The secret of genius

Let’s learn, then, near those poets who have been adorned with the title genius. It is they who will betray to us the secret of that imposing word. The secret of genius is that of universal teaching: learning, repeating, imitating, translating, taking apart, putting back together.

Ranciere, The Ignorant Schoolmaster, p.68.

Which is to say, genius amounts to the will to work at something, and is available to every intelligent being.

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