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

The very greatest genius, after all, is not the greatest thing in the world, any more than the greatest city in the world is the country or the sky. It is the concentration of some of its greatest powers, but it is not the greatest diffusion of its might. It is not the habit of its success, the stability of its sereneness.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

There is the same difference between talent and genius that there is between a stone mason and a sculptor.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll

Nature seems to delight in disappointing the assuduities of art, with which it would rear dulness to maturity, and to glory in the vigor and luxuriance of her chance productions. She scatters the seeds of genius to the winds, and though some may perish among the stony places of the world, and some may be choked by the thorns and brambles of early adversity, yet others will now and then strike root even in the clefts of the rock, struggle bravely up into sunshine, and spread over their sterile birthplace all the beauties of vegetation.
      - Washington Irving

Rising genius always shoots forth its rays from among clouds and vapors, but these will gradually roll away and disappear as it ascends to its steady and meridian lustre.
      - Washington Irving

Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.
      - William James

As what we call genius arises out of the disproportionate power and size of a certain faculty, so the great difficulty lies in harmonizing with it the rest of the character.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

Genius, that power which constitutes a poet; that quality without which judgment is cold, and knowledge is inert; that energy which collects, combines, amplifies and animates.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

It is good sense applied with diligence to what was at first a mere accident, and which by great application grew to be called, by the generality of mankind, a particular genius.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The true Genius is a mind of large general powers, accidentally determined to some particular direction.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Life of Cowley

Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.
      - Joseph Joubert

The man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
      - James Joyce, Ulysses

Not oft near home does genius brightly shine,
  No more than precious stones while in the mine.
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker")

The principle mark of a genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.
      - Arthur Koestler

The whole genius of an author consists in describing well, and delineating character well. Homer, Plato, Virgil, Horace only excel other writers by their expressions and images; we must indicate what is true if we mean to write naturally, forcibly and delicately.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Wit is the god of moments, but Genius is the god of ages.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Intelligence is to genius as the whole is in proportion to its part.
  [Fr., Entre esprit et talent il y a la proportion du tout a sa partie.]
      - Jean de la Bruyere,
        The Characters or Manners of the Present Age--Opinions

It is in the heart that God has placed the genius of women, because the works of this genius are all works of love.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Was genius ever ungrateful? Mere talents are dry leaves, tossed up and down by gusts of passion, and scattered and swept away; but, Genius lies on the bosom of Memory, and Gratitude at her feet.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Genius always gives its best at first, prudence at last.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The proportion of genius to the vulgar is like one to a million.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Who in the same given time can produce more than many others, has vigor; who can produce more and better, has talents; who can produce what none else can, has genius.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
      - Oscar Levant

What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.
      - Oscar Levant

Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.
      - George Henry Lewes,
        Spanish Drama--Life of Lope De Vega
         (ch. II)

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