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„Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.“

— Thomas Edison American inventor and businessman 1847 - 1931
Spoken statement (c. 1903); published in Harper's Monthly (September 1932). Variants: None of my inventions came by accident. I see a worthwhile need to be met and I make trial after trial until it comes. What it boils down to is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Statement in a press conference (1929), as quoted in Uncommon Friends: Life with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel & Charles Lindbergh (1987) by James D. Newton, p. 24. Variant forms without early citation: "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Accordingly, a 'genius' is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework." "Genius: one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration."

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„Any man who outgrows the myths of childhood is ninety-nine percent aware and convinced of his own mortality.“

— John D. MacDonald writer from the United States 1916 - 1986
Context: Any man who outgrows the myths of childhood is ninety-nine percent aware and convinced of his own mortality. But then comes the chilly breath on the nape of the neck, a stirring of the air by the wings of the bleak angel. When a man becomes one hundred percent certain of his inevitable death, he gets The Look.

„Ninety percent of everything is crud.“

— Theodore Sturgeon American speculative fiction writer 1918 - 1985
Context: I repeat Sturgeon's Revelation, which was wrung out of me after twenty years of wearying defense of science fiction against attacks of people who used the worst examples of the field for ammunition, and whose conclusion was that ninety percent of it is crud. The Revelation: Ninety percent of everything is crud. Corollary 1: The existence of immense quantities of trash in science fiction is admitted and it is regrettable; but it is no more unnatural than the existence of trash anywhere. Corollary 2: The best science fiction is as good as the best fiction in any field. Venture Science Fiction (March 1958) The original expression of this has often been declared to have been "Sure, ninety percent of science fiction is crud. That's because ninety percent of everything is crud." According to Philip Klass Sturgeon made the remark during a talk at New York University around 1951. It has also commonly appeared in variant forms such as "Ninety percent of everything is crap" and is often referred to as "Sturgeon's Law" — though he himself gave that title to another phrase:

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„Life is 10 percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.“

— Lou Holtz American college football coach, professional football coach, television sports announcer 1937

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„Ninety percent of this game is half-mental.“

— Yogi Berra, The Yogi Book : I Really Didn't Say Everything I Said
What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All, Simon and Schuster, 2003, , p. 45. This line has been attributed to Berra and also to Philadelphia Philles manager Danny Ozark. However, it was actually first said by Major League reserve outfielder Jim Wohlford, to whom the line was attributed in April 1974. See Devin Rose, Words of Wisdom - Former Big Leaguer Jim Wohlford - Took the words right out of his mouth http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-09-21/features/0309210321_1_notable-quotables-words-contracts, Chicago Tribune (September 21, 2003) (Retrieved March 4, 2016.) and Website of etymologist Barry Popik, Entry dated September 23, 2015 http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/baseball_is_ninety_percent_mental_and_the_other_half_is_physical/. (Retrieved March 4, 2016.) Variant: Ninety percent of this game is mental, and the other half is physical.

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„Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.“

— Henry Kissinger United States Secretary of State 1923
As quoted in The Other 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said (1984) by Robert Byrne

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„Ninety percent of the theory of Impressionist painting is in.... Ruskin's Elements.“

— Claude Monet French impressionist painter 1840 - 1926
Quote attributed to Claude Monet, talking to a British journalist in 1900, by Wynford Dewhurst in 'What is impressionism?', Contemporary Review, March 1991; Cited in: John Ruskin (2012) The Elements of Drawing. p. viii

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