The dead play a very prominent part in the experience of the wanderer abroad. The houses in which they were born, the tombs in which they lie, the localities they made famous by their good or evil deeds, and the works their genius left behind them are necessarily the chief shrines of his pilgrimage.
I am a genius who has written poems that will survive with the best of Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Keats.
The genius which runs to madness is no longer genius.
The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtle, without being at all acute; hence there is so much humour and so little wit in their literature.
Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.
I was induced to establish several orders of merit, from conviction that emulation, well directed, becomes a useful servant; and, that the latent genius of some youth is more easily brought into action this way, than by the more sordid gratification of self-interest.
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius.
Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly.
There is no self-knowledge but an historical one. No one knows what he himself is who does not know his fellow men, especially the most prominent one of the community, the master’s master, the genius of the age.