“Genius is intensity.” Honore Balzac.

Robert Reid, Fleur de Lis, 1895-1900
Robert Reid, Fleur de Lis, 1895-1900 Courtesy davidsartoftheday.blogspot.com

But what if I fail of my purpose here?
It is but to keep the nerves at strain,
To dry one’s eyes and laugh at a fall,
And, baffled, get up and begin again–
So the chase takes up one’s life, that’s all.

–Robert Browning.