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GENIUS
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[ Also see Ability Art Capacity Character Efficiency Inspiration Intellect Invention Mediocrity Mind Originality Precocity Talent ]

Genius is nothing more than our common faculties refined to a greater intensity. There are no astonishing ways of doing astonishing things. All astonishing things are done by ordinary materials.
      - Benjamin Robert Haydon

Men of genius are often considered superstitious, but the fact is, the fineness of their nerve renders them more alive to the supernatural than ordinary men.
      - Benjamin Robert Haydon

The greatest geniuses have always attributed everything to God, as if conscious of being possessed of a spark of His divinity.
      - Benjamin Robert Haydon

Genius only leaves behind it the monuments of its strength.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Men of the greatest genius are not always the most prodigal of their encomiums. But then it is when their range of power is confined, and they have in fact little perception, except of their own particular kind of excellence.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

There is nothing so remote from vanity as true genius. It is almost as natural for those who are endowed with the highest powers of the human mind to produce the miracles of art, as for other men to breathe or move. Correggio, who is said to have produced some of his divinest works almost without having seen a picture, probably did not know that he had done anything extraordinary.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use.
      - William Hazlitt (1),
        Table Talk--On Application to Study

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on Earth. So what the hell, leap!
      - Cynthia Heimel

There is hardly a more common error than that of taking the man who has but one talent for a genius.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

Genius is the highest type of reason--talent the highest type of the understanding.
      - Laurens Perseus Hickok

Genius is lonely without the surrounding presence of a people to inspire it.
      - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

That genius is feeble which cannot hold its own before the masterpieces of the world.
      - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

I know no such thing as genius,--genius is nothing but labor and diligence.
      - William Hogarth

Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb),
        Plain Talk on Familiar Subjects--Art and Life

Genius does not herd with genius.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Genius grafted on womanhood is like to overgrow it and break its stem, as you may see a grafted fruit-tree spreading over the stock which cannot keep pace with its evolutions.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Genius is always impatient of its harness; its wild blood makes it hard to train.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Unpretending mediocrity is good, and genius is glorious; but the weak flavor of genius in a person essentially common is detestable.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Genius is allied to a warm and inflammable constitution; delicacy of taste, to calmness and sedateness. Hence it is common to find genius in one who is a prey to every passion.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames

Gift, like genius, I often think only means an infinite capacity for taking pains.
      - Jane Ellice Hopkins,
        Work amongst Working Men

He alone can claim this name, who write
  With fancy high, and bold and daring Flights.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Yet a mighty genius lies hid under this rough exterior.
  [Lat., At ingenium ingens
    Inculto latet sub hoc corpore.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (bk. I, 3, 33)

Genius has its fatality. Must we not see in its works a manifestation of the will of Providence?
      - Arsene Houssaye

Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.
      - Victor Hugo, Wm. Shakespeare

We declare to you that the earth has exhausted its contingent of master-spirits. Now for decadence and general closing. We must make up our minds to it. We shall have no more men of genius.
      - Victor Hugo, Wm. Shakespeare
         (bk. V, ch. I)


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