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The first and last thing required of genius is, love of the truth. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The definition of genius is that it acts unconsciously; and those who have produced immortal works, have done so without knowing how or why. The greatest power operates unseen. William Hazlitt

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To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius. Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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The eye of genius has always a plaintive expression, and its natural language is pathos. Lydia Child

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The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity, although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due, are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end. Charles Caleb Colton

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The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. Oscar Wilde

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Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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There is one subtle but important difference between genius and stupidity and that is that genius has its limits. You'll see yourself clearest in the eyes of your friends.

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It is personality with a penny's worth of talent. Error which chances to rise above the commonplace. Pablo Picasso

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Genius must be born, and never can be taught. John Dryden

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Towering genius disdains a beaten path. Abraham Lincoln

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The lamp of genius burns quicker than the lamp of life. Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

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Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active. Leonardo da Vinci

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Genius, like truth, has a shabby and neglected mien. Edward Dahlberg

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Genius is eternal patience. Michelangelo

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Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade. Benjamin Franklin

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So few people think. When we find one who really does, we call him a genius

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Accept your genius and say what you think. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius. Benjamin Disraeli

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It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us. James Russell Lowell

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Genius without education is like silver in the mine. Benjamin Franklin

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Genius is nothing more than inflamed enthusiasm.

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Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them. Robertson Davies

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Genius... means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an inhabitual way. William James

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Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius. Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later. Louis Aragon

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There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. Aristotle

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Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite. Victor Hugo

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To see things in the seed is genius. Laozi

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Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent -- the power to do the right thing the first time. Elbert Hubbard

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Unpretending mediocrity is good, and genius is glorious; but a weak flavor of genius in an essentially common person is detestable. It spoils the grand neutrality of a commonplace character, as the rinsings of an unwashed wine-glass spoil a draught of fair water.

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I have nothing to declare except my genius. Oscar Wilde

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Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length. Christian Nevell Bovee

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Since when was genius found respectable? Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Who in the same given time can produce more than others has vigor; who can produce more and better, has talents; who can produce what none else can, has genius. Johann Kaspar Lavater

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Everybody denies I am a genius --but nobody ever called me one! Orson Welles

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A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression. Ezra Pound

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Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have been better. Carl Jung

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Genius is sorrow's child. John Adams

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One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius. Simone de Beauvoir

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To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men -- that is genius. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Genius is, to be sure, not a matter of arbitrariness, but rather of freedom, just as wit, love, and faith, which once shall become arts and disciplines. We should demand genius from everybody, without, however, expecting it. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich von Schlegel

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Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last. Johann Kaspar Lavater

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Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves. Oscar Wilde

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The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers. Arthur Koestler

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Genius sits in a glass house -- but in an unbreakable one --conceiving ideas. After giving birth, it falls into madness. Stretches out its hand through the window toward the first person happening by. The demon's claw rips, the iron fist grips. Before, you were a model, mocks the ironic voice between serrated teeth, for me, you are raw material to work on. I throw you against the glass wall, so that you remain stuck there, projected and stuck. (Then come the lovers of art and contemplate the bleeding work from outside. Then come the photographers. New art, it says in the newspaper the following day. The learned journals give it a name that ends in ism.) Paul Klee

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Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice. Virginia Woolf

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"A man sitting monkey-like on the rooftop of his brain is due the applause such feats earn him. " Aberjhani

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“Sociologically, politically, psychologically, spiritually, it was never enough for him [James Baldwin] to categorize himself as one thing or the other: not just black, not just sexual, not just American, nor even just as a world-class literary artist. He embraced the whole of life the way the sun’s gravitational passion embraces everything from the smallest wandering comet to the largest looming planet. He both confronted and cultivated creative vision with a drive, passion, and brilliance that few have matched, and simply being able to watch his genius sparkle from one sentence to the next could generate both awe and revelation.” Aberjhani