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Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Genius is 1 per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration.
Ninety eight per cent of genius is hard work. As for genius being inspired, inspiration is in most cases another word for perspiration.
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The poem is, then, a little myth of man's capacity for making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see—it is, rather, a light by which we may see—and what we see is life.
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February 11, 1847
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