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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Genius
 
  Genius, like Shakespeare’s toad, may be out at the elbows and down at the heels, yet still wears a precious jewel in its head.
            —Hilary Bell
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  Men ov genius are like eagles, tha live on what tha kill, while men ov talents are like crows, tha live on what haz bin killed for them.
            —Josh Billings
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  Early genius, like early cabbage, does not head well.
            —Josh Billings
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  Genius, like humanity, rusts for want of use.
            —William Hazlitt
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  The advent of genius is like what the florists style the breaking of a seedling tulip into what we may call high-caste colors…. It is a surprise—there is nothing to account for it.
            —Oliver Wendell Holmes
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  The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds; and instead of vines and olives for the pleasure and use of man, produces to its slothful owner the most abundant crop of poisons.
            —David Hume
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  The mind contemplates genius through the shades of age, as the eye surveys through artificial capacity.
            —Dr. Samuel Johnson
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  Genius, like a torch, shines less in the broad daylight of the present than in the light of the past.
            —J. Petit-Senn
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  Genius is the alarm-clock of sleeping centuries.
            —John Paul Richter
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  Genius, like fire, is a good servant, but a terrible master.
            —Lydia Huntley Sigourney
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  Genius as with fashion: all those are displeased at it, who are not able to follow it.
            —Thomas Warton
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