You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created a new idea. It is the cloud which thunders around everything that shines. Fame must have enemies, as light must have gnats. Do no bother yourself about it; disdain. Keep your mind serene as you keep your life clear.
Sire, you are looking at a plain man, and I am looking at a great man. Each of us may benefit.
Whatever To-day may be, To-morrow will be peace.
The boughs, without becoming detached from the trunk grow away from it.
Geniuses are disconcerting. Their comings and goings in the ideal world give one vertigo . . . . They have a telescope in one eye and a microscope in the other.
Nothing is small, in fact; any one who is subject to the profound and penetrating influence of nature knows this.