. In transplanting brains to an alien soil God leaves a little of the original earth clinging to the roots.

Ambrose Bierce

 

Sporadic great men come everywhere. But for a community to get vibrating through and through with intensely active life, many geniuses coming together and in rapid succession are required. This is why great epochs are so rare, - why the sudden bloom of a Greece, an early Rome, a Renaissance, is such a mystery. Blow must follow blow so fast that no cooling can occur in the intervals. Then the mass of the nation glows incandescent, and may continue to glow by pure inertia long after the originators of its internal movement have passed away. We often hear surprise expressed that in these high tides of human affairs not only the people should be filled with stronger life, but that individual geniuses should seem so exceptionally abundant. This mystery is just about as deep as the time-honored conundrum as to why great rivers flow by great t owns. It is true that great public fermentations awaken and adopt many geniuses who in more torpid times would have had no chance to work. But over and above this there must be an exceptional concourse of genius about a time, to make the fermentation begin at all. The unlikeliness of the concourse is far greater than the unlikeliness of any particular genius; hence the rarity of these periods and the exceptional aspect which they always wear.

William James

 

A genius is the man in whom you are least likely to find the power of attending to anything insipid or distasteful in itself. He breaks his engagements, leaves his letters unanswered, neglects his family duties incorrigibly, because he is powerless to turn his attention down and back from those more interesting trains of imagery with which his genius constantly occupies his mind.

William James

 

Genius always gives its best at first, prudence at last.

Lavater, J.C.

 

Persons of genius, and those who are most capable of art, are always most fond of nature: as such are chiefly sensible, that all art consists in the imitation and study of nature.

Pope

 

It is not the strengths, but the durations of great sentiments that make great men.

Nietzsche

 

Genius is nothing but continued attention.

Claude Adrien Helvetius

 

It is easy to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who, in the midst of the crowd, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

Emerson

 

I call that mind free which protects itself against the usurpations of society, which does not cower to human opinion, which feels itself accountable to a higher tribunal than man's, which respects itself too much to be the slave of the many or the few.

Channing

 

The genius differs from us men in being able to endure isolation, his rank as a genius is proportionate to his strength for enduring isolation, whereas we men are constantly in need of "the others," the herd; we die, or despair, if we are not reassured by being in the herd, of the same opinion as the herd.,

Kierkegaard

 

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.

Gibbon

 

Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the Headless Monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.

Charles Chaplin

 

Genius is the ability to escape the human condition; Humanity is the need to escape.

Q. Uim


Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through that tyranny, that people should be eccentric. Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.

John Stuart Mill

 

The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred million to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive ... We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.

Thoreau

 

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth - more than ruin - more even than death... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.

Bertrand Russell

 

He is a man of capacity who possesses considerable intellectual riches: while he is a man of genius who finds out a vein of new ore. Originality is the seeing nature differently from others, and yet as it is in itself. It is not singularity or affectation, but the discovery of new and valuable truth. All the world do not see the whole meaning of any object they have been looking at. Habit blinds them to some things: shortsightedness to others. Every mind is not a gauge and measure of truth. Nature has her surface and her dark recesses. She is deep, obscure, and infinite. It is only minds on whom she makes her fullest impressions that can penetrate her shrine or unveil her Holy of Holies. It is only those whom she has filled with her spirit that have the boldness or the power to reveal her mysteries to others.

William Hazlitt

 

The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decisions, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.

Goethe

 

Action, so to speak, is the genius of nature.

Blair

 

When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.

Jonathan Swift

 

Society is a republic. When an individual endeavors to lift himself above his fellows, he is dragged down by the mass, either by means of ridicule or of calumny. No one shall be more virtuous or more intellectually gifted than others. Whoever, by the irresistable force of genius, rises above the common herd is certain to be ostracized by society, which will pursue him with such merciless derision and detraction that at last he will be compelled to retreat into the solitude of his thoughts.

Heinrich Heine

 

Genius is its own reward; for the best that one is, one must necessarily be for oneself... Further, genius consists in the working of the free intellect., and as a consequence the productions of genius serve no useful purpose. The work of genius may be music, philosophy, painting, or poetry; it is nothing for use or profit. To be useless and unprofitable is one of the characteristics of genius; it is their patent of nobility.

Schopenhauer

 

Genius does not herd with genius.

OW Holmes

 

This is the test and triumph of originality, not to show us what has never been, and what we may therefore very easily never have dreamt of, but to point out to us what is before our eyes and under our feet, though we have had no suspicion of its existence, for want of sufficient strength of intuition, of determined grasp of mind to seize and retain it.

William Hazlitt

 

The only difference between a genius and one of common capacity is that the former anticipates and explores what the latter accidentally hits upon; but even the man of genius himself more frequently employs the advantages that chance presents him; it is the lapidary who gives value to the diamond which the peasant has dug up without knowing its value.

Abbe Guillaume Raynal

 

What makes men of genius, or rather, what they make, is not new ideas, it is that idea - possessing them - that what has been said has still not been said enough.

Eugene Delacroix

 

Genius might well be defined as the ability to make a platitude sound as though it were an original remark.

L. B. Walton

 

Genius never desires what does not exist.

Kierkegaard

 

The great things in life are what they seem to be. And for that reason, strange as it may sound to you, often are very difficult to interpret (understand). Great passions are for the great of souls. Great events can only be seen by people who are on a level with them. We think we can have our visions for nothing. We cannot. Even the finest and most self-sacrificing visions have to paid for. Strangely enough, that is what makes them fine.

Oscar Wilde

 

Fortunately for us, there have been traitors and there have been heretics, blasphemers, thinkers, investigators, lovers of liberty, men of genius who have given their lives to better the condition of their fellow-men. It may be well enough here to ask the question: What is greatness? A great man adds to the sum of knowledge, extends the horizon of thought, releases souls from the Bastille of fear, crosses unknown and mysterious seas, gives new islands and new continents to the domain of thought, new constellations to the firmament of mind. A great man does not seek applause or place; he seeks for truth; he seeks the road to happiness, and what he ascertains he gives to others. A great man throws pearls before swine, and the swine are sometimes changed to men. If the great had always kept their pearls, vast multitudes would be barbarians now. A great man is a torch in the darkness, a beacon: in superstition's night, an inspiration and a prophecy. Greatness is not the gift of majorities; it cannot be thrust upon any man; men cannot give it to another; they can give place and power, but not greatness. The place does not make the man, nor the scepter the king. Greatness is from within.

Robert Ingersoll

 

Some superior minds are unrecognized because there is no standard by which to weigh them.

Joseph Joubert

 

It is impossible that a genius - at least a literary genius - can ever be discovered by his intimates; they are so close to him that he is out of focus to them and they can't get at his proportions; they can't perceive that there is any considerable difference between his bulk and their own.

Mark Twain

 

Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered - either by themselves or by others.

Mark Twain

 

The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

Society expresses its sympathy for the geniuses of the past to distract attention from the fact that it has no intention of being sympathetic to the geniuses of the present.

Celia Green

 

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.

Oscar Wilde

 

Every person of genius is considerably helped by being dead.

Robert S. Lund

 

Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length.

Christian Nevell Bovee

 

Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.

C. W. Ceran

 

It takes immense genius to represent, simply and sincerely, what we see in front of us.

Edmond Duranty

 

Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

Benjamin Franklin

 

The genius of any single man can no more equal learning, than a private purse hold way with the exchequer.

Francis Bacon

 

Talent without genius isn't much, but genius without talent is nothing whatsoever.

Paul Valery

 

Men of genius are the worst possible role models for men of talent.

Murray D. Edwards

 

Genius, as an explosive power, beats gunpowder hollow.

Thomas Huxley

 

A genius is one who shoots at something no one else can see, and hits it.

Author unknown

 

Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.

Simone Weil

 

Genius is the capacity for productive reaction against one's training.

Bernard Berenson

 

Genius is a promontory jutting out of the infinite.

Victor Hugo

 

The lamp of genius burns quicker than the lamp of life.

Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

 

Genius is, to be sure, not a matter of arbitrariness, but rather of freedom, just as wit, love, and faith, which once shall become arts and disciplines. We should demand genius from everybody, without, however, expecting it.

Friedrich Schlegel

 

Could we teach taste or genius by rules, they would be no longer taste and genius.

Joshua Reynolds

 

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.

Horace

 

In following the strong bent of his genius, he was self assured that he should 'create the taste by which he is to be enjoyed.

Emerson

 

Mediocrity is self-inflicted. Genius is self-bestowed.

Walter Russell

 

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

G. C. Lichtenberg

 

Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.

George Bernard Shaw

 

Sometimes men come by the name of genius in the same way that certain insects come by the name of centipede - not because they have a hundred feet, but because most people can't count above fourteen.

G. C. Lichtenberg

 

Genius is personality with a penny's worth of talent. Error which chances to rise above the commonplace.

Pablo Picasso

 

Once you had to be a genius to make works of art. Now you have to be a genius to understand them.

Roy Emmins

 

When human power becomes so great and original that we can account for it only as a kind of divine imagination, we call it genius.

William Crashaw

 

So few people think. When we find one who really does, we call him a genius.

Author Unknown

 

The ordinary man casts a shadow in a way we do not quite understand. The man of genius casts light.

George Steiner

 

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

Winston Churchill

 

Genius is an infinite capacity for taking life by the scruff of the neck.

Christopher Quill

 

Genius is that energy which collects, combines, amplifies, and animates.

Samuel Johnson

 

Improvement makes straight roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.

William Blake

 

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

Abraham Lincoln

 

Art is a jealous mistress, and, if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture, or philosophy, he makes a bad husband, and an ill provider, and should be wise in season, and not fetter himself with duties which will imbitter his days and spoil him for his proper work.

R.W. Emerson

 

Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes.

Edgard Varese (1883 - 1965)

 

Every man is a potential genius until he does something.

Sir Herbert Beerbohm

 

Geniuses experience a second adolescence, whereas other people are only young once.

Goethe

 

If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.

Goethe

 

True genius sees with the eyes of a child and thinks with the brain of a genii.

Puzant Thomajan

 

Genius has somewhat of the infantine; But of the childish not a touch or taint.

Robert Browning

 

Otto Weininger on Genius

 

The man of genius is he who understands incomparably more other beings than the average man. Goethe is said to have said of himself that there was no vice or crime of which he could not trace the tendency in himself, and that at some period of his life he could not have understood fully. The genius, therefore, is a more complicated, more richly endowed, more varied man; and a man is the closer to being a genius the more men he has in his personality, and the more really and strongly he has these others within him. If comprehension of those about him only flickers in him like a poor candle, then he is unable, like the great poet, to kindle a mighty flame in his heroes, to give distinction and character to his creations. The ideal of an artistic genius is to live in all men, to lose himself in all men, to reveal himself in multitudes; and so also the aim of the philosopher is to discover all others in himself, to fuse them into a unit which is his own unit.

Otto Weininger

 

The ideal genius, who has all men within him, has also all their preferences and all their dislikes. There is in him not only the universality of men, but of all nature. He is the man to whom all things tell their secrets, to whom most happens, and whom least escapes. He understands most things, and those most deeply, because he has the greatest number of things to contrast and compare them with. The genius is he who is conscious of most, and of that most acutely. And so without doubt his sensations must be most acute; but this must not be understood as implying, say, in the artist the keenest power of vision, in the composer the most acute hearing; the measure of genius is not to be taken from the acuteness of the sense organ but from that of the perceiving brain.

Otto Weininger

 

Universality is the distinguishing mark of genius. There is no such thing as a special genius, a genius for mathematics, or for music, or even for chess, but only a universal genius. The genius is a man who knows everything without having learned it.

Otto Weininger

 

I regret that I must so continually use the word genius, as if that should apply only to a caste as well defined from those below as income-tax payers are from the untaxed. The word genius was very probably invented by a man who had small claims on it himself; greater men would have understood better what to be a genius really was, and probably they would have come to see that the word could be applied to most people. Goethe said that perhaps only a genius is able to understand a genius. -

Otto Weininger

 

The reason why madness overtakes so many men of genius - fools believe it comes from the influence of Venus, or the spinal degeneration of neurasthenics - is that for many the burden becomes too heavy, the task of bearing the whole world on the shoulders, like Atlas, intolerable for the smaller, but never for the really mighty minds. But the higher a man mounts, the greater may be his fall; all genius is a conquering of chaos, mystery, and darkness, and if it degenerates and goes to pieces, the ruin is greater in proportion to the success. The genius which runs to madness is no longer genius; it has chosen happiness instead of morality. All madness is the outcome of the insupportability of suffering attached to all consciousness.

Otto Weininger

 

No one suffers so much as he [the genius] with the people, and, therefore, for the people, with whom he lives. For, in a certain sense, it is certainly only "by suffering" that a man knows. If compassion is not itself clear, abstractly conceivable or visibly symbolic knowledge, it is, at any rate, the strongest impulse for the acquisition of knowledge. It is only by suffering that the genius understands men. And the genius suffers most because he suffers with and in each and all; but he suffers most through his understanding. . . .

Otto Weininger

 

It results from their periodicity that, in men of genius, sterile years precede productive years, these again to be followed by sterility, the barren periods being marked by psychological self-depreciation, by the feeling that they are less than other men; times in which the remembrance of the creative periods is a torment, and when they envy those who go about undisturbed by such penalties. Just as his moments of ecstasy are more poignant, so are the periods of depression of a man of genius more intense than those of other men. Every great man has such periods, of longer or shorter duration, times in which he loses self-confidence, in which he thinks of suicide; times in which, indeed, he may be sowing the seeds of a future harvest, but which are devoid of the stimulus to production; times which call forth the blind criticisms 'How such a genius is degenerating!' 'How he has played himself out!' 'How he repeates himself!' and so forth.

Otto Weininger

 

Talent is hereditary; it may be the common possession of a whole family (eg, the Bach family); genius is not transmitted; it is never diffused, but is strictly individual.

Otto Weininger

 

The age does not create the genius it requires. The genius is not the product of his age, is not to be explained by it, and we do him no honour if we attempt to account for him by it . . . And as the causes of its appearance do not lie in any one age, so also the consequences are not limited by time. The achievements of genius live for ever, and time cannot change them. By his works a man of genius is granted immortality on the earth, and thus in a threefold manner he has transcended time. His universal comprehension and memory forbid the annihilation of his experiences with the passing of the moment in which each occurred; his birth is independent of his age, and his work never dies.

Otto Weininger

 

Genius is, in its essence, nothing but the full completion of the idea of a man, and, therefore, every man ought to have some quality of it, and it should be regarded as a possible principle for every one. Genius is the highest morality, and, therefore, it is every one's duty. Genius is to be attained by a supreme act of the will, in which the whole universe is affirmed in the individual. Genius is something which 'men of genius' take upon themselves; it is the greatest exertion and the greatest pride, the greatest misery and the greatest ecstasy to a man. A man may become a genius if he wishes to. But at once it will certainly be said: "Very many men would like very much to be 'original geniuses,'" and their wish has no effect. But if these men who "would like very much" had a livelier sense of what is signified by their wish, if they were aware that genius is identical with universal responsibility - and until that is grasped it will only be a wish and not a determination - it is highly probable that a very large number of these men would cease to wish to become geniuses.

Otto Weininger

 

The most powerful musical motifs of world-music are those in which the representation of the breaking-through of time within time, the breaking out of time, is attempted, in which an ictus falls upon the tonic such that it reabsorbs the other parts of the melody (which as a whole represents time; separate points unified by the I) and in this manner sublimates the melody. The end of the Grail-motif in 'Parsifal,' the Siegfried-motif, are such melodies. There is, however, an act that, so to speak, reabsorbs the future in itself, experiences in advance all future falling back into immorality already as guilt, no less than all the immoral past, and by this means grows out over and beyond both: A timeless setting of the character, rebirth. It is the act by which genius comes to be.

Otto Weininger

 

Since the soul of man is the microcosm, and great men are those who live entirely in and through their souls, the whole universe thus having its being in them, the female must be described as absolutely without the quality of genius. . . . There is no female genius, and there never has been one . . . and there never can be one. Those who are in favour of laxity in these matters, and are anxious to extend and enlarge the idea of genius in order to make it possible to include women, would simply by such action destroy the concept of genius. . . . How could a soulless being possess genius? The possession of genius is identical with profundity; and if any one were to try to combine woman and profundity as subject and predicate, he would be contradicted on all sides. A female genius is a contradiction in terms, for genius is simply intensified, perfectly developed, universally conscious maleness.

Otto Weininger

 

Mankind occurs as male or female, as something or nothing. Woman has no share in ontological reality, no relation to the thing-in-itself, which, in the deepest interpretation, is the absolute, is God. Man in his highest form, the genius, has such a relation, and for him the absolute is either the conception of the highest worth of existence, in which case he is a philosopher; or it is the wonderful fairyland of dreams, the kingdom of absolute beauty, and then he is an artist.

Otto Weininger

 

In those rare individual cases where women approach genius they also approach masculinity.

Otto Weininger

 

The man of genius possesses, like everything else, the complete female in himself; but woman herself is only a part of the Universe, and the part can never be the whole; femaleness can never include genius. This lack of genius on the part of woman is inevitable because woman is not a monad, and cannot reflect the Universe.

Otto Weininger

 

There are probably very few people who have not at some time of their lives had some quality of genius. If they have not had such, it is probable that they have also been without great sorrow or great pain. They would have needed only to live sufficiently intently for a time for some quality to reveal itself. The poems of first love are a case in point, and certainly such love is a sufficient stimulus.

Otto Weininger

 

A nation orients itself by its own geniuses, and derives from them its ideas of its own ideals, but the guiding star serves also as a light to other nations. As speech has been created by a few great men, the most extraordinary wisdom lies concealed in it, a wisdom which reveals itself to a few ardent explorers but which is usually overlooked by the stupid professional philologists.

Otto Weininger

 

The genius is not a critic of language, but its creator, as he is the creator of all the mental achievements which are the material of culture and which make up the objective mind, the spirit of the peoples. The "timeless" men are those who make history, for history can be made only by those who are not floating with the stream. It is only those who are unconditioned by time who have real value, and whose productions have an enduring force. And the events that become forces of culture become so only because they have an enduring value. -Otto Weininger

 

It is the genius in reality and not the other who is the creator of history, for it is only the genius who is outside and unconditioned by history. The great man has a history, the emperor is only a part of history. The great man transcends time; time creates and time destroys the emperor. -Otto Weininger

 

It is certainly true that most men need some kind of a God. A few, and they are the men of genius, do not bow to an alien law. The rest try to justify their doings and misdoings, their thinking and existence (at least the menial side of it), to some one else, whether it be the personal God of the Jews, or a beloved, respected, and revered human being. It is only in this way that they can bring their lives under the social law. . . .

Otto Weininger

 

The ego of the genius accordingly is simply itself universal comprehension, the centre of infinite space; the great man contains the whole universe within himself; genius is the living microcosm. He is not an intricate mosaic, a chemical combination of an infinite number of elements; the argument in chap. iv. as to his relation to other men and things must not be taken in that sense; he is everything. In him and through him all psychical manifestations cohere and are real experiences, not an elaborate piece-work, a whole put together from parts in the fashion of science. For the genius the ego is the all, lives as the all; the genius sees nature and all existences as whole; the relations of things flash on him intuitively; he has not to build bridges of stones between them.

Otto Weininger

 

The man of genius is he whose ego has acquired consciousness. He is enabled by it to distinguish the fact that others are different, to perceive the "ego" of other men, even when it is not pronounced enough for them to be conscious of it themselves. But it is only he who feels that every other man is also an ego, a monad, an individual centre of the universe, with specific manner of feeling and thinking and a distinct past, he alone is in a position to avoid making use of his neighbours as means to an end.

Otto Weininger

 

The history of the human race (naturally I mean the history of its mind and not merely its wars) is readily intelligible on the theory of the appearance of genius, and of the imitation by the more monkey-like individuals of the conduct of those with genius. The chief stages, no doubt, were house- building, agriculture, and above all, speech. Every single word has been the invention of a single man, as, indeed, we still see, if we leave out of consideration the merely technical terms. How else could language have arisen? The earliest words were "onomatopoetic"; a sound similar to the exciting cause was evolved almost without the will of the speaker, in direct response to the sensuous stimulation. All the other words were originally metaphors, or comparisons, a kind of primitive poetry, for all prose has come from poetry. Many, perhaps the majority of the greatest geniuses, have remained unknown. Think of the proverbs, now almost commonplaces, such as "one good turn deserves another." These were said for the first time by some great man. How many quotations from the classics, or sayings of Christ, have passed into the common language, so that we have to think twice before we can remember who were the authors of them. Language is as little the work of the multitude as our ballads. Every form of speech owes much that is not acknowledged to individuals of another language. Because of the universality of genius, the words and phrases that he invents are useful not only to those who use the language in which he wrote them. A nation orients itself by its own geniuses, and derives from them its ideas of its own ideals, but the guiding star serves also as a light to other nations. As speech has been created by a few great men, the most extraordinary wisdom lies concealed in it, a wisdom which reveals itself to a few ardent explorers but which is usually overlooked by the stupid professional philologists.

Otto Weininger


Rising in awareness, growing in knowledge and raising consciousness is for the purpose of knowing reality through being better at describing it and hence being better at creating and controlling it. Science is about describing reality precisely. You gain knowledge for the purpose of gaining the power to get what you want. It is about control. Until you are able to control something, you do not know it fully. The reason why we all want to learn anything is so that we can get what we want. Knowledge is the power to get what we want. Science deals with the study and experiment of natural forces so that we can understand them and then control them and use them. Science reaches its master level when it can control a force. To control is to know.

Do not talk about giftedness, inborn talents! One can name great men of all kinds who were very little gifted. They acquired greatness, became “geniuses” (as we put it), through qualities the lack of which no one who knew what they were would boast of: they all possessed that seriousness of the efficient workman which first learns to construct the parts properly before it ventures to fashion a great whole; they allowed themselves time for it, because they took more pleasure in making the little, secondary things well than in the effect of a dazzling whole. —FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

Real pleasure comes from overcoming challenges, feeling confidence in your abilities, gaining fluency in skills, and experiencing the power this brings. -Robert Greene

The voice in this case that is calling you is not necessarily coming from God, but from deep within. It emanates from your individuality. It tells you which activities suit your character. And at a certain point, it calls you to a particular form of work or career. Your work then is something connected deeply to who you are, not a separate compartment in your life. You develop then a sense of your vocation. -Robert Greene

Mentors have their own strengths and weaknesses. The good ones allow you to develop your own style and then to leave them when the time is right. Such types can remain lifelong friends and allies. But often the opposite will occur. They grow dependent on your services and want to keep you indentured. They envy your youth and unconsciously hinder you, or become overcritical. You must be aware of this as it develops. Your goal is to get as much out of them as possible, but at a certain point you may pay a price if you stay too long and let them subvert your confidence. Your submitting to their authority is by no means unconditional, and in fact your goal all along is eventually to find your way to independence, having internalized and adapted their wisdom. -Robert Greene

The ultimate distinction you make is between yourself and the world. There is the inside (your subjective experience) and there is the outside. But every time you learn something, your brain is altered as new connections are formed. Your experience of something that occurs in the world physically alters your brain. The boundaries between you and the world are much more fluid than you might imagine. -Robert Greene

This inclination is a reflection of a person’s uniqueness. This uniqueness is not something merely poetic or philosophical—it is a scientific fact that genetically, every one of us is unique; our exact genetic makeup has never happened before and will never be repeated. This uniqueness is revealed to us through the preferences we innately feel for particular activities or subjects of study. Such inclinations can be toward music or mathematics, certain sports or games, solving puzzle-like problems, tinkering and building, or playing with words. With those who stand out by their later mastery, they experience this inclination more deeply and clearly than others. They experience it as an inner calling. It tends to dominate their thoughts and dreams. They find their way, by accident or sheer effort, to a career path in which this inclination can flourish. This intense connection and desire allows them to withstand the pain of the process—the self-doubts, the tedious hours of practice and study, the inevitable setbacks, the endless barbs from the envious. They develop a resiliency and confidence that others lack. -Robert Greene

Some 2,600 years ago the ancient Greek poet Pindar wrote, “Become who you are by learning who you are.” What he meant is the following: You are born with a particular makeup and tendencies that mark you as a piece of fate. It is who you are to the core. Some people never become who they are; they stop trusting in themselves; they conform to the tastes of others, and they end up wearing a mask that hides their true nature. If you allow yourself to learn who you really are by paying attention to that voice and force within you, then you can become what you were fated to become—an individual, a Master. -Robert Greene 


“I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you'd get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.” Nikki Giovanni

"The ability to imagine oneself in another's place and understand the other's feelings, desires, ideas, and actions. The most obvious example, perhaps, is that of the actor or singer who genuinely feels the part he is performing." Sam Vaknin

Discipline is the key to greatness. And consistency. 

You've got to go where you're appreciated. Your music should be valued. You can't dwell in areas that have no favor. Soon as you figure this out, you will be bombarded with opportunity that focuses your life purpose. Stop knocking on doors that will never open, when there's HUGE open windows with YOUR name written all over them, saying "WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU! COME ON IN!!"

One god, One law, One element and one far off divine element to which the creation moves.

When you live in a poor neighborhood, you are living in an area where you have poor schools. When you have poor schools, you have poor teachers. When you have poor teachers, you get a poor education. When you get a poor education, you can only work in a poor-paying job. And that poor-paying job enables you to live again in a poor neighborhood. So, it’s a very vicious cycle.” -----unless a kid uses the internet to conquer knowledge and his dreams.

Weird: generally used to refer to the avant-garde sort, they who prefer customs or practices which are not too common in the general or normal population. Has often been misused to denote free thinkers and philosophers, who are in fact superior to the normal people.

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. - Arthur Schopenhauer

Thomas Jefferson — 'There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.'

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