Genius is a nuisance, and it is the duty of schools and colleges to abate it by setting genius-traps in its way.
Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)
Contributed by: Zaady
Genius is a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble.
Source: The Way of All Flesh.
[Genius] is no respecter of time, trouble, money or persons, the four things around which human affairs turn most persistently.
I consider being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill.
The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.
Neither have they hearts to stay, Nor wit enough to run away.
Source: Hudibras, pt. 3, cto. 3.
Nick Machiavel had ne'er a trick, Though he gave his name to our Old Nick.
Source: Hudibras. Part iii. Canto i. Line 1313.
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.
When a man is in doubt about this or that in his writing, it will often guide him if he asks himself how it will tell a hundred years hence.
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