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.
- What makes people happy is activity; changing evil itself into good by power, working in a God like manner.
- People should talk less and draw more. Personally, I would like to renounce speech altogether and, like organic nature, communicate everything I have to say visually.
- In politics, as on the sickbed, people toss from side to side, thinking they will be more comfortable.