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Genius is nothing but continued attention.

Genius is only a superior power of seeing.

Genius is only great patience.

Genius is supposed to be a power of producing excellencies which are out of the reach of the rules of art; a power which no precepts can teach, and which no industry can acquire.

Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner who works and brings it out.

Genius may be described as the spirit of discovery. - It is the eye of intellect, and the wing of thought. - It is always in advance of its time - the pioneer for the generation which it precedes.

Genius must be born; it never can be taught.

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.

Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.

Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.

Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.

I know no such thing as genius; it is nothing but labor and diligence.

Improvement makes straight roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.

In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.

Inventors and geniuses have almost always been looked on as no better than fools at the beginning of their career, and very frequently at the end of it also. See quote detail

Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone.

Nothing will give permanent success in any enterprise of life, except native capacity cultivated by honest and persevering effort. - Genius is often but the capacity for receiving and improving by discipline.

Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.

Sometimes men come by the name of genius in the same way that certain insects come by the name of centipede - not because they have a hundred feet, but because most people can't count above fourteen.


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