"Genius: difficult / profound things ... simple way" - variations

Discussion in 'Name that poem' started by roni, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. Just stepped over 2 variations in David's book 'Sunlight'. Then looked up the others. Any more?

    "I think genius is the ability to say difficult things in a simple way."
    (Interview with Marc Chénetier (August 19, 1975) for 'Northwest Review', Vol XVI, No3 1977 in: 'Sunlight Here I Am', 134.)

    "Genius could be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way."
    (Interview in 'The New York Quarterly', No27, Summer 1985 in: 'Sunlight Here I Am', 199.)

    "Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way."
    ('How to get published' in: 'Hot Water Music', 151.)

    "An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way"
    ('Notes of a Dirty Old Man', 166)
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  2. Genius might be the ability to say the same thing in four slightly different ways. :rolleyes:
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  3. Interestingly, here's a quote from a contemporary of Buk, and a writer of sorts. Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.
    Charles Mingus 1922-1979
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  4. "Making the simple complicated" is what Schopenhauer accused Hegel of doing.
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  5. Here is a good one:

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  6. The fuck?

    I guess I can die now. I've seen it all.

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  7. It's only her way of deferentially noting that Al Gore invented the internet.
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