Genius recognizes genius

In genius studies, genius recognizes genius refers to []

The most-famous example of genius recognizing genius is that of Albert Einstein (IQ:215|#3) recognizing the singular genius of Willard Gibbs (IQ:210|#5); evidenced as follows:

Gibbs is the greatest mind in American history.”
Albert Einstein (c.1925), cited by William Phelps (1939) in Autobiography (pg. 425)

This Einsteinian discernment smacks in the face of the fact that Gibbs, nearly a hundred years passing, as of Mar 2017, is NOT found the public made and vote-ranked Ranker greatest mind listing of the 1,260+ “greatest minds of all time”, a factoid indicative of the general intellectual mundaneness of the population at large.

Other historical examples of genius recognizing genius is that of Maxwell being the only one to recognize the genius of Gibbs, after Gibbs had sent his work to the top 300 scientists of his day; Gibbs recognizing Maxwell; William Thomson recognizing Sadi Carnot, George Green, and Maxwell; a recent examples include Enrico Fermi recognizing the genius of Ettore Majorana; lastly Thims recognizing Goethe.

The following are related quotes:

“It takes a wise man to recognize a wise man.”
Xenophanes (c.490BC) (Ѻ)

“Only a genius is able to understand a genius.”
Johann Goethe (c.1800) Publication; cited by Otto Weininger (1903) in Sex and Character [1]

Genius recognizes genius; it is only mediocrity which is jealous. Genius is too full of richness to want others’ laurels.”
— George Bentley (1889), “Letter” (Ѻ), Jun 11

“Real genius recognizes genius wherever it is.”
— American Anon (1896), book review (Ѻ) of Thomas Allies’ The Monastic Life (1895)

“By profound intuition [does] genius recognizes genius.”
— Walter Turner (1974), on (Ѻ) Berlioz recognizing Shakespeare

See also
● Genius on genius

1. Weininger, Otto. (1903). Eros and Psyche or Sex and Character: A Fundamental Investigation (pg. 120). Vienna: Braumüller & Co, 1906.

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