Protracted Quotes (2 quotes)
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.
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.