A genius can’t be forced; nor can you make an ape an alderman.
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- The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the real value of things, and of the genius of the age in which we live.
- To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.
- Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.
- Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities.
- Ability is a poor man’s wealth.
- The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts.