quote by Antonin Artaud

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

Off-limits Misunderstood Genius quotations

Most of the things I do are misunderstood.

Hey, after all, being misunderstood is the fate of all true geniuses, is it not?


Misunderstood genius quote A genius always presents himself as a fool.
A genius always presents himself as a fool.

There's a fine line between genius and insanity, as we all know.

Misunderstood genius quote An idiot with a plan can beat a genius without a plan.
An idiot with a plan can beat a genius without a plan.

Calvin: I'm a genius, but I'm a misunderstood genius.

Hobbes: What's misunderstood about you? Calvin: Nobody thinks I'm a genius. Corfu? It's just a poor man's Pensacola.

Even if there are instances in which it can be mistook by onlookers, never fool yourself into using misunderstood genius as an excuse to be a fool.

So society has strangled in its asylums all those it wanted to get rid of or protect itself from, because they refused to become its accomplices in certain great nastinesses.


Misunderstood genius quote Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can s
Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.

[defines a madman as] a man who preferred to become mad,in the socially accepted sense of the word, rather than forfeit a certain superior idea of human honor.

I'm a misunderstood genius. What's misunderstood? Nobody thinks I'm a genius.

The popular mythology of creative genius depends on beloved stereotypes of the artist in youth and old age: the misunderstood upstart who forces us to see the world afresh; and the revered sage who shows us depths of insight attainable only through a lifetime of hard-won experience.

Misunderstood genius quote The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has it limits.
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has it limits.

I'm a misunderstood genius.

Michael Jackson? He was something more (than one of my favorite entertainers), a true friend. He wasn't just a genius. Above all, he was a good person, who gave so much. He gave people values, he encouraged them to better themselves all the time. He was far deeper and more authentic than people could see. He was misunderstood too many times


Many jazz musicians affect a misunderstood-genius air when they play, which alienates the audience and breaks down the communications of the music. A musician's responsibility is to get as much of his art across as possible. Musicians used to be kept when only the rich could afford art, but now practically everyone can afford radios, stereo equipment, concert tickets, etc. A musician must learn to communicate to survive.