True genius

In genius studies, true genius is a genius that is true.

Enrico Fermi, of note, described Richard Garwin (SPE:8|2014) as “the only true genius he had ever met”, as recalled by Marvin Goldberger (Ѻ); though, to note, Fermi also said the same of Ettore Majorana.

The following are related quotes:

“When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.”
— Jonathan Swift (1728), Essay on the Fates of Clergyman (Ѻ)

“Every true genius is bound to be naive.”
Friedrich Schiller (c.1785), Publication (Ѻ)

“To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.”
Samuel Coleridge (c.1810), Publication (Ѻ)

“The true genius shudders at incompleteness — imperfection — and usually prefers silence to saying the something which is not everything that should be said.”
Edgar Poe (c.1948), Marginalia

See also
● Real genius
True love

Further reading
● Hoddeson, Lillian and Daitch, Vicki. (2002). True Genius: the Life and Science of John Bardeen: the Only Winner of Two Nobel Prizes in Physics. Joseph Henry Press.

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