There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line”. ~ Oscar Levant

Geniuses are not made or created, they are born. You must have come across this phrase sometime or other in your lifetime.

Famous geniuses are those who invent things and expand our understanding, knowledge and abundance, they really shape the world we live in. Geniuses plunge into their chosen work and leave an indelible mark on the world with their brilliance, creativity and innovation. Famous geniuses become like guiding stars in the firmament of your mind.

To serve students who must write the series of essays [Narrative, Example, Definition, Argumentative, Classification, Comparison/Contrast, Process, and Description] in high school and then again in college, I make suggestions in red on this Definition/Example Essay.   I didn’t correct everything!  But let this student’s paper help your writing.                                                                                                                                                                                              –Miss McCulla


Read about some of the most unique people that have ever lived, those we commonly call famous geniuses.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci, who was born in Vinci 1452, was possibly one of the greatest geniuses that ever lived. Da Vinci was a true “polymath” – one who mastered many different fields, not only art and sculpture but also anatomy, mathematics and science.  He is also considered to be one of the best painters of all times.

Let us now discuss about the works of this great Italian polymath.

Da Vinci showed his gift at a very young age. He is considered to be one of the best painters of all times. Two of his works, the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, are the most famous painting of all times (Really?  Students, do not make these wide opinionated generalizations.  Acknowledge it is your opinion.) Virgin of the Rocks was another masterpiece which was painted by Da Vinci. Among his drawings Vitruvian Man is regarded as the cultural icon. The Virgin and the Child with St. Anne is another example of his famous drawings.

As far as intelligence is concerned Da Vinci was the greatest genius of all times(Another sweepinging generalization. This is not a fact.)  His IQ was estimated to be around 220! (Where did you get this information?  How was it verified?)

Leonardo died on May 2, 1519 in Cloux, France. Leonardo not only was a genius artist and an open-minded scientist (You must give your reasoning for this or leave it out) , but also as a markedly alluring and eloquent conversationalist with a light-hearted character and attractive appearance. (How do you know this?)  He was the genius of geniuses!

“Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.” ~ W.H.Auden

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was born in Germany in 1879.  Like all other famous geniuses, Albert too was a genius from birth. From a very tender age he started showing signs of a genius. As a child Albert was thoughtful and self-sufficient. He loved making very tall houses with cards and loved math and science. He had great knowledge about physics and used to surprise his professors with his brilliant answers.  (If this is proof of genius, there are millions of geniuses in the world.)

Albert Einstein is best known for his theory of relativity and specifically mass energy equivalence, expressed by the equation E = mc2.  He was a master in Physics and he also received a Nobel Prize for his advances in Theoretical Physics and mainly for the discovery of the law of photoelectric effect. From childhood (Plan your essay better.  You’ve already talked about his childhood.)  he took interest in Physics and with pure determination he studied the subject and solved problems concerning to it. He had a strategy of his own and was able to visualize the stages to needed to reach for his goal. He regarded his major achievements as mere stepping-stones for the next advance.

“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” –Quoted by Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein had an IQ of 160. Einstein published over 300 scientific works and over 150 non-scientific works (Give an example of a non-scientific work). In the year of 1911 he was given the full professorship at a German University. A year later in 1912, he moved to Zurich where he became the professor of Theoretical Physics. He died on April 18 due to heart failure. Einstein contributed more than any other scientist to the modern vision of physical reality. His special and general theories of relativity are still regarded as the most satisfactory model of the large-scale universe that we have.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was an English poet who is recognized throughout the world. He is considered one of the greatest playwrights who ever lived. Born in the city of Warwickshire, England, in 1564, William was very much interested in poetry from early childhood. At eighteen years he got married to Anne Hathaway, and together they had three children.

Shakespeare was a respected poet in his own day but he never got widespread recognition until the nineteenth century.  Around 1590 Shakespeare started writing plays. His first play, Henry VI is also an example of a historical play.  Most of plays were comedies (NOT TRUE)  For example Much Ado About Nothing and The Merchant of Venice. The main reason behind the success of his plays is that it (they) appeal to the masses. Since Shakespeare’s audience consisted of persons from every social class in London at the time, so he had to make his work appeal to anyone and everyone who came to see it.  (Absurd.)

Shakespeare (1564-1616) was no doubt one of the famous geniuses  (Just saying that he was a genius over and over doesn’t make it so.  What makes him a genius?). He died on 23rd April in Stratford.

We should learn to access our inner genius by following the footsteps of other real geniuses who have left us with a much of intelligence. High intelligence and high creativity makes a genius. However these two qualities are not sufficient to carve a genius. Hard-work, motivation and great persistence is also needed to become a real genius.



Miss McCulla is a retired English teacher of 32 years.  She has Mastery of the grammar and mechanics of English, and has taught expository, fiction writing, and rhetorical skills to hundreds of students and aspiring writers throughout her career.  She has written/edited/self-published five books, and currently manages a writing blog called The Underground Tutor where she gathers essays, articles, entries, papers, manuals, profiles, criticisms, analyses of literature, just like those asked of students and writers in the university and publisher houses, and years of “teacher tips” and “general interest examples,” and passes them on to interested writers.

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