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Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.

The greatest genius will never be worth much if he pretends to draw exclusively from his own resources.
The first and last thing required of genius is, love of the truth.
Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.
In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience.
The greatest genius is the most indebted person.
Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.
Time, place, and action may with pains be wrought, but genius must be born; and never can be taught.
Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.
Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
Genius must be born, and never can be taught.
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.
Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.
To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius.
The man never feels the want of what it never occurs to him to ask for.
In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.
When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy.
A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression.
It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us.
Towering genius disdains a beaten path.
Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together.
The real people of genius were resolute workers not idle dreamers.
Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last.
To see things in the seed is genius.
The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.
Genius... means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an inhabitual way.
Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent -- the power to do the right thing the first time.
Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature.
Talent is a faculty that is highly developed, but genius commands all the faculties.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not.

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