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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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Mysteries of Life, Death, and Futurity: Illustrated from the Best and Latest ...

John Timbs - 1861 - 276 páginas
...altogether incompatible with intermissions of extraordinary brightness. Dryden has sung with nervous truth : Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide. And, in the masterly satire whence these lines are quoted, how truly are insane workings portrayed...
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ESSAYS, CRITICAL AND MISCELLANEOUS.

T. BABINGTON MACAULAY - 1861
...most striking features. Ahithophel is one of the " great wits to matess near allied." And again — 8 R1 Q1 wen He sought the storms ; but for a calm unfit, Would steer too nigh the sands to boast his wit."*...
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Temple Bar, Volume 69

1883
...finest he ever heard. He was an admirable letter-writer, and by many was thought to be Junius. He was "A daring pilot in extremity, Pleased with the danger when the waves ran high." In the Eegency dispute he was unsuccessful, more on account of his client than his doctrine....
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A history of English literature, in a series of biographical sketches

William Francis Collier - 1862
...which, working out its way, Fretted the pigmy body to decay, And e'er-informed the tenement of clay. A daring pilot in extremity ; Pleased with the danger...wit. Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And tliin partitions do their bounds divide ; Else why should he, with wealth and honour blest, Refuse...
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The Literature of Society, Volume 2

Mrs. A. T. Thomson - 1862
...decay, And o'er-inform'd the tenement of clay, A daring pilot in extremity ; Pleased with the dangers when the waves went high, He sought the storms ; but, for a calm unfit, f Would steer too nigh the sands to boast his wit. Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And...
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Waverley Novels: The pirate

Sir Walter Scott - 1902
...again,' said the Factor. ' Why, to be sure,' replied the minstrel, ' I am, as glorious John says, — " A daring pilot in extremity, Pleased with the danger when the waves go high, I seek the storm — but, for a calm unfit, Will steer too near the sands, to show my wit."...
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The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

Robert Andrews - 1993 - 1092 páginas
...recognizes genius. SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (1859-1930). English author. The Valley of Fear, ch. 1 (1915). 17 Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide. JOHN DRYDEN (1631-1700). English poet, dramatist, critic. Absj/om and Achitophel, pi. I . 18 Genius...
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Healing the Split: Integrating Spirit Into Our Understanding of the Mentally ...

John E. Nelson - 1994 - 442 páginas
...favor of theory alone. The English poet John Dryden reflected this popular viewpoint when he wrote: Great wits are sure to madness near allied, And thin partitions do their bounds divide. We may wonder if Shakespeare was speaking from experience when he wrote in A Midsummer Night's Dream:...
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The Literary Percys: Family History, Gender, and the Southern Imagination

Bertram Wyatt-Brown - 1994 - 110 páginas
...popular myths or poetic conceits about such a connection have a validity which is hard to challenge. "Great wits are sure to madness near allied; / and thin partitions do their bounds divide," wrote John Dryden, versifying the notion in the seventeenth century. "Study after study," reported...
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Dimensions of Creativity

Margaret A. Boden - 1996 - 242 páginas
...respect to certain personality traits, but certainly does not claim identity; it agrees with Dryden that "great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide." This puts the case very neatly; not identity, but "near alliance," with their bounds being divided...
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