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Genius without religion is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace; it may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without, while the inhabitant sits in darkness.
      - Hannah More

Genius cannot escape the taint of its time more than a child the influence of its begetting.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

Talent wears well, genius wears itself out; talent drives a brougham in fact; genius, a sun-chariot in fancy.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

The scorn of genius is the most arrogant and the most boundless of all scorn.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

Genius does not care much for a set of explicit regulations, but that does not mean that genius is lawless.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

So far from genius discarding law, rather is it the supreme joy of genius to re-enact the eternal and unwritten law in the chamber of its own intel-lect.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

Genius, like a torch, shines less in the broad daylight of the present than in the night of the past.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

We measure genius by quality, not by quantity.
      - Wendell Phillips

How often we see the greatest genius buried in obscurity!
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

Genius involves both envy and calumny.
      - Alexander Pope

Genius is always allowed some leeway, once the hammer has been pried from its hands and the blood has been cleaned up.
      - Terry Pratchett

The honors of genius are eternal.
  [Lat., Ingenio stat sine morte decus.]
      - Sextus Aurelius Propertius, Elegioe
         (III, 2, 24)

It seldom happens that a premature shoot of genius ever arrives at maturity.
  [Lat., Illud ingeniorum velut praecox genus, non temere unquam pervenit ad frugem.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus),
        De Institutione Oratoria (I, 3, 1)

In every work of genius we see our own rejected thought.
      - Francois Rabelais

The only difference between a genius and one of common capacity is that the former anticipates and explores what the latter accidentally hits upon. But even the man of genius himself more frequently employs the advantages that chance presents to him. It is the lapidary that gives value to the diamond, which the peasant has dug up without knowing its worth.
      - Abbe Guillaume Thomas Francois Raynal

Genius is supposed to be a power of producing excellences which are out of the reach of the rules of art: a power which no precepts can teach, and which no industry can acquire.
      - Sir Joshua Reynolds

Genius is ever a riddle to itself.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Some very dull and sad people have genius though the world may not count it as such; a genius for love, or for patience, or for prayer, maybe. We know the divine spark is here and there in the world: who shall say under what manifestations, or humble disguise!
      - Anne Isabelle (Thackeray) Ritchie

All are to be men of genius in their degree,--rivulets or rivers, it does not matter, so that the souls be clear and pure; not dead walls encompassing dead heaps of things, known and numbered, but running waters in the sweet wilderness of things unnumbered and unknown, conscious only of the living banks, on which they partly refresh and partly reflect the flowers, and so pass on.
      - John Ruskin

The whole difference between a man of genius and other men, it has been said a thousand times, and most truly, is that the first remains in great part a child, seeing with the large eyes of children, in perpetual wonder, not conscious of much knowledge--conscious, rather of infinite ignorance, and yet infinite power; a fountain of eternal admiration, delight, and creative force within him meeting the ocean of visible and governable things around him.
      - John Ruskin

There are no laws by which we can write Iliads.
      - John Ruskin

It is the habit of party in England to ask the alliance of a man of genius, but to follow the guidance of a man of character.
      - John Russell (1)

The life of great geniuses is nothing but a sublime storm.
      - George Sand (pseudonym of Mme. Armandine Lucile Dupon Dudevant)

The lamp of genius burns quicker than the lamp of life.
  [Ger., Das Licht des Genie's bekam weniger
    Fett, als das Licht des Lebens.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Fiesco (II, 17)

Genius is to other gifts what the carbuncle is to the precious stones. It sends forth its own light, whereas other stones only reflect borrowed light.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

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