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

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

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

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Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius. Benjamin Disraeli

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

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

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

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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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A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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Genius is eternal patience. Michelangelo

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

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

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Towering genius disdains a beaten path. Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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

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To see things in the seed is genius. Laozi

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I have nothing to declare except my genius. Oscar Wilde

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Since when was genius found respectable? Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

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Genius is nothing more than inflamed enthusiasm.

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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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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 is a promontory jutting out into the infinite. Victor Hugo

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

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

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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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Saying that a great genius is mad, while at the same time recognizing his artistic worth, is like saying that he had rheumatism or suffered from diabetes. Madness, in fact, is a medical term that can claim no more notice from the objective critic than he grants the charge of heresy raised by the theologian, or the charge of immorality raised by the police. James Joyce

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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 is an African who dreams up snow. Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov