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Genius is its own end, and draws its means and the style of its architecture from within, going abroad only for audience, and spectator, as we adapt our voice and phrase to the distance and character of the ear we speak to.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Genius, even, as it is the greatest good, is he greatest harm.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The miracles of genius always rest on profound convictions which refuse to be analyzed.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is genius as well in virtue as in intellect. 'Tis the doctrine of faith over works.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

When Nature has work to be done, she create a genius to do it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Method of Nature

The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue; and no genius can long or often utter anything which is not invited and gladly entertained by men around him.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Race

Vivutur ingenio, that damn'd motto there
  Seduced me first to me a wicked player.
      - George Farquhar, Love and a Bottle
         (epilogue written and spoken by Joseph Haynes)

Genius is universal.
      - David Dudley Field

Genius and its rewards are briefly told:
  A liberal nature and a niggard doom,
    A difficult journey to a splendid tomb.
      - John Forster,
        Dedication of the Life and Adventures of Oliver Goldsmith

A man of genius may sometimes suffer a miserable sterility; but at other times he will feel himself the magician of thought.
      - John Foster (1)

Genius is the power of lighting one's own fire.
      - John Foster (1)

Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
      - Benjamin Franklin

High original genius is always ridiculed on its first appearance; most of all by those who have won themselves the highest reputation in working on the established lines. Genius only commands recognition when it has created the taste which is to appreciate it.
      - James Anthony Froude

This is the method of genius, to ripen fruit for the crowd by those rays of whose heat they complain.
      - Margaret Fuller (Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli)

Heaven and earth, advantages and obstacles, conspire to educate genius.
      - Henry Fuseli

Genius develops in quiet places, character out in the full current of human life.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth.
  [Ger., Das erste und letzte, was vom Genie gefordert wird, ist Wahreits-Liebe.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Spruche in Prosa (III)

Here lies our good Edmund, whose genius was such
  We scarcely can praise it or blame it too much;
    Who, born for the universe, narrow'd his mind,
      And to party gave up what was meant for mankind.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Retaliation (l. 29)

The finest flowers of genius have grown in an atmosphere where those of Nature are prone to droop, and difficult to bring to maturity.
      - Thomas Guthrie (1)

The freemasonry of genius.
      - Moses Harvey

The gifts of genius are far greater than the givers themselves venture to suppose.
      - Moses Harvey

Genius, indeed, melts many ages into one, and thus effects something permanent, yet still with a similarity of office to that of the more ephemeral writer. A work of genius is but the newspaper of a century, or perchance of a hundred centuries.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Perhaps, moreover, he whose genius appears deepest and truest excels his fellows in nothing save the knack of expression; he throws out occasionally a lucky hint at truths of which every human soul is profoundly though unutterably conscious.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne,
        Mosses from an Old Manse--The Procession of Life

Genius in poverty is never feared, because nature, though liberal in her gifts in one instance, is forgetful in another.
      - Benjamin Robert Haydon

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