„The most ordinary word, when put into place, suddenly acquires brilliance. That is the brilliance with which your images must shine.“

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French film director 1901 - 1999

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„Obviously it can be a mistake to assign brilliance in proportion to wealth.“

—  Leonard Mlodinow, book The Drunkard's Walk

Source: The Drunkard's Walk, Chapter 10, The Drunkard's Walk, p. 209
Context: Obviously it can be a mistake to assign brilliance in proportion to wealth. We cannot see a persons potential, only his or her results, so we often misjudge people by thinking that the results must reflect the person. The normal accident theory of life shows not that the connection between actions and rewards is random but that random influences are as important as our qualities and actions.

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„Intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong.“

—  David Fasold American sailor 1939 - 1998

Source: [Pickover, Clifford, The Mathematics of Oz, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 47, 2002, 0521016789] From [Fasold, David, The Ark of Noah, Wynwood, 1988, New York, 0922066108]

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„On observing his Mahālakṣmī, the beauty of whose face was like that of a spectacular lotus, the brilliance of brilliance, the Lakṣmī (prosperity) of Lakṣmī (prosperity), the brilliance of the knowledge of Brahman, the intellect of intellect, the modesty of modesty, the earth (bearer) of the earth, and the daughter of the earth, Rāma said to Lakṣmaṇa, characterized by good qualities. ॥ 16.84 ॥“

—  Rāmabhadrācārya Hindu religious leader 1950

vīkṣya tāṃ vīkṣaṇīyāmbujāsyaśriyaṃ
svaśriyaṃ śrīśriyaṃ brahmavidyāśriyam ।
dhīdhiyaṃ hrīhriyaṃ bhūbhuvaṃ bhūbhuvaṃ
rāghavaḥ prāha sallakṣaṇaṃ lakṣmaṇam ॥
Śrībhārgavarāghavīyam
Original: (sa) vīkṣya tāṃ vīkṣaṇīyāmbujāsyaśriyaṃ<br/>svaśriyaṃ śrīśriyaṃ brahmavidyāśriyam ।<br/>dhīdhiyaṃ hrīhriyaṃ bhūbhuvaṃ bhūbhuvaṃ<br/>rāghavaḥ prāha sallakṣaṇaṃ lakṣmaṇam ॥

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„If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.“

—  W.C. Fields actor 1880 - 1946

The earliest source found in Google Books dates from 1968 https://books.google.com/books?id=4uc0AQAAIAAJ&q=%22baffle+them%22+dazzle&dq=%22baffle+them%22+dazzle&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiKm4ad8rbLAhVM1GMKHa8WDQcQ6AEIJTAC, and does not attribute it to W. C. Fields but to a certain "Bill": I said, "What do you do, Bill?" He says "Well, if I can't dazzle them with my brilliance I baffle them with my bull," and doggone if he doesn't. Not found attributed to W. C. Fields until 2005 https://books.google.com/books?id=-7MizCVNXPEC&pg=PA44&dq=dazzle+%22with+brilliance%22+baffle+fields&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiW0Yzv9rbLAhUT2mMKHW1nAd0Q6AEIHTAA#v=onepage&q=dazzle%20%22with%20brilliance%22%20baffle%20fields&f=false.
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„Production that is essentially completed, which no longer requires strength, ability, inventiveness, entrepreneurship and brilliance (e.g., the transportation system, trusts, conglomerates) will be brought back to state ownership.“

—  Joseph Goebbels Nazi politician and Propaganda Minister 1897 - 1945

Der Nazi-Sozi https://research.calvin.edu/german-propaganda-archive/nazi-sozi.htm, Elberfeld: Verlag der Nationalsozialistischen Briefe (1927)
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„As stars in the night sky glittering
round the moon's brilliance blaze in all their glory
when the air falls to a sudden, windless calm…
all the lookout peaks stand out and the jutting cliffs
and the steep ravines and down from the high heavens bursts
the boundless, bright air and all the stars shine clear
and the shepherd's heart exults.“

—  Homér, Iliad

VIII. 551–555 (tr. Robert Fagles).
Alexander Pope's translation:
: As when the moon, refulgent lamp of night,
O'er heaven's clear azure spreads her sacred light,
When not a breath disturbs the deep serene,
And not a cloud o'ercasts the solemn scene;
Around her throne the vivid planets roll,
And stars unnumbered gild the glowing pole,
O'er the dark trees a yellower verdure shed,
And tip with silver every mountain's head;
Then shine the vales, the rocks in prospect rise,
A flood of glory bursts from all the skies.
Iliad (c. 750 BC)
Original: (el) Ὡς δ' ὅτ' ἐν οὐρανῷ ἄστρα φαεινὴν ἀμφὶ σελήνην
φαίνετ' ἀριπρεπέα, ὅτε τ' ἔπλετο νήνεμος αἰθήρ·
ἔκ τ' ἔφανεν πᾶσαι σκοπιαὶ καὶ πρώονες ἄκροι
καὶ νάπαι· οὐρανόθεν δ' ἄρ' ὑπεῤῥάγη ἄσπετος αἰθήρ,
πάντα δὲ εἴδεται ἄστρα, γέγηθε δέ τε φρένα ποιμήν.

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„Asanas bring perfection in body, beauty in form,grace, strength, compactness, and the harness and brilliance of a diamond.“

—  Patañjali ancient Indian scholar(s) of grammar and linguistics, of yoga, of medical treatises -200 - -150 BC

Patanjali, in “The Little Red Book of Yoga Wisdom”, p. 135.

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