Nothing great can be accomplished without a constant solicitation of madness, which should always be overcome, but should never be utterly lacking. One might do well to assess people as follows. One should say that there is a kind of person in which there is no madness whatsoever. These would be the uncreative people incapable of procreation, the ones that call themselves sober spirits. . . . But where there is no madness, there is certainly no proper, active, living intellect (and consequently there is just the dead intellect, dead intellectuals. . . Hence the utter lack of madness leads to another extreme, to imbecility [Blödsinn] (idiocy), which is an absolute lack of madness.