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

The productions of a great genius, with many lapses and inadvertences, are infinitely preferable to the works of an inferior kind of author which are scrupulously exact, and conformable to all the rules of correct writing.
      - Joseph Addison

Genius--the free and harmonious play of all the faculties of a human being.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

Latent genius is but a presumption. Everything that can be, is bound to come into being, and what never comes into being is nothing.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

Doing easily what others find it difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel, Journal

No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
      - Aristotle

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
  [Lat., Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementia.]
      - Aristotle,
        quoted by Burton's in "Anatomy of Melancholy"

Genius is mainly an affair of energy.
      - Matthew Arnold

Obey thy genius, for a minister it is unto the throne of fate. Draw to thy soul, and centralize the rays which are around of the Divinity.
      - Philip James Bailey

Genius is rarely found without some mixture of eccentricity, as the strength of spirit is proved by the bubbles on its surface.
      - Mrs. Clara Lucas Balfour

A woman must be a genius to create a good husband.
      - Honore de Balzac

Genius is intensity.
      - Honore de Balzac

As diamond cuts diamond, and one hone smooths a second, all the parts of intellect are whetstones to each other; and genius, which is but the result of their mutual sharpening, is character too.
      - Cyrus Augustus Bartol,
        Radical Problems--Individualism

The wild force of genius has often been fated by Nature to be finally overcome by quiet strength. The volcano sends up its red bolt with terrific force, as if it would strike the stars; but the calm, resistless hand of gravitation seizes it and brings it to the earth.
      - Peter Bayne

Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Refined taste forms a good critic; but genius is further necessary to form the poet or the orator.
      - Hugh Blair

Taste consists in the power of judging; genius in the power of executing.
      - Hugh Blair

Genius is the gold in the mine, talent is the miner who works and brings it out.
      - Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington

Genius makes its observations in shorthand; talent writes them out at length.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Talent should minister to genius.
      - Robert Browning

Genius, with all its pride in its own strength, is but a dependent quality, and cannot put forth its whole powers nor claim all its honors without an amount of aid from the talents and labors of others which it is difficult to calculate.
      - William Cullen Bryant

Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.
      - George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

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

A man of genius is inexhaustible only in proportion as he is always renourishing his genius.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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