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" A daring pilot in extremity, Pleased with the danger, when the waves went high, He sought the storms; but, for a calm unfit, Would steer too nigh the sands to boast his wit. * Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds... "
The Works of John Dryden: Now First Collected in Eighteen Volumes - Página 222
de John Dryden, Walter Scott - 1821
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The Unknown Virginia Woolf

Professor Roger Poole, Roger Poole - 1995 - 289 páginas
...being baffled by his own evidence, and come to the conclusion that Dryden was right when he wrote: Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide. The judgement, in its curiously deliberate (self-imposed) insensitivity, does form a part of the larger...
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Purcell: A Biography

Jonathan Keates - 1996 - 304 páginas
...disdain for that rationality to which the contemporary ethos increasingly clung. Dryden's famous lines: Great wits are sure to madness near allied And thin partitions do their bounds divide may have achieved cliche status since they were written, but their implication for Purcell's age was...
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Mould's Medical Anecdotes: Omnibus Edition

R.F Mould - 1996 - 510 páginas
...Pope must have known someone like this when he penned those immortal lines in his Essay on Criticism: 'Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide'. Here indeed is a great wit. On health: 'Muddy' look could indicate changes in the writer's emotional...
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Lodge of the Double-headed Eagle (c): Two Centuries of Scottish Rite ...

William L. Fox - 1997 - 491 páginas
...which working out its way, Fretted the pygmy-body to decay: And o'er-informed the tenement of clay. A daring pilot in extremity; Pleased with the danger, when the waves went high He sought the storms . . . John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel" A little past five in the morning on April 18, 1906, an...
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Famous Lines: A Columbia Dictionary of Familiar Quotations

Robert Andrews - 1997 - 625 páginas
...recognizes genius. ARTHUR CONAN, SIR DOYLE, (1859-1930) British author. The Valley of Fear, ch. 1 (1915). 6 Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide. JOHN DRYDEN, (1631-1700) British poet, dramatist, critic. Absalom and Achitophel, pt. 1,1. 163^1(1681)....
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Cultural Interactions in the Romantic Age: Critical Essays in Comparative ...

Gregory Maertz - 1998 - 258 páginas
...territory. The dangerous proximity prompted John Dryden's well-known couplet on the Earl of Shaftesbury: "Great wits are sure to madness near allied, / And thin partitions do their bounds divide" (Absalom and Achitophel, 163-64). Prior to the eighteenth century, the furor poeticus was posited in...
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Fools and Jesters in Literature, Art, and History: A Bio-bibliographical ...

Vicki K. Janik - 1998 - 552 páginas
...Cambridge UP, 1987. The Vice Figure in Middle English Morality Plays (England: 1370-1500) David N. DeVries "Great wits are sure to madness near allied. And thin partitions do their bounds divide." — Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel As David Bevington writes, "Vice is more appealing than serious...
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Eminent Creativity, Everyday Creativity, and Health

Mark A. Runco, Ruth Richards - 1997 - 560 páginas
...great genius without some touch of madness," said Seneca, which Drydn seconded centuries later with "Great wits are sure to madness near allied, /And thin partitions do their bounds divide." Whether or not this judgment is true, however, is not the business of this essay to determine. Rather,...
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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Oxford University Press, TME. - 1999 - 1136 páginas
...Fretted the pigmy body to decay. .-\/).Ч(|/<шт íiml Ai'liítí>i>ln'l ( l 68 1 ) pt. 1,1. 150 1 A daring pilot in extremity; Pleased with the danger,...waves went high He sought the storms; but for a calm unlit. .Mvufuni imil At'ltilophel ( 1 68 1 1 pt. i, I. i 59 2 Great wits are sure to madness near allied,...
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The Debate Over the Origin of Genius During the Italian Renaissance: The ...

Noel L. Brann - 2002 - 502 páginas
...reaffirmed by John Dryden in the asseveration contained in his Absalom and Architophel (I, 163) that "great wits are sure to madness near allied, /And thin partitions do their bounds divide." Putting the same notion into prose form in the following century, Denis Diderot exulted at the pinnacle...
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