genius


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a budding genius

A young person who exhibits signs of great intelligence. This kid's a budding genius—have you seen the complex equations he can solve?
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budding genius

a very bright and promising young person. Harry is a budding genius, but he seems like a fairly normal teenager.
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Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.

Prov. Genius is the quality of being exceedingly careful about everything you do. If genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains, Marilyn certainly has it. She never overlooks a single detail that needs attention.
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Genius is ten percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration.

Prov. People get brilliant results primarily by working hard, not because they have special inborn powers. Child: Betty always does the best drawings in art class. She must be a genius. Father: If you worked hard, you could do just as well. Remember, genius is ten percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration.
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stroke of genius

an act of genius; a very clever and innovative idea or task. Your idea of painting the rock wall red was a stroke of genius.
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stroke of genius

an outstandingly brilliant and original idea.
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References in classic literature ?
When the merchant saw that the genius was determined to cut off his head, he said: "One word more, I entreat you.
But," said the genius, "if I grant you the delay you ask, I am afraid that you will not come back.
On this the genius left him near the fountain and disappeared.
Then he told them what had passed between him and the genius, and how he had given his word to return at the end of a year to be killed.
He dismounted, and sat down at the edge of the fountain, where he awaited the genius in terrible suspense.
I should like to be a witness of your interview with the genius.
They told him the story, and he also resolved to see what would pass between the genius and the merchant, so waited with the rest.
This smoke came nearer and nearer, and then, all at once, it vanished, and they saw the genius, who, without speaking to them, approached the merchant, sword in hand, and, taking him by the arm, said, "Get up and let me kill you as you killed my son.
The genius considered some time, and then he said, "Very well, I agree to this.
Gill, Eugene Didier, Sarah Helen Whitman and others these scandals have been dispelled and Poe is seen as he actually was-not as a man without failings, it is true, but as the finest and most original genius in American letters.
We want the great genius only for joy; for one star more in our constellation, for one tree more in our grove.
If you criticise a fine genius, the odds are that you are out of your reckoning, and instead of the poet, are censuring your own caricature of him.
If we cannot make voluntary and conscious steps in the admirable science of universals, let us see the parts wisely, and infer the genius of nature from the best particulars with a becoming charity.
Very fitly therefore I assert that every man is a partialist, that nature secures him as an instrument by self-conceit, preventing the tendencies to religion and science; and now further assert, that, each man's genius being nearly and affectionately explored, he is justified in his individuality, as his nature is found to be immense; and now I add that every man is a universalist also, and, as our earth, whilst it spins on its own axis, spins all the time around the sun through the celestial spaces, so the least of its rational children, the most dedicated to his private affair, works out, though as it were under a disguise, the universal problem.
From this point of view the clasp with which Beaumarchis' Cherubin seizes Marceline is a stroke of genius.