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Quote #306

``...in Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had the brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace. And what did they produce? The cuckoo-clock.''

-- Orson Wells to Joseph Cotton in the movie "the third man"

( This is referred to in "the problem of excess genius", an article in the first and only issue of the straw dogs group's autodidacts journal )