Quotes: Insufferable Genius

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    fiction 
Dick: I made the front page of The Daily Badgerian again.
Tommy: What's it say?
Sally: (reading headline) "Physics professor calls Einstein idiot; proclaims self much smarter."
3rd Rock from the Sun, "Proud Dick"

Leonard: We think we can help you with your stage fright.
Sheldon: Oh, I doubt that. I haven't figured out a way, and I'm much smarter than all of you.
Penny: Yes, but you're not smarter than all of us put together.
Sheldon: Oh, I'm sorry, that is what I meant.

Mr. Gage: Do you think I deserve your full attention?
Zuckerberg: (staring out window) I had to swear an oath before we began this deposition, and I don't want to perjure myself, so I have a legal obligation to say no.
Gage: Okay. "No." You don't think I deserve your attention.
Zuckerberg: I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try. But there's no requirement that I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention; you have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room—including and especially your clients—are intellectually or creatively capable of doing. Did I adequately answer your condescending question?

Imagine the worst barroom know-it-all you've ever met, who really does, and is cursed with a tourettes-like compulsion to spill anything relevant on any topic that comes up, and you're about halfway there.
Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium, on Caractacus Mott

Try not to let the brilliance overwhelm you.
Kid Flash, Young Justice

Dear God. What is it like in your funny little brains? It must be so boring.

I'd say you're a genius, but I'm in the room.
The Doctor, Doctor Who

Kasidy: You don't mean he was gloating? A Vulcan?
Sisko: That's EXACTLY what I mean! Ohh, he may have hidden it beneath that "Vulcan calm"! But inside, he loved every minute of it.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Take Me Out to the Holosuite"

Have the Q always had an absence of manners, or is it the result of some natural evolutionary process that comes with omnipotence?

I'm a friggin' genius and none of you ever listen to me!

You're not 'wrong,' Walter, you're just an asshole!
The Dude, The Big Lebowski

How can you speak six languages and sound like a dick in every one of them?
Cisco Ramon, The Flash (2014)

    real life 
The reasoning man who scorns the prejudices of simpletons necessarily becomes the enemy of simpletons; he must expect as much, and laugh at the inevitable.

The only thing that sustains one through life is the consciousness of the immense inferiority of everybody else, and this is a feeling that I have always cultivated.

There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.

A genius is a genius, regardless of the number of morons who belong to the same race—and a moron is a moron, regardless of the number of geniuses who share his racial origin.

The education of John Quincy Adams was to be the most superb of any of the American presidents, and consequently absolutely crippling; he knew too many languages, books, nations, political and philosophical systems to be able to preside with any grace or tolerance over the dingy republic of his day.
Gore Vidal, "The Four Generations of the Adams Family"

Life is rough for smart kids in school. There's nothing super-heroic about getting your underwear yanked up your ass by meatheads because you can read without moving your lips. Having said that, in any high school, there's always that one smug, self-satisfied smart kid who likes rubbing their big brain in the other kids' faces. Remember how much everyone hated that kid? Okay, now add 'super-intelligence' to your list of powers, where suddenly you can argue foreign policy with Nobel Laureates while doing long division in your head and scribbling a cure for leukemia on a notepad. You're gonna turn into an insufferable jerk faster than you can say, 'Well, I suppose that's a simplified way of looking at it.' Lex Luthor may be a genius, but nobody's inviting his smug ass to their house parties.

What a curiosity The Lone Gunmen have turned out to be. I find them a peculiar success despite the fact that I sometimes find them extremely annoying...The only one that I cannot get on with on a regular basis is Langly who strikes me as the worst excesses of geek hood in human form. Every time he opens his mouth I want to stuff something fist-sized inside, his mock anger is wearying and I hate the way he always thinks he is right in that pigeon-holed way that geeks do when their dander is up. He’s the sort of person that would hack into government files for something as facile as gaining access to disabled parking areas.
Joe Ford on The X-Files, "Unusual Suspects"

In any standard crime show, only one character can be a sci-fi geek, and it's usually the scientist or lab technician in the group. So what do you do when your entire cast is made up of lab technicians? How do you choose?!? Apparently, you make your geek the lab tech who's more pompous and annoying than all of the other lab techs put together. Sure, let's make the smug, superior guy the Star Trek—sorry, "Astro Quest" fan. Clearly, THIS is the guy who would go to conventions in costume, fantasize about his co-workers in Astro Quest-themed scenarios, refer to himself as a "padawan" and name his cat "Kobayashi Maru." Not the hunky lab tech with the smoldering eyes—the dillweed. Stop giving Astro Quest fans a bad name, Hodges!