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A genius can never expect to have a good time anywhere, if he is a genuine article, but America is about the last place in which life will be endurable at all for an inspired writer of any kind.
~ Samuel Butler

 

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A genius is one who can do anything except make a living.
~ Joey Lauren Adams

 

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A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression.
~ Ezra Pound

 

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A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Accept your genius and say what you think.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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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.
~ Peter Kline

 

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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.''
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

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As it must not, so genius cannot be lawless; for it is even that constitutes its genius -- the power of acting creatively under laws of its own origination.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

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Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset

 

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Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
~ Henri Frederic Amiel

 

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Every man is a potential genius until he does something.
~ Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree

 

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Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

 

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Every person of genius is considerably helped by being dead.
~ Robert S. Lund

 

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Everybody denies I am a genius --but nobody ever called me one!
~ Orson Welles

 

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Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.
~ Desiderius Erasmus

 

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Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg

 

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Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them.
~ Robertson Davies

 

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Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.
~ Isaac D'Israeli

 

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Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last.
~ Johann Kaspar Lavater

 

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