"Of course you know. You're brilliant. Everyone says so"

"What else can they say? I do neurochemistry. No one knows what that is"

"Other scientists have some idea. They must. And they say you are brilliant"

"We're all brilliant. Isn't that the understanding around here? You call me brilliant, I call you brilliant. It's a form of communal ego"

"No one calls me brilliant. They call me shrewd. They say I latched on to something big. I filled an opening no one knew existed"

"There are openings for brilliance too. It's my turn, that's all. Besides, I'm built funny and walk funny. If they couldn't call me brilliant, they would be forced to say cruel things about me. How awful for everyone"

Don DeLillo, White Noise