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Talent is that which is in a man's power; genius is that in whose power a man is.

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

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.

The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth.

The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.

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

The lamp of genius burns quicker than the lamp of life.

The mark of genius is an incessant activity of mind. Genius is a spiritual greed.

The merit of great men is not understood but by those who are formed to be such themselves. - Genius speaks only to genius.

The parting genius is with sighing sent.

The poets' scrolls will outlive the monuments of stone. Genius survives; all else is claimed by death.

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.

The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds; and instead of vines and olives for the pleasure and use of man, produces to its slothful owner the most abundant crop of poisons.

The true genius is a mind of large general powers, accidentally determined to some particular direction.

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

There is no genius in life like the genius of energy and industry.

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.

There is no work of genius which has not been the delight of mankind, no word of genius to which the human heart and soul have not sooner or later responded.

There never appear more than five or six men of genius in an age, and if they were united the world could not stand before them.


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