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

The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity, although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due, are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The greatest genius is never so great as when it is chastised and subdued by the highest reason.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

With the offspring of genius, the law of parturition is reversed; the throes are in the conception, the pleasure in the birth.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Genius! thou gift of Heav'n! thou Light divine!
  Amid what dangers art thou doom'd to shine!
    Oft will the body's weakness check thy force,
      Oft damp thy Vigour, and impede thy course;
        And trembling nerves compel thee to restrain
          Thy noble efforts, to contend with pain;
            Or Want (sad guest!) will in thy presence come,
              And breathe around her melancholy gloom:
                To Life's low cares will thy proud thought confine,
                  And make her sufferings, her impatience, thine.
      - George Crabbe

Genius, thou gift of Heaven! thou light divine!
      - George Crabbe

Genius does not seem to derive any great support from syllogisms. Its carriage is free; its manner has a touch of inspiration. We see it come, but we never see it walk.
      - Joseph Marie De Maistre

Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth.
      - Denis Diderot

No enemy is so terrible as a man of genius.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Contarini Fleming (pt. IV, ch. 5)

Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Curiosities of Literature--Poverty of the Learned

Many men of genius must arise before a particular man of genius can appear.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Literary Character of Men of Genius

To think, and to feel, constitute the two grand divisions of men of genius--the men of reasoning and the men of imagination.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. II)

Philosophy becomes poetry, and science imagination, in the enthusiasm of genius.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. XII)

Every work of Genius is tinctured by the feelings, and often originates in the events of times.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. XXV)

A happy genius is the gift of nature.
      - John Dryden

Every age has a kind of universal genius, which includes those that live in it to some particular studies.
      - John Dryden

Genius must be born, and never can be taught.
      - John Dryden

But genius must be born, and never can be taught.
      - John Dryden, Epistle X--To Congreve
         (l. 60)

Genius points the way; talent pursues it.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.
      - Thomas Alva Edison

Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius--and a lot of courage--to move in the opposite direction.
      - Albert Einstein

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. . . . It takes a touch of genius--and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
      - Albert Einstein

With the stones we cast at them, geniuses build new roads with them.
      - Paul Eldridge

Steady work turns genius to a loom.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Without a genius, learning soars in vain;
  And, without learning, genius sinks again;
    Their force united; crowns the sprightly reign.
      - Lord John Elphinstone


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