Gaiety –a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.
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- Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth.
- The general interest of the masses might take the place of the insight of genius if it were allowed freedom of action.
- The pit of a theatre is the one place where the tears of virtuous and wicked men alike are mingled.
- Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
- In any country where talent and virtue produce no advancement, money will be the national god. Its inhabitants will either have to possess money or make others believe that they do. Wealth will be the highest virtue, poverty the greatest vice. Those who have money will display it in every imaginable way. If their ostentation does not exceed their fortune, all will be well. But if their ostentation does exceed their fortune they will ruin themselves. In such a country, the greatest fortunes will vanish in the twinkling of an eye. Those who don’t have money will ruin themselves with vain efforts to conceal their poverty. That is one kind of affluence: the outward sign of wealth for a small number, the mask of poverty for the majority, and a source of corruption for all.
- The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counter authority to the law.