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His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) American inventor.

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) American inventor.

Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered, either by themselves or by others.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Italian painter, sculptor and architect.

Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth.

Denis Diderot (1713-1784) French philosopher.


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

Henri Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881) Swiss writer.

Genius is childhood recaptured.

Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) French sociologist, and philosopher.

What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) British poet.

Since when was genius found respectable?

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) British poet.

Genius without education is like silver in the mine.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.