Jul 272020

I would highly recommend watching the movie Genius by Michael Grandage. To me, it has a very touching story. Also, as a university professor, I believe Genius has a lot to offer to help and guide talented and creative people through the journey they have to take in their life.

In the following, I’ve brought some of the quotes I liked from the movie.

Thomas Wolfe: So I’ve disappointed you yet again.

Maxwell Evarts Perkins: Yes, very much.

Thomas Wolfe: Well, I’m sorry I’m not decent enough for your fine dinner parties and your fine friends. But before you drag me out to the woodshed, I think you ought to look at who’s giving the lesson. Am I supposed to grow up like you?

Maxwell Evarts Perkins: No, Tom, but you’re supposed to grow up.


Maxwell Evarts Perkins: God help anyone who loves you, Tom. Because for all your talk and all your millions of beautiful words, you haven’t the slightest idea of what it means to be alive. To look into another person’s eyes and ache for him. I hope someday you will. And then maybe all your words will be worth five of Scott’s.


Thomas Wolfe: [Max reading Tom’s deathbed letter] Dear Max, I’ve got a hunch, and I wanted to write these words to you. I’ve made a long voyage and been to a strange country, and I’ve seen the dark man very close. And I don’t think I was too much afraid of him. But I want most desperately to live. I want to see you again. For there is such an impossible anguish and regret for all I can never say to you, for all the work I have to do. I feel as if a great window has been opened on life. And if I come through this, I hope to God I am a better man and can live up to you. But most of all, I wanted to tell you, no matter what happens, I shall always feel about you the way I did that November day when you met me at the boat and we went on top of the building and all the strangeness and the glory and the power of life were below. Yours always, Tom.

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