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Great quote from the highly recommended Marginal Revolution about the fine line between brilliance and lunacy. The original quote is from an article in the NYT.
Speaking of dinner, when the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt
told a friend, a Parisian doctor, that he wanted to meet a certifiable
lunatic, he was invited to the doctor’s home for supper. A few days
later, Humboldt found himself placed at the dinner table between two