Genius and taste no longer mean for us what they meant to the poets and critics of the Romantic period. Their halo, their mystery, their power are gone. By genius is now merely meant the creative faculty, the power of self-expression, which we all share in varying degrees. By taste is meant the power to see and understand and enjoy the self-expression of others, a power which all of us must in some measure share or no art would be intelligible . . . . We are all geniuses; we are all possessed of taste.
SPINGARN, Creative Criticism
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Publication information: Book title: The Artist as Creator. Contributors: Milton C. Nahm - Author. Publisher: Johns Hopkins Press. Place of publication: Baltimore, MD. Publication year: 1956. Page number: 211.
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