our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness Phaedr. 244a


There is a Chinese proverb that if one man lives in laziness another will die of hunger; and Montesquieu has said, "The fact that many men are occupied in making clothes for one individual is the cause of there being many people without clothes." So one explains the other

in The People of the Abyss   by Jack London, 1903