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Os livros que ando a ler: O Professor e o Louco 

Mad/adjective (madder, maddest) 1 mentally ill. 2 extremely foolish or ill-advised. 3 showing impulsiveness, confusion, or frenzy. 4 informal very enthusiastic about something. 5 informal very angry. 6 (of a dog) rabid. DERIVATIVES madly adverb madness noun.
ORIGIN Old English.

“O! let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven;
Keep me in temper; I would not be mad!”

William Shakespeare 1564-1616: King Lear (1605-6)

Genius /jeeniss/ noun (pl. geniuses) 1 exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability. 2 an exceptionally intelligent or able person. 3 (pl. genii /jeeni-i/) (in some mythologies) a spirit associated with a person, place, or institution. 4 the prevalent character or spirit of a nation, period, etc. ORIGIN Latin, also in the sense ‘spirit present at one’s birth’, from gignere ‘beget’.

“Genius is only a greater aptitude for patience.”
Comte de Buffon 1707-88: H. de Séchelles Voyage à Montbar (1803)

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