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Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly, grows unconsciously into genius.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Genius has no brother.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Genius, the Pythian of the beautiful, leaves its large truths a riddle to the dull.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Some have the temperament and tastes of genius, without its creative power. They feel acutely, but express tamely.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

A nation does wisely, if not well, in starving her men of genius. Fatten them, and they are done for.
      - Charles Buxton

A force as of madness in the hands of reason has done all that was ever done in the world.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Genius is an immense capacity for taking trouble.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Genius is the capacity for taking infinite pains.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Genius . . . means the transcendent capacity of taking trouble.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Frederick the Great
         (bk. IV, ch. III)

As well might a lovely woman look daily in her mirror, yet not be aware of her beauty, as a great soul be unconscious of the powers with which Heaven has gifted him; not so much for himself, as to enlighten others--a messenger from God Himself, with a high and glorious mission to perform. Woe unto him who abuses that mission!
      - Charles Haddon Chambers

The true characteristic of genius--without despising rules, it knows when and how to break them.
      - William Ellery Channing

The highest genius never flowers in satire, but culminates in sympathy with that which is best in human nature, and appeals to it.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

And genius hath electric power,
  Which earth can never tame;
    Bright suns may scorch, and dark clouds lower--
      Its flash is still the same.
      - Mrs. Lydia Maria Child

Genius is independent of situation.
      - Charles Churchill

All great men are in some degree inspired.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

To be endowed with strength by nature, to be actuated by the powers of the mind, and to have a certain spirit almost divine infused into you.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

The effusions of genius are entitled to admiration rather than applause, as they are chiefly the effect of natural endowment, and sometimes appear to be almost involuntary.
      - William Benton Clulow

Genius is the power of carrying the feelings of childhood into the powers of manhood.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Genius of the highest kind implies an unusual intensity of the modifying power.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Men of genius are rarely much annoyed by the company of vulgar people, because they have a power of looking at such persons as objects of amusement of another race altogether.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Men of humor are always in some degree men of genius; wits are rarely so, although a man of genius may, amongst other gifts, possess wit, as Shakespeare.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherent; genius, being the action of reason and imagination, rarely or never.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The faculty of growth.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Genius, in one respect, is like gold--numbers of persons are constantly writing about both, who have neither.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Neither can we admit that definition of genius that some would propose--"a power to accomplish all that we undertake;" for we might multiply examples to prove that this definition of genius contains more than the thing defined. Cicero failed in poetry, Pope in painting, Addison in oratory; yet it would be harsh to deny genius to these men.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

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