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" 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 divide ; Else, why should he, with wealth and honour blest, Refuse his age... "
The Literature of Society - Página 32
por Mrs. A. T. Thomson - 1862
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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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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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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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Eugenics: A Reassessment

Richard Lynn - 2001 - 366 páginas
...achievement. This claim has a long history. In the seventeenth century, John Dryden, the poet, wrote, "Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide." This contention has drawn support from four strands of evidence. First, a number of studies have reported...
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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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Restoration Literature: An Anthology

Paul Hammond - 2002 - 437 páginas
...extremity: Pleased with the danger, when the waves went high 160 He sought the storms; but for a calm unfit Would steer too nigh the sands to boast his wit. Great...partitions do their bounds divide: Else why should he, with wealth and honour blessed, Refuse his age the needful hours of rest? Punish a body which he...
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Civilization's Quotations: Life's Ideal

Richard Alan Krieger - 2007 - 344 páginas
...touchstone of a man of wit." — Moliere "Melancholy men of all others are most witty." — Aristotle "Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide." — John Dryden "A man who has provoked the shaft of wit cannot complain that he smart from it." —...
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The Major Works

John Dryden - 2003 - 967 páginas
...Pleased with the danger, when the waves went high, 160 He sought the storms; but, for a calm unfit, Would steer too nigh the sands, to boast his wit....partitions do their bounds divide; Else why should he, with wealth and honour blest, Refuse his age the needful hours of rest? Punish a body which he...
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Our Greatest Writers: And Their Major Works

John Carrington - 2003 - 331 páginas
...which, working out its way, Fretted the pigmy body to decay And o'er-informed the tenement of clay Great wits are sure to madness near allied And thin...partitions do their bounds divide; Else, why should he, with wealth and honour blest, Refuse his age the needful hours of rest? This character assassination...
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Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry

David Semple, Roger Smyth, Jonathan Burns, Rajan Darjee, Andrew McIntosh - 2005 - 953 páginas
...these were the figures that epitomised in the public mind the archetypal union of madness and genius. 'Great wits are sure to madness near allied; And thin partitions do their bounds divide' wrote Dryden, while in a IT^-century etching, Melancolicus proclaims 'the price of wisdom is melancholy'....
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