Is there a specific word for a genius who can express themselves via original insights?

I want to say that

there are no ____ in the arts anymore, it's impossible

An idiom would be fine.

Perhaps there is some synonym of 'self expression'

the expression of one's feelings, thoughts, or ideas, especially in writing, art, music, or dance

which forms an idiom with 'genius'?

The closest I myself can think of is some variant of heurēka, "I have found it".

'Creative genius' almost works, but I don't think that it excludes genius that is not self expression. None of the other synonyms, that I know, exclude everything but creative genius.

  • An "outside-the-box thinker"? How about "a paradigm changer"? Nov 9, 2017 at 14:16
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    Perhaps a singular genius
    – jxh
    Nov 10, 2017 at 1:33
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    I don't understand why 'geniuses' doesn't work. So it's still unclear. Don't all geniuses express themselves via original insights? Nov 10, 2017 at 22:54
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    You need to indicate your research. Look in thesauruses and tell us exactly why the words in them don't work. Nov 10, 2017 at 23:03
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    In his book "Genius" about Richard Feynman, James Gleick said (this is a paraphrase) "There are ordinary geniuses, and there are magicians. Feynman was a magician." Feynman was a physicist, but at the level he worked, physics is also an art.
    – ab2
    Nov 11, 2017 at 0:42

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The word "epiphanic genius" appears, briefly, in the literature on the psychologist William James. Epiphany / epiphanic, defined by the ODO

A moment of sudden and great revelation or realization.

It may cover the ideas of self expression, genius and insight.

I mean, dependent on how close 'realization' / 'revelation' / 'response' are to 'self expression'.

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  • Dynamic Individualism of William James, The By James O. Pawelski, p173
  • any comment on the downvote? it seems to answer my question!
    – user99677
    Nov 12, 2017 at 18:27
  • Uh… sorry but no; not at all. That seems to have nothing to do with your Question. Would you mind going right back and giving us your definition of genius? Nov 15, 2017 at 22:33
  • why do you think it has nothing to do with my Question? @RobbieGoodwin i just mean the bog standard definition of (creative) genius e.g. "exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability." not getting the sarcasm from everyone, either, i'm here to learn
    – user99677
    Nov 16, 2017 at 0:02
  • You might want to take the Topic to Chat, or take terms like genius and express or insight to English Language Learners. Either way please remember not all geniuses can express themselves at all, nor have original insight; very few people express themselves through insight. If I understood There are no ____ in the arts still, why would it be impossible; what does any more add; how did aesthetic help? What has self expression to do with epiphany or realization, with revelation or * response*? The Question seemed strange; each explanation stranger… Nov 16, 2017 at 22:43

A visionary

Graham Bell was a visionary.

If you refer to someone as a visionary, you mean that they have strong, original ideas about how things might be different in the future, especially about how things might be improved.

While not exactly synonomous to 'genius' it has some overlap. Genius:

Someone possessing extraordinary intelligence or skill; especially somebody who has demonstrated this by a creative or original work in science, music, art etc.


Perhaps the noun connoisseur fits into the context.

Connoisseur: (Merriam-Webster)


especially : one who understands the details, .technique, or principles of an art and is competent to act as a critical judge.

A connoisseur of music.


An idiom that expresses the general idea of the poster’s sentence is:

Wha’s like us? Damn few, and they’re a’ deid.

This is Scots dialect: wha = who, a’ = all, died = dead.

It is part of a Burns supper toast (“Here’s to us…”). Apparently the older version is “Gey few” meaning very few, but there are gey few that speak the auld Scots tongue today.


You can also try to find the synonyms to this word. According to Word Panda dictionary the synonyms to the word 'genius' are acumen, knack (a special skill, talent, or aptitude) or prodigy (a person, especially a child or young person, having extraordinary talent or ability). Hope it helps.

  • not really, needs to be more specific.
    – user99677
    Nov 9, 2017 at 14:49
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    This doesn't really answer the question... that wasn't clearly asked. Alas.
    – Rob_Ster
    Nov 9, 2017 at 18:00