quotes tying together recent statements

by Andrea Elizabeth

“Don’t let us forget that the causes of human actions are usually immeasurably more complex and varied than our subsequent explanations of them.”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot

– “Inventors and geniuses, at the beginning of their careers (and very often at the end as well ), have almost always been regarded in society as no more than fools…. if decorous timidity and a decent lack of originality have constituted among us up to now, according to a generally accepted conviction, the inalienable quality of the sensible and respectable man, it would be all too unrespectable and even indecent to change quite so suddenly. What mother, for instance, tenderly loving her child, would not become frightened and sick with fear if her son or daughter went slightly off the rails:’ No, better let him be happy and live in prosperity without originality,’ every mother thinks…”

Also from the Idiot, excerpted from here