„Too often we forget that genius, too, depends upon the data within its reach, that even Archimedes could not have devised Edison's inventions. We also forget that genius is not genius all the time, although it is superior all the time.“

—  Ernest Dimnet, p. 169
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écrivain français 1866 - 1954
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