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Randy Newman (b. November 28): “I like the idea of taking a true classic and destroying it!”

28 Nov

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“I like the idea of taking a true classic written by a true genius and essentially destroying it!”

~ Randy Newman, b. 28 November 1943

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Buckminster Fuller (b. July 12): “Everyone is born a genius.”

12 Jul

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“Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.”

~ Buckminister Fuller, b. 12 July 1895

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Beck (b. July 8): “I don’t have enough hair to be a genius.”

8 Jul

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“I’m the artist formally known as Beck. I have a genius wig. When I put that wig on, then the true genius emerges. I don’t have enough hair to be a genius. I think you have to have hair going everywhere.”

~ Beck, b. 8 July 1970

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Vladimir Nabokov (b. April 22): “I think like a genius, speak like a child.”

22 Apr

Vladimir Nabokov, born 22 April 1899 and died 2 July 1977, was a Russian-American novelist who was praised for his use of complex and original plots, and clever alliteration and wordplay. Nabokov’s Lolita is his most famous novel. He was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction seven times, but never won it. He also made serious contributions as a lepidopterist and chess composer.

Quotes on writing:

  1. I don’t think in any language. I think in images.
  2. The more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.
  3. Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.
  4. Style and structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.
  5. I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, I speak like a child.
  6. A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.
  7. Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it.
  8. Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations.
  9. Lolita is famous, not me. I am an obscure, doubly obscure, novelist with an unpronounceable name.
  10. The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.
  11. Turning one’s novel into a movie script is rather like making a series of sketches for a painting that has long ago been finished and framed.
  12. The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.
  13. My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. My pleasures are the most intense known to man: writing and butterfly hunting.
  14. There is nothing in the world that I loathe more than group activity, that communal bath where the hairy and slippery mix in a multiplication of mediocrity.

 

Jerry Lewis (b. March 16): “People hate me because I’m a genius.”

16 Mar

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“People hate me because I’m a multifaceted, talented, wealthy, internationally famous genius.”

~ Jerry Lewis, b. 16 March 1926

 

Randy Newman (b. November 28): “I like the idea of taking a true classic and destroying it!”

28 Nov

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“I like the idea of taking a true classic written by a true genius and essentially destroying it!”

~ Randy Newman, b. 28 November 1943

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Arthur Rimbaud (b. October 20): “Life is the farce we’re all forced to endure.”

20 Oct
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Arthur Rimbaud (born 20 October 1854, died 10 November 1891) was a French poet who produced his works while still in his late teens. Victor Hugo described him as ‘an infant Shakespeare’. He gave up creative writing before the age of 20. He was a restless soul who travelled on three continents before his death from cancer just after his 37th birthday.

Four quotes:

  1. Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.
  2. Life is the farce we are all forced to endure.
  3. I believe that I am in hell, therefore I am there.
  4. A thousand Dreams within me softly burn.
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