Careful Words

genius (n.)

Between the acting of a dreadful thing

And the first motion, all the interim is

Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream:

The Genius and the mortal instruments

Are then in council; and the state of man,

Like to a little kingdom, suffers then

The nature of an insurrection.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Julius Caesar. Act ii. Sc. 1.

Power, like a desolating pestilence,

Pollutes whate'er it touches; and obedience,

Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,

Makes slaves of men, and of the human frame

A mechanized automaton.

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822): Queen Mab. iii.

Columbia, Columbia, to glory arise,

The queen of the world and child of the skies!

Thy genius commands thee; with rapture behold,

While ages on ages thy splendors unfold.

Timothy Dwight (1752-1817): Columbia.

Nor mourn the unalterable Days

That Genius goes and Folly stays.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882): In Memoriam.

  There is no great genius without a tincture of madness.

Seneca (8 b c-65 a d): De Tranquillitate Animi. 17.

One science only will one genius fit:

So vast is art, so narrow human wit.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744): Essay on Criticism. Part i. Line 60.

From haunted spring and dale

Edg'd with poplar pale

The parting genius is with sighing sent.

John Milton (1608-1674): Hymn on Christ's Nativity. Line 184.

  Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.

Benjamin Disraeli (Earl Beaconsfield) (1805-1881): Contarini Fleming. Part iv. Chap. v.

  We hold that the most wonderful and splendid proof of genius is a great poem produced in a civilized age.

Thomas B Macaulay (1800-1859): On Milton. 1825.

Manner is all in all, whate'er is writ,

The substitute for genius, sense, and wit.

William Cowper (1731-1800): Table Talk. Line 542.

When all of genius which can perish dies.

Lord Byron 1788-1824: Monody on the Death of Sheridan. Line 22.

  There is no work of genius which has not been the delight of mankind, no word of genius to which the human heart and soul have not sooner or later responded.

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891): Among my Books. First Series. Rousseau and the Sentimentalists.