Helvetius_Jean Quotes (1 quote)
Genius itself has been analyzed by the shrewdest observers into a higher capacity of attention. Genius, says Helvetius is nothing but a continued attention, (une attention suivie). Genius, says Buffon, is only a protracted patience, (une longue patience). In the exact sciences, at least, says Cuvier, it is the patience of a sound intellect, when invincible, which truly constitutes genius. And Chesterfield has also observed, that the power of applying an attention, steady and undissipated, to a single object, is the sure mark of a superior genius.