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The greatest genius will never be worth much if he pretends to draw exclusively from his own resources.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have is this. When I have a subject in mind. I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it... the effort which I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.

Author: Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804)

Profession: American Statesman

Nothing is so envied as genius, nothing so hopeless of attainment by labor alone. Though labor always accompanies the greatest genius, without the intellectual gift labor alone will do little.

Author: B. R. Hayden (1913-1980)

Profession: American Poet

The definition of genius is that it acts unconsciously; and those who have produced immortal works, have done so without knowing how or why. The greatest power operates unseen.

Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Profession: British Essayist

Talent is a faculty that is highly developed, but genius commands all the faculties.

Author: Francis Herbert Hedge (1846-1924)

Profession: British Philosopher

Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction.

Author: Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)

Profession: German Poet, Journalist

Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature.

Author: Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881)

Profession: American Author

The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet

Unpretending mediocrity is good, and genius is glorious; but a weak flavor of genius in an essentially common person is detestable. It spoils the grand neutrality of a commonplace character, as the rinsings of an unwashed wine-glass spoil a draught of fair water.

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet

Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent -- the power to do the right thing the first time.

Author: Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

Profession: American Author, Publisher

Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.

Author: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Profession: French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds.

Author: David Hume (1711-1776)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Historian

We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.

Author: Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Profession: British Author

Rising genius always shoots out its rays from among the clouds, but these will gradually roll away and disappear as it ascends to its steady luster.

Author: Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Profession: American Author

Genius... means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an inhabitual way.

Author: William James (1842-1910)

Profession: American Psychologist, Professor, Author