Insomnia | Commentary

Men of great genius, whether their work be in poetry, philosophy or art, stand in all ages like isolated heroes, keeping up singlehanded a desperate struggle against the onslaught of an army of opponents. ... Let the isolated champion achieve what he may: it is slow to be acknowledged; it is late in being appreciated, and then only on the score of authority; it may easily fall into neglect again, at any rate for a while. Ever afresh it finds itself opposed by false, shallow, and insipid ideas, which are better suited to that large majority, and so generally hold the field.

Arthur Schopenhauer, "The Art of Literature"