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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

6002 Thomas Carlyle 1795-1881 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881)
QUOTATION:  Genius … means the transcendent capacity of taking trouble. 1 
ATTRIBUTION:Life of Frederick the Great. Book iv. Chap. iii.
Note 1.
Buffon says:—“La génie n’est autre chose qu’une grande aptitude à la patience. (Genius is nothing else than a great aptitude for patience).” There is also a popular proverb: “Genius is patience.” See also Disraeli, p. 627: “Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.” See Leslie Stephen: “Genius is a capacity for taking trouble.” Jan Walæus also says: “Genius is an intuitive talent for labor.” [back]