The faculties of man are of a twofold description, those of the mind, and those of the body. The mind is given us as the ruling principle, the body merely as the subservient. By the one we perceive our relation to the Gods; our resemblance to the brute creation is attested by the other. On this account, it has ever appeared to me, that the truest glory consists in the efforts of genius, not in the display of corporal vigor; and since our span of ... [full quote][add comments][Rate][Share]
Gaius Sallustius Crispus, generally known simply as Sallust, (86-34 BC), a Roman historian, belonged to a well-known plebeian family, and was born at Amiternum in the country of the Sabines. Throughout his career Sallust always stood by his principle as a popularis, an opposer of Pompey's party and the old aristocracy of Rome.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
In general, original thinkers are especially sensitive to dullness, and resents being constantly grounded by the need to check its bearing through meticulous measurement. In fact, it has often been said that one of the most characteristic features of the exceptional genius is the rare combination of bold imagination with meticulous attention to detail in the objective verification of ideas.
If we evolved a race of Isaac Newtons, that would not be progress. For the price Newton had to pay for being a supreme intellect was that he was incapable of friendship, love, fatherhood, and many other desirable things. As a man he was a failure; as a monster he was superb.