Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
— Thomas Edison, US inventor of the motion-picture projector, phonograph, electric-light bulb and 1,090 other inventions.
No great genius is without a mixture of madness.
— Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher dubbed one of the greatest thinkers of all time. His work was the foundation for western science and philosophy for over 1,000 years.
You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.
— Robin Williams, US comedian and actor famous for his improvisation and roles like the genie in Disney’s Aladdin.
About half my designs are controlled fantasy, 15% are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs.
— Manolo Blahnik, Spanish fashion designer famous for creating high fashion and very expensive shoes.
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 Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer considered the greatest musical genius of all time.
Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome.
— Old Chinese proverb.
Madness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively.
— Voltaire, philosopher and playwright considered one of the greatest French artists.