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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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Science Fact and Science Fiction: An Encyclopedia

Brian M. Stableford - 2006 - 729 páginas
...Shakespeare's grouping of "the lunatic, the lover and the poet" and John Dryden's observation that "Great wits are sure to madness near allied, /And thin partitions do their bounds divide" (1681) — is tantamount to an affirmation that some aberrations from the norm are socially and existentially...
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Born Under Saturn: The Character and Conduct of Artists : a Documented ...

Rudolf Wittkower, Margot Wittkower - 2007 - 344 páginas
...context, as it often was from the seventeenth century onwards, it suggested a different meaning. Dryden's Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide, and even Schopenhauer's 'genius is nearer to madness than the average intelligence' echo the misinterpreted...
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J. Robert Oppenheimer: A Life

the late Abraham Pais - 2006 - 400 páginas
...in turn told it to me.) That behavior brings to mind the lines by the poet John Dryden (1631-1670): Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide. While in Europe, Oppenheimer sought help of at least two psychiatrists: In June of 1926 [he told an...
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Creativity: Theories and Themes: Research, Development, and Practice

Mark A. Runco - 2010 - 504 páginas
...philosophy, politics, poetry, and the arts have all tendencies towards melancholia. — Aristotle, Problemata Great wits are sure to madness near allied/ And thin partitions do their bounds divide. —John Dryden, English dramatist (1831-1900) There is no great genius without a touch of madness —...
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