People of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities.
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- Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage which it contained.
- Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.
- People are so constituted that everybody would rather undertake what they see others do, whether they have an aptitude for it or not.
- The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace.
- The destiny of any nation at any given time depends on the opinion of its young people, those under twenty-five.
- What makes people happy is activity; changing evil itself into good by power, working in a God like manner.