"Prodigy is, at its essence, adaptability and persistent, positive obsession. Without persistence, what remains is an enthusiasm of the moment. Without adaptability, what remains may be channeled into destructive fanatacism. Without positive obsession, there is nothing at all."
- Lauren Oya Olamina in Earthseed: The Books of the Living (read as an epigraph to Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower)