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Genius consists in this, that the knowing faculty has received a considerably greater development than the service of the will demands.
    —    Arthur Schopenhauer
In other words, the genius is able to subjugate his will, or desires, in order to view the world objectively.  To the ordinary man, the world is temporary and specific; to the genius, it is eternal, universal, and profound.
[This comment appears in my journal as unattributed.  It may have been my own, and I believe it is, but I am not sure.    —    KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Still Learning
Hospitality
2013 Execution Not Intensity
2012 Charles Carroll Of Carrollton (The Only Catholic Founder)
2011 Life Works
Pay Like Hell
Prosperity Finds Its Way Up

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 Conversation enriches the understanding,
 But solitude is the school of the genius.
  —  Kahlil Gibran
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On This Day In:
2013 Daring Errors
2012 Are You Comfortable?
I Just Have To
In Flux
2011 True New
2010 A Job Well Started Is A Job Half Done
I See With My One Good Eye

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There are two kinds of geniuses, the “ordinary” and the “magicians.”  An ordinary genius is a fellow that you and I would be just as good as, if we were only many times better.   There is no mystery as to how his mind works.  Once we understand what they have done, we feel certain that we, too, could have done it.  It is different with the magicians.  They are, to use mathematical jargon, in the orthogonal complement of where we are and the working of their minds is for all intents and purposes incomprehensible.  Even after we understand what they have done, the process by which they have done it is completely dark.  They seldom, if ever, have students because they cannot be emulated and it must be terribly frustrating for a brilliant young mind to cope with the mysterious ways in which the magician’s mind works.
  —  Mark Kac
Quoted by James Gleick in the Prologue to his book: “Genius
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On This Day In:
2013 To The Last Link
2012 Slept In Again
2011 Home Again, Naturally
2009 Thoughts after a long day of OT…

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Too Few

What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left.
    —    Oscar Levant
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On This Day In:
2012 Three Characters
2011 Universal Payment
2010 Privatizing the TSA?  (An old – and long – post, but still relevant!!)

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