• Talent has the four seasons: spring, that is to say, the sowing of the seeds; summer, growth; autumn, the harvest; winter, intellectual death. But there is now and then a genius who has no winter, and, no matter how many years he may live, on the blossom of his thought no snow falls. Genius has the climate of perpetual growth.

    Robert Green Ingersoll, Clinton P. Farrell (1900). “The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll: Tributes and miscellany”