Talent And Genius Quotes

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Genius is talent exercised with courage.

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Talent is a tenant in the house owned by genius.

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Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.

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Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can.

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You can do something with talent, but nothing with genius.

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I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.

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Genius makes its observations in shorthand; talent writes them out at length.

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

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

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Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.

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Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.

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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.

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The discovery of truth by slow, progressive meditation is talent.  Intuition of the truth, not preceded by perceptible meditation, is genius.

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Talent is like the marksman who hits a target which others cannot reach; genius is like the marksman who hits a target . . . which others cannot even see.

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A man who fears ridicule will never go far, for good or ill: he remains on this side of his talents, and even if he has genius, he is doomed to mediocrity.

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Who in the same given time can produce more than others has vigor; who can produce more and better, has talents; who can produce what none else can, has genius.

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Genius must have talent as its complement and implement, just as in like manner imagination must have fancy.  In short, the higher intellectual powers can only act through a corresponding energy of the lower.

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The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.  Talent is a docile creature.  It bows its head meekly while the world slips the collar over it.  It backs into the shafts like a lamb. It draws its load cheerfully, and is patient of the bit and of the whip.  But genius is always impatient of its harness; its wild blood makes it hard to train.

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