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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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Genius is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.

proverb Genius or things considered to have the quality of genius may derive from brilliant ideas or intellect, but they require a huge amount of hard work to be successful. All these successful entrepreneurs had great ideas, sure, but they worked extremely hard to realize them. Genius is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.

Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.

proverb What appears as exceptional intellectual or creative capacity is actually the ability to continually exert great effort and attention to detail. Maybe these designers are born with some innate brilliance, but their designs are the result of a laser focus on getting all the details right. Ultimately, genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.

stroke of genius

A particularly inspired, clever, or innovative act, idea, or decision. Their decision to let customers from any other operating system migrate their information was a stroke of genius. I must say, it was a stroke of genius getting the kids all those puzzles—they've been playing quietly for hours!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

budding genius

a very bright and promising young person. Harry is a budding genius, but he seems like a fairly normal teenager.
See also: budding, genius

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.

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.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

stroke of genius

an outstandingly brilliant and original idea.
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stroke of genius, a

A brilliant idea. This cliché, in which stroke betokens the sudden appearance of the idea, dates from the second half of the 1800s and at first was always used admiringly. Thus the Tacoma News of December 13, 1889, stated, “The latest nickel-in-the slot scheme is really a stroke of genius and is destined to revolutionize cheap literature in this country.” Later, however, the term was often used sarcastically, as in “You forgot the tickets? That was a stroke of genius.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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The old man who was leading the hind told him the adventure of the merchant and the genius. The second old man had not sooner heard the story than he, too, decided to stay there to see what would happen.
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."
While Brann in following the fortunes of melancholic genius all through his book keeps bumping against theological questions (as for instance the existence of demons or the survival of an individual soul), any larger and unquestionably burning issues in the time of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation are largely excised.
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There are people who will tell you anyone can be a genius. I do believe that we need to differentiate between talent and genius.