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GEORGE-LOUIS LECLERC DE BUFFON
French naturalist
(1707 - 1788)

Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.
      - [Genius]

Genius is only patience.
  [Fr., Le Genie, c'est la patience.]
      - as quoted by Madame de Stael in A. Steven's "Study of the Life and Times of Mme. de Stael"
        [Genius]

Man thinks, and at once becomes the master of the beings that do not think.
      - [Thought]

Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.
      - [Patience]

Only well-written works will descend to posterity. Fulness of knowledge, interesting facts, even useful inventions, are no pledge of immortality, for they may be employed by more skilful hands; they are outside the man; the style is the man himself.
      - [Style]

Style supposes the reunion and the exercise of all the intellectual faculties. The style is the man.
      - [Style]

To write well is to think well, to feel well, and to render well; it is to possess at once intellect, soul, and taste.
      - [Authorship : Writing]

Writing well is at one and the same time good thinking, good feeling, and good expression; it is having wit, soul, and taste, all together.
      - [Writing]

The style is the man.
  [Fr., Le style c'est l'homme.]
      - Discourse on taking his seat in the French Academie
        [Proverbs : Style]


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