"There is no great genius without some touch of madness." -Seneca

 
"There is no great genius without some touch of madness." -Seneca

"There is no great genius without some touch of madness." -Seneca

"There is no great genius without some touch of madness." -Seneca

Sometimes attributed to Seneca. Sometimes attributed to Aristotle. Sometimes attributed as Seneca referencing Aristotle. Sometimes translated as "There is no great genius without some touch of madness." Sometimes translated as "There is no great genius without a mixture of madness."

The quote, "There is no great genius without some touch of madness." is another quote in a long line of quotes with fuzzy attributions and countless variations.

Seneca, full name Lucius Annaeus Seneca, or Seneca the younger, was a Roman philosopher, statesman, and dramatist. He was also the tutor and trusted advisor of Emperor Nero, until he fell out of favor. Opinions about Seneca are divided, primarily due to a lack of information, and the fact that most of the information we have about Seneca is from his detractors not is supporters - it's easy to think poorly of a person when most of what you know comes from people who didn't like them.

Seneca wrote, or quoted, or referenced, "nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit" ("There is no great genius without some touch of madness.") in De Tranquillitate Animi (On Tranquility of the Mind), one of his dialogues. From what I can understand, it appears Seneca at least referenced Aristotle with this quote, even if Seneca didn't directly quote him.

"There is no great genius without some touch of madness" joins other famous quotes with fuzzy origins. There's the idiom "God is in the details." Coco Chanel's famous quote "Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside." And Isadora Duncan "You were once wild here. Don't let them tame you."