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Antony Jay Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Antony Jay.

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

Related topics: Wisdom

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
- Calvin Coolidge

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unless you are a genius, it is best to aim at being intelligible.
- Anthony Hope

To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of
a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The essence of genius is to know what to overlook.
- William James

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself,
but talent instantly recognizes genius.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Genius, when young, is divine.
- Benjamin Disraeli

We hold that the most wonderful and splendid proof
of genius is a great poem produced in a civilized age.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author,
and I speak like a child.
- Vladimir Nabokov

A man possesses talent; genius possesses the man.
- Isaac Stern

The problem with Ireland is that it's a country full of genius,
but with absolutely no talent.
- Hugh Leonard

His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define;
Of inspiration one percent,
of perspiration, ninety nine.
- Thomas A. Edison

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

Many a genius has been slow of growth.
Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring
up into beauty like a reed.
- George Henry Lewes

The function of genius is to furnish cretins with ideas twenty years later.
- Louis Aragon

Man as an individual is a genius.
But men in the mass form the headless monster,
a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.
- Charlie Chaplin

Good sense travels on the well-worn paths;
genius,
never.
And that is why the crowd, not altogether without reason,
is so ready to treat great men as lunatics.
- Cesare Lombroso

Genius is always allowed some leeway,
once the hammer has been pried from its hands and the
blood has been cleaned up.
- Terry Pratchett

To understand Europe, you have to be a genius -
or French.
- Madeleine Albright

The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
- Francis Bacon

The truth is that our race survived ignorance;
it is our scientific genius that will do us in.
- Stephen Vizinczey

I've never met a genius.
A genius to me is someone who does well at something he hates.
Anybody can do well at something he loves -
it's just a question of finding the subject.
- Clint Eastwood

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

Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius,
but, less by assimilation than by fiction.
- Heinrich Heine

If we wish to know the force of human genius,
we should read Shakespeare.
If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning,
we may study his commentators.
- William Hazlitt

Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day.
- Samuel Goldwyn

The difference between being able to understand something
and inventing it in the first place...
is called genius.
- Craig Bruce

Mike Patton is a genius...
It is definitely the hardest music I've ever played.
- Dave Lombardo


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