Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration.
(Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), U.S. inventor. Remark by Edison c. 1903. Harper's (New York, Sept. 1932).
Edison, one of the most inspired and productive inventors of his time, received only three months of formal schooling.)
Witty inspirations are the proverbs of the educated.
(Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 29 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)