March 28, 2007

Genius

Genius is 1 per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration

(Thomas A. Edison, C. 1895)


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  1. m

    A genius has much more percent of inspiration than 1.
    Thomas A. Edison is sure to have known that.
    He might have used the saying above when he asked for more money for his achievements.
    Such an exaggeration is legitimate.

    29 Mar 2007, 14:50

  2. The immediate thoughts that strike me when I read again Thomas Alva Edison’s saying are:
    Any kind of inspirational thought is a point of departure for further elaboration, and transformation of that thought. Genius can never start with 1% inspiration and he/she never counts the time or the extra effort that lead him/her to find the key of inspiration. Genius is inclined to be wholeheartedly and passionately involved in whatever he/she researching and his/her work gives him/her as much happiness as his/her spare time. “Pleasure” or “happiness”, therefore, cannot be expressed as perspiration.

    30 Mar 2007, 04:04

  3. m

    ”.. inspirational thought is a point of departure for further elaboration, ... ”
    If that is done without inspiration, it would be void – again inspiration.
    .
    “Genius can never start with 1% inspiration .. never counts .. extra effort .. to find the key of inspiration.”
    Counting the long time, a genius just does nothing, sitting, chatting with other people, thinking without an obvious result – but that is also part of inspiration – again inspiration.

    “Genius is .. wholeheartedly and passionately involved in .. work gives .. happiness as .. spare time. “Pleasure” or “happiness”, therefore, cannot be expressed as perspiration. ”
    d’accord – the perspiration part again is decreased by that argument.

    As ideas do not come immediately if you sit down, also for a genius, as ideas come quickly when they come, as a genius is often passionately involved, a genius never seems to work in the traditional sense. Therefore, a genius is in trouble when asking for a financial balance for work: 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration is a good argument then.

    31 Mar 2007, 20:00


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