„Great wits are sure to madness near alli'd;
And thin partitions do their bounds divide“

— John Dryden, Context: A daring pilot in extremity; Pleas'd 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 alli'd; And thin 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 could not please; Bankrupt of life, yet prodigal of ease? And all to leave, what with his toil he won To that unfeather'd, two-legg'd thing, a son: Got, while his soul did huddled notions try; And born a shapeless lump, like anarchy. Pt. I, lines 159–172.

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John Dryden
englischer Dichter, Dramatiker und Literaturkritiker 1631 - 1700
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