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Genius like gold and precious stones is chi

Genius like gold and precious stones
is chiefly prized because of its rarity.

Geniuses are people who dash of weird wild
incomprehensible poems with astonishing facility
and get booming drunk and sleep in the gutter.

Genius elevates its possessor to ineffable spheres
far above the vulgar world and fills his soul
with regal contempt for the gross and sordid things of earth.

It is probably on account of this
that people who have genius
do not pay their board as a general thing.

Geniuses are very singular.

If you see a young man who has frowsy hair
and distraught look and affects eccentricity in dress
you may set him down for a genius.

If he sings about the degeneracy of a world
which courts vulgar opulence
and neglects brains
he is undoubtedly a genius.

If he is too proud to accept assistance
and spurns it with a lordly air
at the very same time
that he knows he can""t make a living to save his life
he is most certainly a genius.

If he hangs on and sticks to poetry
notwithstanding sawing wood comes handier to him
he is a true genius.

If he throws away every opportunity in life
and crushes the affection and the patience of his friends
and then protests in sickly rhymes of his hard lot
and finally persists
in spite of the sound advice of persons who have got sense
but not any genius
persists in going up some infamous back alley
dying in rags and dirt
he is beyond all question a genius.

But above all things
to deftly throw the incoherent ravings of insanity into verse
and then rush off and get booming drunk
is the surest of all the different signs
of genius.

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by:- admin posted in:- mark twain

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