Cesare Lombroso Quotes

Cesare Lombroso (Italian pronunciation: [?t?e?zare lom?bro?zo; -o?so]; born Ezechia Marco Lombroso; 6 November 1835 – 19 October 1909), was an Italian criminologist and physician, founder of the Italian School of Positivist Criminology, often referred to as the father of criminology. Lombroso rejected the established classical school, which held that crime was a characteristic trait of human nature. Instead, using concepts drawn from physiognomy, degeneration theory, psychiatry and Social Darwinism, Lombroso's theory of anthropological criminology essentially stated that criminality was inherited, and that someone "born criminal" could be identified by physical (congenital) defects, which confirmed a criminal as savage or atavistic. These theories are not accepted by modern mainstream scientists.

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It is a sad mission to cut through and destroy with the scissors of analysis the delicate and iridescent veils with which our proud mediocrity clothes itself.

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The appearance of a single great genius is more than equivalent to the birth of a hundred mediocrities.

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“Genius is one of the many forms of insanity”

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“Genius is one of the many forms of insanity”

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“The ignorant man always adores what he cannot understand.”

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“Klopstock was questioned regarding the meaning of a passage in his poem. He replied, 'God and I both knew what it meant once; now God alone knows.'”

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“Good sense travels on the well-worn paths; genius, never. And that is why the crowd, not altogether without reason, is so ready to treat great men as lunatics.”

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“The appearance of a single great genius is more than equivalent to the birth of a hundred mediocrities”

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“Unfortunately, goodness and honor are rather the exception than the rule among exceptional men, not to speak of geniuses.”

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God and I both knew what it meant once; now God alone knows.

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