Quotes on Genius

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Genius is talent exercised with courage.
 
Works of genius have this in common, that even when they vividly capture the nothingness of things, when they clearly show and make us feel the inevitable unhappiness of life, and when they express the most terrible despair, nonetheless to a great soul -- though he find himself in a state of extreme duress, disillusion, nothingness, noia, and despair of life, or in the bitterest and deadliest misfortunes (caused by deep feelings or whatever) -- these works always console and rekindle enthusiasm; and though they treat or represent only death, they give back to him, at least temporarily, that life which he had lost.
 
In a stupid nation the man of genius becomes a god: everybody worships him and nobody does his will.
 
I have nothing to declare but my genius.
 
There is no more light in a genius than in any other honest man—but he has a particular kind of lens to concentrate this light into a burning point.
 
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