Perspiration vs. Inspiration

An interesting topic on The Daily Heller drew my attention this morning– Perspiration vs. Inspiration. This genius comparison of these two words really ‘inspires’ me to view the happiness of our diligent attitude in working. We are genius when we work hard, though the sweets of the success won’t be tasted until the flash of insight popping. Taste the sweets or not, the genius knows s/he already has the spirits and enjoys the processes.

Below are the summary of Steven Heller makes in the Nov.04(2010) article:
“Thomas Alva Edison is first reported as saying “Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration” sometime around 1902, in the September 1932 edition of Harper’s Monthly Magazine. As the light bulb glowed over his head, his point was that genius is the result of hard work, rather than an inspired flash of insight. Around twenty years earlier John Ruskin wrote: “I know of no genius but the genius of hard work.” Maybe Mr. Edison was not as original has he’d have us believe.”


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