# What quote does this rebus represent?

The accepted answer will be the first to include the correct quote, the author, and explain each part of the rebus. Most importantly, have fun!

• Wow, this is a long one! Aug 9, 2015 at 19:56
• Is that a Berserker (or some other Uruk-hai) in the second line, by any chance? Aug 9, 2015 at 19:56
• @randal'thor maybe it is! all of it is straight-forward. there aren't any tricks in it, I don't think. Just a good ole rebus for the fun of it.
– JLee
Aug 9, 2015 at 19:57
• I always thought it was SMILIES and not SMILEYS... Aug 9, 2015 at 21:34
• Great puzzle btw! I enjoyed solving it :-) Aug 9, 2015 at 21:37

"What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left." - Oscar Levant

Explanation:

(Buckwheat - bucket) + (thigh - high) = Wha + t = What

(torch - orc) + (caret - cart) = th + e = the

(woman - man) + (pearl - pea) + (drain - rain) = wo + rl + d = world

(miner - mir) + (echidnas - china) = ne + eds = needs

(pennies - penne) = is

(mowing - wing) + (freight - fight) = mo + re = more

(halogens - halos) + (helium - helm) + (switches - witch) = gen + iu + ses = geniuses

(weights - eights) + (filthy - fly) = w + ith = with

(shoulder - solder) + (mildew - dew) + (bandit - band) + (smileys + smiles) = hu + mil + it + y = humility

(matches - mace) + (bread - brad) + (grapes - gaps) = th + e + re = there

(minarets - mints) = are

(bison - bin) = so

(frame - ram) + (wax - ax) = fe + w = few

(orange - range) + (face - ace) = o + f = of

(boulders - bolder) = us

(bugle - bug) + (forest - ores) = le + ft = left

Great quote!

• Damn, ninja'd! As I feared. +1 :-) Aug 9, 2015 at 21:16
• You were on the right track, though! Sorry for stealing it right from under you!
– Josh
Aug 9, 2015 at 21:17

First line:

(BUCKWHEAT3 - BUCKET) + (THIGH - HIGH) = WHAT2

Second line:

(TORCH - ORC) + (CARET - CART) = THE

Third line:

(WOMAN - MAN) + (PEARL - PEA)1 + (DRAIN - RAIN) = WORLD

Fourth line:

(MINER - MIR2 3) +(ECHIDNAS - CHINA) = NEEDS

Fifth line:

(PENNIES - PENNE) = IS

Sixth line:

(MOWING - WING) + (FREIGHT - FIGHT) = MORE1

Seventh line:

(HALOGEN - HALO) + (HELIUM - HELM)2 + (SWITCHES - WITCH) = GENIUSES

Eighth line:

(WEIGHTS - EIGHTS) + (FILTHY - FLY) = WITH

Ninth line:

(SHOULDER - SOLDER) + (MILDEW - DEW) + (BANDIT - BAND) + (SMILEYS - SMILES) = HUMILITY

Tenth line:

(MATCHES - MACES) + (BREAD - BRAD2 3) + (GRAPES - GAPS) = THERE

Eleventh line:

(MINARETS - MINTS) = ARE; (BISON - BIN)2 = SO

Twelfth line:

(FRAME - RAM) + (WAX - AX) = FEW

Thirteenth line:

(ORANGE - RANGE) + (FACE - ACE) = OF

Fourteenth line:

(BOULDERS - BOLDER) = US2

Fifteenth and last line:

(BUGLE - BUG) + (FOREST - ORES) = LEFT

WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS IS MORE GENIUSES WITH HUMILITY; THERE ARE SO FEW OF US LEFT

which is a quote from

Oscar Levant2 3

1 Thanks to Eli!
2 I'd seen the quote in Josh's answer (but not his explanations) when I solved this clue.

• no rearranging needed. i didn't think rebuses allowed for that anyway. thats a late dinner at 10pm!
– JLee
Aug 9, 2015 at 20:05
• Third line = woman - man + pearl - pea + drain - rain = world
– Eli
Aug 9, 2015 at 20:53
• @Josh A lot of effort to solve, but REALLY a lot of effort to make. I worked on that thing all week on and off! Nice job both of you.
– JLee
Aug 9, 2015 at 21:20
• @Josh I have now peeked at the quote, which will probably make it easier for me, but haven't read the explanation. Is it fair play to finish it when I know the quote? Aug 9, 2015 at 21:20
• @Josh, I just updated a few things I had forgotten to do earlier when making it. I pointed to the correct part of the candle, and I removed the answer from the graph and inserted a question mark. Nice job figuring these out when they weren't clear.
– JLee
Aug 9, 2015 at 21:32