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I never nurs'd a dear gazelle,

Many men of genius must erise before a To glad me with its soft black eye,

particular man of genius can appear. But when it came to know me well

Isaac D'ISRAELI-Literary Character of Men And love me, it was sure to die.

of Genius. MOORE—The Fire Worshippers. (See also DICKENS, PAYN, also MIDDLETON To think, and to feel, constitute the two grand under LOVE)

divisions of men of genius—the men of reason.

ing and the men of imaginaton. I never had a piece of toast particularly long and Isaac D'ISRAELI–Literary Character of Men wide,

of Genius. Ch. II. But fell upon the sanded floor, And always on the buttered side.

Philosophy becomes poetry, and science imagParody of MOORE. Probably by JAMES ination, in the enthusiasm of genius. Payn. Appeared in Chambers' Journal. ISAAC D'ISRAELI-Literary Character of Men

of Genius. Ch. XII. GENEROSITY (See GIFTS)

Every work of Genius is tinctured by the feelGENIUS

ings, and often originates in the events of times.

Isaac D'ISRAELILiterary Character of Men Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura de

of Genius. Ch. XXV. mentia. There is no great genius without a mixture

But genius must be born, and never can be of madness.

taught. ARISTOTLE. Quoted by BURTON-Anatomy of

DRYDENEpistle X. To Congreve. L. 60. Melancholy. Assigned to ARISTOTLE also by SENECAProblem. 30. Same idea in

When Nature has work to be done, she creates SENECA —De Tranquillitate Animi. XVII.

a genius to do it. 10. CICERO—Tusculum. I. 33. 80; also EMERSON—Method of Nature. in De Div. I. 37.

The hearing ear is always found close to the Doing easily what others find it difficult is

speaking tongue; and no genius can long or talent; doing what is impossible for talent is

often utter anything which is not invited and genius.

gladly entertained by men around him. HENRI-FREDERIC AMIEL-Journal.

EMERSON—Race.

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As diamond cuts diamond, and one hone smooths a second, all the parts of intellect are whetstones to each other; and genius, which is but the result of their mutual sharpening, is character too. C. A. BARTOL-Radical Problems. Individuo

alism.

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Vivitur ingenio, that damn'd motto there
Seduced me first to be a wicked player.
FARQUHARLove and a Bottle. Epilogue

written and spoken by JOSEPH HAYNES.
The motto "Vivitur ingenio" appears to
have been displayed in Drury Lane Theatre.

(See also SPENSER)
Genius and its rewards are briefly told:
A liberal nature and a niggard doom,
A difficult journey to a splendid tomb.
FORSTERDedication of the Life and Adven-

tures of Oliver Goldsmith.
Genius is the power of lighting one's own fire.

JOHN FOSTER.

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Le Génie, c'est la patience.

Genius is only patience.
BUFFON, as quoted by MADAME DE STAËL in

A. STEVENS' Study of the Life and Times
of Mme. de Staël. Ch. III. P. 61. (Ed.
1881.) Le génie n'est qu'une plus grande
aptitude à la patience. As narrated by
HERAULT DE SÉCHELLES-Voyage à Mont-
bar. P. 15, when speaking of a talk with

BUFFON in 1785. (Not in BUFFON’s works.) 7

Genius : means the transcendent capacity of taking trouble. CARLYLE-Frederick the Great. Bk. IV. Ch. III.

Genius is a capacity for taking trouble. LESLIE STEPHEN. Genius is an intuitive talent for labor. JAN WALÆUS.

(See also HOPKINS) Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius. BENJ. DISRAELI-Contarini Fleming. Pt. IV.

Ch. 5.

Das erste und letzte, was vom Genie gefordert wird, ist Wahrheits-Liebe.

The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth. GOETHE-Sprüche in Prosa. III.

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Here lies our good Edmund, whose genius was

such
We scarcely can praise it or blame it too much;
Who, born for the universe, narrow'd his mind,
And to party gave up what was meant for

mankind.
GOLDSMITH-Retaliation. L. 29.

(See also BROWNING under FORTUNE) Perhaps, moreover, he whose genius appears deepest and truest excels his fellows in nothing save the knack of expression; he throws out

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has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius. Isaac D'ISRAELI— Curiosities of Literature.

Poverty of the Learned.

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Nature is the master of talents; genius is the Three-fifths of him genius and two-fifths sheer master of nature.

fudge. J. G. HOLLAND-Plain Talk on Familiar Sub LOWELL-Fable for Critics. L. 1,296. jects. · Art and Life.

Ubi jam valideis quassatum est viribus ævi Gift, like genius, I often think only means an Corpus, et obtuseis ceciderunt viribus artus, infinite capacity for taking pains.

Claudicat ingenium delirat linguaque mensque. ELLICE HOPKINS — Work amongst Working When the body is assailed by the strong

Men. In Notes and Queries, Sept. 13, 1879. force of time and the limbs weaken from exP. 213, a correspondent, H. P. states that hausted force, genius breaks down, and mind, he was the first to use the exact phrase, and speech fail. "Genius is the capacity for taking pains." LUCRETIUS—De Rerum Natura. III. 452. (See also CARLYLE)

Talk not of genius baffled. Genius is master of At ingenium ingens

man; Inculto latet sub hoc corpore.

Genius does what it must, and talent does what Yet a mighty genius lies bid under this rough exterior.

Blot out my name, that the spirits of ShakeHORACE-Satires. Bk. I. 3. 33.

speare and Milton and Burns 5

Look not down on the praises of fools with a pity Genius is a promontory jutting out into the

my soul yet spurns. infinite.

OWEN MEREDITH-Last Words. Pub. in VICTOR HUGOWm. Shakespeare.

Cornhill Mag. Nov. 1860. P. 516. We declare to you that the earth has exhausted

Ingenio stat sine morte decus. its contingent of master-spirits. Now for de

The honors of genius are eternal.

PROPERTIUSElegiæ. III. 2. 24. cadence and general closing. We must make up

17 our minds to it. We shall have no more men of genius.

Illud ingeniorum velut præcox genus, non VICTOR HUGO-Wm. Shakespeare. Bk. V.

temere unquam pervenit ad frugem. Ch. I.

It seldom happens that a premature shoot

of genius ever arrives at maturity. The true Genius is a mind of large general

QUINTILIANDe Institutione Oratoria. I. 3. 1. powers, accidentally determined to some par

Das Licht des Genie's bekam weniger ticular direction. SAMUEL JOHNSON-Life of Cowley.

Fett,

als das Licht des Lebens.

The lamp of genius burns quicker than the

lamp of life. Entre esprit et talent il y a la proportion du SCHILLER—Fiesco. II. 17. tout à sa partié. Intelligence is to genius as the whole is in

Nullum sæculum magnis ingeniis clausum est. proportion to its part.

No age is shut against great genius. LA BRUYÈRE—The Characters or Manners of

SENECAEpistolæ Ad Lucilium. CII. the Present Age. Opinions.

There is none but he Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring My Genius is rebuk’d: as, it is said,

Whose being I do fear; and, under him, up into beauty like a reed.

Mark Antony's was by Cæsar. "G. H. LEWES—Spanish Drama. Life of Lope Macbeth. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 54. De Vega. Ch. II.

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Marmora Mæonii vincunt monumenta libelli All the means of action

Vivitur ingenio; cætera mortis erunt. The shapeless masses, the materials

The poets' scrolls will outlive the monuments Lie everywhere about us. What we need

of stone. Genius survives; all else is claimed Is the celestial fire to change the flint

by death. Into transparent crystal, bright and clear.

SPENSER—Shepherd's Calendar. Colin's EmThat fire is genius!

blem. End. (1715) Quoted. PEACHAMLONGFELLOW-Spanish Student. Act I. Sc. 5.

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from Consolatio ad Liviam, by an anonyThere is no work of genius which has not been mous author, written shortly after Mæcenas' the delight of mankind, no word of genius to death. Attributed to VERGIL and OVID. See

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Notes and Queries, Jan., 1918, p. 12. ROBIN

The best of men SON ELLIS-Appendix Vergiliana. RIESE That e'er wore earth about him was a sufferer; Anthologia Latina.

A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit, (See also FARQUHAR, also HORACE under MONU The first true gentleman that ever

breathed. MENTS)

THOMAS DEKKERThe Honest Whore. Pt. I.

Act I. Sc. 2. Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it. His tribe were God Almighty's gentlemen. MADAME DE STAËL-Corinne. Bk. VII. Ch. I. DRYDEN-Absalom and Achitophel. Pt. I. L.

645. Genius inspires this thirst for fame: there is no blessing undesired by those to whom Heaven A gentleman I could never make him, though gave the means of winning it.

I could make him a lord. MADAME DE STAËL-Corinne. Bk. XVI. Ch. I. JAMES I, to his old nurse, who begged him to

make her son a gentleman. See SELDON— Genius can never despise labour.

Table Talk.
ABEL STEVENS-Life of Madame de Staël. Ch.
XXXVIII.

My master hath been an honourable gentle4

man; tricks he hath had in him, which gentlemen Genius loci.

have. The presiding genius of the place.

Al's Well That Ends Well. Act V. Sc. 3. L. VERGIL-Æneid. VII. 136. Genius signifies 238.

a divinity. Monumental stones were inscribed by the ancient Romans, "Genio I freely told you, all the wealth I had loci”_"To the Divinity of the locality.” Ran in my veins, I was a gentleman. Altar to the Unknown God. (See ACTS Merchant of Venice. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 257. XVII. 23. GENTIAN

A gentleman born, master parson; who writes Gentiana

himself 'Armigero;' in any bill, warrant, quit

tance, or obligation, 'Armigero.' And the blue gentian-flower, that, in the breeze, Merry Wives of Windsor. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 9. Nods lonely, of her beauteous race the last. BRYANT-November.

We are gentlemen,

That neither in our hearts, nor outward eyes Thou blossom! bright with autumn dew,

Envy the great, nor do the low despise.
And colour'd with the heaven's own blue,

Pericles. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 25.
That openest when the quiet light
Succeeds the keen and frosty night.

Since every Jack became a gentleman,
BRYANT-To the Fringed Gentian.

There's many a gentle person made a Jack. 7

Richard III. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 72.
Blue thou art, intensely blue;
Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?

An affable and courteous gentleman.
MONTGOMERY—The Gentianella.

Taming of the Shrew. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 98. Beside the brook and on the umbered meadow, Where yellow fern-tufts fleck the faded

"I am a gentleman.” I'll be sworn thou art; ground,

Thy tongue, thy face, thy limbs, actions and With folded lids beneath their palmy shadow

spirit, The gentian nods in dewy slumbers bound.

Do give thee five-fold blazon. SARAH HELEN WHITMAN-A Still Day in

Twelfth Night. Act I. Sc. 5. L. 310.
Autumn. St. 6.

He is complete in feature, and in mind,
GENTLEMEN

With all good grace to grace a gentleman.
Oh! St. Patrick was a gentleman,

Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act II. Sc. 4. L. Who came of decent people.

73. HENRY BENNETT-St. Patrick was a Gentleman.

You are not like Cerberus, three gentlemen Of the offspring of the gentilman Jafeth come at once, are you? Habraham, Moyses, Aron, and the profettys;

R. B. SHERIDAN—The Rivals. Act IV. Sc. 2. also the Kyng of the right lyne of Mary, of whom that gentilman Jhesus was borne.

The gentle minde by gentle deeds is knowne; JULIANA BERNERSHeraldic Blazonry.

For a man by nothing is so well bewrayed

As by his manners. Tho' modest, on his unembarrass'd brow

SPENSERFaerie Queene. Bk. VI. Canto III. Nature had written "Gentleman."

St. 1.
BYRONDon Juan. Canto IX. St. 83.

And thus he bore without abuse
I was ne'er so thrummed since I was a gentle The grand old name of gentleman,

Defamed by every charlatan
THOMAS DEKKERThe Honest Whore. Pt. I. And soiled with all ignoble use.
Act IV. Sc. 2.

TENNYSON-In Memoriam. CX. St. 6.

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Giving requires good sense.
OVIDAmorum. I. 8. 62.

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Majestatem res data dantis habet.

The gift derives its value from the rank of the giver. OVIDEpistolæ Ex Ponto. IV. 9. 68.

(See also SENECA) Acceptissima semper munera sunt auctor quæ pretiosa facit.

Those gifts are ever the most acceptable which the giver makes precious. OviD-Heriodes. XVII. 71.

Omne supervacuum pleno de pectore manat.

Everything that is superfluous overflows from the full bosom. HORACE-Ars Poetica. 337. .5 Noli equi dentes inspicere donati.

Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
ST. JEROME-On the Epistle to the Ephesians.
According to ARCHBISHOP TRENCH, explana-

tion that his writings were free-will offerings,
when fault was found with them. Found
also in Vulgaria Stambrigi. (About 1510)

(See also BUTLER, RABELAIS) "Presents," I often say, "endear Absents.”

LAMB-A Dissertation upon Roast Pig.

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Denn der Wille Und nicht die Gabe macht den Geber.

For the will and not the gift makes the giver. LESSING—Nathan der Weise. I. 5.

8 Parvis mobilis rebus animus muliebris.

A woman's mind is affected by the meanest gifts. Live-Annales. VI. 34.

9 Not what we give, but what we share, For the gift without the giver is bare.

LOWELL-Vision of Sir Launfal. Pt. II. St. 8.

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Bis dat qui cito dat.

He gives twice who gives quickly.
Credited to PUBLIUS Mimos by LANGIUS, in
Polyanth. Noviss.

P. 382. ERASMUSAdagia. P. 265, (Ed. 1579) quoting SENECA. Compare SENECA-De Beneficiis. II. 1. HOMER-Iliad. XVIII. 98. Title of epigram in a book entitled Joannis Owen, Oxeniensis Angli Epigrammatum. (1632) P. 148. Also in MANIPULUS SACER-Concionum Maralium, Collectus ex Voluminibus R. P. Hieremiæ Drexelii. (1644) EURIPIDES-Rhes. 333. AUSONIUS—Epigram. 83. 1. (Trans.) ALCIATUSEmblemata. 162.

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And wisest he in this whole wide land

Of hoarding till bent and gray;
For all you can hold in your cold, dead hand

Is what you have given away.
He gave with a zest and he gave his best;

Give him the best to come.
JOAQUIN MILLER—Peter Cooper.

Fabius Verrucosus beneficium ab homine duro aspere datum, panem lapidosum vocabat.

Fabius Verrucosus called a favor roughly bestowed by a hard man, bread made of stone. SENECA-De Beneficiis. II. 7.

(See also MATTHEW),

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