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The divine egoism hat is genius.

Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.
Genius is nothing more than inflamed enthusiasm.
Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores.
There is one subtle but important difference between genius and stupidity and that is that genius has its limits. You'll see yourself clearest in the eyes of your friends.
So few people think. When we find one who really does, we call him a genius
The function of genius is not to give new answers, but to pose new questions which time and mediocrity can resolve.
True genius sees with the eyes of a child and thinks with the brain of a genius.
Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.
Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them.
Genius is, to be sure, not a matter of arbitrariness, but rather of freedom, just as wit, love, and faith, which once shall become arts and disciplines. We should demand genius from everybody, without, however, expecting it.
One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy.
The lamp of genius burns quicker than the lamp of life.
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.
There is no genius in life like the genius of energy and industry.
Every person of genius is considerably helped by being dead.
All the means of action -- the shapeless masses -- the materials -- lie everywhere about us. What we need is the celestial fire to change the flint into the transparent crystal, bright and clear. That fire is genius.
Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together.
What I do not like about our definitions of genius is that there is in them nothing of the day of judgment, nothing of resounding through eternity and nothing of the footsteps of the Almighty.
All of us, you, your children, your neighbors and their children are everyday geniuses, even though the fact is unnoticed and unremembered by everyone. That's probably because school hasn't encouraged us to notice what's hidden inside us waiting for the right environment to express itself.
Saying that a great genius is mad, while at the same time recognizing his artistic worth, is like saying that he had rheumatism or suffered from diabetes. Madness, in fact, is a medical term that can claim no more notice from the objective critic than he grants the charge of heresy raised by the theologian, or the charge of immorality raised by the police.
Genius... means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an inhabitual way.
Rising genius always shoots out its rays from among the clouds, but these will gradually roll away and disappear as it ascends to its steady luster.
The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds.
Unpretending mediocrity is good, and genius is glorious; but a weak flavor of genius in an essentially common person is detestable. It spoils the grand neutrality of a commonplace character, as the rinsings of an unwashed wine-glass spoil a draught of fair water.
Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature.
Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction.
Talent is a faculty that is highly developed, but genius commands all the faculties.
Nothing is so envied as genius, nothing so hopeless of attainment by labor alone. Though labor always accompanies the greatest genius, without the intellectual gift labor alone will do little.
It is not because the touch of genius has roused genius to production, but because the admiration of genius has made talent ambitious, that the harvest is still so abundant.
Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.
A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness.
Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor.
Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.
His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.
Time, place, and action may with pains be wrought, but genius must be born; and never can be taught.
Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.
Genius, when young, is divine.
Genius, like truth, has a shabby and neglected mien.
Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them.

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