on genius / by IKB

On the discordance between the artist and his creation:

But genius, and even great talent, springs less from seeds of intellect and social refinement superior to those of other people than from the faculty of transforming and transposing them .... Genius consist[s] in reflection power and not in the intrinsic quality of the scene reflected.1

1 Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past. #