Love Is The Soul Of Genius


The motto of BYU is “The Glory of God is intelligence.” Sometimes we equate the word “Genius” with the word “intelligence”. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) who many recognize as a musical genius had this to say regarding the subject:

“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.”

Mozart, the musical genius who is revered by most of the world wrote this in a letter:
“It is a great consolation for me to remember that the Lord, to whom I had drawn near in humble and child-like faith, has suffered and died for me, and that He will look on me in love and compassion.”

At this time of year when many are graduating from High School, Universities, and Graduate Schools, let us remember the words of Mozart the musical genius. He of course was only requoting the words of the Savior, a true genius in all matters of the universe.

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:34-35)

The genius of love is that through it and by it, the deepest and noblest emotion of man elevates, enlightens, and softens even the darkest recesses of the human heart.

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