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Genius itself has been analyzed by the shrewdest observers into a higher capacity of attention. â€śGenius,â€ť says Helvetius â€¦ â€śis nothing but a continued attention,â€ť (une attention suivie). â€śGenius,â€ť says Buffon, â€śis only a protracted patience,â€ť (une longue patience). â€śIn the exact sciences, at least,â€ť says Cuvier, â€śit is the patience of a sound intellect, when invincible, which truly constitutes genius.â€ť And Chesterfield has also observed, that â€śthe power of applying an attention, steady and undissipated, to a single object, is the sure mark of a superior genius.â€ť
In not a few the [opium-eating] habit has crept upon them almost unconsciously, during the medicinal use of opiates to soothe pain, to remove sleeplessness, or to arrest protracted bowel-complaint. The risk of this evil should therefore be carefully borne in mind, for life-long misery has often been caused by undue laxity in the prescribing of opiates.