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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 never grows old--young today, mature yesterday, vigorous tomorrow, always immortal. It is peculiar to no sex or condition, and is the divine gift to woman no less than to man.
      - John Woodruff ("Juan") Lewis

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

Sometimes men come by the name of genius in the same way that certain insects come by the name of centipede--not because they have a hundred feet, but because most people can't count above fourteen.
      - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Genius is one of the many forms of insanity.
      - Cesare Lombroso

The appearance of a single great genius is more than equivalent to the birth of a hundred mediocrities.
      - Cesare Lombroso

Many have genius, but, wanting art, are forever dumb. The two must go together to form the great poet, painter, or sculptor.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

All the means of action--
  The shapeless masses, the materials--
    Lie everywhere about us. That we need
      Is the celestial fire to change the flint
        Into transparent crystal, bright and clear.
          That fire is genius!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Spanish Student (act I, sc. 5)

But the sublime, when it is introduced at a seasonable moment, has often carried all before it with the rapidity of lightning, and shown at a glance the mighty power of genius.
      - Dionysius Cassius Longinus

Genius may at times want the spur, but it stands as often in need of the curb.
      - Dionysius Cassius Longinus

Genius is that in whose power a man is.
      - James Russell Lowell

It is the privilege of genius that to it life never grows commonplace as to the rest of us.
      - James Russell Lowell

There are two kinds of genius. The first and highest may be said to speak out of the eternal to the present, and must compel its age to understand it; the second understands its age, and tells it what it wishes to be told.
      - James Russell Lowell

There is no work of genius which has not been the delight of mankind, no word of genius to which the human heart and soul have not, sooner or later, responded.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        Among My Books--Rousseau and the Sentimentalists

Talent is that which is in a man's power! genius is that in whose power a man is.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        Among My Books.--Rousseau and the Sentimentalists

Three-fifths of him genius and two-fifths sheer fudge.
      - James Russell Lowell, Fable for Critics
         (l. 1,296)

When the body is assailed by the strong force of time and the limbs weaken from exhausted force, genius breaks down, and mind and speech fail.
  [Lat., Ubi jam valideis quassatum est viribus aevi
    Corpus, et obtuseis ceciderunt viribus artus,
      Claudicat ingenium delirat linguaque mensque.]
      - Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
        De Rerum Natura (III, 452)

Talk not of genius baffled. Genius is master of man.
  Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can.
    Blot out my name, that the spirits of Shakespeare and Milton and Burns
      Look not down on the praises of fools with a pity my soul yet spurns.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Last Words of a Sensitive Second-rate Poet,
        published in "Cornhill Magazine", p. 516

Genius is intensity of life; an overflowing vitality which floods and fertilizes a continent or a hemisphere of being; which makes a nature many-sided and whole, while most men remain partial and fragmentary.
      - Hamilton Wright Mabie

Genius is subject to the same laws which regulate the production of cotton and molasses.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

When the great Kepler bad at length discovered the harmonic laws that regulate the motions of the heavenly bodies, he exclaimed: "Whether my discoveries will be read by posterity or by my contemporaries is a matter that concerns them more than me. I may well be contented to wait one century for a reader, when God Himself, during so many thousand years, has waited for an observer like myself."
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Genius may conceive but patient labor must consummate.
      - Horace Mann

One genius has made many clever artists.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

Genius does what it must; and talent does what it can.
      - Owen Meredith (pseudonym of Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Lord Lytton)

Genius can only breathe freely in an atmosphere of freedom.
      - John Stuart Mill


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