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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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Just as it is true that a stream cannot rise above its source, so it is true that a national literature cannot rise above the moral level of the social conditions of the people from whom it derives its inspiration.
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