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GENIUS
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There is no great genius free from some tincture of madness.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

No age is shut against great genius.
  [Lat., Nullum saeculum magnis ingeniis clausum est.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (CII)

There is none but he
  Whose being I do fear; and under him
    My genius is rebuked, as it is said
      Mark Antony's was by Caesar.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at III, i)

What we call genius may, perhaps, in more strict propriety, be described as the spirit of discovery. Genius is the very eye of intellect and the wing of thought. It is always in advance of its time. It is the pioneer for the generation which it precedes. For this reason it is called a seer--and hence its songs have been prophecies.
      - William Gilmore Simms

Genius, without work, is certainly a dumb oracle; and it is unquestionably true that the men of the highest genius have invariably been found to be amongst the most plodding, hardworking, and intent men--their chief characteristic apparently consisting simply in their power of laboring more intensely and effectively than others.
      - Samuel Smiles

The poets' scrolls will outlive the monuments of stone. Genius survives; all else is claimed by death.
  [Lat., Marmora Maeonii vincunt monumenta libelli
    Vivitur ingenio; caetera mortis erunt.]
      - Edmund Spenser, Shepherd's Calendar

Courage of soul is necessary for the triumphs of genius.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein)

Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein),
        Corinne (bk. VII, ch. I)

Genius inspires this thirst for fame: there is no blessing undesired by those to whom Heaven gave the means of winning it.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein),
        Corinne (bk. XVI, ch. I)

Genius speaks only to genius.
      - Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I")

Eccentricity is not a proof of genius, and even an artist should remember that originality consists not only in doing things differently, but also in "doing things better."
      - Edmund Clarence Stedman

It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.
      - Gertrude Stein

Genius is a capacity for taking trouble.
      - Sir Leslie Stephen

Genius is always more suggestive than expressive.
      - Abel Stevens

Genius is clairvoyant.
      - Abel Stevens

Genius can never despise labour.
      - Abel Stevens, Life of Madame de Stael
         (ch. XXXVIII)

Every age might perhaps produce one or two geniuses, if they were not sunk under the censure and obloquy of plodding, servile, imitating pedants.
      - Jonathan Swift

There never appear more than five or six men of genius in an age, but if they were united the world could not stand before them.
      - Jonathan Swift

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
      - Jonathan Swift,
        Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting

Genius is only as rich as it is generous. If it hoards, it impoverishes itself. What the banker sighs for, the meanest clown may have--leisure and a quiet mind.
      - Henry David Thoreau

The very thrills of genius are disorganizing. The body is never quite acclimated to its atmosphere, but how often, succumbs and goes into a decline.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes.
      - Edgard Varese

The presiding genius of the place.
  [Lat., Genius loci.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (VII, 136)

The path of genius is not less obstructed with disappointment than that of ambition.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Genius is an intuitive talent for labor.
      - Jan Walaeus


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