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

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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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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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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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    To see things in the seed is genius. Laozi

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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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    Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius. Benjamin Disraeli

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

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

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

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    Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

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

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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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    Towering genius disdains a beaten path. Abraham Lincoln

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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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    Genius is eternal patience. Michelangelo

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Since when was genius found respectable? Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

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    I have nothing to declare except my genius. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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    We are all geniuses up to the age of ten. Aldous Huxley

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

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    All the means of action -- the shapeless masses -- the materials -- lie everywhere about us. What we need is the celestial fire to change the flint into the transparent crystal, bright and clear. That fire is genius. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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    What I do not like about our definitions of genius is that there is in them nothing of the day of judgment, nothing of resounding through eternity and nothing of the footsteps of the Almighty. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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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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    The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds. David Hume

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    Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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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

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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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    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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    I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works. Oscar Wilde

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    Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought. Simone Weil

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