genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains
- Cf. 1858 CARLYLE Frederick the Great I. IV. iii. ‘Genius’..means transcendent capacity of taking trouble, first of all.
1870 J. E. HOPKINS Work amongst Working Men iv. Gift, like genius, I often think, only means an infinite capacity for taking pains.
1959 M. BRADBURY Eating People is Wrong iv. Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains. But we should still foster it, however much of an embarrassment it may be to us.
1974 T. SHARPE Porterhouse Blue xiv. The modern fashion [of research] comes, I suppose, from a literal acceptance of the ridiculous dictum that genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
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