Genius is ten percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration

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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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At this terrible speech Tip felt the beads of perspiration starting all over his body.
He put the paper away in his pocket, and wiped the heavy perspiration from his forehead.
The newcomer sank into a chair and wiped the perspiration from his streaming forehead.
This layer also prevents perspiration from soaking into the shoe or sandal, causing odor and staining.
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It came in little phials, a yucky yellow liquid with a card attached saying, "Dylan poured out his soul for you and now let his perspiration be your inspiration.
The AlphaTec 58-330 and 58-335 gloves are the culmination of extensive research into the needs of workers which revealed a primary source of discomfort - perspiration inside the glove," said Scott Corriveau, President and General Manager of the Ansell Industrial Global Business Unit.
If you live in a really hot and humid climate, you may even have to rotate through several holsters, giving them each time to aspirate the build-up of perspiration.
Tom, by email ATHIS can be caused by poor hygiene, excessive perspiration, active skin bacteria or all of the above.
The capsule is said to work with the natural processes of metabolism, releasing fragrant molecules through the skin's surface during perspiration.
The dress was inspected and a report showed a mix of perspiration and other chemicals had triggered a response in the solution Johnsons had used to clean the dress.
The one whose lipstick is on, mascara doesn't smudge and has no sign of perspiration.
The company's patented MT (Moisture Transfer) technology is the reason for all this--it solves the perspiration problem that leads to wet feet, cold or hot.